Helping Patients Understand Gum Disease

This video demonstrates the progression of periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis.

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Risk Factors

Discuss with your patient if any of these risk factors apply to them

Tobacco

Tobacco

Smoking is the most significant risk factor for periodontal disease

Systemic Diseases

Systemic Diseases

Recent research indicates that periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, may be associated with the development of cardiovascular disease.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Changes in hormone levels that occur during pregnancy can make your gums more susceptible to periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis.

Poor diet

Poor diet

A poor diet, especially one deficient in calcium, vitamin C, and B vitamins, can contribute to periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis.

Poor brushing technique

Poor brushing technique

Aggressive or improper brushing can damage gums

In-Office Treatment Options

The most common in-office procedures

This video demonstrates a before-and-after view of a scaling procedure.

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This video demonstrates a root-planing procedure on a patient with mild periodontitis.

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At-Home Treatment Options

The most common at-home treatments

This video demonstrates a brushing technique.

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This video demonstrates a flossing technique on 3 interproximal areas.

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Recommended Products

Colgate Total® Toothpaste

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Colgate® Slim Soft Toothbrush

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Colgate® PerioGard® (Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse, 0.12%) Rinse (Rx only)

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