Can periodontitis have any complications?

The most apparent complication from periodontitis is loosing of teeth. However acute infections can occur. Also, there is a link between periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and several other inflammatory conditions.

Periodontitis can have severe complications. When allowed to progress, periodontitis can cause gum decay and bone loss, both of which may lead to tooth loss. Additionally, the bacteria associated with periodontitis can cause strokes or other artery diseases.

Periodontitis, the more severe form of gum disease that affects the jaw bone as well as the gums, can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. If severe or persistent, periondontitis can lead to a significant amount of bone loss in the jaw. Teeth become loose as jaw bone is eroded, and eventually, you start losing teeth. An untreated infection can trigger other serious health issues. The bacteria that cause gum disease can enter your bloodstream and infect other organs in your body, including your heart. 

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