It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.
Once a periodontal treatment has been completed, regular periodontal cleanings should take place—usually four times a year—where pocket depths will be checked carefully as well as plaque and calculus will be removed from above and below the gum line. In addition, teeth polishing, diagnostic x-rays and an oral cancer screening will take place. Existing restorations and tooth decay will also be examined.
Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!