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Periodontal Maintenance Therapy In Idaho Falls

If you have gum disease and have had scaling and root planing and or periodontal surgery, the regular cleanings that will be recommended to you after those treatments are called periodontal maintenance therapy.

Initial treatment for periodontal disease usually involves scaling and root planing (also called a deep cleaning) and sometimes periodontal surgery.  Once the disease is brought under control, it is critical that periodontal maintenance procedures be performed on a regular basis by your dentist or hygienist.

Performing daily or hygiene at home is a “must” but it is nor enough to keep periodontal disease in check.  periodontal maintenance is more complex than a normal cleaning or “trophy”.  Patients who have periodontal disease need a deeper cleaning because hey have pockets, spaces between the teeth and gums, deeper than those found in a person with healthy gums.  The procedure removes plaque and calculus from above and below he gum line.  It may also include site-specific scaling and root planing (if active periodontal disease is discovered) and polishing the teeth.

If appropriate in your situation, your dentist may prescribe and use medications to help keep your mouth healthy.  Your dentist will discuss this with you and answer all your questions.

Appointments

You will need more frequent visits than other patients since the gum pockets and other changes due to periodontal disease make it more difficult for you to clean plaque from your teeth, especially below the gum line.  Your dentist may recommend treatment every two to three months, or even more often.  As you progress, recommendations in appointment frequency may change.

"You don't have to lose teeth to periodontal disease!"

Brush & Floss

While most people know the importance of brushing, they often don’t understand the importance of flossing.  Normal brushing generally cannot reach between your teeth.  Unfortunately, that is where most periodontal problems occur.  Because of this, you must floss or use some other interdental cleaner to get to those hard-to-reach places.

Make Smart Choices

Look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on brushes, toothpastes, mouth rinses, and other oral care products.  The ADA Seal is your assurance that a product has met ADA guidelines for safety and effectiveness.

Sensitive Teeth

You may occasionally have sensitive teeth following periodontal procedures.  This may happen when unwanted deposits are removed from root surfaces, sometimes making teeth sensitive to temperature changes, acid produced by oral bacteria, and even touch.

This sensitivity can make you reluctant to brush and floss the areas that were treated.  It is very important to keep brushing gently and flossing to remove plaque.  If this plaque is not routinely removed, sensitivity will persist and root decay (cavities) may occur.

Oral & Overall Health

Tooth loss is not the only potential problem posed by periodontal diseases.  Research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal diseases and other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stoke, bacterial pneumonia, and increased risk for problems related to pregnancy.  Researchers are truing to determine if bacteria and inflammation associated with periodontal disease play a role in affect these systemic diseases and conditions.  For the latest information on this possible link and more, visit www.ada.org.

Do not smoke or use tobacco in any form.  Not only does smoking and chewing tobacco place  you at higher risk for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, tobacco use can also make periodontal conditions more severe and make maintenance much more difficult.  If you use tobacco, ask our dentist or physician for information about how to successfully stop the habit.  Tobacco contains chemicals that can slow the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.

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