You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your dentist about your personal risk factors and/or experience with periodontal disease. By talking openly and regularly with your dentist, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your dentist:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Dentist
About Periodontal Disease
About Your Risk of Developing Periodontal Disease
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
Gum disease: what you need to know. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease.htm . Updated May 2008. Accessed April 23, 2009.
Periodontal (gum) disease. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/ . Updated December 2008. Accessed April 23, 2009.
Periodontal (gum) diseases. American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.ada.org/ . Updated March 2005. Accessed April 23, 2009.
Last reviewed September 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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