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Periodontitis- All You Need To Know

by on April 16, 2012

Periodontitis is infection and inflammation of the bones and ligaments that support your teeth. This condition occurs when infection or inflammation of the gums is left untreated. Inflammation and infection spread from the gingiva (gums) to the bone and ligaments that support your teeth. The teeth become loose and fall out due to loss of support.

Periodontitis is a common oral health condition but can be prevented. This disorder usually occurs due to poor dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing the teeth daily can significantly reduce your likelihood of develop this dental condition. Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red-purple or bright red gums
  • Gums appearing shiny
  • Bleeding gums ( bleeding gums even when teeth are brushed gently)
  • Tender gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Loose teethIt is very important to consult an experienced dentist at a dental implant clinic, if you experience any of the above symptoms.Risk Factors for PeriodontitisFactors associated with a greater probability of developing periodontitis include:
  • Heredity
  • Gingivitis
  • Poor dental health habits
  • Diabetes
  • Tobacco use
  • Older age
  • Poor nutrition
  • Decreased immunity
  • Certain medications
  • Substance abuse
  • Hormonal changes
  • Ill-fitting dentures
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