It is currently believed that most periodontal diseases are mixed infections associated with relatively specific groups of indigenous oral bacteria. Susceptibility to these diseases is highly variable and dependent on host responses to periodontal pathogens. In addition, some forms of periodontitis appear to progress in brief, destructive bursts that may be associated with qualitative changes in the subgingival flora and host immune responses. We welcome you to fill out the form below to receive a complimentary download of this paper. To learn more and to schedule your visit with our experienced dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, please call or visit our Palm Desert, California dental office.