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How does necrotizing periodontitis affect the body?

Necrotizing periodontitis occurs when the normal bacteria in our mouth rapidly overgrow and form a bacteria-laden biofilm on the teeth and gums. The body mounts a defense against the now-harmful microorganisms, using white blood cells and antibodies to destroy the invaders. In the process, certain substances are released that can also cause damage to the gums and teeth. Pockets of infection appear in the mouth, and the gum tissue between the teeth erodes, allowing the bacteria to get deeper into the gums. The connective tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place are destroyed causing tooth loss, spontaneous bleeding, and extremely bad breath.

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