Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing dental care program designed to support individuals who have been treated for periodontal (gum) disease. It involves regular professional cleanings and examinations to prevent the recurrence or progression of gum disease and maintain optimal oral health. Periodontal maintenance is typically recommended for patients who have previously undergone periodontal treatment, such as scaling and root planing, gum surgery, or other procedures. It is aimed at preventing the recurrence of gum disease. By keeping up with regular appointments and maintaining good oral hygiene practices, you can reduce the risk of gum disease returning.

Here are key aspects of periodontal maintenance:
Frequency of Visits: Periodontal maintenance appointments are usually scheduled more frequently than routine dental check-ups. Common intervals are every three to four months, but the schedule may be adjusted based on individual needs and the severity of the periodontal disease.
Professional Cleaning: During each maintenance appointment, a dental hygienist or periodontist will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth, including removing plaque, tartar, and calculus from above and below the gumline.
Monitoring Gum Health:The dental professional will assess the health of your gums by measuring pocket depths (the space between your teeth and gums) to check for signs of inflammation or progression of gum disease.
Oral Examination:The dentist or periodontist will conduct a comprehensive oral examination to check for any changes in your oral health, including signs of gum disease, cavities, and other dental issues.
X-rays and Imaging: X-rays or other imaging may be taken periodically to monitor bone levels and detect any changes in your oral structures.
Review of Oral Hygiene Practices: The dental team will review your oral hygiene routine and provide guidance on proper brushing, flossing, and other oral care techniques to maintain gum health.
Personalized Treatment Plan: Based on your gum health and specific needs, the dental professional will create a personalized treatment plan that may include recommendations for home care and additional treatments if necessary.
Preventing Recurrence:

Maintaining your periodontal health through regular periodontal maintenance appointments is crucial for preventing the recurrence of gum disease and preserving your overall oral health. If you have a history of gum disease or have undergone periodontal treatment, be sure to follow your dental professional's recommendations for maintenance visits and home care.