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A 43-year-old female asked:

i got scaling and root planing done three months ago. i then moved far away. the new periodontist recommends i get it again. is that too soon?

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Dr. Ronald Smith
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not necessarily : To treat periodontitis often a 3 month recall is needed until it is in control.
Dr. Robert Haake
Dentistry 36 years experience
Three months is really the "outside" timeframe for re-evaluation after having periodontal treatment. Waiting longer can allow the bacteria responsible for causing peridontitis a chance to re-establish themselves and cause it to start recurring.
Jan 4, 2016

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