Any plague that is not cleaned from the mouth requires only twenty-four hours develop into tartar (calculus)! You can control tartar and plaque formation using daily home cleaning, but areas that are hard to reach will require special attention.
At the completion of your periodontal treatment, your dentist will recommend that you maintain periodontal cleanings regularly (usually four times a year). During these appointments, the dentist will examine the pockets thoroughly to see if they are healthy.
Calculus and plague that prove hard to remove every day will be removed from below and above the gum line.
In addition to your evaluation periodontal cleaning, the following will be incorporated into your appointments:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): important for detecting bone loss, cysts, tumors, and decay. X-rays are also used to determine root and tooth positions.
- Examination of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc
- Oral cancer screening: examine the tongue, lips, gums, neck, face, throat, and cheek tissues for signs of oral cancer
- Teeth polishing: remove plague and stain that is not removed with scaling and toothbrush
- Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as required (special periodontal brushes, Electric toothbrushes, rinses, fluorides, etc.)
Practicing good periodontal cleanings and oral hygiene is critical to maintaining dental health and controlling periodontal disease!