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How should I care for someone with periodontitis?

If a child or anyone else in your care has periodontitis, or gum disease, make sure he or she:
  • sees a dentist regularly for treatments and checkups
  • has his or her teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year, although your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings
  • takes any medications prescribed by his or her dentist
  • practices good oral hygiene by brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once day

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