Pyorrhea with a “P” is Trouble with a “T”
Has anyone ever suffered from periodontitis? Periodontal disease, also named pyorrhea, is a dental sickness that can start out as a simple case of gingivitis. It is the most frequent cause of tooth loss in the United States, which is a pity considering it is not too hard to prevent.
Most cases of pyorrhea have their origins in incorrect, daily dental care. Patients generally don’t brush their teeth enough or adequately, leaving sediment plaque that accumulates along and below the gum line. As this plaque grows, the area gets increasingly irritated. Soon a small cut in your mouth will hurt and become infected, as bacteria infiltrates your body through the wounds. This will eventually damage the gum and jaw irreversibly, leading to tooth loss if not treated correctly and promptly. If the patient doesn’t take action, the process accelerates, deepening the scars until the gum erosion is too great to hold in the teeth. Pyorrhea has been also linked with more serious health problems, such as heart disease. What big consequences for such small, bad hygienic habits!
Signs that might indicate you are suffering from pyorrhea are:
- Bleeding and redness when brushing your teeth.
- Sore and swollen gums.
- Bad breath.
- Teeth loosening.
If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to a dentist as soon as possible, even if you take good care of your mouth. Unfortunately, there are also people (perhaps even good brushers!) who are more prone to contracting a periodontal disease. These include:
- Chronic smokers and drinkers.
- People over the age of 60 (Mouth gum inevitably degenerates until most people start having these problems).
- Those who grind their teeth, especially while sleeping (This condition is called Bruxism).
- People with an inappropriate diet (Too much sugar, for example, leads to rotting teeth)
- Those who suffer from dry mouth.
- People dealing with other sicknesses, such as diabetes or osteoporosis.
Whether you are prone to teeth problems or simply don’t take proper care of your teeth, the problem is just as serious. Work with your dentist to take important measures against pyorrhea today!