After you have completed a periodontal treatment of any kind, you will need to schedule regular appointments with Dr. Smith to receive ongoing care and maintenance. While gum disease is not completely curable, Dr. Smith and our team can help you keep it under control and prevent further damage to your oral health. Periodontal maintenance appointments are designed to monitor your oral health and help prevent your gum disease from worsening. This is perhaps the most important procedure we can provide for our patients. This procedure differs greatly from that of a regular “prophylactic” dental cleaning.

Periodontal maintenance appointments are typically scheduled at least 4 times a year. We may increase or decrease the frequency of your appointments depending on your individual needs. Your periodontal maintenance will include a thorough cleaning both above and below the gum line to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your mouth.

These continued visits to our office are necessary in order to prevent the periodontal bacteria from flourishing. When not removed, the biofilm in your mouth will begin to impact your oral health within 3-12 weeks. Regular periodontal maintenance cleanings remove these bacteria to keep your gum disease under control and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.

For more information about periodontal maintenance in Merced, California, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Smith, contact our office today.