Definition of periodontal
1 : investing or surrounding a tooth
2 : of or affecting periodontal tissues or regions periodontal diseases
periodontallyplay \ˌper-ē-ō-ˈdän-təl-ē\ adverb
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That was a question that apparently bugged Dr. Robert Genco of the University of Buffalo, who won a 1996 Ig for his discovery that, indeed, financial problems are a risk indicator for periodontal problems.
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Did You Know?
In dentistry, cavities are important but they aren't the whole story; what happens to your gums is every bit as vital to your dental health. When you don't floss regularly to keep plaque from forming on your teeth and gums, the gums will slowly deteriorate. Dentists called periodontists specialize in the treatment of periodontal problems, and when the gums have broken down to the point where they can't hold the teeth in place a periodontist may need to provide dental implants, a costly and unpleasant process. But even a periodontist can't keep your gums healthy; that job is up to you.
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