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Keeping gums healthy

09/29/2010

Question:

I have always had good teeth and never had many cavities. My dentist told me that I have gum problems that I need to fix and is sending me to a periodontist. Once I am back to normal how can I be sure that I keep my gums healthy?

Answer:

This is an excellent question. Here are some very general guidelines. Most important is proper oral hygiene at home, basically, brushing and flossing, then, continued maintenance with in-office cleanings on a regular basis. Every six months is generally appropriate, but depending on the periodontist's recommendation, it could be every three months. Often these maintenance appointments are alternate between the periodontist and the general dentist.

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Response by:

Stuart B Sears, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University