What is periodontitis and are you at risk? According to Dr Emma: “Periodontitis means ‘inflammation around the teeth’. More specifically, it's an inflammation of the gums, caused by plaque, in which the ligaments and bone holding the teeth in are attacked and destroyed - (sounds nasty, doesn’t it?!) In this post, Dr Emma explains the symptoms to look out for and delves into the various factors which can increase your risk of developing this gum disease. She also offers her advice on why gum recession and losing teeth as part of getting older, shouldn’t just be accepted.