Regular dental cleanings are sufficient for patients who don’t have bone loss, gum disease, or oral infections. But it might be recommended that you visit more often for periodontal maintenance if you have early signs of these problems: infection pockets deeper than 4 millimeters, bleeding, mobility of the teeth, gum recession, or gaps that expose the roots of the teeth. In this case, basic dental cleaning services aren’t enough to eliminate the infection.
Periodontal maintenance focuses on full cleaning from the top of the tooth to the root. For example, root planing can be used to smooth the length of the tooth to eliminate plaque and promote gum reattachment. Regular visits for these deep cleaning services are important to monitor the progress of gum disease and identify the most effective treatment plan to avoid issues in the future.