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Periodontitis: From Plaque to Tooth Loss: 

Periodontitis : From Plaque to Tooth Loss

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Healthy gums and bone hold the tooth firmly in place.

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Plaque buildup irritates the gums, and they become inflamed. In time, the gums pull away from the tooth, creating a pocket that fills with more plaque.

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The pockets get deeper, and the plaque hardens into tartar. More plaque accumulates on top.

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Tartar moves down to the root of the tooth and eventually destroys the bone supporting the tooth. Without this support, the tooth loosens and falls out.