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Is Gum Disease Genetic?

Posted on 1/9/2023 by Evan
Is Gum Disease Genetic?Gum disease affects many individuals. You may be surprised to learn that not all instances are the consequence of poor dental hygiene. Due to its hereditary effect, this disorder affects many people. If your mother or father, grandparent, or even aunt or uncle suffers from red, swollen, or bleeding gums, there is a larger risk that you may as well.

Researchers think they have discovered a relationship between a person's DNA and the likelihood of developing gum disease. When a person's family lacks beta-defensin 1, a protein that fights nasty bacteria and debris in the mouth, the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and tooth loss rise. Although additional study is needed, aggressive periodontitis is generally more common in families. However, it is important to understand that your personal preference to maintain or ignore your dental hygiene can make a huge difference in whether you get gum disease.

Combatting Gum Disease

Even if you have a history of gum disease in your family, there are things you can do to reduce your risk and enjoy improved dental health. Maintaining a regular dental hygiene practice, avoiding smoking and tobacco usage, and adding nutritious foods to your daily diet are all examples.

Your Dentist Can Help

Getting gum disease therapy once you begin to exhibit indications of gingivitis or periodontitis is one of the most effective ways your dentist can assist. Scaling and root planing are less invasive and more effective than other, more complicated treatments. You may also reduce your risk of gum disease by having a hygienist remove hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums by continuing to see your dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings.

Do not presume that you'll have to live with periodontitis for the rest of your life. Even if the condition runs in your family, you may take the required steps to overcome it and embrace a healthier, more vivid smile. Our periodontist can help you prevent and treat gum disease. Call us today to learn more!

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