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Does necrotizing periodontitis affect children differently than adults?

In children with necrotizing periodontitis, the neutrophils, a kind of white blood cell that normally fights this infection, do not work properly. In children who have not yet reached puberty, the gum infection can attack the primary teeth only or both the primary and permanent teeth. In adolescents and young adults with necrotizing periodontitis, there is little or no evidence of inflammation or tartar buildup but rapid loss of bone as the infection attacks the first molar and incisors.

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