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Periodontal disease is the process of irreversible damage to bone and gum around teeth. Periodontitis is inflammation of the periodontal membrane, a layer around the tooth anchoring it to the jawbone. The inflammation can be due to periodontal disease, and other causes such as a tooth abscess.
No. Periodontal, or gum disease, has nothing to do with age. The only relevance to age is the fact that gum disease gets progressively worse with time. As it usually takes a few decades for gum disease to become serious the above question can appear to be true. Put another way, if you do not have gum disease at age 39, you are probably very unlikely to develop it aged 40.
Periodontal (gum) disease is rarely painful until the advanced stages. At this point periodontal abscesses, loose teeth and inflamed gums can be very painful. As the disease causes irreversible damage to the gums, it can be very difficult to successfully treat advanced gum disease.
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