Is Gum Disease Hereditary?

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Gum disease is typically caused by bad oral health habits, like poor oral hygiene and skipping dental visits. However, other factors within and without a patient’s control can also contribute to the development of gum disease. One of these factors is genetics; if you have a family history of gum disease, then you are more likely to develop it yourself.

If you know you are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease, our team can work with you to create a plan of action to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible.

What Else Causes Gum Disease?

In addition to not properly brushing and flossing well or often enough, gum disease can be caused and exacerbated by frequent tobacco and alcohol consumption. Smokers are twice as likely as nonsmokers to develop gum disease.

Taking certain medications, vitamin deficiencies, obesity, diabetes, and pregnancy may also contribute to the development and progression of gum disease. It’s important that you give our team detailed information about your medical and oral health history so we can assess your risk factors and create the best treatment plan for your smile.

Preventing & Treating Gum Disease

Gingivitis is early-stage gum disease characterized by gum inflammation. It can often be reversed with improved oral habits. But once the irritation advances into periodontitis, special care is required to preserve your gum tissue, teeth, and jawbone.

While there is nothing you can do about your genetic background, there are steps you can take to give your gums the best possible chances of staying healthy. Practicing great oral hygiene at home and visiting our office at least twice per year for routine checkups and cleanings are some of the best things you can do to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Eating a balanced diet, drinking lots of water, and quitting tobacco are also excellent measures to take.

We Can Help Improve Your Gum Health!

At Gastonia Family Dentistry, we’re happy to help patients, whether they need a simple routine cleaning, a special periodontal treatment, or something else. Please contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule your next visit!


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