Why do I need more frequent cleanings than every six months?

Occasionally, if you have symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease, it may be necessary for you to have more frequent cleanings to help you stay healthy. Periodontal disease is a serious infection in your gums and when left untreated can create systemic complications including heart conditions, diabetes, and even cancer.

When we recommend more frequent cleanings, it is to help your gums heal properly. Once you have had gum disease, you are more susceptible to a reoccurrence. While six months is enough for most people, some patients may need more frequent visits to maintain their health.

Cleanings for people with gum disease are often more thorough and gently sterilize your teeth above and below the gum line, removing the active infection so your gums have an opportunity to heal. We take measurements of our patients’ gums in order to identify and treat any infections. Other signs of periodontal disease include bleeding or tender gums.

Dr. Reagan Grizzle takes your health and wellness seriously. He knows the importance of healthy teeth and gums during all phases of your life. The treatment plan he recommends takes into account your needs and unique dental needs. We will monitor your progress carefully over time. Rest assured you are in good hands at our office.