Periodontal maintenance therapy is a specialized type of dental cleaning indicated for patient who have undergone treatment for gum disease. Unlike routine dental cleanings, that are designed for patients with healthy gums, periodontal maintenance appointments are meant to keep the gum disease at bay at a supportive 3 month re-care visits.
There is no cure for periodontal disease, it can only be managed or controlled. The bacteria that cause the condition re-establish around 3 months after treatment. The re-care schedule disrupts this process in pockets 4 mm or greater. For patients with gum disease, active homecare and 3 month periodontal maintenance visits are a requirement for successful therapy and disease control.