Periodontal disease is a long-term (chronic) issue. If you don’t have frequent follow-up care, it may come back. At home, you must also pay close attention to oral hygiene. Visits to your dentist and hygienist are frequently part of routine maintenance. They can happen twice or four times a year.
How often you go will depend on several factors:
- Whether you have mild, moderate or severe periodontal disease.
- Whether your disease tends to come back.
- Whether your risk of periodontal disease is higher than average.
Reasons for a high risk include certain diseases and smoking.
A typical maintenance visit may include:
- A periodontal examination
- A look at the amount of plaque on your teeth
- An evaluation of your oral hygiene
- A review of the proper techniques for brushing, flossing
or other methods of cleaning
- Cleaning and polishing of your teeth, including the removal of plaque, calculus (tartar) and stains
- Dental radiographs (X-rays)
- Treatment of tooth sensitivity
If your teeth are extremely sensitive, a dental anaesthetic may be required before cleanings. The anaesthetic can be given topically or injected into the affected area.
If your periodontal disease returns, your dentist or periodontist may recommend a different treatment plan. The major goal of follow-up care is to lower the chances of the disease returning. Furthermore, if your disease returns, it is more likely to be milder if you have gotten frequent treatment. It could be in a smaller region and easier to treat than in persons who don’t go to most maintenance appointments.
To arrange for your appointment or to request more information:
Please call (905) 664-0808.
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