People often suffer from inflamed gums (including a striking number of people over 45) that dentists argue for a population screening to detect periodontitis at an early stage. The condition can not only affect your jaw bone, but also your immune system.
If inflamed gums are not treated properly, this can result in periodontitis: a severe gum disease that can penetrate the jawbone, lead to loss of teeth and molars and even affect your immune system. For example, bacteria can spread through your bloodstream and cause health problems throughout your body, such as cardiovascular disease. In pregnant women it can even increase the risk of premature birth.
Population screening periodontitis
Periodontitis can occur at any age, but it is relatively common in people over 45. No less than 43 percent of this group would walk around with chronically inflamed gums. The number of patients with gum problems has increased considerably in recent years, says dental implantologist P. van der Schoor. "An estimated one in ten Dutch people have severe periodontitis," he says in the news on Sunday. Dentists are therefore calling for a new population screening to detect gum infections in time. Because the deeper the inflammation has manifested, the harder it is to treat.
Symptoms inflamed gums
Periodontitis can go unnoticed for a long time because often serious complaints develop only at an advanced stage, such as teeth loosening. There are, however, a number of symptoms that you can look out for. Red, weak and swollen or receding gums is not a good sign. When your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, it may also indicate periodontitis. A bad taste or bad breath can also be an indication for inflamed gums.
How healthy is your mouth?
Inflamed gums are caused by plaque (bacteria). It is therefore very important to brush your teeth twice a day and use a brush or toothpick daily to clean the space between your teeth. Floss thread seems to work less well, although it is suitable for places where you cannot reach with a toothpick or brush.