After you are diagnosed with gum disease, our dentist will set up a regular schedule of appointments for you to receive periodontal maintenance. This care helps to keep gum disease under control so that you can enjoy a healthier mouth and smile. Call Monroe Smiles at 609-655-3555 for more information about periodontal maintenance in Monroe Township, New Jersey, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sari Klerer.
If you have red, swollen or bleeding gums, you may have gum disease. Gum disease is an oral health condition in which the gums and other supportive tissues around the teeth become damaged. This can lead to pain, tooth loss and other serious health problems.
There are two main types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is characterized by inflammation of the gums. Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease and is characterized by damage to the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth.
To help treat gum disease and avoid the serious effects of this condition, our dentist and team may recommend periodontal maintenance. The purpose of periodontal maintenance is to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, as well as keeping the gums healthy. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth, and tartar is a hardened form of plaque. Both plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal maintenance involves visiting our office once every three months for a professional cleaning. These deep cleanings include using special instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, also referred to as a scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing can help to reverse gingivitis and prevent periodontitis from developing.
If you have any questions about periodontal maintenance, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office today.