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What lifestyle changes should I make if I have necrotizing periodontitis?

Tobacco use is a leading risk factor for necrotizing periodontitis, and individuals with this severe gum infection should stop using all tobacco products, getting help if necessary. Avoid all carbonated and alcoholic beverages and stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Get into the habit of brushing teeth after each meal and flossing daily. See the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.

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