Reduce Your Risk For Periodontitis

periodontitis-reduce-your-riskCan Periodontitis be Prevented?

Periodontitis can largely be prevented. Brushing your teeth at least twice per day, flossing daily and having dental cleanings every 6 to 12 months can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing periodontitis.

The following are additional steps that can be taken to help prevent periodontitis:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal or snack
  • Use a soft bristled tooth brush
  • Replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months
  • Use an electric toothbrush, which may be better at removing tartar and plaque than a manual tooth brush
  • Use mouth wash to help reduce plaque that develops between teeth
  • Ask your dentist about supplementing your brushing and flossing with an interdental cleaner such as a dental stick or dental pick

Resources are available for those who do not have dental insurance or cannot afford dental care:

  • Dental schools often have clinics that are staffed by instructors and students and care is provided based on ability to pay.
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration provides a network of clinics for individuals who qualify for reduced-cost care. Some of these clinics offer dental care.