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

You can make several lifestyle changes that will help you to successfully manage your chronic periodontitis. Good tooth care will control plaque buildup and bacterial infections. This includes brushing twice daily and after every meal, flossing daily, and rinsing daily with a mouthwash. Healthy diet, including a limited intake of sugary foods, will prevent tooth decay. Keeping hydrated will increase your saliva production and thus control bacterial infections.

A major risk factor for periodontitis is smoking, with your risk growing with every cigarette smoked. However, upon quitting, former smokers can significantly improve their recovery of periodontal health.

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