The only pyorrhea guide you will need - By AMD Dental Clinic
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Or you feel that your teeth are loose?
We know you are nodding, a Yes!
Not to freak you out or something, but you might be suffering from the problem of Pyorrhea. It is a serious gum infection that damages the gums and can destroy your jawbone. It affects the tissues that support and surround our teeth. Shocked enough? You will be, when you know how it affects not only your teeth and mouth but also your entire body. Yes, we are serious about it. Stick around to know how.
How does Pyorrhea affect your whole body?
Spoiler alert!! Your oral health is a part of a bigger system and any problem related to it will only do worse than good for your whole body. And with the pandemic at hand, this might be the last thing you would want. Here are a few health conditions that are triggered by the resultant harmful bacteria and increased inflammation from Pyorrhea:
Streptococcus sanguis and other bacteria found in Pyorrhea also play a major role in strokes.
Bacteria thrive in the presence of sugar. High glucose levels in the body help the bacteria propagate which fuels the germs to attack the teeth and gums and results into swollen gums and periodontal problems which can further lead to tooth loss. Uncontrolled diabetics suffers commonly with red swollen gums, gum abscesses, frequent tooth loosening leading to tooth loss, and many more. In case of diabetes, wound healing is severely compromised further leading to a bad oral picture.
Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, a bacteria found in both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis patients triggers the inflammatory autoimmune response of your body's defense system and makes the immune system proteins overactive causing joint inflammation.
The bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) found in gum disease is also found in the brain of an Alzheimer's patient, thus increasing a patient's risk for Alzheimers.
The chronic inflammation caused by Pyorrhea may damage your endothelial cells, responsible for forming the lining on all of your blood vessels including the blood vessels in your penis. This damage to your endothelial cells can result in impaired blood flow, leading to erectile dysfunction.
Pneumonia and asthma are some of the other health conditions affected by chronic inflammation with gum disease. Basically, the infection in the gums triggers the immune system to stay on high alert and ensures a body-wide inflammation, including the airways and lungs.
Acknowledging the fact that Coronavirus is a respiratory infection with high mortality rate, the patients with Pyorrhea are at an all-time high risk of getting infected with Covid-19 and facing its worst complications.
Symptoms of Pyorrhea:
So, now that you know it is so dangerous, you might be wondering how would I know if I have Pyorrhea? Hmm... let us make it easy for you. Here is a checklist that shows your gums are unhealthy and you shouldn't ignore them:
- - The obvious. Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
- - They are red and puffy
- - They are moving away from your teeth
- - They hurt when you bite into something hard
- - There is pus discharge or gum swelling
- - Your teeth are aching or you are feeling gnawing sensation.
- - There is a change in the way your teeth fit together while you eat
- - And the one that you might hate the most, bad breath
What causes Pyorrhea?
If you said no to all of the above symptoms, congrats you still have your healthy gums. But you should keep a check on the things that might cause Pyorrhea in future, so you can avert it. Here is a breakdown of how Pyorrhea develops:
It starts with plaque (a sticky film composed mainly of bacteria) which forms when starch and sugars in your food interact with bacteria found normally in your mouth. If left untreated, it can harden under your gum line into tartar and eventually will detach your gums from underlying bone leading to deep pockets between your gums and teeth. If not treated, these deep infections cause a loss of tissue and bone, and ultimately you may lose one or more teeth.
Freaked out enough? This is how you can prevent Pyorrhea:
The only way to healthy gums is through good oral hygiene (that too which you would practice consistently throughout your life) and the inevitable help of your dentist. That means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing at least once a day.
Pro tip: Don't miss out on your annual teeth cleanings. As these are essential for maintaining your optimal oral health and detect early signs of gum diseases before they get worse. Teeth cleaning or oral prophylaxis is a very comfortable procedure carried out by the most experienced dentists at AMD Dental Clinic in Jaipur.
Also, watch out for dry mouth, as it can be an indication that there is something wrong in your mouth. A dry mouth increases the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay and other gum diseases. If you feel symptoms of dry mouth like frequent thirst, dry tongue or bad breath, make sure to book an appointment with your dentist immediately to avoid any further complications. Dry mouth is commonly seen in mouth breathers and heavy alcoholics. Kindly book an appointment with Dr. Mili Gupta, as dry mouth increases the susceptibility to cavities, ulceration and pyorrhea.
If you are looking for a trusted healthcare provider, we at AMD Dental Clinic provide exceedingly efficient non-surgical therapies for gum diseases for various initial stages as well as for the advanced cases of Pyorrhea. So call us now to discuss best dental practices so you can prevent gum diseases and have healthy gums.
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