What is Pyorrhea?
Pyorrhea is a set of inflammatory diseases affecting the periodontium, i.e., the tissues that surround and support the teeth. It involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Pyorrhea is caused by microorganisms that adhere to and grow on the tooth's surfaces, along with an overly aggressive immune response against these microorganisms. A diagnosis of periodontitis is established by inspecting the soft gum tissues around the teeth with a probe (i.e. a clinical exam) and by evaluating the patient's x-ray films (i.e. a radiographic exam), to determine the amount of bone loss around the teeth. Specialists in the treatment of periodontitis are periodontists; their field is known as "periodontology" or "periodontics".
- Inadequate dental hygiene
- Excess sugar consumption
- Gum injuries that are not treated
- Chronic illnesses
- Excess stress and prolonged tension
- Blood diseases
- Glandular disorder
- Tenderness, redness and swelling in the gums; but without any pain
- Bleeding from the gums
- Discharge of pus
- Bad breath
Pyorrhea Prevention Tips:
- Establish a regular pattern of flossing and brushing
- Use a toothbrush that could reach in between the teeth
- Schedule regular dental checkups.
- Get adequate intake of vitamins, particularly vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin D with calcium
- Finish each meal with a natural cleansing agent such as fruit.
Pyorrhea Home Remedies:
- Guava: Chew on a piece of guava fruit that is not ripe. This helps to stem the bleeding in the gums
- Lettuce: Make it a habit to chew a few lettuce leaves after every meal.
- Orange: Take a few orange peels and rub them over your gums, to reduce any inflammation. Alternately, you could also try lemon peels or lemon juice for this purpose
- Mustard oil: Brush your teeth and immediately rub some mustard oil on to them, to reduce bacterial plaque. For better results, add a pinch of rock salt to the oil, before applying it on to the teeth.
- Sesame oil: Take a small bit of sesame oil and keep it in the mouth for around 10 minutes or so, if possible. Gargling with this oil is also quite effective for dental problems.
- Fenugreek (Methi): Boil a few fenugreek seeds on water for around half an hour or so and then gargle with the resultant concoction
- Salt and Pepper: Mix some salt and pepper together and massage the gums with the powder. This helps strengthen the gums and also gets rid of any bacteria. To enhance the effectiveness of this home remedy, add some powdered pomegranate rind to it.
- Camphor and Castor oil: Regularly rubbing Camphor (Kapoor) mixed with Castor oil (Erand) on the gums twice a day helps to cure pyorrhea.