periodontitis

noun
peri·​odon·​ti·​tis | \ ˌper-ē-(ˌ)ō-ˌdän-ˈtī-təs How to pronounce periodontitis (audio) \

Definition of periodontitis

: inflammation of the supporting structures of the teeth and especially the periodontal membrane

Examples of periodontitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers are trying to learn more about the ways microbes are implicated in periodontitis (gum disease) and caries (cavities). Eryn Brown, Smithsonian, "By Studying Mouth Bacteria, Scientists Hope to Learn the Secrets of Microbiomes," 8 Nov. 2019 Preliminary research has shown that Porphyromonas gingivalis, a type of bacteria that causes periodontitis, is more commonly found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Canada has an excellent health care plan. Bernie Sanders’s might be even better," 31 July 2019 All 21 showed some signs of gum disease, or periodontitis, along with at least minor cavities. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed," 25 Nov. 2018 Studies have found associations between periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as premature labor and low birth weight. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Studies have found associations between periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as premature labor and low birth weight. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Studies have found associations between periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as premature labor and low birth weight. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Studies have found associations between periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as premature labor and low birth weight. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 Studies have found associations between periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as premature labor and low birth weight. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of periodontitis

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for periodontitis

New Latin

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“Periodontitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/periodontitis. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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periodontitis

noun
peri·​odon·​ti·​tis | \ ˌper-ē-(ˌ)ō-ˌdän-ˈtīt-əs How to pronounce periodontitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of periodontitis

: inflammation of the periodontium and especially chronic inflammation that typically follows untreated gingivitis and that results in progressive destruction of the periodontal ligament, formation of pockets around the teeth, and resorption of alveolar bone chiefly in a horizontal direction with loosening or loss of teeth

called also pericementitis

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