What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis – or gum disease – is a condition that weakens the supporting tissues that protect and hold the teeth firmly in place. It’s caused by an adverse interaction of plaque, found in everyone’s mouth, and the body’s defence system. While it presents few or no symptoms in the early stages, advanced conditions slowly lead to bone loss, gum recession, abscesses and, ultimately, the loss of otherwise sound teeth.
Evidence is also mounting of possible links between periodontal disease and serious systemic illnesses such as heart disease. Taking care of your teeth and gums today could protect you from having a stroke or heart attack.