Periodontal Visit Care Instructions
Great news! More than 90% of patients who are treated for Periodontal Disease and continue with Periodontal Maintenance have successful results and keep their teeth. To better insure a great outcome, there are 3 things we need modify to clear up your infection. First, we need to do a deeper, more focused cleaning (either performed today or next time), give you a few tips on your home care, and see you back for a cleaning every 3-4 months to make sure your periodontal condition stays stable or improves. Of course, the earlier the disease is treated, the better the success rate!
You can pick up the germs that cause periodontal disease and/or cavities from kissing your spouse or significant other. Your spouse/significant other should be seeing a dentist regularly to maximize the success of treating your disease. We are happy to provide a free consultation with both of you together if your significant other has not been seen by a dentist in the past six months.
Rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with your preferred mouth rinse or warm salt water. This can be made by dissolving one tablespoon of salt in an 8-oz glass of water. Start home care as instructed. Do not be concerned if there is mild bleeding during brushing for a few days following the deep cleaning procedure. Brushing twice per day and flossing once per day are key factors to a good prognosis, also use a Waterpik or Sonicare Air Floss if recommended by our hygienist or dentist.
Good food for your gums and oral health
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C, like grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines. One study found that people who ate less than the RDA for vitamin C were one and a half times more likely to develop gingivitis.
- Increase your omega-3 essential fatty acids by selecting high-quality wild-caught salmon, minimal-mercury albacore tuna, fish oil, avocados, and sprouted walnuts.
- Eat raw, organic vegetables and sprouted whole grain products
- Add high-quality fiber to your diet, such as ground flax seed.
- Add healthy saturated fats to your diet, such as organic virgin coconut oil.
- Add nutrient-dense and unprocessed foods such as sprouted nuts and seeds to your diet.
- Choose dairy items that have live, active cultures (probiotics), such as yogurt and kefir. It has been shown that regular consumption of yogurt can eliminate bad breath.
- Drink purified water throughout the day.
Foods to avoid
- All simple or refined carbohydrates (white flour, white rice, white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, crackers, processed snack foods, etc.)
- All foods containing refined sugar or artificial sugar-substitutes such as aspartame, Splenda®, etc. Choose a natural sweetener like Xylosweet (xylitol) instead.
- Alcoholic beverages in excess since they hinder the functioning of the immune and digestive systems – A compromised immune system can lead to periodontal disease, because the body is not fully able to fight off bacteria in the mouth.
- Sweetened fruit juices, and candy – Sugary foods and drinks can accelerate tooth decay.
- Carbonated soft drinks that cause blood pH levels to become acidic – Mouth acidity can accelerate tooth decay.
- Sodium nitrite found in processed foods such as hot dogs, lunch meats, and bacon
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) found in many foods as a flavor enhancer
- Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils found in many processed foods, deep-fried foods, fast foods, and junk food – Read more about good fats and bad fats.
- Excessive caffeine intake – Moderate amounts of caffeine may be beneficial. However, for people who are diabetic, caffeine can actually aggravate dry mouth symptoms, where the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva to protect teeth from decay. The proper amount of saliva is essential for healthy teeth.
- Avoid smoking 7-14 days following the deep cleaning procedures, as smoking will delay the healing of your gums. In addition, please strongly consider quitting smoking.
- You may be given a prescription mouth wash and/or antibiotic gel placed on your gums, please use them as indicated Please take Ibuprofen or Advil 600mg every 4-6 hours if necessary.
- Do NOT exceed 2400 mg (12 tabs) in a 24 hour period!!!
- Please take Extra Strength Tylenol (but no more than 6 tablets of 500mg tylenol in a 24 hour period/3000 mg)
What are some risk factors for Periodontal Disease?
- Stress: Stress releases hormones in your bloodstream, which can make you more susceptible to periodontal problems.
- Clenching or Grinding your teeth Clenching or grinding your teeth places excessive forces on your teeth. They can crack, chip, or get loose. The excess pressure is transmitted to the supporting jawbone and can cause the bone to dissolve.
- Smoking: Before the tar, nicotine and other chemicals reach your lungs, your mouth is the first place these noxious agents settle. People who smoke often have more tartar (the hard deposits that glue themselves onto the teeth), the tartar is harder to remove, and smokers do not react to treatment as well as non-smokers.
- Prescription Medications can cause your gums to become enlarged and overgrown. The excess gum tissue covers the teeth so you can't even clean them. Please contact us for a complete list of these medications.
- Diabetics: Diabetic patients have more difficulty fighting infections, including periodontal disease. They are more likely to develop periodontal disease and have more severe bone loss than non-diabetics. In turn, this infection can impair their ability to utilize insulin, and their glucose levels can increase. Fortunately, studies have shown that control of periodontal disease will help control your blood sugar.
- Hormonal issues, such as Puberty, Menstruation, Pregnancy, and Menopause: As women's hormone levels change, the gums can be affected. They can become overly sensitive to plaque, resulting in swollen, red, tender, puffy gums. The best way to avoid periodontal problems is to begin with healthy gums and learn how to keep them healthy.
We are pleased to help you throughout this process, we are here anytime you have questions and with your help we can save your teeth and smile!
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