Pyorrhea or periodontitis refers to an advanced stage of periodontal disease in which the ligaments and bones that support the teeth become inflamed and infected. It is usually a result of gingivitis a periodontal disease that infects the gum through plaque leading to the formation of a pocket between the teeth that trap the plaque.
If left untreated pyorrhea can cause halitosis (bad breath) in which the jaw bone is slowly eroded due to painful and bleeding gums. Eventually the loss of tooth support can cause tooth loss and this disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. In order for this stage to be avoided those with pryorrhea should contact their periodontist for treatment.
What causes pyorrhea? Pyorrhea can be linked to several causes. One of the primary causes of pyorrhea is a bacterial infection in the mouth. Another is an injury caused to the gums such as using a toothpick incorrectly. What a person consumes and indulges in can also cause pyorrhea. People who do not eat a healthy diet, people who lack vitamin C and those that smoke, drink or use drugs can get pyorrhea.
Symptoms of Pyorrhea:- 1. Constant redness of the gums, which becomes aggravated when brushing, flossing or biting into hard foods such as nuts 2. Presence of blood in the interspaces between the teeth 3. Bad breath 4. Swelling of the gums, which may appear and disappear continually 5. Recession of the gums, which may make the teeth appear longer than they really are 6. Loosening of the teeth from the gums 7. Pain in biting and chewing food
How to get rid of Pyorrhea Pyorrhea is a definite indicator of poor dental hygiene. A person who does not take care of the teeth is the first in line to be affected from gum problems. There are some measures which can help prevent pyorrhea. The following are some of the important guidelines:- 1. Brush your teeth regularly. If your gums are too sensitive, then use a soft-bristled nylon toothbrush. 2. The teeth must be brushed at least twice a day; once in the morning when you wake up and once before retiring for the night. 3. If you have large spaces between your teeth, then use an inter-dental toothbrush to remove the embedded particles. 4. Have a good gargle after each meal. This is important to remove the particles adhering in the interspaces of the teeth. 5. For more obstinate particles, use a toothpick to remove them.
Home remedies There are several home remedies that can be used to treat pyorrhea. After a person brushes their teeth they can take a cotton ball dipped in mustard oil and salt and rub it against their gums. Fresh lemon juice will help stop the bleeding caused by pyorrhea. Gargling with sesame oil every evening after brushing the teeth can help ease the pain of pyorrhea. Another remedy is to take a guava and cut it into four pieces. Cover them with salt. Now eat the combination. The guava will provide vitamin C to the teeth and gums. A mixture of spinach juice and carrot juice is another effective home remedy.
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