Periodontal Maintenance
One of the best ways to reduce the possibility of periodontal disease is by engaging in periodontal maintenance therapy.  This therapy program is an ongoing program that is designed to protect the gum tissue and bone in the mouth from developing gum disease.  Periodontal maintenance therapy is beneficial to those that are more susceptible to periodontal disease, or who have been treated for gum disease previously.  By visiting with Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Parker for periodontal maintenance therapy, one may receive the help that they need to prevent additional dental problems from occurring in the future.   By treating the disease in its earliest stages, one can save money and also the discomfort that comes along with periodontal disease.


Is Periodontal Maintenance Absolutely Necessary?

The bacteria that is found in plaque is the main culprit of what causes gum disease.  This bacteria produces harmful toxins that attack the gum and bone tissue in the mouth.  If dental care is not given regularly, this plaque can harden on the teeth and gum tissue, which can cause calculus.  

For those that practice good dental hygiene, this practice alone cannot completely prevent the forming of calculus build up on the gum tissue and teeth. While brushing and flossing does help to keep calculus at bay, having regular dental maintenance performed by Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Parker is necessary in order to fully remove the hardened plaque that has been missed. Drs. Silverstein and Parker and their hygienists will also be able to regularly check the mouth for other hidden or potential periodontal issues.


How Often Should Maintenance Visits Be Scheduled?

Drs. Silverstein and Parker will recommend how often periodontal maintenance visits should be scheduled.  This recommendation will be based on many different factors such as susceptibility to gum disease, as well as other dental history.  The frequency of the maintenance visits will be decided based on the stage of gum disease that is present, the types of treatments that have been performed previously, and how these treatments have been received and responded to. Another factor that is considered is the plaque creation rate of the mouth. Since each mouth is different, the plaque creation rate differs from patient to patient.

While Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Parker will take all of these factors into account when scheduling periodontal maintenance check-ups, the most important factor that matters is how well a patient practices good dental hygiene at home.  If solid dental hygiene practices are being followed in earnest, the frequency of scheduled maintenance visits may be reduced depending on the situation and the other factors at play.

When it comes to avoiding gum disease, combining both the practice of good oral hygiene, as well as visiting regularly with Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Parker, is the best practice to follow.  By combining these two practices, one can make sure to catch gum disease in its tracks and take the necessary treatment options to reduce the symptoms. In many cases, it can reverse the effects of gum disease altogether.  By visiting with Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Parker on a regular basis, patients will be able to keep their dental health in check and be better prepared to combat periodontal disease. 

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