Periodontology is concerned mainly with the treatment of the gums.
Periodontal disease, often mistakenly referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the periodontium caused by bacteria. Untreated, it eventually leads to the degradation of gingival tissue and the jawbone. In extreme cases, it may even result in tooth loss.
Periodontal disease not only affects the mouth region; it can also pose a threat to the entire body. For example, it increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases or, in the case of pregnancy, the risk of premature birth.
Good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups and the treatment of periodontitis with professional plaque removal can slow down the progression of periodontal disease or even prevent it. A new, gentle procedure involves antimicrobial photodynamic therapy to reduce the population of harmful periodontal bacteria. This procedure is completely painless and free of side effects, and dispenses with the need for antibiotics to support the treatment of periodontal disease.