When it comes to getting periodontal treatment, it isn't just your dentist's responsibility to improve your oral health. You will also have a major role in the success or failure of your periodontal treatment.
To get the best results when it comes to your periodontal health, you'll need to make a variety of changes in your life and take on some added responsibilities.
Improved Daily Oral Hygiene
You've likely been brushing your teeth up until this point, but if you've developed periodontal disease, there are clearly some flaws in your technique. You'll need to become more diligent about brushing and flossing in order to control plaque levels.
Most periodontal diseases will start in between your teeth in an area that you can't reach with a brush, so have your dentist teach you how to floss properly to access these hidden spaces.
Make Lifestyle Changes There are certain lifestyle habits that can make you more susceptible to developing gum disease. Smoking is a major factor, and it can also dramatically increase your risk of losing teeth. If you are diabetic, you will also be more susceptible to developing gum disease, so it is important to properly maintain your blood sugar levels. A healthy diet will also promote better healing of the gums.
Maintaining a Regular Dental Schedule
You'll also need to be diligent about scheduling routine dental maintenance with your dentist or periodontist. These professionals will determine the frequency with which you need to come in, but patients with moderate and advanced gum disease typically need to make appointments of every three months.
You'll need to stick to this schedule faithfully in order to reap the benefits of dental treatment. If you have additional questions about how you can work to improve the health of your gums, be sure to contact our office for further guidance.