If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontitis, the more severe form of periodontal disease, you’re among the nearly half of all Americans over age 30 who live with this chronic condition. But don’t let the fact that it’s common lull you into complacency.
Periodontitis typically starts as gingivitis, or a mild inflammation of the gum tissue caused by a build-up of plaque around your teeth. Left untreated, that mild gingivitis worsens into an infection. That infection causes gums to recede and form spaces or “pockets” that collect plaque and food. Over time, the infection can spread below the gumline to destroy the root and bones that support the tooth.
If you suspect that you have periodontal disease, or if you haven’t seen a dentist for more than a year, visit one for an exam and professional cleaning as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of your condition, your dentist may refer you to a Periodontist, a specialist in treating periodontal disease. Recommendations may include:
Treatments for periodontitis vary, but all involve taking your at-home oral care and hygiene seriously. Your dentist will instruct you on how to brush your teeth properly, and advise you to stop smoking because it makes periodontal disease worse. Dentists also recommend Water Flossing as a gentle and effective way to continue to treat your periodontal disease at home:
If you have periodontal disease, you need to manage it daily like any other chronic condition. Waterpik® Water Flossers make that easy. Countertop models offer the most features, including variable pressure settings and modes, larger water reservoirs, power control, and a variety of special tips for periodontal disease and other dental conditions. Choose the one that best meets your at-home care needs, and choose with confidence—Waterpik® Water Flossers have earned the prestigious American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.