Tuesday, October 3, 2023

How to prevent periodontitis

Periodontitis is a gum disease that can be prevented or at least controlled. Through adequate daily brushing, oral hygiene, flossing and regular dental check-up.

If periodontitis is not treated, it can further destroy the jawbone and cause tooth loss.

What are the symptoms of periodontitis?

– Inflammation of the gums.

– Red or violet gums.

– Bleeding gums.

-Bad breath.

-Missing teeth.

-Gums receding, making the teeth look longer.

If you suspect you have periodontitis, see your dentist as soon as possible for timely care and treatment.

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At what age is periodontitis common?

The prevalence of periodontitis in the US is 47.2% in those aged 30 and over.

Periodontal disease increases with age. 70.1% of adults over the age of 65 suffer from it.

It is more common in men (56.4%) than women (38.4%) and in people who smoke 64.2%. According to recent CDC statistics.

How does periodontitis start?

It usually starts with bacterial plaque. This plaque if left untreated can cause periodontitis.

-Plaques usually form on teeth when starches and sugars in food interact with bacteria in the mouth. Despite brushing and oral hygiene, it often forms again.

-Plaque hardens under the gums and is part of dental tartar. Requires professional cleaning to remove.

-Plaque can cause gingivitis. This is the irritation and inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis can be reversed with professional treatment.

-Inflammation of the gums can cause periodontitis. Because deeper pockets (filled with plaque, dental tartar and bacteria) can form between the gums and teeth.

If left untreated, these infections can cause tissue and bone loss and lead to tooth loss. With professional treatment they can be controlled.

What are the risk factors?

– Gingivitis.

– Poor oral hygiene habits.


-Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause.

-Smoking marihuana or vaping.

– Obesity.

– Low levels of vitamin C.

-Genetic factors.

-Some medicines.

-Treatment against cancer or conditions such as leukemia, HIV or AIDS.

-Diseases such as diabetes, Crohn’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis.

How can you prevent periodontitis?

Like many diseases, it can be prevented through hygiene habits, in this case with good oral and dental hygiene.

-Brush your teeth with good technique and after eating any food or drink.

-Using dental floss, at least once a day.

-Regular dental consultation. At least every 6 months.

-Regular professional cleaning.

If you have a family history of periodontitis, have dry mouth, smoke, take medications, or have a lot of plaque or tartar, see your dentist regularly.

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