Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard-to-reach areas will always need special attention. Plaque begins to mineralize within 24–72 hours and is fully hardened and becomes calculus within 12-20 days.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, Dr. Knochel may recommend that you have regular periodontal maintenance cleanings initially at 3-4 month intervals regularly. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that are difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line. Depending on the severity of your periodontal maintenance appointments, they may be alternated with your general dentist and periodontist’s offices.

In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually include:

  • Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs):Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
  • Examination of existing restorations:Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Examination of tooth decay:Check all tooth surfaces for decay.
  • Oral cancer screening:Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations:Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
  • Teeth polishing:Remove stains and plaque that are not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control! Please contact Dr. Knochel’s office if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dental hygienists for periodontal maintenance in Tucson, Arizona.