Importance of oral hygiene in the presence of periodontitis

Proper oral hygiene is the cornerstone of healthy teeth and gums. In the presence of periodontitis in particular, this must be performed consistently.

Dental care aids

The regular removal of bacterial deposits as part of the oral hygiene routine at home is vital to the long-term success of any treatment for periodontitis. Recolonization with bacteria, which sooner or later leads to renewed plaque formation, takes place only a short time after teeth have been brushed or cleaned. Within this biofilm, the various bacteria organize themselves into a community in which they cooperate with each other. Embedded in a matrix, they are also better protected against external influences such as antibiotics. If this process is not stopped, it leads to the establishment of gingivitis, which can progress to periodontitis if left untreated.

The patient also has responsibilities

If the plaque is not removed sufficiently, the ability of the immune system to inactivate the bacteria by itself is only limited. Brushing teeth carefully and cleaning the spaces between the teeth on a daily basis are therefore of paramount importance. For the patient to be able to do this properly, he/she must receive comprehensive training. Besides having his/her teeth cleaned regularly by a professional, the patient must therefore be repeatedly retrained and remotivated to adopt a thorough oral hygiene routine at home too. If a patient does not take his/her responsibility seriously or fails to master adequate oral hygiene, even the best dental treatment will not produce the desired outcome.