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The five most-asked questions about periodontal disease, Part 5

Dr. Guglielmoni answers the five questions about periodontal disease The Practice SF hears most frequently.

Number 5:  How do I avoid periodontal disease?

First, one thing has not changed in dentistry for decades, and that is the prescription for oral health:  brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss them at least once daily.  This is also the prescription for avoiding periodontal disease.

Second, we recommend visiting your dentist every six months.  He or she not only will be more familiar with your oral health and general systemic health, which are factors in causing the plaque that leads to periodontal disease, your dentist can detect a periodontal threat earlier.  Your dentist may recommend more than one cleaning every six months; he or she may suggest a cleaning every three months.

Third, we recommend a well-balanced diet of foods that boost your immune system.  Avoid snacking on processed sugars every day – they contribute greatly to the formation of plaque.

Finally, don’t begin smoking, and if you do, quit.  Recent research shows that smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease seven-fold.

To view Part 1, click here.  To view Part 2, click here.  To view Part 3, click here.  To view Part 4, click here.

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Paola Guglielmoni, DDS, MS, is a periodontist and a partner in The Practice SF. She earned her dental degree in her native Italy and worked as a general dentist in Genova. Dr. Guglielmoni moved to the USA and received her DDS from Loma Linda University where she also completed her Certificate in Periodontics and Masters Degree in Oral Biology. She has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Periodontology at UCSF. Dr. Guglielmoni is a member of several professional organizations including The American Dental Association, The American Academy of Periodontics, The Academy of Osseointegration, and the California Society of Periodontists.

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