Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. Early gum
disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This leaves deep pockets
where plaque and bacteria can build up. Periodontitis can progress until the
bones that support the teeth are damaged. Teeth may get loose and fall out or
need to be removed.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSteven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry