It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)!  Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, Dr. Morlock and your dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular supportive periodontal cleanings, usually three/ four times a year.  At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy.  Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.

In addition to your supportive periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually include:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs):  Tumors, cysts, and bone loss radiographs also help determine tooth and root positions.
  •  Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  •  Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, waterpiks,special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Good oral hygiene practices and supportive periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!


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