It only takes twenty-four hours for plaque that hasn’t been removed from your teeth to turn into tartar! Regular housekeeping helps control plaque and tartar buildup, but hard-to-find areas will always need special attention.
Once your initial periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular hygiene maintenance (periodontal cleanings). The interval suggested will be based on your individual condition. If deep pockets exist or inflammation persists, a 3 month interval will likely be ideal. If the pockets are all 3mm or less with minimal inflammation, a 6 month interval is usually appropriate. At these maintenance appointments, plaque and calculus will be removed from above and below the gum line to improve and maintain your periodontal health.