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Is aggressive periodontitis serious?

If left untreated, aggressive periodontitis can be very serious. As the condition progresses, the bacteria that trigger periodontitis may enter the bloodstream and affect other functions of the body. Some of the complications that may arise from the condition include tooth loss, heart disease, stroke, and worsening of diabetes and respiratory conditions. In addition, pregnant women are at risk of premature delivery. With early detection and treatment, however, prognosis is good for resolving aggressive periodontitis.

Aggressive periodontitis is serious. It is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.

It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. 

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