Mum, Did You Give Me Gum Disease?

Gum disease is the inflammation of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is most commonly a result of poor dental hygiene. It’s a serious disease and, in worst cases, can even lead to loss of teeth.
gum diseaseMany habits and factors could lead to gum disease, including plaque, smoking, and some forms of medication. But did you know there is such a thing as genetic susceptibility? Did you know you can actually inherit gum disease?
The Genetic Pool
According to scientific research, there is indeed a hereditary factor in the development of gum problems. Up to 30% of the population may have genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease, which means they are genetically predisposed toward certain gum problems.
Genetic tests can now be used to determine susceptibility and early intervention can help make sure a person’s oral health is in check, along with other extra measures. This does not mean, however, that those who do not have this genetic misfortune should be complacent about their oral hygiene.
Extra Measures
If you notice frequent bleeding and swelling in your gums, speak with Danny de Villiers Dentist, your local dentist here in Weybridge, immediately. We will help you find out if you are genetically predisposed and we will recommend and even implement the necessary extra measures.
It’s also important you make sure you are well-informed about your family history of gum problems so we can work together and pay attention to the risks you may be exposed to. Moreover, as your children grow up, it’s vital you teach them proper oral health care.
While genes play a proven factor in the likelihood of gum disease, it’s more often caused by plaque build-up. When not removed, plaque begins to harden and becomes tartar, which causes gum inflammation and irritation. This is known as gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease.
This could lead to further inflammation that can cause loss of tissue, bone and teeth. Prevent this from happening to your own gums by maintaining proper oral health care and getting regular dental check-ups. Get in touch with us and set an appointment for more information about gum care.