Periodontal disease needs regular visits

Gum disease is often treated using scaling and root planning, a conservative non-surgical procedure. But to maintain non-bleeding gums after treatment, regular maintenance is necessary. The dental hygienist, at the general dentist or periodontist, can assess gum pockets regularly.

Yet, a recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology reports that compliance to maintenance is low. At periodontist offices, about 30% of patients do not return after the active treatment. Various psychological factors are reported, including life events and stress.


Dr. David Sarment, DDS, MS

Periodontics, Dental implants

Alexandria, Virginia