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what is periodontitis?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
14 years experience Dentistry
Periodontitis: Itis means inflammation and periodontal is the bone and gum tissues surrounding the teeth. So basically it means there is an infection in the bone and gums around the teeth.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
36 years experience Dentistry
Disease of gums: It is a disease of the gums primarily caused by a combination of excess bad bacteria, and it's interaction with your immune system. It is often the result of inadequate oral hygiene, and can destroy the fibers that hold your teeth in. It is quite treatable if caught at an early state. Go see your dentist for treatment.
Answered on Sep 4, 2017
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Gum disease...: Periodontitis means literally that the gums & connective tissue holding you teeth are swollen. Usually this is your immune system mobilizing to combat bacteria (or what the bacteria leaves behind). It damages bone and is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults and has been linked with heart disease, low birth weights and a growing list of other conditions. See your dentist & floss!
Answered on Sep 25, 2018
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Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Great answer. Totally agree.
Dec 7, 2012
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Periodontis: Specialist in disease of the gum.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
Dr. Vikram Likhari
Specializes in Periodontics
-: Inflammation of the supporting structures of teeth.
Answered on Jun 21, 2019
Dr. Jason Cataldo
23 years experience Periodontics
Attachment loss: Periodontitis is technically an infection resulting in loss of attachment of the supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontal means "aorund the tooth" and "itis" denotes inflammation. The bacteria that collect beneath the gum line cause the overlying tissues to become inflamed. When this progresses, bone and connective tissue are destroyed.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience Periodontics
Recession is also considered a loss of attachment. When your gum recedes, you also lose the bone that the gum covered before it receded.
May 15, 2013
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience Periodontics
Bone lose: Periodontitis is a set of inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth.
Answered on Sep 25, 2018
Dr. Denny Cho
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Gum Disease: Periodontitis is the loss of gum and bone tissue from around the teeth due to disease and your own body's reaction to the disease. It is probably the biggest reason people eventually lose their teeth. If you have blood in your saliva after you brush your teeth, you should get a check up!
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
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