periodontal

adjective
peri·odon·tal | \ˌper-ē-ō-ˈdän-tᵊl \

Definition of periodontal 

1 : investing or surrounding a tooth

2 : of or affecting periodontal tissues or regions periodontal diseases

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Other Words from periodontal

periodontally \ˌper-ē-ō-ˈdän-tᵊl-ē \ adverb

Dentists and Periodontal Problems

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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Among those 65 and older, 70 percent have some form of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Among those 65 and older, 70 percent have some form of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Among those 65 and older, 70 percent have some form of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Research has demonstrated links between periodontal infections and chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Among those 65 and older, 70 percent have some form of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Research has demonstrated links between periodontal infections and chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Research has demonstrated links between periodontal infections and chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Washington Post, "When Is Insurance Not Really Insurance? When You Need Pricey Dental Care.," 22 May 2018 Among those 65 and older, 70 percent have some form of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of periodontal

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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periodontal

adjective
peri·odon·tal | \ˌper-ē-ō-ˈdänt-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of periodontal 

1 : investing or surrounding a tooth

2 : of or affecting the periodontium periodontal infection

Other Words from periodontal

periodontally \-ᵊl-ē \ adverb

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