Is Gum Disease Genetic?

If members of your family have or had gum disease, you are at a higher risk to develop it too. Once you discover this information, it should make you more motivated to do all in your power to prevent it from affecting you. Let’s find out how.

What Exactly IS Gum Disease?Woman with gum inflammation

Just because you have pearly white teeth that flash when you smile does not make for a healthy mouth. Your gums are pretty important too!

Gum disease starts out painlessly, and you may not know it is developing until certain signs appear. Gum disease starts with plaque, a sticky substance that adheres to teeth around the gum line. It is loaded with bacteria left from food and debris which can lead to infections hurting both the gums and bone. This infection can lead to cavities and tooth decay.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the next step in gum disease and the earliest stage. Your gums may be red, inflamed, and tender, and they may bleed when brushing. Luckily, at this stage you can still reverse the problem.

Periodontitis

Once gum disease reaches this more advanced stage, your bone is affected. It can destroy the structure of the bones that hold your teeth in place. Unless this is effectively treated, you can lose teeth.

Now that you know what can happen due to an increased risk of gum disease, what can you do to prevent it?

Preventing Gum Disease And Lowering Your Risk

It’s not that hard to prevent gum disease if you are consistent with your daily oral habits.

  • Brush at least twice daily to remove the plaque which builds up in your mouth. Doing so cuts down on the bacteria and the risk for infection. Pay special attention to the inside of your teeth and back teeth. Don’t forget your tongue.
  • Floss after meals or at least once per day to get any food particles stuck in difficult to reach places.
  • Consider an electric toothbrush to more easily remove plaque. If using a manual one, opt for soft bristles and remove bacteria from your tongue.
  • See Manhattan Dental Arts for regular cleanings and checkups. Let our team know if gum disease runs in your family.
  • Find a therapeutic mouthwash to reduce plaque and remove particles. Choose a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Stop smoking.

Just because gum disease is genetic does not mean you need to succumb.

Contact Manhattan Dental Arts at (212) 247-2330 for an appointment at our office in New York, NY today.

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