The following steps can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease:
You should see your dentist every six months for a careful cleaning and for a thorough dental checkup. Furthermore, if you’ve already been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you should have a more thorough cleaning every three months.
A nutritious diet can help you fight all forms of infection, including the kind that causes periodontal disease. Ask your doctor whether you would benefit from:
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Gum disease information. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease.htm . Accessed October 14, 2013.
Periodontal (gum) disease. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/ . Accessed October 14, 2013.
Last reviewed September 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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