Educating Patients About Periodontal Disease

Much like the case with cavities and tooth decay, patients often find themselves confused when it comes to periodontal disease. Answering patient questions can help to reassure them that their treatment plan will make a positive impact on their life. Below is a list of some of the most commonly asked questions from patients about gum disease. Take note of the answers given in the videos linked to each question — this might help you formulate your own answers to these questions when they arise.


Commonly asked question #1: “What’s the difference between gingivitis and periodontal disease?” (WATCH)


Commonly asked question #2: “Can I get rid of periodontal (gum) disease?” (WATCH


Commonly asked question #3: “I have advanced periodontal disease. What are my options?” (WATCH


Commonly asked question #4: “What’s the best treatment for periodontal disease?” (WATCH


Commonly asked question #5: “Can probiotics help to keep periodontal disease in remission?” (WATCH


One of the most important concerns regarding the connection between dental and overall health is inflammation, which is very closely linked to gum health. The mouth is recognized to be the #1 source of inflammation. According to recent studies, every inflammatory disease is significantly affected by oral inflammation. Doctors heavily emphasize that controlling oral inflammation is a key step in preventing and controlling other inflammation-related diseases. Take a look at the picture below to get an idea of what inflammatory diseases this includes — and keep in mind: it is not limited only to those on the list.



As dental providers, it is important that we utilize the time spent with our patients to educate them on how to treat and prevent oral inflammation. This will improve their oral health, thus improving their overall health and quality of life. Because of the significant impact that oral inflammation can have on the body, dental teams are absolutely essential.



But preventative measures aren’t just limited to the advice above, either. The fact that oral and overall health are so interconnected also means that the patient’s overall health can impact oral health, too. This means that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, on top of oral hygiene maintenance, is key to avoiding dental diseases. 


Dental providers can help their patients even better by educating them on living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. By incorporating these tips into their daily lives, patients will have healthier mouths, and healthier bodies, and ultimately, they will live both longer and better overall.