Definition of periodontitis

Over 50% of the population suffers from periodontitis. It is a disease of the periodontium with inflammatory changes of the periodontal apparatus (gum and jaw bone) caused by bacteria. In most cases, periodontitis begins with gum bleeding, but symptoms do not necessarily occur. Periodontitis leads to bone degradation and therefore to the loosening of the teeth, which in the worst case can lead to tooth loss. Like most diseases, periodontitis can be treated and managed with the right therapy program. However, in order to prevent periodontitis, proper oral hygiene is essential, whereby the interdental brushes also play a decisive role.