See your dentist or dental hygienist regularly for cleanings, usually every six to 12 months. Gingivitis can be reversed and gum disease can be prevented from worsening in almost all cases by practicing proper plaque control. Proper plaque control involves professional cleaning at least twice a year and brushing and flossing daily. The best way to prevent periodontitis is to have regular dental cleanings and practice good oral hygiene at home between visits.
People who are prone to periodontitis may require more frequent cleanings than people without gum disease. Ask your dentist how often you should clean your teeth to maintain optimal oral health. Many people already brush their teeth at least once a day, and this helps. However, brushing twice a day is an excellent way to ensure cleanliness and prevent food from getting stuck between your teeth, a problem that can cause the formation of plaque and, eventually, tartar.
Also be sure to brush your teeth with gum-healthy toothpaste and replace your toothbrush every three to four months. The most important thing you can do to stop the progression of gum disease is to control plaque levels. Daily brushing and flossing, plus at least two professional cleanings a year, can keep plaque at bay. At Grace Dental Group, Woo Young Lee, DDS understands the seriousness of periodontitis or gum disease and the additional problems that arise when it occurs.
The impact of periodontal disease on your dental health depends on its severity and the treatments you receive. Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that addresses and offers specific treatment options for periodontal disease. This is why some people with poor dental hygiene may never have periodontal problems, and that's why some people who brush and floss religiously end up with the disease.