What is periodontal disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the term that covers all diseases of the gums and supporting structures of the tooth. In Ireland it affects about 10% of the population. It is rare in young people (under 18 years old) but can occur at any age. If it is left untreated it leads to progressive loosening of the tooth and eventually to tooth loss. It is caused by bacteria that infects the space around the tooth leading to inflammation of the gum, recession and bone loss. Not everyone is equally susceptible to periodontal disease. Smokers, diabetics and people with family history of the disease appear at present to be the most susceptible groups. Treatment for periodontal disease is very successful and with good patient co-operation and regular maintenance most diseases can be fully controlled. For comprehensive information about all aspects of periodontal diseases please visit the following link www.efp.net which is the official site of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP)


Periodontal disease