Periodontitis: What can I do myself?

The success of periodontal therapy is heavily dependent on patient cooperation. Even the best dentist can’t treat the disease successfully without the patient’s help.

Good dental care can save teeth

The daily dental care routine is particularly important. This is how plaque and bacteria are removed on an ongoing basis. These start to become reestablished within just a few hours of tooth brushing. If this isn’t tackled in a regular and careful manner, the vicious circle of periodontitis starts again. But brushing with a tooth brush is not enough by itself for good dental care. The additional, regular and proper use of interdental brushes, dental floss, tongue scrapers and mouth rinses is needed to keep the spaces between the teeth and the rest of the oral cavity sufficiently clean.

Change of lifestyle

Lifestyle habits such as smoking or stress have a harmful effect on periodontal health and should be reduced and even completely avoided if possible. Nicotine in particular promotes the progression of periodontitis and considerably limits the potential success of the treatment. As with many other diseases, a healthy and balanced diet is also helpful in periodontitis.

Lifelong treatment

Periodontitis is a chronic disease. The challenge is therefore to demonstrate perseverance! A meticulous dental care regime must therefore be maintained consistently in order to continue benefiting from the treatment. Regular visits to the dentist will also be necessary – even for the rest of your life. The dentist will then be able to make use of the check-ups to identify any new flare-up of the infection at an early stage and to instigate targeted interventions immediately. But it doesn’t have to get that far. Because when a patient is motivated and follows the dentist’s instructions, there is a good chance that the disease will remain stable in the long term.