Periodontal Maintenance versus Routine Dental Cleaning

Did you go on a walk today? Are you eating healthy?

These are the common questions people ask about your physical health.

It is indeed true that eating healthy and doing regular exercises is important. But, this doesn’t mean that we can overlook the importance of other body parts.

From now onwards, we will also ask “what do you think about periodontal maintenance” or “are you getting a periodontal maintenance treatment this month?

Your oral health is more important than you think it is! Better oral health means better physical health as well. Therefore, we must not overlook it and get a regular dental cleaning, or periodontal maintenance.

However, there is a conflict…some people consider regular cleaning is only for those who are already suffering from the infection, but it is not! While others are confused between periodontal maintenance and regular cleaning. So, what should you get and why?

Let’s have a brief look at the difference between periodontal maintenance and regular dental cleaning!

Regular Dental Cleaning

Regular dental cleaning is just a normal procedure that is required to prevent dental infections. Therefore, it is known as a preventative care treatment.

Dentists recommend regular cleaning once or twice a year to get complete preventative care along with their oral health care routine. Regular dental cleaning is also called prophylaxis.

What happens during a regular dental cleaning?

  • Your dentist looks out for signs of tooth decay, infection, or oral cancer at first.
  • After that, your dentist will clean your teeth with their specialised tools.
  • This procedure will help in removing any kind of plaque or tartar residing in your mouth.
  • You can also expect some stain removal steps to remove light stains on your teeth.
  • Now, your dentist gives the final touches to your dental cleaning process by applying a shiny polish on your teeth that will also prevent the invasion of plaque and tartar.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is also known as a deep dental cleaning. It is more advanced. This maintenance treatment is required for those who are already suffering from periodontal disease. Therefore, you can consider it to be a restorative treatment.

What happens during periodontal maintenance?

  • After the same procedure of regular cleaning, your dentist will perform some additional steps to make it more advanced. 
  • Root planing and scaling is a significant step in periodontal maintenance. In this step, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.
  • During periodontal maintenance, your dentist also examines to search for any additional bacteria pockets residing in your mouth. Upon finding one, your dentist will flush an antiseptic into that area to get rid of the infection.

So, what treatment should you get?

Experts suggest that you should get regular dental cleaning once (or twice, if you are on the verge of getting a dental or periodontal infection). However, if you are diagnosed with an existing periodontal infection you must get periodontal maintenance once a year or as your dentist recommends.


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