Fifty percent of the population has a biological predisposition to periodontal disease. Even after a thorough periodontal cleaning, research has shown that bacteria can repopulate in as soon as three to six months in periodontally susceptible patients. That’s why its imperative to have a routine periodontal maintenance schedule with your periodontal hygienist.
Every patient has a unique biological predisposition or protection against periodontal disease. I will schedule the frequency of periodontal cleanings and doctor checks accordingly. Not everyone needs the same frequency of hygiene.
Additionally, in a periodontal practice, the hygiene program is the first line of defense against periodontal disease. Regular periodontal maintenance, along with regular doctor checks, serve as an ongoing monitor of your periodontal condition and facilitates early intervention of periodontal breakdown. The goal, always, is to maintain natural dentition as long as possible.
While a periodontal hygienist will also polish teeth, periodontal cleanings are comprehensive and include a thorough evaluation of the supporting structures of the teeth. Debris, bacteria, and plaque are removed from these locations. Periodontal hygienists will also address concerns with Dr. Gay.
It is important to note that dental implants are also susceptible to the same bacteria and the same disease process. Dental implants have less natural protection from the bacteria and also require ongoing maintenance in order to maintain the longevity of the implant.