Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the gums and bone that result from bacterial accumulation in certain genetically predisposed individuals. While it cannot be cured, once it is under control continued professional maintenance is critical. This often occurs more frequently (every 3-4 months) than typical dental cleanings. The treatment is minimally invasive using standard cleaning instruments, but may involve isolated areas of scaling and root planing with possible local antibiotics where inflammation and deeper pockets persist. Alternating these maintenance visits with your dentist is critical to insure the co-management of your continuing collective dental needs.