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

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Recent Examples on the Web Of 568 Covid patients studied, those with periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease, were at significantly higher risk of complications including death, admission to an intensive-care unit and need for a ventilator. Laura Landro, WSJ, "It Starts With Gum Disease. But It Can Lead to a Lot Worse.," 11 Apr. 2021 But given preliminary findings that these devices create gum disease-like conditions, Kumar is concerned for the long-term public health impact of periodontitis and other chronic diseases. Jackie Rocheleau, Forbes, "Vaping Changes Your Oral Microbiome, Which May Have Effects Beyond The Mouth," 4 Mar. 2021 Perhaps most concerning for long-term health consequences, the study revealed that healthy e-cigarette users had pathogen representation and inflammation on par with people with severe periodontitis or gum disease. Jackie Rocheleau, Forbes, "Vaping Changes Your Oral Microbiome, Which May Have Effects Beyond The Mouth," 4 Mar. 2021 In periodontitis, plaque and tartar build up in the pocket between the tooth and the gum. Jackie Rocheleau, Forbes, "Vaping Changes Your Oral Microbiome, Which May Have Effects Beyond The Mouth," 4 Mar. 2021 If no intervention is done, the disease develops into advanced periodontitis, which can cause complete destruction of the tooth's bony support structure and eventual tooth loss. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Gum health could be a risk factor for dementia, study suggests," 29 July 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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