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Are there alternative treatments for periodontitis?

Periodontitis should really be treated by a qualified dentist, but there are some things you can do at home to help your periodontitis. Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably with an electric toothbrush. Additionally, floss daily and use a mouth wash to reduce plaque build-up.

There are no proven alternative treatments for periodontitis, the more severe form of gingivitis or gum disease. Periodontitis requires early professional treatment to remove the bacteria and help the gums heal. Without proper treatment, you risk experiencing extreme pain and distress from this gum disease due to bone infections, separation of the gum from the teeth, and loosening of the teeth. It may even become necessary to pull your teeth. 

While alternative or natural therapies may be available to keep teeth clean or white, periodontitis is a serious oral health problem that needs a trained professional administering treatment.

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