Gum Disease: Is there a genetic component? - Dr. Colin Richman

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Gum Disease: Is there a genetic component?

July 16, 2013

Extensive clinical research indicates that a large percentage of our population could be genetically vulnerable to periodontal disease. The evidence suggests that, for some of us, the bacterial factors that contribute to gum disease may be hard-wired into our DNA. With a genetic predisposition for this disease, routine brushing and flossing may not be effective in protecting your oral health.

Being born with gum disease in your DNA isn’t as bad as it might first appear. Even if your family’s previous generations struggled to control their dental health, you now have access to the specialized periodontal treatment that can change your life. There are numerous methods for controlling the infection that would otherwise destroy your gum tissue and even your jawbone. All it takes is a strong partnership with your periodontist, starting with the selection of the treatment that will target your particular needs.

Whether you have been born with the tendency for periodontal disease, or you have otherwise acquired symptoms of the disease, the range of treatments is based on the severity of your case:

Professional cleaning

For the treatment of early to moderate gum disease, a professional cleaning is a valuable and effective solution. Even without surgery, plaque and tarter can be thoroughly removed from the pockets below your gumline. These cleanings may be required more frequently for patients with a genetic tendency for periodontal disease.

Root planing and scaling

Often referred to as scaling and root planing, this treatment is most effective when the root surfaces of the teeth have been embedded with harmful bacteria and tarter. Smoothing and debriding the root surface will remove the irritating tarter and promote soft tissue healing. Based upon the extent of the periodontal disease, this procedure may be performed surgically or non-surgically.

Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)

Requiring only local anesthetics, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is the most advanced and minimally invasive method for eliminating bacterial colonies below the gumline and sterilizing the periodontal pockets, positioning patients for a quick and comfortable recovery.

Don’t let your family’s susceptibility for gum disease get the best of you. Contact our skilled team of periodontists today to learn more about your options for periodontal treatment.

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