Improving dental care
If the dentist establishes that periodontitis is present, the first thing he/she will do is try to improve the patient’s dental care. Besides regular professional tooth cleaning, this will also include giving the patient precise instructions on how to look after his/her teeth and gums properly at home. Tooth brushing alone is not enough, however, as looking after the spaces between the teeth is extremely important. If a check-up does not show the desired improvement despite good dental care, the next steps in the periodontitis treatment are planned. There may also be a need for microbiological or genetic testing.