What is periodontitis?
When people say parodontosis, they almost always mean periodontitis!
Periodontitis is an infection of the supporting tooth apparatus leading to gum level recession, bone loss and eventually to tooth loss. In order to start any therapy, it is previously necessary to treat periodontitis, because therapy will otherwise not be successful.
What are the symptoms of periodontitis?
- Bleeding upon touch or when brushing
- Gums may be swollen and painful but need not be
- Redness and discomfort at the infected place
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
What is the cause of periodontitis?
Periodontitis usually follows gingivitis, and both are a consequence of accumulated plaque from food and poor hygiene of the affected area.
What if my gums are bleeding during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, additional effort is needed in oral hygiene, especially if you notice that your gums are more sensitive and that they bleed when brushing. It is very important to see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any unpleasant surprises during and after pregnancy. During pregnancy, major procedures are avoided to avoid stress the mother, but also because the therapeutic and diagnostic possibilities are reduced (e.g. X-rays, analgesics, etc.)
Can periodontitis cause other health problems?
Yes. These are some diseases that can be related to periodontitis:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Diabetes mellitus (insulin dependent)
- Low infant birth weight
- Premature birth
- Rejection of implants in the body
- Post-operative infections
Do I need professional teeth cleaning even if I do not have periodontitis or gingivitis?
Absolutely, because professional cleaning cleans areas that clients cannot clean at home. Moreover, in the course of regular cleaning, we conduct a detailed check-up of the entire oral cavity, meaning that if there is a problem, we’ll stop it in its tracks. This is also the best and cheapest option.
How many times a year is professional tooth cleaning recommended?
Professional tooth cleaning is recommended twice a year.