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How do I manage my chronic periodontitis on a daily basis?

Managing your periodontitis means committing to good oral hygiene habits every day. Always brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.

Carol Jahn
Dentist

The best way to manage chronic periodontitis on a daily basis is by practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day along with once daily cleaning in between your teeth is critical. Floss is often not the best choice for people with periodontitis as it may not be able to thoroughly clean around a tooth that has lost bone. Other products such as interdental brushes or a water flosser may be a better choice.

While there is no cure for chronic (long-term) periodontitis, you can manage this serious gum disease by following these tips on a daily basis:
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and after each meal. Brushing removes food and plaque from the teeth and gums.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing removes food, plaque, and the bacteria that lies between the teeth and the gums.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash each time you brush your teeth to kill bacteria in the mouth.
  • See your dentist regularly for oral exams and treatment of the periodontitis to prevent tooth loss and other serious problems.

If you are diagnosed with chronic periodontitis, it is important to follow your doctor's recommendations regarding home oral care and treatment options. Some steps you can take to manage chronic periodontitis on a daily basis include the following:

  • two teeth cleanings a day or after eating;
  • daily use of mouth wash and floss;
  • reduce your intake of sugary foods and having a good diet;
  • quit smoking or chewing tobacco;
  • make sure to stay hydrated.

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