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The Importance of Periodontal Maintenance

As a patient of Mountaineer Periodontics, we will provide you with a personalized maintenance program to keep your gums healthy.

This program is designed to prevent disease in both the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth. This program, combined with regularly scheduled maintenance therapy visits, will give you an excellent chance of keeping your teeth for your lifetime.

If you have been diagnosed as susceptible to gum disease, you understand that the main cause of it is bacterial plaque. If plaque is not removed, it hardens into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. Daily brushing and flossing can minimize the formation of calculus, but it will not completely prevent it. A dental professional must remove the hardened plaque at regular intervals so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.

The more severe your periodontal disease is initially, the more often we will need to oversee your care. The frequency of visits will depend upon your condition. You may need to be seen as often as every few weeks or as little as every six months. Together, you, your general dentist and Mountaineer Periodontics will work out the most effective schedule for your supportive periodontal care.

Appointments for periodontal maintenance will not replace your regular dental checkups. If tooth decay is detected during a maintenance visit, you will be referred to your general dentist for treatment.

The major cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease. For the best chance of keeping your natural teeth for your lifetime, carefully and conscientiously follow the guidelines of your recommended maintenance program.

The adherence to a preventive periodontal maintenance schedule has great benefits such as smiling and speaking with greater confidence and the ability to chew and enjoy meals. Future savings in dental costs could also be achieved through the prevention of future problems. Committing to maintenance therapy is a commitment to your better oral, and overall, health.

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