Daily brushing, oral irrigation and flossing will keep dental plaque and tartar to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove bacteria and calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. There is no cure for gum disease but there is treatment. Traditionally 3 month alternating maintenance visits with your periodontist and general dentist will minimize re-infection.
Dr. Morris and his staff are trained to recognize the signs of early infection prior to bone loss: lack of tissue contour, changes in tissue consistancy and color variations. These are just a few of the signs that signify the inflammatory process associated with recurrent periodontal disease. Many patients question the need for 3 month cleanings especially when there gums seem so much better and they are doing the best home care possible.
It is important here to realize that the original gum disease physically changed their periodontium (supporting tissue around the tooth). As a child the root of the tooth was covered by bone and soft tissue.
Following gum disease the porous root becomes exposed to the bacteria and acids of the mouth. Re-infection, decay, recession and sensitivity become an issue. Hence, the Periodontal Maintenance procedure is perfromed at the periodontist’s office to counter these effects.
Through knowledge, education and technology, Dr. Morris and his staff will help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime.