If your gums are tender, red or swollen, or if they bleed easily, you might be dealing with periodontal disease. This condition, also known as gum disease, is caused by bacteria in plaque that accumulates on your teeth. Without treatment, periodontal disease can lead to the loss of teeth, gum tissue and bone. Although gum disease is not curable, it can be managed effectively with professional care. This is where periodontal maintenance plays a crucial role in protecting your oral health.

Periodontal maintenance involves regular visits to State Street Dental, typically every three months, for a professional cleaning. These visits are essential for keeping periodontal disease under control and preventing its serious effects. During these appointments, our dentist will perform thorough cleanings both above and below the gumline. This process includes the removal of plaque, tartar (also known as dental calculus) and bacteria that contribute to the progression of gum disease.

Regular cleanings every three months are recommended because periodontal bacteria can begin to flourish within three to 12 weeks if biofilm is not removed. By scheduling your cleanings at 12-week intervals, we can effectively manage these bacteria and keep your condition under control.

Taking the time to maintain your periodontal health is crucial. Neglecting regular maintenance can lead to worsening symptoms and more extensive treatments down the road. By committing to these quarterly cleanings, you can help ensure that your gums stay healthy and that any potential issues are caught and addressed early.

To learn more about periodontal maintenance in Boise, Idaho, and to set up your appointment with Dr. Gregory Davis, please reach out to our team at 208-939-1700. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.