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 working with a nutritionist.
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Last reviewed August 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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