Dr. Paul Perella, DMD

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is a cleaning performed on patients who have periodontal (gum) disease, gingivitis and/or large amounts of plaque build up.

We recommend our patients who have had a root planing and scale treatment to have a periodontal maintenance cleaning every 3 to 4 months to control the amount of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. Frequent removal of the bacteria from under the gum line can control the inflammation and can often prevent further breakdown of the bone and gum supporting your teeth. 

Though gum disease cannot be completely reversed, periodontal maintenance is one of the tools we use to effectively halt its progress.

Other Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance

  1. Fresher breath: Periodontal disease is often signified by persistent bad breath (halitosis). Bad breath is generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles stuck below the gum line, and gum infection. The removal of the plaque, calculus and bacteria will noticeably improve breath and irritation.
  2. Aesthetics:  Regular periodontal maintenance cleanings will remove stains and yellowing on teeth.
  3. Tartar removal: Even the best brushing and flossing routines at home can't remove debris, bacteria and plaque from below the gum line.