Even if you have already been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you may be able to avoid progression of the disease or possible complications by following your dentist’s advice for managing your condition.
Do not wait for your regularly scheduled dental appointment if you notice:
A nutritious diet can help you fight all forms of infection, including the kind that causes periodontal disease. Certain foods can also increase irritation of the gums or erosion of the teeth. Ask your dentist or doctor whether you would benefit from:
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