Periodontology – Avoid tooth loss by early screening!
What is a periodontal disease?
Scientific studies show that today about 90% of over 30 year-olds suffer from various forms of gum disease (periodontitis). Yet, most are not even aware of their disease, because the danger is that the inflammation usually increases completely painless and is therefore not recognized. Aches and pains only show up in the final stage, when the impugned teeth lose their grip, loosen and fall out or have to be removed. Many do not know that periodontal disease e.g. can be transmitted by kissing. Periodontitis is an infectious disease.
How does a periodontal disease develop?
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Monitoring the health of your gums and visiting a dentist could be the difference between moderate treatment and gum surgery. Signs and symptoms you should look out for and seek a dentist’s advice for include:
- Bleeding gums when you floss or brush your teeth
- Tooth mobility
- Space that has recently formed between the teeth and increases
- Swollen and tender gums
- Receding gumline that makes the teeth look longer
- Pus between the teeth
- Mouth sores
- Continual bad breath
- Changes in how your teeth bite together
The initial, reversible inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) can be stopped by an in time treatment, e.g. by a professional tooth cleaning (PTC). Otherwise particularly aggressive bacteria insidiously also engage the periodontal ligaments and spread along the gum pockets towards the dental bone. Periodontitis develops, which leads to bone loss. The chances of recovery depend on how far the jaw bone has already been damaged.
What happens during a treatment of periodontitis?
By therapy the periodontal disease gets under control and comes to a stop, so that ones own teeth can be maintained for lifetime. Receding gums can be improved by plastic corrections.
Risks of an untreated periodontal disease
What many affected do not know: According to several studies, an untreated periodontal disease statistically increases the risk of a heart disease and arterial calcification in twelve times, the prematurity – risk and low birth weight in seven times, heart attack and stroke risk in five times, diabetes, rheumatism and gastrointestinal diseases in many times.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are not fatal diseases. Six-monthly professional dental cleaning (PDC) as well as annual check-ups at the dentist, good oral hygiene and a healthy dental diet are the best protection against periodontal disease. Diagnosis and precaution in time at ZZL – your Dental Health Center Lucerne not only ensure that you keep your bright smile, but also protect against disease.
“Prevention and treatment of periodontitis contribute to the health of your mouth and have a positive impact on your general health.”
We remind you – your dentist Lucerne
Our recall system automatically reminds due dates of examination as well as the next teeth cleaning, so that once stopped periodontitis can not flare up again.
“We want you and your teeth to stay healthy!”
We gladly advise you. Call us 041 210 77 10 and let us do a check-up.