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Periodontitis

The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. Left untreated, these diseases can lead to tooth loss. The following are various forms of periodontal disease:

1.Gingivitis
2.Aggressive periodontitis
3.Chronic periodontitis
4.Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases
5.Necrotizing periodontal diseases

Periodontist

Definition

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive specialized training in this field and are experts in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. In addition, they are capable of performing cosmetic periodontal procedures that gives you a smile that you want.

Periodontitis – bleeding gums

Bleeding Gums are one of the early signs of gum disease. If your gums start bleeding at any point of time you must take immediate action for solving this problem.

Periodontitis – self-assessment

Millions of people are affected by periodontal disease and many of them are totally ignorant about it. It is possible to assess the probability of your getting periodontal disease by using the tool for self-assessment provided in the website.

Periodontitis and periodontal evaluation

It is very important to see a periodontist for periodontal evaluation under the following circumstances.

1.Bleeding of gums when you brush or floss
2.Gums are red and swollen or tender
3.Gums that are away from the teeth
4.Bad breath persisting
5.Pus between the gums and teeth
6.Shaking or loose teeth
7.Improper fitting of teeth when you bite
8.A sore or irritation in your mouth that persists

Periodontal pockets

In persons who have healthy teeth the bone and gum tissue fits snugly around their teeth. Once you are affected by periodontal disease the bone and supporting tissue gets destroyed thereby forming “pockets” around your teeth. Over a period of time these pockets become deeper thereby providing more space for bacteria. These bacteria develop around your teeth, accumulate and enter under the gum tissue. Since the pockets are deep they collect more bacteria resulting in increased loss in bone and tissue. At some point of time with too much loss of bone there will be a need to extract your teeth (Tooth Extraction)

Periodontitis and tobacco

It has been established by various researchers that Smoking is one of the major factors that is responsible for the development and progression of periodontal disease. The chances of smokers forming calculus (plaque) as compared to non-smokers are quite high; smokers tend to get deeper pockets between their teeth and gums and lose most of their bone and tissue supporting the teeth.

Periodontitis and genetics

Researches have shown that 30% of the total population could be genetically affected by gum disease. The chances of such people developing periodontal disease are six times that of others even if their oral maintenance is good. In order to help them retain their teeth for a lifetime it is necessary to identify them with a genetic test and provide early treatment.

Periodontitis and infection

It is possible that periodontal disease is passed on from parents to children as well as between couples. According to Researchers this transfer takes place through Saliva. If one family member is affected by periodontal disease, the AAP recommends that all family members should be screened for periodontal disease.

Periodontitis and age

As you grow older, the probability of getting affected by periodontal disease increases considerably. It has been estimated that more than 50% of people whose age is over 55 are affected by periodontitis. However it has been found by researchers that this increase is not only due to age but also due to other risk factors. These are poor general health conditions, reduction in immunity, depression, deterioration in memory, reduced saliva flow etc.

Periodontitis and pregnancy

The probability of pregnant women who suffer from

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About 50% of pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis. But women having good oral hygiene are unlikely to be affected by this condition provided they did not have gingivitis before pregnancy.

Periodontitis – prevention

In order to retain your original teeth throughout lifetime it is necessary that you remove all the plaque from your teeth and gums on a daily basis by proper brushing and flossing. You might be able to keep the calculus to the barest minimum by daily cleaning and flossing; however you cannot totally prevent it. Hence you must get your teeth cleaned by a dental professional once in 6 months.