Why a 3 Month Periodontal Maintenance Recare Visit?
Posted on 10/25/2021 by Dr. Boustany
Gum disease is a severe oral condition that advances to periodontitis if left untreated. Once the impediment advances to periodontitis, it cannot be reversed. While there is no cure for periodontal disease, there is a way it can be managed. 3-month periodontal maintenance therapy is one of the best ways you can control periodontal disease. There are several reasons why this therapy is essential.
Importance of Periodontal Maintenance Therapy
Periodontal maintenance therapy is a conservative approach that helps prevent aggressive and extensive damage to your gums. It is important to note that the periodontal disease-causing bacteria re-establishes within three months after getting treated. Therefore, 3-month periodontal maintenance therapy is perfectly timed to fight off and disable the bacteria development process that can cause re-infection. During these three months, the harmful bacteria do the most harm, triggering the spread of periodontal disease. They also damage supporting structures like gum tissues.
If you are an adult with advanced periodontitis, the 3-month periodontal maintenance therapy is not optional. You need to come in through checks and cleaning that help get rid of harmful bacteria. You are warned against waiting longer than three months for periodontal maintenance therapy because it will lead to advanced inflammation. You might also need local anesthesia to prevent discomfort during the procedure. In some rare cases, we provide periodontal maintenance therapy after six months. However, this is only ideal for patients with minor periodontal disease that hasn't spread to other parts. Therefore, you should stick to a 3-month periodontal maintenance therapy that helps manage periodontal disease.
As much as periodontal maintenance helps manage advanced periodontitis, you are encouraged to maintain good oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once a day. Schedule a consultative appointment with us for more information on the importance of 3-month periodontal maintenance care.