Long-term Commitment to Care

Plaque is constantly forming and needs to be removed every day. The best way to remove plaque and keep your teeth and gums healthy is to floss and brush daily. Flossing cleans between teeth and under gums. Brushing cleans the front, back, and chewing surfaces of teeth.

Periodontal disease is chronic, thus you will need regular lifetime dental care. Your periodontist may recommend that you have your teeth cleaned four or more times a year, to help keep periodontal disease from returning and worsening.

Some risk factors for periodontal disease can be controlled. This helps reduce your risk of future problems with gum disease:

  1. If you smoke, make quitting a priority.
  2. If you have diabetes, talk to your primary healthcare provider about how you can better manage the disease.
  3. If you take medications that increase your risk, ask your doctor if there’s another medication you can take.
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We encourage you to visit the American Academy of Periodontology website at www.perio.org for everything you need to know about periodontal health!