Why It’s Not Always Good To Have Your Mother’s Smile
Our genetic makeup can determine so many things about us: the color of our eyes, how tall we are and even if we are predisposed to certain conditions such as periodontal disease. In fact, a study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology has found that at least 30% have an inherited risk of gum issues that is not dependent on their oral hygiene habits.
Periodontal disease is not a condition to be taken lightly as it is much more serious than puffy and bleeding gums. The same bacteria that cause the infection in your mouth can travel through your bloodstream and cause problems with your heart and inflammatory issues. If left untreated, it will eventually cause the loss of teeth and bone in your jaw also. Luckily, Anthem Periodontics uses LANAP as one treatment for periodontal disease.
If your parents or grandparents have had oral health issues, especially gum disease or tooth loss, you may be at a greater risk for periodontal disease. This risk can be lessened with regular brushing and flossing but will not be completely eliminated.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Puffy, red or tender gum tissue
- Gums receding causing the teeth to look longer than they used to be
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, our board-certified periodontists are gum disease experts. We employ the latest technology, including the LANAP procedure to treat all stages of periodontal disease. Even if you aren’t experiencing obvious symptoms of an infection in your gum, it’s worth the time to have a comprehensive oral health examination if periodontal problems run in your family. Call to schedule your appointment today so that you can stop the advance of gum disease before it damages your smile.