The maintenance phase focuses entirely on preventing the periodontal disease from returning. Without careful maintenance, there’s a high recurrence rate.

Your dentist will carefully detail the oral hygiene practices you need to follow, including brushing your teeth properly and flossing daily. Clean your teeth carefully, making sure not to miss any of the hard-to-reach spots, and use mouthwash to help kill off any leftover bacteria. You’ll see your dentist for a three-month follow-up instead of waiting six months to make sure everything is in good working order.

Some individuals may also enter a restorative phase if extensive surgery was needed. Implants or prosthetics may be inserted if teeth were extracted or if a large amount of tissue or bone had to be removed. Orthodontic treatment can also help align your teeth properly, making them easier to care for.