Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

How Often Should I See My Periodontist For An Examination After My Periodontal Disease Diagnosis?

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Mature red hair female with blue sweater in gardenIf you’ve met with a general dentist, or New York City’s periodontist Dr. Kissel, and found out that you have periodontal disease, you might be wondering how often you should see Dr. Kissel for examinations after your diagnosis.

After all, periodontal disease isn’t something to take lightly. If left untreated, it could lead to gum recession, jaw bone loss, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. But don’t worry just yet. With the help of a trained professional like Dr. Kissel, your teeth can be saved, and periodontal disease can be reversed. The key is to keep all your follow up appointments.

The Recommended Maintenance Schedule for New York City Periodontitis Patients

After your initial appointment and treatment appointments with Dr. Kissel, during which he may employ one of his state-of-the-art technologies to treat your disease in a minimally invasive manner, he strongly encourages patients like you to continue visiting his office for periodic examinations. The Journal of Dental Health recommends periodontitis patients revisit their periodontist for periodontal maintenance every three months.

This three-month time frame has been proven effective in keeping the progression of periodontal disease at bay. It’s important to note, however, that Dr. Kissel individualizes his treatment plans based on the specific needs of each of his patients. Therefore, if he determines your case of periodontal disease is severe and has progressed substantially, he may require you to visit him more frequently to maintain your dental health, and ultimately, your overall health as advanced peridontitis can increase your risks for heart disease and strokes. On the other hand, if you have a mild case of periodontal disease, Dr. Kissel may recommend you only visit his office every 4-6 months.

Regardless of how frequently New York City’s Dr. Kissel recommends you return for follow up visits, he will check the status of your periodontal disease every time you see him. These frequent check-ups are the best way to catch the recurrence of periodontal disease and help his patients reverse the disease altogether.

Your At-Home Treatment Routine in Between Your Periodontal Appointments

After you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease, practicing proper oral hygiene becomes more important than ever. Doing so not only prevents your disease from progressing, but also from recurring after it’s been professionally treated by New York City periodontist Dr. Kissel.

In between your periodontal appointments, you’ll need to:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Use anti-bacterial mouthwash once a day
  • Keep bi-annual appointments with your general dentist

Choose Dr. Kissel As Your Periodontist

If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease by your general dentist, call Dr. Kissel today. Only a board-certified periodontist will be able to properly treat your periodontal disease and get you back on the road to a healthy mouth. You can reach his office in New York City by calling (212) 702-9088.

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