Arizona State University  
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Chicana and Chicano StudiesLatino Health Issues


Causes of Tooth Decay
Caring for Your Child's Teeth

Periodontics is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the periodontal tissues¡ªthe tissues that surround and support the teeth. These tissues consist mainly of the gums and the jaw bones and their related contiguous structures.

The most prevalent periodontal disease is periodontitis, commonly called pyorrhea, an inflammatory condition usually produced by local irritants. Periodontitis, if untreated, destroys the periodontal tissues and is a major cause of the loss of teeth in adults.

The advances of periodontics have been mostly in techniques of treatment. It is believed that bacterial plaque, a soft layer of substances rich in bacteria that adheres to the teeth, is the factor responsible for most destruction of the gums and the tissues surrounding the teeth. Periodontists advocate removal of such plaque by a specific regimen of controlled hygiene.


Taken from Britannica Online


"Dentistry." Encyclopedia Britannica from Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
< >
[Accessed April 24, 2005].




Accessibility | Privacy | ASU Disclaimer This site was created by Joel Tiffany in fulfillment of requirements for the course CSS 335: Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2005.