Risk Factors for Gum Disease: Genetics

In addition to advanced age and the use of tobacco products, another risk factor in periodontal disease is genetic predisposition. If your parents or older relatives suffer from periodontal disease, chances are that you could too. The team at Artistic Touch Dentistry, however, can help mediate those risk factors as much as possible through regular prophylaxis and dental exams.

Research has indicated that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. Despite aggressive oral care habits, these people may be more likely to develop periodontal disease. Just as some people have deeper grooves within the teeth and are more susceptible to cavities, some are more prone to periodontitis.

If your older relatives have dentures, dental implants, or bridges due to tooth decay and loss rather than accident or injury, it’s possible that gum disease runs in your family and you are genetically predisposed to developing periondontal disease. If you fear that you may be prone to this risk factor, contact us today for an evaluation.