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What is periodontal disease?

This is an inflammatory process whereby the supporting structure of the teeth, the periodontal membrane and the bone are destroyed, eventually leading to tooth loss. This can be a long, slow process taking many years, or can occur very quickly. Risk factors include smoking or tobacco use, diabetes, clenching or grinding teeth possibly related to stress and medication use. Pregnancy, puberty, poor nutrition and other diseases can also play a role.

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