The best approach to Periodontal Disease is to avoid it. Until recently the focus has been on Plaque when the actual source of the problem is the Bacteria that creates Plaque. Plaque is involved as it creates a safe haven that encourages the spread of this harmful bacteria.
If you are experiencing Gingivitis you need to take it seriously. The progression from Gingivitis to Periodontal Disease can happen before you realize it. While your gums can regenerate in a low bacterial environment, the bone loss may be permanent. Many gum disease treatments are ineffective or offer temporary relief while creating long-term damage.
Your dentist may have already recommended deep cleaning and other in-office treatments. It is best to take their guidance seriously.