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Periodontal Maintenance

A Vital Component To Maintain Gum & Bone Health


The Difference Between Periodontal Maintenance vs. Regular Cleaning

The bacteria that causes gum disease are always present in your mouth but are kept in check with regular brushing and flossing. Once infection is allowed to develop, regardless of the effectiveness of the treatment performed, the likelihood of re-occurrence is high. To maintain your health after gum infection, periodontal maintenance is a must. Performed at intervals of three to four months, a professional deep periodontal cleaning maintains the health of your gums, and allows our doctors to monitor your tissue for signs of infection.

Regular Dental Cleaning

Prophylaxis, commonly known as a professional dental cleaning, is a purely preventative measure included with your regular dental checkups. These dental cleanings focus on removing plaque and other irritants from the mouth, flossing, and polishing of each tooth. Deposits build up on your teeth and form tartar, which is a leading cause of many oral health problems. While you should strive to keep tartar from building through regular brushing and flossing, invariably some deposits are stubborn and need more attention.

Regular dental cleaning is part of the overall dental checkup and essential to maintain a healthy smile and avoid gum disease. Tartar that is not removed from prophylaxis can build and form under the gum line, which then leads to periodontal disease and can result in tooth or bone loss. This cleaning also removes stains from the visible area of the teeth, above the gumline.

Regular dental cleanings are recommended for all of our patients who don’t have bone loss, periodontal disease or infection near the teeth or in the mouth. It is the best way to prevent periodontal disease.

Periodontal Maintenance

If you have periodontal (gum) disease, you may already have had a special cleaning called “scaling and root planing.”  You also may have had periodontal surgery.  The dental cleanings recommended after these treatments are called “periodontal maintenance care.”

Periodontal maintenance involves a cleaning that is deeper than a normal cleaning in a dental office.  Patients with a history of periodontal disease need deeper cleanings because periodontal “pockets” have formed.  Pockets are spaces between the teeth and gums where plaque and tartar form.

While more intensive, this cleaning process is essential to restore and maintain gum and bone health. If bacteria are present in your mouth, it can lead to inflammation, infection, and can cause other health issues.  If periodontal maintenance is prescribed for you, don’t worry! We work with every patient to ensure comfort during the procedure. Your dentist will talk to you about appropriate anesthetic options and how frequently you should plan on the cleaning procedure.



The sooner you begin periodontal maintenance the better chance we have of saving your smile. As always, if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our periodontists, please do not hesitate to contact us below or call us now at 646.846.0750.

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