Preventing Periodontal Disease
You play the major role in preventing periodontal disease. To keep your teeth for a lifetime, you must effectively remove plaque from your teeth by conscientious brushing and flossing twice every day. Additional aids such as interproximal brushes, Waterpiks, etc may also be beneficial.
Regular dental visits are equally important as your daily home care routine. Daily cleaning will keep the formation of calculus to a minimum, but it won't completely prevent it. A professional cleaning (scaling, or prophylaxis) will remove hardened calculus in places that your toothbrush, floss and other cleaning aids have missed. Your recommended in office cleaning frequency will likely range from every 3 months to every 6 months. These visits can be alternated with our office and your general dentist office once your periodontal disease has stabilized.
Several different methods of brushing are acceptable. One effective method for removing plaque is as follows:
Brush thoroughly with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. If you notice any repeated discomfort after brushing, consult your dentist.
One method to clean between teeth is with dental floss. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from areas a toothbrush can't reach. Flossing is a skill that takes time and practice. Glide is an excellent non-shredding floss.
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