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Periodontal Maintenance
Photo of healthy and gum disease tooth treated at Thomas P. Rafferty, DDS in Beverly, MAPeriodontal maintenance is the segment of preventative dental care that focuses on the prevention and management of periodontal diseases. Periodontal maintenance consists of regular check-ups, professional cleanings, and personalized treatment plans that are to each individual patient's needs. We take a comprehensive approach that aims to preserve the health of gums, and the supporting structures of the teeth. This preventative plan helps ensure a healthy and functional smile for a lifetime.

If you are a patient of Thomas P. Rafferty, or are looking for the right periodontal dentist in the Danvers and Beverly, MA area, please call for an appointment at (978) 720-9009. We can help you take a proactive approach to your oral health, and make periodontal maintenance a big part of that.

What is Periodontal Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, also commonly known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition that affects the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. It starts with gingivitis. This is the first inflammatory response by the gums, and if left untreated, it grows into a more severe condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis damages the bone and other tissues that support the teeth. These diseases are caused by bacterial plaque buildup along the gumline that leads to gingivitis, bleeding gums, periodontal gum disease, and ends in tooth loss, if left unchecked.

Why Does Periodontal Maintenance Matter?

Periodontal maintenance is crucial to manage and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease. Regular periodontal maintenance, especially professional teeth cleanings performed by our team, helps to remove plaque and tartar buildup, which reduces the risks that lead to the development of gingivitis and periodontitis. By addressing plaque and gum diseases early, and taking preventative measures, periodontal maintenance preserves the integrity of the teeth and their supporting structures.

It is vital to understand that studies have shown links between periodontal disease, and various systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. When we maintain our oral health with periodontal maintenance, it contributes to our wellbeing overall.

Regular visits to our office for periodontal maintenance allows us to detect problems with our patient's oral health, and address them quickly. This is not limited to gingivitis or periodontal problems. We look for cavities, oral cancer, evidence of teeth grinding, gingivitis, and every other possible issue. Our thorough examinations allow us to form a plan with the patient and take action immediately.

What Are the Different Parts of Periodontal Maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance is a combination of professional dental care, patient education, and patient action. Building healthy oral hygiene habits is the foundation of periodontal maintenance, and the key to periodontal protection. The key components of periodontal maintenance include:

Comprehensive Oral Examinations

Our team conducts a thorough examination of the gums, teeth, other tissues, and the supporting structures of the teeth to assess the patient's oral health. Our focus on periodontal maintenance during the exam includes evaluating gum inflammation, measuring periodontal pocket depth, and examining X-rays for signs of bone loss. If periodontal problems are detected, other treatments will be recommended.

Professional Cleanings, Scaling, and Root Planing

In addition to routine professional teeth cleaning, when patients have periodontal disease, scaling and root planing may be performed to remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from the teeth and below the gumline. This process helps to eliminate the bacterial colonies that worsen periodontal gum disease.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Based on the examination, a personalized treatment plan is developed with our patient to address their specific needs. These plans include recommendations for dental care at home, and additional procedures.

Follow Up Appointments

Periodontal maintenance depends on regular follow up appointments to monitor the patient's oral health, track our progress, and make adjustments to the treatment plan as necessary. These are typically scheduled every three to six months, but the schedule depends on the individual patient's needs.

Patient Education

Our team of dental professionals educates patients on proper oral hygiene practices, such as brushing techniques, flossing, and the use of antimicrobial mouthwash. We also provide guidance on lifestyle factors that negatively affect oral health. Such as diet, tobacco use, and alcohol use.

Why Are Dental Check Ups So Important?

Regular dental visits are vital for periodontal maintenance, and essential to maintain optimal oral health. Here's why:

Early Detection and Intervention

The routine dental examinations that we perform allow us to detect gingivitis, periodontal gum disease, cavities, and other oral health issues. Regular examinations means early interventions, which prevents oral health problems from getting worse. When this happens, the problem requires more extensive treatment.

Professional Cleaning

Professional cleanings are performed during periodontal maintenance appointments. We remove plaque, tartar, and stains that cannot be effectively eliminated through brushing and flossing alone.

Monitoring Oral Health Changes

Regular follow-up appointments enable dental professionals to monitor changes in oral health status over time, ensuring that any emerging issues are promptly addressed.

Preventative Care

Periodontal maintenance focuses on preventative care measures that help reduce the risk of developing gum disease.

Patient Education

Regular visits to our office provide the opportunity for patients to receive personalized care, as well as education, and learn the strategies to maintain good oral health at home. Education is the first line of defense against every oral health issue.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is the centerpiece of preventative dental care. It is essential to preserve healthy gums, and to maintain oral health, and well being overall. When we work with patients to incorporate regular dental visits, professional cleanings, and personalized treatment plans, our patients prevent and manage periodontal diseases effectively. When a patient invests in periodontal maintenance, it helps to preserve the integrity of the teeth, as well as the supporting structures that keep the teeth in place. Periodontal maintenance is the preventative measures that protect the patient's overall health, and their quality of life.

Whether you are a patient of Thomas P. Rafferty, or are looking for a dentist in Danvers or Beverly, MA, please call for an appointment at (978) 720-9009. Our team would like to help you make periodontal maintenance part of your personalized dental health plan.
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