Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. Early gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This leaves deep pockets where plaque and bacteria can build up. Periodontitis can progress until there is loss in the bones that support the teeth. Teeth may get loose and fall out or need to be removed.
Current as of:
March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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