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When is aggressive periodontitis serious?

Aggressive periodontitis is an especially progressive form of gum disease, which causes inflammation and infection around the tooth. Aggressive periodontitis can be diagnosed at a very early age, sometimes as young as 3 or 4 years old, and can eventually lead to tooth loss. Immune deficiencies and a genetic link are possible causes of this type of periodontitis. The focus of aggressive periodontitis tends to be on treating the infection and inflammation, usually with a combination of specialized professional cleanings, antibiotics, and surgery.

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