What is Periodontitis?

When your immune system overreacts to bacterial toxins, periodontitis can occur.

Periodontitis Severe Gum Disease Callout

Periodontitis is the most severe form of gum disease. It is inflammation around the teeth that occurs as a result of untreated gingivitis. As plaque builds up, it reaches below the gum line, and the bacteria within the plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums. The body’s immune system overreacts to these toxins and turns on itself, destroying the tissue and bones that support the teeth. This may eventually lead to tooth loss.

Occurs as a result of untreated gingivitis.

Causes of periodontitis include:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Diabetes
  3. AIDS
  1. Cancer
  2. Genetics

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