Do us a favor… Sit back and imagine this… You have a massive kitchen, it’s beautiful, you’re proud of it and you like to use it. Now you know with anything, the more you use it, the dirtier it gets and the more you have to clean it. But you’re good with the upkeep and the cleaning, well at least you think you are. After every use you sponge off the counters, you sweep the floor, polish the facet, you even mop once a week. But something isn’t getting clean, in fact it just keeps getting dirtier… Can you guess what it is? Yea, the tile grout. No matter what you do, the dirt just keeps building and building until one day you’ve had enough and you get a power washer. It’s that extra deep clean that really puts the mess at ease.
You may be asking yourself, “why are we talking about this?”. Well, that kitchen we were just talking about is your mouth, and your teeth and gums are the tiles and grout. That deep clean we’re talking about is more or less what periodontal therapy is. This is performed when there is irreversible loss of supporting structure that hold your teeth in your mouth, known as Periodontal Disease.
When we perform periodontal therapy we clean the pockets that have formed between your gums and you teeth, where bacteria can form and cause inflammation, bleeding, and even tooth loss. That spot that we get to is a spot that you can’t really get to with a toothbrush, or with floss. It’s like the itchy spot on your back that you can’t reach with your hands and need a back scratcher or a chair…
After initial periodontal therapy, periodontal maintenance visits (PMV) are necessary as they help preserve the lowered amount of plaque and bacteria and thus reduce the amount of inflammation. The pockets that have formed shrink, and your gums become healthier.
Think of it as the tile grout and the pressure washer from the story… the more times you use it, the cleaner the tiles will be, but it won’t make it clean forever and while we aren’t curing Periodontal Disease, we are keeping the gums infection free, and helping prevent the disease from starting up again.