Periodontitis Symptoms and Treatment

Periodontitis Symptoms and Treatment

Periodontitis can seriously affect the health of our teeth. Read about the early warning signs of this inflammation and what you can do about it
by Victoria.

We love what we see in the mirror: And this includes our beautiful smile. In order to maintain this for as long as possible, healthy teeth and gums are particularly important. Periodontitis can seriously affect the health of our teeth. Read about the early warning signs of this inflammation and what you can do about it in Victoria.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis, also known as pyorrhoea, is a chronic inflammation. It affects the gums, periodontal membrane and jawbone, i.e. of all the tissues that surround and support the teeth. These tissues gradually shrink, which means that the teeth become loose and may fall out.

How can I recognise it?

The difficult thing about this inflammation is that it is generally painless. However, the following symptoms can be an indication of it:

  • Your gums are reddened and swollen.
  • Your gums often bleed, for example when you clean your teeth or bite into an apple.
  • Your gums recede so that the tooth necks become exposed. Or they are swollen and dark red or blue-violet in colour.
  • You often have bad breath.
  • Individual teeth feel loose or even wobble.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should consult your dentist, as periodontitis is a serious matter: It can increase the risk of arthritis and heart disease and negatively affect blood sugar levels in diabetics.

What can I do about it?

Prevention is better than cure, as advanced periodontitis needs medical attention. Take care of your teeth:

  • Clean your teeth at least twice daily. Ideally use an electric toothbrush, as this removes plaque more effectively than a manual one. For example, the Oral-B PRO 3000 is recommended for sensitive teeth.
  • After brushing your teeth also clean the gaps between them with dental floss or interdental brushes, for example.
  • Visit your dentist regularly and have your teeth cleaned professionally every six to twelve months. This removes any build-up of tartar, which you cannot do yourself.
  • Ensure you have a balanced and healthy diet. If you have too many sugary foods or too much animal protein in your diet, this can promote the formation of plaque. In addition, if our bodies over-acidify, which is also the result of reduced resistance, bacteria of all kinds will have a field day.
  • Smoking increases the risk of periodontitis and makes treatment much more difficult. So if you smoke on a regular basis you should think about giving up or at least cutting down, as it’s not just your teeth that would benefit.

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