What is periodontitis?
Periodontosis or paradontosis (inflammation of the gums) is an infectious disease caused by certain bacteria and can lead to chronic inflammation of the entire periodontium.
Oral hygiene, age, lifestyle, general condition and the patient’s genetic predisposition influence the severity of the patient’s disease.
In the case of bacterial infection, it is not only the teeth and gums that are affected. The disease damages the entire organism.
Special bacteria and their toxins are responsible for this. They enter the bloodstream through the blood vessels and trigger a series of reactions. They damage these vessels – and heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, miscarriages or premature births can result. Artificial joints (e.g. hip or knee joints) can also be infected by bacteria from the mouth. There is also a known connection between periodontitis bacteria and damage to the pancreas. As a result, less insulin is produced, which regulates blood sugar levels. A possible consequence is diabetes (blood sugar disease). Scientists even suspect a connection in diseases like rheumatism, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis.