Origin & Outcome
Periodontitis is caused by bacteria deposits on your teeth, often known as plaque, tartar, or biofilm. The inflamation and tissue damage they bring can be made worse by the reaction of your immune system, which enhances unwanted symptoms.
The first signs could be swollen, inflamed, or bleeding gums, although periodental disease is not always evident. You may not initially be aware of periodontitis until a dentist points this out.
Beyond the early stages, you will see physical symptoms. Receding gums are a common sign, bone degeneration and loss can occur at the same time, even if this is not visible.
Loosening, perhaps loss of your teeth can follow, periodontitis may also bring wider general health issues. Professional dental cleaning and good hygiene will help with prevention, although they can not cure damage which is already in place.