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Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Ryan Clagett

Gum disease, a prevalent oral health issue, is often misunderstood as being solely genetic. However, the reality is much more complex. While genetics can play a role, there are various other factors at play. This article delves into the multi-faceted causes of gum disease, from the impact of natural oral bacteria to the influence of environmental factors and potential genetic links. Whether you’re genetically predisposed or not, understanding the causes of gum disease can help you maintain optimal oral health.

Causes of Gum Disease: Beyond Genetics

The primary culprits behind gum disease are not necessarily genetic. Natural oral bacteria, if not properly managed, can eat away at your teeth and inflame your gums, leading to the first stage of gum disease: gingivitis. If left unaddressed, this inflammation progresses, causing the gum tissue to deteriorate into the second stage of gum disease known as periodontitis.

The Genetic Factor in Gum Disease

Nevertheless, research has indicated a potential genetic link to gum disease. Some studies have found aggressive periodontitis development can run in families. Additionally, other research suggests that up to 30% of the U.S. population may be genetically predisposed to developing gum disease. Interestingly, the same genes associated with higher risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes also seem to make individuals more susceptible to the effects of oral bacteria, thus increasing their vulnerability to gum disease.

However, it’s important to note that genetics alone do not determine your likelihood of developing gum disease. It’s the interaction between your genes and your environment that influences your risk. While genetics may contribute, poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugar typically have a much larger impact.

The Power of Prevention

Regardless of your genetic makeup, maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine, adopting good health and diet habits, and scheduling regular visits to your dentist are your strongest defenses against gum disease. At Derby City Dental Specialists, we’re committed to offering comprehensive gum disease treatment options tailored to your unique needs. Remember, prevention is the best cure. Maintain a robust oral hygiene routine and schedule regular check-ups with us.

If you need to schedule your next checkup or you’re already experiencing symptoms of gum disease, don’t hesitate to reach out. Explore our non-surgical gum disease treatments to learn more and to find the best solution for you.

Who Are We?

Derby City Dental Specialists strives to provide the latest best practices and advanced techniques for placing dental implants and treating periodontal disease while aligning care with each patient’s specific needs and goals in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

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What Problem Do We Solve for Our Patients?

Through implant dentistry and diverse gum treatments, we can replace missing teeth, stop the spread of gum disease, and create a healthier, stronger, natural-looking smile. Smile makeovers can correct imperfections and improve overall comfort and confidence.

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How We Solve These Problems for Our Patients

Dr. Clagett consults with each patient to understand their concerns and goals, then develops a customized treatment plan to achieve desired results. His extensive training in the field enables him to deliver innovative care.

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