After scaling and root planing, we encourage you to stay committed to regularly scheduled maintenance visits. At these visits we will clean the bacteria from the spaces that are impossible for you to reach at home. We will monitor and maintain your dental health.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If we can keep the bacteria away from the teeth and gums, we can prevent the disease from progressing and keep you healthy.