At Snow Family Dentistry, we are strong advocates for preventative care; simply put, we believe the best way to address tooth decay and gum disease is to stop them from happening in the first place. Preventative dental care mostly takes place at home, through regular brushing and flossing, but we also recommend visiting our office for consistent perio maintenance and dental cleanings. In addition to cleaning your teeth and gums, we will also provide an oral cancer exam, answer any questions you may have about dental hygiene, and let you know about some of the best ways you can prioritize oral health at home.
We welcome you to contact us for additional information about perio maintenance and dental cleanings.
What is Perio Maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance refers to the rigorous cleaning processes your dental hygiene team uses to thoroughly clean the teeth. Through perio maintenance, you not only keep your teeth looking clean and white, but you also minimize your risk for plaque buildup, gum disease, gingivitis, and other concerns.
More specifically, perio maintenance helps deter periodontal disease, which occurs when a buildup of plaque causes bacteria colonies to form either above or below the gum line. These bacteria colonies irritate the gums and result in chronic inflammation, which can, in turn, provoke a strong immune response from the body. In extreme cases, the body actually begins destroying gum and bone tissue as a way to reduce inflammation. This may cause teeth to loosen, shift, or fall out completely.
The Benefits of Perio Maintenance
There are a number of reasons why perio maintenance is important for patients throughout Mesa, AZ.
Tartar and plaque accumulate along the gum line, and without perio maintenance, they may result in pockets of bacteria. This is how periodontal disease begins.
Perio maintenance also helps prevent stains or discoloration on your teeth, allowing you to feel more confident in your smile.
One of the telltale signs of periodontal disease is foul breath. The removal of plaque and tartar buildup can provide a notable improvement in your breath.
Preparing for Perio Maintenance
At Snow Family Dentistry, it is important to us that our patients feel comfortable and fully at-ease with their treatments. Often, this simply means being aware of what to expect once they arrive at our office.
For perio maintenance appointments, patients can anticipate the following procedures.
Using advanced imaging technology, our team will collect some pictures of your teeth and gums, helping us get a better sense of your overall dental health.
Dr. Snow will inspect the inside of your mouth, paying special attention to any signs of plaque or bacteria buildup around your teeth.
Using scaling tools, we will clear any plaque and buildup from your teeth, helping to avert dangerous buildup.
Your visit will also involve a thorough polishing, helping clear away any stain or discoloration that brushing alone cannot remove.
Schedule Routine Maintenance in Mesa, AZ
Routine cleanings and perio maintenance help you maintain your oral health as well as the aesthetics of your teeth.
To make an appointment at Snow Family Dentistry, contact us at any time.