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Periodontitis

How does aggressive periodontitis affect the body?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentistry, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Aggressive periodontitis is a serious infection that can occur in people who are otherwise healthy. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Infections in the mouth can cause problems elsewhere in the body and affect your overall health. Over time, aggressive periodontitis may increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.

    Several studies have shown an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Conditions that make people more susceptible to periodontal disease include type 1 diabetes, Down syndrome, Kindler syndrome, and Papillon-Lefevre syndrome.

  • Aggressive periodontitis may result in rapid and severe bone loss. The condition almost always causes inflammation of the gums and formation of pockets between gums and teeth. The gums may recede, exposing more of each tooth, and thus giving teeth an elongated appearance. If left untreated, aggressive periodontitis can cause tooth loosening and eventual tooth loss, as bones degenerate and gums detach from the teeth. Because of the presence of toxic bacteria in their mouths, individuals with this condition may emit bad breath and experience bad taste.

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