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Does chronic periodontitis affect children differently than adults?

As age increases, risk of developing chronic periodontitis increases. As is suggested by its alternative name, adult periodontitis, chronic periodontitis is most prevalent in adults. However, although rare, the condition can affect children and adolescents. Whereas older adults tend to harbor periodontitis-causing bacteria, children typically lack this key element in developing the condition.

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