7 signs that you are at risk of losing your teeth and what to do to avoid it
Periodontitis (previously known as periodontosis) is a cunning disease of the teeth. In the early stages, when periodontitis is easiest to control, people usually do not feel pain and do not even suspect they have problems. Statistics show that even 3 out of 4 adults with periodontitis do not know they have the disease. Nevertheless, up to 10% of the population suffer from severe periodontitis and risk losing all their teeth by the age of 40-50. During periodontitis, the bone holding the tooth dissolves, the gums recede, and over time the teeth start to loosen and fall out. The disease cannot be completely cured, the goal of treatment is to slow down the progression of the disease - bone loss. It is easier, of course, to stabilize when the disease is in the early stages. Then it may be enough to improve home dental care and regularly visit a professional for oral hygiene. Meanwhile, when the disease is advanced, some teeth can no longer be saved and have to be removed, sometimes requiring several courses of non-surgical treatment, or even gum surgery. Of course, the more advanced the disease, the more expensive its treatment-stabilization is.
"I feel a duty to educate the public about the importance of gum health," says dentist Aistė. Over the past few years, while treating compatriots with periodontitis in London, the dentist has seen various situations. "A big problem is that people do not go to dentists in time, they underestimate gum diseases, maybe because they do not know enough about them. I have seen tears in patients' eyes more than once when they hear the number of teeth that can no longer be saved and that will have to be removed. It is unpleasant to give bad news, but it is very important to me that patients' expectations are realistic." So today we ask the doctor: what to pay attention to, what signs indicate that a person may have periodontitis?
This is a list of the main signs that you may have periodontitis. Are you concerned because you meet more than one point? Then we recommend that you schedule a consultation with a dentist for gum disease as soon as possible. You should know that a specific diagnosis can only be made after a thorough examination of the gums and evaluation of dental X-rays. Only then can a diagnosis be made, the prognosis for each tooth be evaluated, and an individual treatment plan be created.