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How can aggressive periodontitis be prevented?

Aggressive periodontitis is a term that describes several especially severe and progressive forms of peridontitis, or gum disease, which may lead to bone and tooth loss. Good oral hygiene is the first step in preventing gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily. Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables, and try to limit your sugar intake. If you smoke, quit. Also, see your dentist every 6 months for a check up and cleaning.
If you are concerned that you or your child may have aggressive periodontitis, call your dentist. An exam and x-ray of your teeth and gums will often be enough to make the diagnosis and determine how much bone has been lost. Treatment often includes deep cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planning, antibiotic therapy, or surgery.

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