Periodontitis, or gum disease, is common contamination of the gums, the soft tissues surrounding the teeth, and the bone that holds it in place. The infection is provoked by the residing bacteria in your mouth, and it forms a sticky yellowish film of plaque on your teeth. Eventually, it spreads to the gum line and infects the tooth roots, leading to loss of teeth. There are four stages of periodontal disease, out of which gingivitis and advanced periodontitis are the most common ones.
After diagnosing the severity of the infection, your dentist will give you an oral hygiene guideline. In a professional cleaning session, the plaque is removed from the reachable areas of the teeth and the gum pockets. After a few weeks, a reassessment is done to check for the depth of the pockets and bleeding from gums. The hardened plaque is removed surgically from the periodontal pockets in extreme cases. Antibiotics are suggested when physical removal of plaque is not effective.
Periodontal maintenance is different from regular cleaning. The dentist first physically removes the tartar from the teeth and then elevates the gums to clean the root surfaces from any bacterial growth. The gum pockets are then flushed with antiseptics to disinfect and control inflammation.
Periodontal maintenance is carried out in the following steps:
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