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Is chronic periodontitis serious?

If left untreated, chronic periodontitis can be very serious. As the condition progresses, the bacteria that trigger periodontitis may enter the bloodstream and damage other functions of the body. Some of the complications that may arise from the condition include loose teeth, 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, the prognosis is good for resolving chronic periodontitis.

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