Periodontal maintenance is a process of cleaning teeth that goes beyond standard dental cleaning. These “deep cleanings” are recommended for patients with periodontal disease or at high risk for developing the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 47% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal or gum disease.
During your patient exam, Dr. Batterton and our team will evaluate your oral health needs to determine if you are a candidate for periodontal maintenance. If so, we may recommend these deep cleanings every three-to-four months instead of a routine
bi-annual cleaning and exam.
Gum disease threatens your mouth and your overall health and well-being. Getting routine dental check-ups, including cleanings and exams, will help keep your mouth and body healthy for life.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. If not removed, plaque can harden into tartar, which is more difficult to remove. Plaque and tartar contribute to gum disease by irritating the gums and making them more susceptible to infection.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can damage the bone and connective tissue that support your teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal maintenance can help prevent gum disease by removing plaque and tartar buildup before it leads to infection.
Periodontal maintenance helps to improve your overall oral health. Gum disease has been linked to other health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Keeping your gums healthy can lower your risk for these and other health problems.
If you notice any of these signs below, contact us. Depending on the level of gum disease, Dr. Batterton may refer you to a periodontist. If so, we will partner with this specialist to identify and implement the best treatment plan for you and your oral health needs.