periodontitis

noun
peri·​odon·​ti·​tis | \ˌper-ē-(ˌ)ō-ˌdän-ˈtī-təs \

Definition of periodontitis 

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

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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 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

noun
peri·​odon·​ti·​tis | \ˌper-ē-(ˌ)ō-ˌdän-ˈtīt-əs \

Medical Definition of periodontitis 

: inflammation of the periodontium and esp. 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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