Although considered as a gum disease, periodontitis is a more severe case. Gingivitis starts as an inflammation in the gums. If gingivitis is left untreated, this will soon develop into periodontitis. Soon, the gum’s inner layers will start pulling away from the teeth. It creates pockets on both sides of the teeth. These spaces will then collect debris that cannot be removed even if you brush your teeth. This causes gum infection and shrinkage of the gum line. Once this shrinking in the gum line happens, the pockets will enlarge, putting you at risks of teeth that fall out and the development of other extreme oral conditions.
What Causes Periodontitis?
Plaque is the number one culprit behind paradontosis. Once plaque forms around the teeth, it will start infecting the gums that will lead to gingivitis and ultimately, gum disease.
But, there are also other secondary causes. In the case of women, hormonal changes because of monthly menstruation, menopause, or pregnancy can result in periodontal disease.