What toothpaste and what mouthwash should I use if I have periodontitis?
It should be made clear that no toothpaste and no mouthwash are able to treat or to prevent periodontitis. The periodontal treatment is specific and can only be given by specialists. Prevention of periodontitis can be achieved through a proper oral hygiene regimen: correct toothbrushing along with dental flossing or use of interdental brushes. Toothpaste and mouthwash can be used as an adjunctive for a good oral home care and they cannot in any case repalce toothbrushing or dental flossing.
That does not mean that you should not use toothpaste and mouthwash. In contrast, the use of toothpaste is necessary when you brush your teeth for many reasons. First of all because of the sense of freshness and cleanliness it leaves you after you finish brushing. Then because of the flouride almost every toothpaste has, teeth are protected from caries. As far as mouthwash is concerned, it must be noted again that its role is adjunctive. It cannot treat, nor prevent the periodontal disease but its use is very pleasant to patients leaving a fresh and clean breathing.
At this point it should be noted that certain mouthwash containing chlorhexidine should not be used on a regular basis. Usually the mouthwash containing chlorhexidine are prescribed by the periodontist during the conservative periodontal treatment or after some surgical perio treatments. In this case you should follow religiously the instructions given, since if these mouthwash are overused, they can be the cause of many problems such as teeth and tongue staining, more calculus build up, metalic taste and even tolerance of the microbes and incapability of chlorhexidine to act in the future.
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?