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How does necrotizing periodontitis affect children differently?

Necrotizing periodontitis is an acute infection of the gum tissue that can damage gums, bone, and connective tissue. If not treated, the infection can spread to the cheeks and jaws, causing extensive damage. Necrotizing periodontitis occurs mainly in adults. It is usually only seen in children who have severe system problems, such as malnutrition or a weakened immune system. The signs of necrotizing periodontitis are the same in adults and children and include bleeding, swollen gums, gum recession, pain, and bad breath.

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