If you aren’t brushing as often as you should, it might help to know that it only takes 24 hours for plaque to harden. Meticulous cleaning at home every day helps prevent this, but you still need to see your dentist twice a year to remove tartar from those hard to reach areas.

After periodontal treatment, your dentist will likely recommend frequent, perhaps quarterly, periodontal cleanings. During these visits, your pockets will be measured to ensure your gums are still healthy, while plaque that you’ve been unable to clean yourself will be removed, both above and below the gum line.

The visit will also involve:

  • X-rays – X-rays are useful for assessing the positions and health of teeth and roots. X-rays can also help your dentist detect bone loss, tumors, cysts, or decay.
  • Examination of restorations – Previous crowns, fillings, and other restorations are checked.
  • Examination of decay – Tooth surfaces are closely checked for cavities or signs of decay.
  • Oral cancer screening – Tissues of the face, lips, tongue, throat, and cheeks are checked for signs of cancer.
  • Polishing – Stains and plaque that remain after scaling and brushing will be removed.
  • Hygiene recommendations – Depending on the results of the exam, your dentist may recommend changes or additions to your oral hygiene regimen. Recommendations may include special ozone rinses, periodontal brush, or electric toothbrush.

Careful oral hygiene and regular periodontal cleanings will help maintain not just periodontal health, but dental and overall health as well.


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