The following steps can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease:
You should see your dentist every 6 months for a careful cleaning and for a thorough dental checkup. If you’ve already been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you should schedule a cleaning every 3 months.
A nutritious diet can help you fight all forms of infection. It may also help you prevent foods that can be damaging or irritating to your teeth and gums. Ask your doctor whether you would benefit from working with a nutritionist.
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Last reviewed September 2017 by Michael Woods, MD Last Updated: 11/1/2017