It may take 24 hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into tartar (calculus)! Daily home cleaning helps curtail tartar (calculus) formation, but those difficult to reach areas may need extra attention.
At the time your periodontal treatment has been finished, Dr. Braitahwaite and his hygienist will suggest that you have regular consistent cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually 3-4 times a year. At these follow up appointments, the pocket depths will be precisely examined to make sure that they are healthy. Calculus and plaque that is hard for you to remove on a daily basis can be removed from below and above the gum line.
In addition to your evaluation and periodontal cleaning, your appointment will typically include:
- Diagnostic radiographs (x-rays): Critical for detection of tumors, cysts, decay, and bone loss. Radiographs also help determine root and tooth positions.
- Current restoration examination: Check current crowns, fillings, etc.
- Tooth decay examination: Check all tooth surfaces for cavities.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the lips, throat, tongue, face, neck, cheek tissues, and gums for any signals for oral cancer.
- Recommendations for oral hygiene: Recommend and review oral hygiene aids as needed. (Special periodontal brushes, electric toothbrushes, rinses, fluorides, etc.)
- Polishing teeth: Remove plaque and stain that is not always removed during brushing and scaling of teeth.
Periodontal cleanings and good oral hygiene practices are critical in sustaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease in check!