How can I prevent periodontitis?
The etiology of periodontitis is multifactorial. One of the etiological factors is genetic predisposition. Due to this fact, it cannot be fully prevented. But since the other etiogical factors are environmental, it is possible to prevent it up to a point or at least delay its onset. One thing that can be definitely done is to preserve the teeth the longest possible even if there is periodontitis in the mouth (with the aid of proper prevention and care).
The first step to periodontitis prevention is good oral home care. That means proper toothbrushing together with the use of floss or interdental brushes in a daily basis. The second step to prevention is regular visits to the dentist (at least twice a year) for professional cleaning. The general dentist is usually the first to perceive the onset of periodontitis and refers to the periodontist. In case you have any doubt, you may ask for a periodontal consult yourself without the need of a referal. Finally, for those of you that smoke, in order to prevent periodontitis (and many other diseases), you should seriously consider quit smoking.
Frequently Asked Questions- Periodontology
- What is periodontitis?
- What is gingivitis?
- How can I be sure I have periodontitis or gingivitis?
- My dentist feels that I should see a specialist because I have gum disease, but I feel nothing and my gums do not bleed. Is it possible that I still have periodontitis?
- What is the difference between a periodontist and a general dentist?
- What causes periodontitis?
- Is periodontitis contagious?
- I am a smoker and I won't quit. Will I still benefit from the treatment of periodontitis?
- My dentist always told me I have good teeth and now my teeth are falling. How can this happen?
- Can you have periodontitis treated?
- What is the treatment for periodontitis?
- What toothpaste and what mouthwash should I use if I have periodontitis?
- Will I be in pain during the periodontitis treatment?
- Will I be in pain after the periodontal treatment? Will I be able to eat normally?
- How long does the periodontal treatment last?
- What will happen if I don't have the periodontitis treated?
- I have periodontitis and I need treatment, but I also need some new fillings, crowns and root canal treatments. What should I have taken care of first?
- How can I prevent periodontitis?
- I had periodontal treatment in the past, but now my gums have the disease again and I am frustrated. This disease never goes?
- After the fulfilment of the periodontal treatment, will I still need to see the periodontist or will I be able to have dental cleanings with my dentist?