When you visit the dental office for a regular check-up, your hygienist or dentist will take measurements of the gum tissue around your teeth. This is the process of evaluating whether you have periodontal disease. Measurements between 1-3 mm are considered to be healthy, while measurements exceeding that may be an indication of periodontal disease. If periodontal disease is diagnosed, a treatment plan is generally presented at that point by either your hygienist or the dentist.
Periodontal disease has several stages. How many appointments needed to treat the condition is determined based on how advanced the disease has become. Generally, it may take up to 4-6 appointments.
Research has proven that oral hygiene is directly related to a person’s overall health. Routine cleaning appointments are essential to maintaining good oral hygiene and a healthy mouth. It is recommended that you have a professional cleaning at least every 6 months. However, some patients are advised to go more often, depending on their oral hygiene habits and/or their past history of periodontal disease.