It only takes 24 hours for the biofilm that is not removed from your teeth and gums to calcify and become tartar. Daily home care and regular maintenance visits to the dentist are essential in maintaining dental and total body wellness. Once periodontal treatment is complete a maintenance schedule will be recommended. This usually includes periodontal cleanings and evaluations 4 times per year. In addition to the periodontal cleanings appointments will include:
Radiographs (X-rays) — these are essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
Oral cancer screening with Oral I.D. — examination of tissue using specialized glasses and light that penetrates to the basal cell layer where cancer usually begins. This technique was designed in conjunction with M.D. Anderson.
Probing — measuring and recording the pockets, evaluating for stability.
Examination of existing restorations — evaluating fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneers for defects or recurrent decay Examination for tooth decay — evaluating tooth surfaces for cavities.
Tooth polishing— removing plaque and stain that is not removed through scaling and tooth brushing.
Oral hygiene and homecare instructions — review and recommendations for oral hygiene aids and products.