Patient Instructions for Healthy Gums

The following instructions for home care apply to patients who’s risk assessment has shown they have healthy gums.

Be Proactive at Home to Maintain your Healthy Gums

  • Brush for two minutes, twice daily with over-the-counter fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to reduce plaque and tartar build-up.
  • Rinse with one cap full (10 ml) of over-the-counter antibacterial fluoride mouth rinse every morning and night.
  • We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your oral health, which may include x-rays. Your dentist may adjust your individual recommendations based on your specific needs.

Our Intervention Guide

The helpful guide below compares the different treatment recommendations for each gum disease risk level. You have Healthy Gums.

Gum Health Graph

 

Likelihood of Losing a Tooth due to Gum Disease (by Risk Level)*

  • It is important for patients at low risk for gum disease to maintain their current oral hygiene practices to maintain their risk level. However, these patients have little to no risk of losing a tooth due to gum disease if they maintain this level.
  • Patients who maintain a moderate risk level for gum disease have a 30% risk that sites with gingivitis could develop periodontitis if left untreated.
  • Patients who maintain a high risk level for gum disease have a risk of losing 5 teeth per 10 years compared to patients at low risk.
  • Patients who maintain an extreme risk level for gum disease have a risk of losing 16 teeth per 10 years compared to patients at low risk.

*Löe H, Anerud A, Boysen H, Morrison E. Natural history of periodontal disease in man. J Clin Periodontol 13:431, 1986. PJ Robinson, Gingivitis: A prelude to periodontitis; J Clin Dent 6(Spec issue)41-45:1995.