Periodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the cause, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the supporting tissues of the teeth. The supporting tissues include the gingiva, the periodontal ligaments, the cementum, and the alveolar bone. Diseases that affect these tissues are called periodontal diseases. The main cause of periodontal diseases is bacteria in dental plaque, but other factors can contribute to their progression. These factors include malocclusion, overhanging restorations, poorly fitting appliances or prostheses, cigarette and/or e-cigarette smoking, improper nutrition, stress, systemic diseases, heredity, hormonal imbalances, and certain medications.
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Original Release Date: 2019; Review Date: 2020; Expiration Date: 2023