Periodontal Diseases

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Tooth loss: not only an esthetic trauma

A nice smile is a window on the world and your best introduction. Having a dazzling smile helps you be more open with others and more self assured.


Loss of teeth can thus represent a real trauma, as it compromises our esthetics. But it is not only a beauty issue: loss of teeth is surely a signal warning us of active or potential diseases.

A partial loss of teeth can first of all lead to an imbalance in the structure of the oral cavity, causing malocclusion – i.e. the inability to close your mouth properly. Malocclusion, in turn, can cause ailments such as headaches and vertigo. Certainly, it also causes an increase in plaque and tartar, triggering a chain reaction that can lead to an inflammation of the oral cavity.

Also, the loss of teeth causes chewing problems, creating the ideal conditions for the weakening and bleeding of the gums.


What causes tooth loss? What factors influence and trigger tooth loss?

causes-of-tooth-lossOne of the diseases that can lead, in extreme cases, to total tooth loss is periodontitis, aka pyorrhea. This is an inflammation of the periodontium that leads to the formation of gingival pockets in which organic residue accumulates. The inflammation causes tooth motility, bleeding gums, and the consequent loss of teeth.

Periodontitis, or pyorrhea, has multiple causes. Aside from the genetic factor, which can weigh heavily on the manifestation of the disease, it can also be caused by some bad habits. The first and foremost being smoking, followed by alcohol and sugar abuse.

Periodontitis can also be caused by poor or improper oral hygiene, which contributes to the formation of plaque and tartar. Also gingivitis, an inflammation of the gingival tissue that can cause abundant bleeding, can degenerate and become pyorrhea if not cured.

So how can we avoid tooth loss? How can you avoid these unpleasant and harmful ailments? Prevention passes first of all through a correct oral hygiene.

Sadly, we do not always pay attention to how many times a day we brush our teeth, nor how we do it.

The teeth should be brushed paying attention to remove food residue. Then you should regularly use dental floss and a good quality mouthwash.

Along with a proper oral hygiene, you should also avoid tobacco, which increases the formation of tartar.

Eating well can also help prevent tooth loss: a vitamin-rich diet has scientifically proven benefits for the oral cavity, especially vitamin C. Eating food containing phosphoric acid, such as fish, also brings many benefits to our teeth. Phosphoric acid is in fact known for it antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and thanks to this it helps keep the teeth clean, avoiding the insurgence of diseases. Food containing probiotics, such as yoghurt, can be a fundamental weapon in the fight against tooth loss.

To avoid a harmful accumulation of plaque and tartar, finally, you should periodically have sessions of teeth whitening and cleaning. The former technique is becoming more widespread, and it is useful in fighting plaque and tartar, along with all the diseases caused by them.


However, should you already have periodontitis, it might be difficult to undergo a session of whitening because of the elevated sensitivity of your teeth. Tooth whitening serves the sole purpose of preventing periodontitis, and should you already be afflicted by the disease, you should first consult a periodontitis specialist, such as those of the IMI Clinic, for an accurate and correct diagnosis, and a personalized therapy.

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