A regular cleaning focuses on the surfaces of the teeth and between teeth ABOVE the gum line. During a regular cleaning, the teeth are also polished.
A periodontal maintenance cleaning is needed in order to remove bacteria, calculus (tartar), and debris that has collected UNDER the gum line.
Oral Irrigation and Antimicrobials are also utilized if needed:
Oral irrigation is a procedure that helps to reduce bacteria between teeth and beneath the gumline. This procedure helps to mitigate periodontal disease and decrease its severity. Used in conjunction, oral irrigation is often a great way to continue treating localized periodontal disease.
Antibiotics might be placed in specific areas that continue to breakdown during the periodontal maintenance visit.