The mouth is an amazing microcosm of bacteria living among the oral tissues. Most of the time the bacteria work in benign harmony with the tissues of the mouth but sometimes that harmony is disrupted by the sour note that is periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses several different conditions that affect the areas around the teeth. The term comes from the Latin word “peri”, meaning around and the Greek word “odont”, meaning tooth. The term used to describe the study of the teeth and the supporting structures around them is called Periodotology. The dental specialty dedicated to the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease is called Periodontics. Continue reading