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The Role of Genetics in Gingivitis

Posted by on November 20, 2012

Although it is no secret that the ability in which one is able to successfully fight disease in the body is in part predetermined by genetics, this theory had yet to be proven true with respect to oral disease. That is until recently where a study has proven such a relationship between genetics and gingivitis. In doing so, the study suggests that the development of the immune system plays a significant role in determining whether or not the body will be able to successfully fight off gingivitis. Specifically, the human genes, which dictate the body’s ability to develop and heal from gum disease, control and/or manipulate the immune system; the results of which affect your ability to recover from the onset of gum disease, a concern for nearly half of Americans.

What does this all mean for you and your oral health? First, it means that you should inquire about your family history of gum disease. This information is critical in helping you to understand the likelihood that you could develop this disease as well as your chances of success in fighting off the disease during its early onset. Second, you should and must see a dentist in an effort to determine if you indeed have gum disease. This is particularly relevant for those individuals who are experiencing swollen, red, or bleeding gums, as many individuals are living with the disease and are completely unaware. Not only will a dentist be able to properly diagnose early onset of gum disease, but he will also be able to adequately treat your gum disease in addition to providing you with the necessary tools and information to help you properly care for your teeth and gums.

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