If you’ve already experienced one episode of gum disease, you face a much higher risk of developing this condition again in the future. Therefore, it’s essential that you follow the guidance of your dentist in regard to your home oral hygiene routine as well as follow-up professional care and monitoring.
Periodontal treatment becomes necessary when the inflammation associated with gum diseases causes symptoms that need to be addressed, such as bleeding, swelling or redness of the gums, or in more advanced phases, gum recession and loosening of the teeth. That inflammation is caused by a buildup of oral bacteria. Therefore, if you can minimize the presence of those bacteria, you can reduce your risk of future bouts with gum disease that might warrant further periodontal treatment.
Unsurprisingly, a solid daily oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing and flossing is the foundation of maintaining your oral health after receiving periodontal treatment. Be sure to brush twice each day for two minutes each session, using proper technique. Believe it or not if you brush too hard or too long, you may actually be doing more damage to your smile. Effective flossing is also a must to clean the spaces that your toothbrush can’t reach.
You must also continue to follow up with your dentist after getting treatment for gum disease. It’s generally good practice to get an exam and professional cleaning every six months, whether you have a history of gum disease or not. If you do have a history of gum disease, your dentist may advise for more frequent cleanings to minimize bacteria and check-ins to monitor for signs of a recurrence.
If you have already received one course of gum disease treatment, it’s important to maintain your oral health to make a recurrence less likely. Follow the guidelines offered by your providers, and speak with one of our knowledgeable professionals if you have any questions about your home oral care regimen or the professional care that you receive on an ongoing basis.
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