A hygiene maintenance appointment is designed to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition after any active disease has been addressed. Additional appointments may be necessary if any active treatment needs to be completed.
For example, as a new patient when you come to our office we thoroughly assess your gums. If you are diagnosed with gum or periodontal disease we will recommend that you have treatment to address the active disease.
Once your condition is treated and stable, a specific maintenance schedule will be designed just for you to sustain the treatment, and keep your mouth healthy.
At your hygiene maintenance appointment, we update your health history, check your blood pressure, complete a brief oral cancer screening, and assess your teeth and gums. Once a year we measure all of your gums to accurately assess their health. Your teeth will be professionally cleaned, polished and flossed. We also recommend a once yearly fluoride application to help prevent cavities.
On average, routine appointments are recommended every 2-6 months depending on the patient and their specific needs.
These appointments are critical and they allow us to keep a close eye on your health. Keeping up with your hygiene appointments gives us the best chance to detect and treat problems early.