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What happens after gum disease is treated?

Once your periodontal treatment is completed, your dentist may recommend more frequent checkups. Regular dental visits and deep cleanings are important to keep periodontal disease (an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support teeth) under control. In some cases, your appointments may alternate between your general dentist and a periodontist.

Good oral hygiene at home is also important to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or from coming back. It just takes a few minutes twice a day to care for your teeth and gums. Daily cleaning helps keep the plaque under control and reduces tartar buildup.
Peggy Rosen
Dentist

After gum disease is treated, you will be on a maintenance therapy. The maintenance therapy is a program designed to prevent recurrent of gum disease. The maintenance program includes:

At home: Daily brushing, flossing and mouth rinses as recommended by your dentist
Maintenance visits at the dental office: the dentist examines and evaluates your gums at a time interval that is appropriate for you. The frequency of the maintenance visit varies between persons.

After Periodontal Therapy (gum treatment) patients need to heal from treatment and then are put on a periodontal maintenance program to prevent relapse. It is important to keep up with good home care on a daily basis and continue to get periodic cleanings as advised by your dentist.

Carol Jahn
Dentist
After you have been treated for gum disease, it is very important that you follow the maintenance care plan your doctor recommends. Often this means have a periodontal cleaning up to four times a year; often alternating between a periodontal office and general office. It also includes meticulous home care; brushing twice daily and cleaning in between your teeth once daily. Floss is not always the best product for people who have had periodontal problems. An interdental brush or a Water Flosser are often better choices as they clean deeper below the gum line than floss.

If you smoke, you should consider stopping. Smoking is the number one risk factor for periodontal disease. It can reduce your healing capability and make you more susceptible to further gum problems.

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