Periodontitis is the progression of gingivitis, resulting in tissue destruction. It is a common inflammatory disease, that affects about 1 in 5 Australians and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It occurs due to the body’s
inflammatory response to plaque (the bacterial film that naturally forms on teeth), which destroys the jawbone and periodontal ligament that secure the tooth.
At Hobart Periodontics, we understand that contracting gum disease is not necessarily due to poor oral hygiene or neglect. Not everyone will develop periodontitis, as many factors may contribute to this.
Although it may be evident that you suffer from periodontitis, most often people are not aware of having any problems until their dentist does an examination.