Similar to a regular teeth cleaning, periodontal maintenance removes tartar buildup from the teeth throughout the whole mouth. Unlike a normal, preventative cleaning, it also involves scaling and root planing where needed, removing tartar and plaque buildup from in between your teeth and gums down the entire length of each tooth, stopping where the gum attaches to the root. Your hygienist and periodontist will carefully monitor the depth of each pocket in your gums and irrigate these pockets with antiseptic medications when needed.
Periodontal maintenance appointments only occur after a patient has been diagnosed with periodontal disease and treated with definitive scaling and root planing. These types of cleanings are usually recommended every three to four months in order to maintain gum health and disrupt the destructive bacterial growth that occurs with periodontal disease.