Prevention and Treatment

Control of plaque by daily brushing and flossing, and twice yearly professional cleaning are preventive. Antibacterial treatment directed against the spirochetes and anaerobic rods rapidly relieves the acute symptoms, but this must be followed by extensive removal of plaque and calculus.

The main features of teeth and gum infections are presented in table 24.1.

Table 24.1 Important Infections of the Teeth and Gums

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