Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Surrounding or encasing a tooth: a periodontal ligament.
  • adj. Relating to or affecting tissue and structures surrounding and supporting the teeth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. surrounding a tooth
  • adj. of, or relating to periodontics

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Surrounding the teeth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Surrounding a tooth: specifically noting the lining membrane of the socket of a tooth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or involving or practicing periodontics

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek περί ("around") + ὀδούς ("a tooth"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The first is, do scale and polish procedures [having your teeth cleaned] lead to any difference in periodontal health compared with no scale and polish?

    Is Tooth Cleaning a Scam? - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • But if it has bad breath, it is a likely sign of dental disease—including tartar buildup, gingivitis and a chronic infection called periodontal disease, veterinarians say.

    A Bite as Healthy as Their Bark

  • Pregnant women with gum disease, also called periodontal disease, are known to have more preemies than women with healthy gums.

    FOXNews.com

  • The crud between your teeth may seem innocuous, but study after study has shown chronic infections of the mouth also called periodontal diseases increase the risk of circulatory woes, including coronary heart disease.

    Gizmodo

  • The study - led by the University of Edinburgh - analyzed the findings of previous research into the link between diabetes and serious gum disease - known as periodontal disease.

    RedOrbit News - Technology

  • The first cause to cover is the bad breath that arises from gum disease (also known as periodontal disease or gingivitis).

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • A couple other causes of body odor include: tooth or oral conditions such as periodontal disease and gingivitis.

    Serendip's Exchange -

  • Bad breath isn't normal for any pet and could indicate a serious health problem, such as periodontal disease.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Numerous epidemiological studies have shown an association between periodontal infections and heart disease, although it is not clear if periodontal disease causes an increased risk of heart disease, or if those with heart and vascular disease have an increased risk of periodontal infections.

    Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.: Why Oral Health Leads to Overall Health

  • There are several theories on how periodontal disease can cause atherosclerosis that can lead to heart attacks or stroke.

    Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.: Why Oral Health Leads to Overall Health

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