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A healthy denture not only guarantees a radiant smile and easy eating. It also protects our heart and other organs. That sounds strange at first, but is the result of several studies. Scientists have found that chronic diseases such as periodontitis significantly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. A serious problem: After all, every third German is affected by periodontal disease.

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What makes us sick?

Periodontitis is usually due to poor dental care. It promotes dental plaque on which harmful bacteria can thrive. These cause after some time gum pockets in which they multiply. It produces enzymes that first ignite and disintegrate the connective tissue of the gums (gingivitis), then spread over the jawbone and loosen the teeth (periodontitis).

Inflamed gums cause germs to enter the bloodstream and release toxins that damage the immune system. At the same time they promote deposits (plaques) in the arteries. These deposits can narrow the vessels to block blood flow to the brain or heart. Consequence: stroke or heart attack.

In other places in the body - such as artificial hip joints - have already been detected periodontal bacteria. Another and little-known dental problem is called by craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD). This refers to a displacement of the temporomandibular joint. One possible cause is nocturnal teeth grinding. It leads to incorrect loading in the jaw. Episode: neck pain and tinnitus. Permanently, the temporomandibular joints can move.

Are there warning signs?

Reddened, swollen gums, which bleed frequently when brushed, indicates initial stages of periodontitis. An already advanced inflammation can be recognized by exposed tooth necks and enlarged interdental spaces. Symptoms of craniomandibular dysfunction include cracking and pain in the jaw, disturbed vision, dizziness, headache, and ear noise.

How is treated?

If the periodontitis bacteria are already deep below the gum line, the gingival pockets in the dental office are cleaned mechanically or with a laser. For very aggressive forms, an antibiotic may also be beneficial. To treat CMD, orthopedists, physiotherapists and dentists must work together. Individually prepared bite rails compensate for bad postures.

What protects the teeth?

There is no prevention against CMD. But against periodontitis already: The daily, thorough cleaning of teeth eliminates plaque - that takes the bacteria their habitat. It is best to first clean the interdental spaces with dental floss, then gently rinse each tooth from red to white - for a total of approximately three minutes. The diet also influences our dental health. Constantly sipping fruit juices or snacking on fruit salad is no pleasure for the teeth. The fruit acid attacks the tooth enamel. Better: enjoy a large portion of fruit, wait an hour, then brush your teeth.

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