Preventing periodontal disease is often possible by following optimal oral hygiene at home, combined with regular trips to your dentist.
How Do I Care for My Teeth and Gums at Home?
Consider our recommendations for your best oral hygiene regimen to ensure you are doing your part to avoid periodontal disease:
- Brush your teeth daily. Brush twice a day, once when you get out of bed in the morning and once at night, preferably after your final meal, just before bedtime.
- Choose a soft-bristle toothbrush. Avoid harder brushes, which may damage enamel.
- Purchase a new toothbrush at least once every three months for optimal cleaning power.
- Check your products for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval to ensure you are using a safe, effective toothbrush or toothpaste.
- Use toothpaste that includes fluoride.
- Floss between your teeth at least once a day. Gently cup the floss around the side of each tooth in a C-shape, rather than just moving it in an up-and-down motion to remove plaque beneath your gumline.
How Often Do I Need to Visit the Dentist?
At Periodontics Associates, we suggest visiting your general dentist once every three to six months for check-ups and cleanings, depending on your oral health. Your dentist can remove the plaque and build-up you haven’t been able to remove at home before it hardens, leading to tooth decay and periodontal disease. If you have periodontal disease, we may also suggest regular visits with our team to keep your oral health in check for a healthy smile.
Seeking treatment or surgery for periodontal disease? Our board-certified periodontists take a compassionate approach to periodontal care, and will spend time getting to know you rather than hurrying out of the exam room. Schedule a visit with our team at Periodontics Associates today to review your treatment options with Dr. Comeaux or Dr. Pearson in our Lafayette office, or with Dr. Comeaux at our Opelousas satellite office. Please contact us if you have any questions.