Are you a smoker? Use caution and avoid periodontitis

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Society & You - Health
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 13:11

Do you always brush your teeth there are traces of blood? Do you notice your gums swollen? Do you sometimes have bad breath? If your answer is yes and also you are a smoker, you may be contracting gum disease is recommended that you start braking.

Smoking increases the risk for this infection because it makes you accumulate plaque and calculus, and gingivitis is a disease of bacterial origin. If plaque builds up below the gum line, bacteria can infect the gums and release toxins, causing redness and swelling (inflammation).

If gingivitis progresses, it can become periodontitis, which results in loss of bone supporting the teeth ... you can even reach 40% loss of teeth. And, inflammation and toxins can cause destruction of the tissues supporting the teeth, including bone. When this happens, gums separate from the teeth forming pockets or voids.

Being a smoker for 14 multiplies the chances of getting periodontal disease, and studies say that at 50 years, the smoker will have lost a tooth because of the lack of attachment of the gums. The snuff also kills the cells of defense and, therefore, possible treatments for gingivitis will not be 100% effective and much slower if you do not quit.

So if you smoke and you notice that your gums bleed or have swollen, see your dentist as a first step. The ideal is to try to stop the snuff and take other precautions, like brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste Parodontax . Parodontax is a product developed by laboratories GlaxoSmithKline , and is specifically designed to combat bleeding gums caused by inflammation and thus prevent possible gingivitis or periodontitis.