Periodontitis is one of those medical words that can sound intimidating but in everyday language we are talking about advanced gum disease.
It is caused by plaque. Plaque is continuously made and is a constant challenge in the oral cavity. It’s a slimy ‘biofilm’ that readily sticks to teeth. Here it can irritate and damage the gums and other tissues around the teeth and their roots. Once the disease takes hold it’s progressive and will lead to pain and ultimately tooth loss. As well as causing a local problem, periodontitis has been linked to a large number of serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes so we need to take it seriously.