At the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Spanish Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration (SEPA) it has become clear that more than half of Spaniards have no teeth when they reach 40 years of age, and 40% of those who have more 60 years old has lost his teeth completely.
The main cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease, a problem that produces major functional, aesthetic and psychological sequelae. The periodontists have insisted in their Annual Meeting on the importance of going to the dentist periodically and with more reason if the gum bleeds, because in a healthy mouth, it is not normal.
Periodontitis is a disease with genetic predisposition, which means that parents who have it have the opportunity to know if their children are susceptible to suffering through a blood or saliva test.
These analyzes are new and somewhat expensive, but they will help prevent it from a young age, avoiding adult expenses.
Periodontitis and tooth loss
It is the main reason why adults lose their teeth. It consists of an inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that hold the teeth. As this support weakens, the teeth come loose and end up falling off. The latter happens if the inflammation and infection (gingivitis) are not treated, or if the treatment is delayed. There is a genetic predisposition, but if hygiene is correct, periodontal disease can be kept at bay. It is necessary that the person maintain a careful oral hygiene throughout his life.
The main symptoms of periodontitis are bad breath, also known as halitosis, that the gums often bleed, that they are inflamed, or that they have a bright or purplish red color, and even that the teeth move, as if not they were well subject.