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Can gum disease be passed on from parents to children?

There is some evidence that you are more likely to develop gum disease (periodontal disease) if you have a family history of gum problems. However, if you develop a good oral hygiene routine and visit your Armidale, NSW dentist regularly for exams, cleans, and periodic x-rays, you are less likely to develop gingivitis or gum disease.

Gingivitis is a precursor to gum disease. If your Armidale, NSW dentist catches gum disease in the gingivitis stage, it is reversible.

The symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease may include some or all of the following:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Periodic or chronic tooth pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums—making teeth appear longer
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath

If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend scheduling an exam with our Armidale, NSW dentist. Dr Joseph Nyepetsi can halt the progress of periodontal disease and help save your smile. Without treatment, periodontal disease may lead to tooth loss. Some evidence suggests that gum disease may also be linked to heart attack, stroke, and other health conditions.

When it comes to preventing periodontal disease, we recommend not dwelling on family history but seeing your dentist regularly for exams and cleans. Dental exams help your Armidale, NSW dentist spot gingivitis before it becomes gum disease. And regular cleans clear away the stubborn bacteria that may lead to gum disease.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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