Periodontitis – also known as periodontosis – is the chronic inflammatory disease of the tooth bed (periodontium). With around 10 million people affected in Germany, it is one of the most common chronic diseases.

Unlike cavities, where the tooth itself is affected, in periodontitis, it is the tissue surrounding the tooth that is affected, anchoring it firmly in the jawbone. If left untreated, the inflammation triggered by bacterial colonization in the dental plaques (plaque) can lead not only to a recession of the gums and thus exposed, sensitive tooth roots, but even to the loss of the entire tooth.

In addition to the local damage in the mouth, untreated periodontitis can also have serious effects on the entire body. It has been proven to be closely associated with a variety of systemic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, heart attacks, pregnancy complications, and dementia.

Recent studies also show that people with periodontitis have a significantly higher risk of severe complications during a Covid-19 infection. In addition to genetic predisposition, inadequate oral hygiene and nicotine abuse are the most common causes of periodontitis. Through thorough at-home oral hygiene and regular professional teeth cleaning, permanent damage can be effectively and sustainably prevented.