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How is periodontal disease related to edentulism?

Periodontal disease is one of the main causes of edentulism. Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the mouth and is commonly found in the elderly. Periodontal disease can eat away at your teeth and gums causing decay. If periodontal disease does enough damage to a tooth, the tooth will either fall out, or require removal by a dentist. This results in edentulism. Careful treatment of periodontal disease can help you to avoid edentulism.

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