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The Best Way to Prevent Periodontitis: Insights from a Periodontal Specialist

Hello there! I'm Dr.Leande Kotze, a Periodontist and Oral Medicine specialist. In today's blog post, I'd like to share with you the best way to prevent periodontitis, a gum and bone disease that affects millions of people worldwide. As a specialist, I have worked with countless patients to help them understand, prevent, and treat periodontitis. This blog post will provide you with essential tips and strategies to maintain your oral health and keep your gums and teeth in top shape. Let's dive right in!

Understanding Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the supporting structures of your teeth, such as the gums, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, as well as having systemic implications, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and other health issues.

Preventing Periodontitis: The Best Practices

Maintain good oral hygiene: The cornerstone of preventing periodontitis is maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily to reduce plaque and bacteria buildup. Don't forget to brush your tongue too, as it harbors bacteria that can contribute to gum disease.

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings: Visiting your dentist every six months for check-ups and professional cleanings is essential. Your dentist or dental hygienist can remove plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing can't reach. They can also identify early signs of gum disease and address them before they progress to periodontitis.

Healthy diet and lifestyle: Consuming a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help support your oral health. Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as they can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying physically active, managing stress, and getting enough sleep can positively impact your overall health, including your oral health.

Quit smoking: Smoking is a significant risk factor for periodontitis. It weakens your immune system, making it harder to fight off gum infections. Quitting smoking will significantly decrease your chances of developing periodontitis and improve your overall health.

Monitor your oral health: Be vigilant about any changes in your gums, teeth, or overall oral health. If you notice bleeding, swollen or receding gums, persistent bad breath, or loose teeth, contact your dentist or periodontist immediately for a thorough evaluation.

Consider genetic factors: If you have a family history of periodontitis or other oral health issues, be sure to inform your dental care provider. They may recommend more frequent check-ups and cleanings or suggest additional preventive measures to reduce your risk.


Preventing periodontitis is possible with proper oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. By incorporating these best practices into your daily routine, you can ensure the health and longevity of your teeth and gums.

As a periodontist, I am committed to helping my patients maintain their oral health and prevent periodontitis. If you have any concerns or questions about your oral health, don't hesitate to reach out to your dental care provider for guidance and support. Remember, prevention is always better than cure!

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