Periodontal maintenance is essential for ongoing dental and gum health. Regular maintenance at home is not enough to entirely prevent and remove the build-up of bacteria and plaque that forms. As the bacteria create toxins that attack your teeth and gum tissue, further problems such as gum recession and tooth decay and loss can occur. Regular maintenance with a periodontist can help prevent these issues from happening.

It is recommended that patients visit a periodontist at least every 6 months. For those more susceptible to gum disease, or who have had surgeries or dental problems in the past, it is recommended that you visit even more frequently than that. Periodontal maintenance is necessary for everyone, not just those who have had surgeries in the past. Even if you have never experienced symptoms of periodontal disease, such as swollen or receding gums, bone or tooth loss, regular checkups are important to make sure you prevent these issues before they start.

Periodontal disease is common in adults in the U.S. However, it should not go unnoticed or untreated. Taking care of your periodontal health is essential to whole-body health. In fact, illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, low birth weight, and various forms of cancer have been linked to gum disease. One reason for this is that your gums are your first line of defense against bacteria and other harmful substances that attack your body. Maintaining healthy gums is a great way to help your body stay strong.

During checkups, Dr. Toms will evaluate your current gum health as well as your susceptibility to periodontal disease. He will take into consideration previous issues and treatments you have had as well. All of this will help him determine appropriate treatments for whatever level of periodontal disease you are experiencing.

To set up an appointment to have your gum health evaluated, please call us at (513) 922-7300 today. Dr. Toms is an experienced periodontist and can recommend specific treatments relative to your current gum health condition. Early preventative care can alleviate more costly and invasive treatments down the road.