Even if you have already been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you may be able to avoid progression of the disease or possible complications by following your dentist’s advice for managing your condition.
Brush your teeth twice daily:
Use an end-rounded, soft bristled toothbrush.If you have trouble managing with a manual toothbrush, consider using an electric toothbrush.Use a toothpaste containing fluoride.Hold your brush at a 45° angle with the bristles toward the gum.Brush every tooth surface and along the gum line, using small, circular motions.Clean between your teeth once each day, using either floss or another cleaning aid prescribed by your dentist.Ask your dentist if you would benefit from a fluoride mouth rinse.Visit your dentist for professional cleaning and a thorough check-up every 6 months.
Do not wait for your regularly scheduled dental appointment if you notice: Increase in gum tenderness, redness, or bleedingPus between your teeth or coming from your gumsLoose teeth or any teeth that seem less stableNew onset of pain or discomfort
is a major risk factor for the development of periodontal disease. Talk to your doctor about programs and aids to help you
can help you fight all forms of infection, including the kind that causes periodontal disease. Ask your dentist or doctor whether you would benefit from:
Working with a dietitian
Taking supplements, especially
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Last reviewed September 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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