It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into tartar! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings .  Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove will be removed from above and below the gum line .Depending on your situation you will require cleanings 2-4 times a year.

In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually include:

  • Examination and diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Examination of existing restorations: check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Examination of tooth decay: check all tooth surfaces for decay.
  • Oral cancer screening: check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. 
  • Teeth polishing: The dentist removes  stain and plaque.

Good oral hygiene practices and having your cleanings are essential for you .