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the rapid destruction of the clinical periodontal attachment and the bone surrounding the tooth or teeth. It can occur localized or generalized in an otherwise clinically healthy patient but with probable selective immune dysfunction. Currently, no association between aggressive periodontitis and oral hygiene has been established. Formerly classified as early onset periodontitis, juvenile periodontitis, or localized juvenile periodontitis.
aggressive periodontitisAbbreviation: AgP
Periodontitis in which alveolar bone loss and ligament failure occur rapidly, resulting in dental mobility and sometimes exfoliation (loss of teeth). The disease often begins in adolescence and may cluster in families. Synonym: generalized progressive periodontitis
See also: periodontitis