Periodontitis in a nutshell

Periodontitis is a serious gum disease, a very acute form of gingivitis, for example.

In its most aggressive form, it can lead to the destruction of mandibular bone tissue.

It is mainly due to poor dental hygiene, which leads to the formation of tartar under the gums.

Periodontology is the dental discipline dedicated to the tissues that support teeth, such as the gums and alveolar bone.

Periodontitis is treated by a  periodontist or specialized dental hygienist with treatments such as dental cleaning and subgingival scaling.

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Symptoms of Periodontitis: Understanding the Warning Signs

Periodontitis is a gum disease that can progress silently, but certain symptoms should alert you. Pay attention to these warning signs :

Bleeding Gums

Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing teeth.

Red and swollen gums

Red, swollen or painful gums are often a sign of periodontitis.

Persistent bad breath

Unpleasant breath that persists despite good oral hygiene may be linked to gum disease.

Loose teeth

If your teeth seem to become loose or loosened, this may indicate bone loss due to periodontitis.

Periodontal Pocket Formation

The spaces between teeth and gums (periodontal pockets) can become deeper.

Dental Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth, especially to hot or cold foods, can be a symptom.

Pus between the Teeth

The presence of pus between the teeth is a sign of infection.

Chewing pain

Pain when chewing or pressing on teeth can signal advanced disease.

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Understanding the Causes of Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a gum disease that can affect oral health. Understanding the causes of this condition is essential to its prevention. Here’s what you need to know

Accumulated Dental Plaque

The main cause of periodontitis is the accumulation of dental plaque, a sticky substance containing bacteria. If plaque is not removed by proper brushing and cleaning, it can lead to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), which can develop into periodontitis.


Smoking is a major risk factor for periodontitis. It reduces the body's ability to fight infection, increasing the risk of developing gum disease.

Genetic factors

Genetics may play a role in susceptibility to periodontitis. Some people are genetically more predisposed to developing the disease.

Poor food habits

An unbalanced diet, high in sugars and low in essential nutrients, can encourage plaque formation.


People with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal problems due to fluctuating blood sugar levels.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy, menopause or puberty, can increase the risk of periodontitis.


Certain medications, such as antidepressants and contraceptives, can have an impact on gum health.

Preventing gum disease

Prevention of periodontitis is based on good oral hygiene, regular visits to the dental hygienist, stopping smoking and managing risk factors.

Tailor-made solutions

Whether you’re dealing with periodontal pockets, tartar problems under the gums, periodontal pain, or more complex cases of periodontitis, we offer customized solutions. Our team is equipped to perform periodontal curettage, periodontal laser treatment and much more.

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Periodontal treatment in Geneva and Lausanne: the "Whitening Artist procedure".

There are several treatment approaches, including surgical, non-surgical and laser. In almost all cases, we propose and favor the non-surgical approach.

Why opt for non-surgical treatment of periodontitis?

Whitening Artists is a hygiene clinic founded to eliminate fear of the dentist and put patients at ease. We encourage non-surgical periodontal treatment for several reasons.

New technologies

Thanks to our advanced technologies, tartar and biofilm can also be reached very deeply without the need for surgery.

More comfort

This means that the patient will find dental treatment of periodontitis much more pleasant than periodontal surgical treatment.

More confidence, less fear

The end result is improved patient health, not just in terms of dental hygiene, but also psychologically, by reducing fear of the dentist and fostering a positive approach to dental hygiene.

Where can I treat gum diseas in Geneva and Lausanne?

You can book an appointment now at our dental hygiene clinic in Geneva, where expert periodontists will assess your case. The assessment is free and without obligation!

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