Supportive Periodontal Therapy
Long Term Maintenance – Supportive Periodontal treatment
If you have undergone specialist treatment for periodontal disease (gum disease), in order to keep your gum condition stable, you will benefit from having specialised 3-monthly hygiene visits called supportive periodontal therapy (SPT). The optimal frequency to keep your gum disease under control is 3-monthly because you are prone to gum disease. The evidence for 3-monthly appointments is based on many long term scientific clinical studies.
However, these hygiene visits (i.e. SPT visits) must follow a certain protocol which is outlined as follows:
Identifying and recording any problem sites
Monitoring and recording bleeding on probing
Therapeutic treatment of these sites (where necessary using local anaesthetic)
Plaque control assessment and scores
Demonstration and modification of home care techniques where needed
Specific problem areas in your mouth, therefore, need to be addressed at each of these hygiene visits to prevent recurrent disease.