Paradentosis or periodontitis is a dental disease that is majorly caused by poor oral hygiene. Today, this disease has spread so much, that it affects not only adults, but also young people. It is basically a set of inflammations which are caused by microorganisms that attack dental tissue.
Paradentosis is not only a bad oral hygiene consequence. This disease can generate out of many other diseases connected with the nervous, circulatory and endocrine system.
Paradentosis primarily affects the gums and jaw bone, creating inflammations that can cause serious problems such as bleeding gums, pain and even loss of teeth. If this disease is not discovered in its early stages, which can be quite difficult if you are not familiar with the beginning symptoms, teeth decay is quite inevitable.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT PERIODONTITIS?
There are simple and basically effortless activities that can prevent paradentosis from happening.
The first and most important one is taking care of your dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly is your best weapon against the formation of paradentosis. If you do not brush your teeth regularly, then plaque attacks healthy teeth.
When the accumulated microorganisms that were created by poor oral hygiene start to attack your gums and teeth, then the damage is already done. From that point, proper hygiene will not be sufficient and you will be in need of a medical treatment.
Paradentosis does not appear overnight. It majorly follows gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and bad breath, and these two are a direct result of bad oral hygiene. If you notice these symptoms, and seek medical attention from your dentist, then you will be able to prevent the progression of these symptoms and stop them from developing into paradentosis.
Another important issue that affects the formation of paradentosis is surely poor nutrition. You should certainly pay attention to your diet, because healthy nutrition contributes greatly to the prevention of this disease. Healthy diet certainly improves the general condition of your teeth and we all know that it is better to prevent a disease from happening than to treat it when it is already there.
In addition, frequent check-ups with your dentist help tremendously in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This is the best way to protect your teeth from paradentosis and stop teeth decay. Unfortunately, if paradentosis has already progressed, then those frequent visits to your dentist become mandatory, because your dentist is the only one who can provide you with a proper treatment that can stop this disease.
Not only does paradentosis have a devastating effect to your gums and teeth, but it has a detrimental effect to the general state of your body. It causes discomfort, severe pains in your teeth and gums and it may even contribute to the development of serious medical conditions such as diabetes or heart illnesses.
In conclusion, try to combine healthy nutrition, good oral hygiene with frequent visits to your dentist and you will probably never have to deal with this serious problem that majorly affects anyone who takes oral hygiene lightly. Some bad habits, such as frequent alcohol drinking or cigarette smoking can greatly contribute to the formation of paradentosis.
So, if you are a smoker or enjoy alcohol a bit too much, make sure you pay more attention to your oral hygiene and nutrition because, before you know it, your gums will start bleeding, they will become swollen and painful, and from that point on, you will only be a few steps away from the advanced form of this disease that makes your teeth fall out.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PERIODONTITIS?
Paradentosis is followed by a series of symptoms, some of which we have already mentioned. The most common ones are sore, bleeding gums and localized pain involving adjacent teeth.
If you notice that your gums and teeth are sore with no obvious reason, or that you are not able to eat because of the pains you feel when you bite, you need to consult your dentist as soon as possible because this is a straight indicator that the general health of your teeth is endangered. You can recognize paradentosis not only by these symptoms, there are other indicators as well:
Sometimes, the tooth ache you might be feeling could be followed by fever. This might be an obvious sign of an infection in the gums and the fever is a clear indicator that your body is trying to fight it.
Some of the symptoms you may even notice just by looking in the mirror. If there are gaps between your teeth you haven’t noticed before or your teeth seem quite longer than before, then there is a high probability that you have paradentosis. If your gums look blood red and swollen, and even touching them with your tongue produces pain, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
We have already mentioned before that paradentosis is quite often accompanied by bad breath and, in addition, you might feel that there is a foul taste in your mouth. This also occurs because of the infected gums.
If the disease has progressed, your teeth will feel loosened and will eventually fall out. If your teeth start falling out, then your dentist can only try to repair the damage that could have been stopped with just a few frequent check-ups and proper dental hygiene.
Surgery may easily become your only option now. If this is not a clear enough sign that something has gone seriously wrong, and you fail to seek treatment, it is possible that you will start losing your teeth until they are all gone.
HOW IS PERIODONTITIS TREATED?
The usual treatment of paradentosis includes antibacterial creams and antibiotics which at first serve the purpose of slowing down the advancement of this disease and later stopping it.
Paradentosis may also occur under the influence of various vitamin deficiencies or there may even be a genetic predisposition responsible for its formation. Either way, the first thing that needs to be dealt with is the inflammation.
From that point on, you may have to use antibiotics and vitamins in order to improve the health of your teeth. If paradentosis has progressed majorly, then there might be no other alternative than surgery, and that is the path that surely none of us wishes to take.