Comprehensive screening for periodontal diseases
Periodontal diseases as foci of infection and systemic threats
Did you know that...
- the term periodontium collectively refers to the tissues that keep teeth in place (gums, periodontal ligaments, cementum, bone)
- inflammatory diseases of the periodontium affect a significant percentage of the population, and in advanced untreated cases they can ultimately lead to loosening and then to loss of teeth
- gingival and periodontal diseases may be the underlying cause of periodontitis (receding gums), exposed and oversensitive cervical margins (tooth necks), bad breath, and tooth neck wear
- the formation of tartar, smoking and poor oral hygiene play an important role in the development of gingivitis and periodontitis, but in many cases other factors play a decisive role, such as genetic factors, hormonal factors, diabetes, infectious diseases, immune responses of the body, the presence of certain aggressive bacterial strains, vitamin deficiencies, bone condition, nutritional problems, certain hereditary diseases, family history and emotional stress
- poorly fitting tooth fillings and fillings adjacent to the gum line, dentures, malocclusion and orthodontic disorders also play a significant role in the development of gingivitis and periodontitis
- periodontal diseases can present an infectious focus to the whole system: there is a proven link between periodontal diseases and various cardiovascular diseases (such as endocarditis), but it may also be an underlying cause of premature birth, hair loss, joint problems and respiratory diseases
- severe gingivitis and periodontitis may also develop due to changes in the body occurring in pregnancy and also while taking certain medicines: these can be treated
- in those wearing orthodontic braces and those with crowded teeth, when the teeth are more difficult to clean, the development of gingivitis is also more common, so children and adolescents are also often affected
- the risk of developing periodontal disease increases with age (it affects 80% of those over the age of 45 years!), but a more aggressive form of periodontal disease can often affect people at quite a young age (people in their 20s-30s)
- the implantation of dental implants is not recommended in the event of active inflammation of the periodontium, and in untreated cases, implants already present in the mouth may loosen, and the patient may even lose them
- in the event of periodontal disease, invasive bacteria present in the oral cavity can pose an extreme threat to the whole body!
- comprehensive screening tests can also help detect oral neoplastic lesions and pathological lesions in the oral mucosa
- the first symptoms of many serious diseases may present in the oral cavity
- periodontal disease diagnosed in time can be treated with suitable methods of treatment, the loss of teeth can be prevented, and the process can be stabilized, even in advanced cases
The Buda Health Center pays special attention to the screening and treatment of periodontal diseases, in close cooperation with colleagues from other medical specialisms due to their relationship with a number of different diseases.
In our institute, we perform comprehensive, individualized screening for periodontal diseases, taking the specific patient's overall health status and existing diseases into account; we provide risk analysis, consultancy and treatment, along with personalized advice on oral hygiene and lifestyle management, while keeping in continuous contact with patients.
We consider it important to follow up on disease status, to teach patients the different cleaning methods to perform at home, and, for patients at the highest risk of periodontal disease, to co-operate continually with colleagues working in other medical specialisms at the Buda Health Center to ensure complex patient management.
As familial accumulation is often seen with periodontal diseases, screening, involving all family members, is recommended to screen for risk in younger age groups and to prevent later periodontal disease through timely treatment.
Obviously, an accurate diagnosis can only be established following an in-person examination, so you are kindly invited to a personalized priority periodontal disease screening session with us, during which a personalized in-depth health status assessment is carried out by a specialist and, in the event of existing gingival and periodontal disease, we will develop the necessary additional treatment plan based on this assessment, consulting the patients regarding all details and in close cooperation with them throughout the treatments.
We acknowledge dr. Kinga Pogonyi's contribution to this article.