Reviewer: Charu Thakral, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 16 June 2013, last major update February 2013
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- Recurrent and continuous gingivitis that affects alveolar bone
- Causes bone destruction and pockets around teeth > 3 mm in depth
- Plaque within pockets serves as nidus for mineralization (dental calculus), causing progressive disease until gingival scarring and bony erosion lead to loss of teeth
- Usually diagnosed clinically
- Scaling and planing of root surfaces to remove focal irritants
- Brushing and flossing
End of Oral cavity > Infectious conditions > Periodontitis
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