Dental and Periodontal Maintenance
Periodontal Maintenance Through Regular Checkups
Did you know that tartar can develop in as little as 24 hours? All it takes is for plaque to remain on your teeth for that much time. Brushing and flossing daily at home can keep plaque in check and prevent the formation of tartar, also known as calculus, but there are areas of your mouth that will always be hard to clean without the help of a dentist.
Dr. Whisenant encourages patients diagnosed with periodontitis at Gatlin Creek Dentistry in Dripping Springs, TX to get regular maintenance cleanings, known as periodontal cleanings, an average of four times a year. At these periodontal treatment appointments, the health of your mouth’s pocket depths will be carefully inspected by your dentist and dental hygienist. Hard-to-clean plaque and calculus will be removed from above and below the gum line.
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DENTAL MAINTENANCE THROUGH REGULAR CHECKUPS
Your regular dental appointments will include a periodontal cleaning and evaluation, as well as:
Diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. X-rays can also help your dental team determine the positions of your teeth and their roots.
Examination of existing dental restorations: Your dentist can ensure that the fillings, crowns, etc., that you already have are in good shape.
Tooth decay exam: Your dentist will check the surfaces of every tooth for signs of decay.
Oral cancer screening: Your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer on your face, neck, lips, gums, tongue, cheeks and throat for signs of oral cancer.
Oral hygiene recommendations: Your dentist and dental hygienist will discuss your oral hygiene regimen with you and recommend changes as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
Teeth polishing: Stains, plaque and calculus that were not removed during tooth brushing and scaling will be targeted during polishing.