In only twenty four hours, plaque that has been allowed to remain on your teeth can turn into calculus (tartar)! It’s important for you to carefully clean your teeth daily to minimize the accumulation of plaque and tartar, but every mouth has hard to reach areas that will need special attention.
When your periodontal examination and / or treatment has been completed, your dental hygienist and dentist will recommend that you schedule regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings). Dentists usually recommend that these sessions be scheduled two to four times per year. During each of these cleaning appointments, the sulcus (or “pocket”) depths will be carefully evaluated to ensure that they remain healthy. Any areas of calculus or plaque that have slipped by your daily cleaning regimen will be removed, both from above and below the gum line.
It is crucial for everyone to maintain good oral hygiene practices and to schedule regular periodontal cleanings. These are the minimum, essential steps that will maintain dental health and aid you in keeping periodontal disease under control.