Pet health insurance policy definition of "periodontal disease"
Periodontal Disease is infection and inflammation of the periodontium (the tissues that surround and support the teeth) due to plaque bacteria and your Pet’s response to the bacterial insult. This includes both Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis refers to inflammation of the gingiva in response to plaque antigen. Periodontitis is a more severe disease that involves inflammation of the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone, eventually causing loss of attachment (periodontal pocketing, gingival recession, bone resorption).