Myth: Is it true that you can’t prevent periodontal (gum) disease?
Dr. Andrew Carmosino: “Partly true, but that’s not the entire story. The things we can do to help prevent or slow the progression of gum disease include the type of care you get at home with brushing and flossing and your regular appointments with your hygienists and dentists.
The part that is partially true about that is that certain people may be more susceptible to gum disease based on genetics, family history or even possibly medical conditions that they have, such as diabetes. So this really highlights the importance of having a thorough periodontal exam, potentially even with someone like a periodontist who can not only identify what problems exist, but what risk factors there may be, and how these can be controlled. Once these risk factors, such as medical problems or family history are identified, we can then tailor your treatment personally for you to make sure that you have the most optimal or best periodontal health possible!”