Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting the human race. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most misunderstood by the public. Even for those patients who undergo periodontal therapy, there is a lack of understanding. A well-educated patient will understand that once a periodontal patient, always a periodontal patient. Periodontal therapy is designed to manage your periodontal issues, not eradicate it. The dynamics of periodontal disease rely on host resistance, periodontal architecture, bacterial concentrations and type as well as the patient’s willingness to maintain excellent hygiene.
Many patients are not aware that periodontal maintenance is the only sure way to keep gum disease from returning. Periodontal maintenance is regularly performed at certain intervals after procedures such as scaling and root planning. Periodontal maintenance includes the removal of plaque and tartar, scaling and tooth planing and polishing. Your ability to maintain your tissues will determine the frequency the periodontal maintenance is needed.