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What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease. It involves inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. Periodontitis is very serious and needs medical attention. Periodontitis is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults.

Periodontitis is also called periodontal disease, periodontal bone loss, and pyorrhea.

What causes Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is caused by excessive plaque buildup and untreated gingivitis.

Signs and symptoms of Periodontitis

Some of the most common signs are:

  • Swollen or recessed gums
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Pain in one of your teeth while eating
  • Loose teeth
  • Drainage or pus around one or more teeth

How can you reduce your chance of developing Periodontitis?

You can reduce your chance of developing periodontitis by brushing your teeth daily, regular flossing and frequent professional cleaning.

Treatment Options for Periodontitis

Depending on the severity of your condition, your dentist will prescribe a treatment that meets your needs. Some of the most common treatments are: antibiotics, bone grafting, surgery, and pain medication.

Complications of Periodontitis

Researchers have found links between periodontal disease and other disease. Some of the links are listed below:

  • Heart disease and stroke. Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than people with without periodontal disease.
  • Pregnancy complications. Mothers with periodontal disease have a higher risk of having a low-weight, preterm baby.
  • Diabetes. If you have diabetes, you have a greater risk of developing periodontal disease.

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