Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, can pose a significant threat to your oral health if left untreated. This condition is primarily caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the plaque which adheres to your teeth. The consequences of untreated gum disease can be severe, including tooth loss, damage to gum tissue and deterioration of the supporting bone structure.
While it is important to note that gum disease cannot be completely cured, it can be effectively managed through a specialized approach known as periodontal maintenance. Dr. Scott Butts offers this crucial service to safeguard your oral health.
After you have completed your initial treatment for gum disease, our team will schedule a series of visits to our office for you to receive periodontal maintenance. These visits are typically recommended every three months. During these appointments, our dentist and team perform a thorough cleaning both above and below the gumline. This meticulous cleaning process eliminates plaque, tartar (hardened plaque, also known as dental calculus) and bacteria, preventing the condition from progressing further.
The reason for the three-month interval is rooted in the fact that, without regular cleaning, periodontal bacteria tend to flourish within a window of three to 12 weeks. By scheduling cleanings every 12 weeks (three months), we effectively eliminate these harmful bacteria and maintain control over the progression of the disease.
If you are concerned about your gum health or suspect you may have gum disease, we encourage you to contact Avent Ferry Family Dentistry at 919-372-3400 and schedule an appointment. Our experienced team is ready to provide you with comprehensive periodontal maintenance in Holly Springs, North Carolina, and guide you toward a healthier, more resilient smile.