FOCUSED CLINICAL QUESTION: What are the key considerations for effective delivery of oral hygiene home care to best manage or prevent periodontal diseases? BACKGROUND: Plaque control is critical for the management of periodontal diseases, but not all patients demonstrate the same risk for disease progression and challenges differ based upon clinical findings. This report seeks to present evidence-based oral hygiene recommendations for a variety of common periodontal diseases. SUMMARY: Accurate diagnosis, risk assessment, and individualized delivery of oral hygiene instruction is necessary to ensure that patients can provide adequate home care to promote health and maintain the benefits of periodontal therapy. CONCLUSIONS: Oral hygiene techniques and recommendations should vary based upon patients' clinical presentation and risk assessment. Utilization of evidence-based strategies to deliver personalized care will allow for optimal wellness for patients.