An average of three out of four adults has some form of periodontal disease. In most cases, gum disease is painless and many patients suffer unknowingly until they become aware of the disease in an advanced stage.

Early detection and treatment are extremely important, with the help of a dentist being necessary who, through a thorough clinical and radiological examination, can make the correct diagnosis.

The first signs and symptoms that appear when the gum is unhealthy are spontaneous bleeding or bleeding after brushing, swelling, redness and swelling of the gums.

When the problem progresses, other symptoms can be detected such as receding gums, longer looking teeth, pus, bad taste and bad breath, mobility and separation of the teeth, increased sensitivity when consuming hot and cold drinks, and a burning sensation and pain in the gums.

What is periodontal maintenance?

After the first stage of periodontal treatment when the specialist determines that the disease is under control, it is necessary to establish regular visits.
Maintenance is a critical stage of periodontal treatment and it is the only way to control chronic periodontal disease in the long term.

In each maintenance visit, the specialist dental hygienist will perform a series of protocoled actions. They will check the clinical status of each tooth, assess oral hygiene and remove calculus that has re-formed. The interval of visits will be established by the periodontist based on the individual needs of each particular case, but it is usually between 3 and 6 months.

Avoid confusing periodontal maintenance with simple dental cleaning, as it is an individualized medical action depending on the situation of each patient at each particular time.