The supporting tissues around your teeth are precious: take care of them
Loosening of the teeth (periodontitis) is a disease that affects the supporting tissues of the teeth. It must be treated by specialists called periodontists. Collaboration between the patient, the periodontist and the dental hygienist is necessary to optimise healing. That is why in each of the Adent clinics, we bring together all these professions, in order to guarantee you the best possible care.
Periodontitis – loosening of the teeth – is a disease that affects the supporting tissues that surround and support your tooth. The destruction of these tissues can lead to mobility and eventual loss of the tooth.
There are several stages in the development of gum disease.
- The initial stage is gingivitis. It affects only the gums and is characterised by inflammation: the gums bleed, are red and swollen.
- If gingivitis is not treated, the inflammation can spread and reach the bone. The bone surrounds your teeth and holds them in place on the jawbone.
- If left untreated, the bone, ligaments and all the other tissues that support and surround your teeth will gradually be destroyed and may lead to the loss of one or more teeth. This is called periodontitis.
The periodontal specialist – the so-called periodontist – accompanies you in the healing of the disease. A close collaboration between the patient, the specialist and the hygienist is necessary to optimise success.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Almost 75% of adults suffer from gum problems to varying degrees during their lifetime.
However, the disease can also affect young people.
How can receding gums be prevented?
Gum disease can be prevented with a few simple everyday gestures:
- Use of a toothbrush for optimal cleaning of your teeth.
- Floss, toothpicks or brushes for thorough cleaning between the teeth, where bacteria and dirt like to lodge.
- Regular visits to your dental hygienist also ensure good oral health. They will remove tartar build-up on the surface of the enamel and share with you health tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Take care of your teeth and gums, consult your hygienist.
Good dental hygiene prevents the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and prevents the growth and spread of harmful bacteria.