Periodontitis, sometimes also called paradontosis, is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults and in most cases results from untreated gum disease. So-called gingivitis is triggered by bacteria that settle on the gumline in the form of plaque, causing inflammation of the gums.
If this inflammation spreads to the surrounding connective tissue and jawbones, periodontitis forms, an inflammation of the tooth socket. The inflamed gums retreat from the tooth to form gum pockets in which bacteria develop. The pockets deepen, gums recede, connective tissue and jawbones are broken down, and the teeth are no longer held in place and become loose.
Gum inflammation – the symptoms
Gum inflammation often takes place in three steps:
Step 1: The gums are only slightly red and there are no visible signs of inflammation. Step 2: Gums start bleeding more often when brushing one's teeth and the gums are red and swollen. Step 3: If there is a strong inflammation of the gums, they start bleeding spontaneously and the gums recede. The first gingival pockets start to appear.
To avoid periodontitis, you should definitely start treating your gum inflammation – either with a suitable mouthwash solution or with the help of your dentist. Your dentist carries out professional tooth cleaning to remove the plaque from your teeth and also provides you with valuable tips on dental care and oral hygiene.
Preventing periodontitis with mouthwash solutions and para-probiotics
Through daily gargling and rinsing with Plasma Liquid® Mouthwash Solution, you can almost completely eliminate the germ load of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in the mouth and throat areas. This significantly improves the situation and aids the restoring process to facilitate consolidation. The oral mucosa is sensitised by taking an additional Plasma Liquid® Para-probiotic (slowly dissolve one lozenge in the mouth after your morning dental care routine). The resulting immune reaction prevents pathogenic germs (pathogens) from attaching to the oral mucosa. This perfectly complements the treatment of, for example, periodontitis.
Periodontitis – the symptoms
If in addition to the above symptoms, you start to suffer from bad breath or your teeth become sensitive to pain, your gum disease has probably developed into periodontitis. When the gums recede, the necks of the teeth are exposed. Cold or hot drinks cause pain to the teeth and they loosen or even fall out. Only a dentist can treat periodontitis. If you experience one or more of the above symptoms, you should not hesitate and make an appointment with your dentist.
Possible consequences of periodontitis
If periodontitis isn't treated in a timely manner, this can lead to further inflammations in the body which significantly affect the immune system. If periodontitis bacteria enter the bloodstream through bleeding gums, for example, this comes with an increased risk of the following general illnesses:
- Chronic respiratory diseases (e.g. pneumonia)
- Pregnancy risks (e.g. premature birth)
- Osteoporosis (bone loss)
- Cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attack)
How can I prevent periodontitis?
The be-all and end-all of periodontitis prevention is good oral hygiene. We have summarised some tips for you in the following.
Regularly brush your teeth
Regularly brush your teeth (at least 2 to 3 times a day) to remove food from between the teeth. Important: You should wait half an hour after eating to avoid damaging the enamel. You should additionally take care to carefully brush in circular motions away from the gums and towards the bone, without exerting pressure. Dental floss and interdental brushes also help thoroughly remove plaque. Use a tongue scraper to remove bacterial deposits from the tongue, if necessary.
Use mouthwash and para-probiotic
Regular use of a mouthwash solution can also help protect the gums against inflammation: Our Plasma Liquid® Mouthwash Solution is used, for example, to clean and decontaminate the oral cavity, throat area, and gums, and to help remove deposits on the tongue and teeth. Our Plasma Liquid® Mouthwash Solution boasts great mucous membrane tolerability, which is why it can also be used with sensitive or damaged oral mucosa. Supplementing the treatment with Plasma Liquid® Para-probiotic helps maintain the physiological microenvironment and a healthy pH value in the oral cavity. Components such as hyaluronic acid and lactic acid bacteria significantly reduce the attachment of pathogenic bacteria, as the lozenges form a film to protect the oral mucosa.
Aphtae – how do you treat blisters on your tongue?
So-called aphthae are harmless defects of the oral mucosa, but the small ulcers on your tongue, gums, or on the roof of your mouth or lips are usually very painful. With the top layer of the oral mucosa damaged, foreign substances as well as pathogens such as bacteria and viruses can penetrate deeper into the body.
The nerve cells are exposed, which is why most patients experience pain when chewing, swallowing, drinking, and brushing their teeth. Even speaking or touching the tongue can already cause pain. If the ulcers burst, this results in open sores in the mouth, which should be treated as quickly as possible.
Treating aphthae – what helps against aphthae?
The use of our Plasma Liquid® Mouthwash Solution is also recommended for defects in the oral mucosa: with its unique composition, it kills 99.9% of all pathogens to reduce the risk of superinfections. Our mouthwash is free from chlorhexidine, polyhexanide, and alcohol, and it can also be used on sensitive mucous membranes thanks to its good tolerability.