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Periodontitis is defined as ‘microbially‐associated, host‐mediated inflammation that results in loss of periodontal attachment.

It is characterized by gum recession, the destruction of tissue that supports the tooth such as connective tissue or periodontal ligaments, and the destruction of the alveolar bone. Consequences include bone loss, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss.


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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.