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Dr. David A. Mugford
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Crofton, MD 21114


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Are Genetics a Risk Factor for Gum Disease?


Posted on 8/20/2016 by Dr. David Mugford
A close up of a patients mouth suffering from gum disease.Most of the risk factors for gum disease are within our control to avoid, but have you ever wondered if genetics play a part in the health of your gums?

The Link Between Genetic Factors and Gum Disease

Recent research has found that there is a link between genetic risk factors and gum disease, so if your family has a history of the condition, there may be a higher risk that you develop gum disease as well.

However, current research is not conclusive as to what extent genetic factors affect someone's susceptibility. Your parents having gum disease does not guarantee that you will develop it, too, but it can help you and a dental health professional better plan your dental care regimen.

Other Risk Factors for Gum Disease

Genetics are not the only potential risk factor. Other factors that put someone at risk for developing gum disease include:

•  Smoking
•  Stress
•  Oral hygiene
•  Weak immune system

Besides a weak immune system and genetics, other risk factors can be managed to prevent or treat different stages of gum disease.

What Can I Do to Prevent or Manage Gum Disease?

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are essential to preventing gum disease. You can also incorporate mouthwash into your daily oral hygiene routine to help clean your teeth and gums. If you currently have gingivitis or periodontitis, you can prevent these conditions from worsening by maintaining good oral hygiene as well.

Certain lifestyle changes and stress management also can help prevent gum disease. Exercising, eating healthful meals, and getting enough sleep can help you beyond the health of your smile, but they also double as ways to reduce your risk. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is another lifestyle change you can make to manage periodontal disease.

If you have concerns about the health of your gums, contact our office, and we can help you develop a dental care plan based on your health needs.


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