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Is Periodontal Disease Contagious?

Posted on 4/10/2023 by Todd Jorgenson
Is Periodontal Disease Contagious?Gum disease, caused by plaque buildup, is an infection of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. It is called Periodontal disease when it has progressed to this point. If addressed, it can lead to the loss of bone and gum tissue that hold teeth in place. As reported by the CDC, approximately 50% of persons aged 30 and over have some gum disease. The doctor sees far too many cases of this avoidable illness.

The links between periodontal disease and other illnesses are still being explored. According to some research, gum disease has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Moreover, while most causes of periodontal disease are under the control of the individual (genetics, nutrition, poor oral hygiene), there is a chance that periodontitis can be transmitted from one person to another.

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DNA coding methods have been employed by scientists in their investigations of how infectious diseases spread from person to person. Having a spouse with periodontal disease raises your risk of developing the condition since you can spread the infection through kissing and other intimate contact. Other research has shown that family meals often involve close contact between members' saliva due to coughing, sneezing, and sharing utensils and food.

There is a slightly increased chance of periodontal disease in the offspring of people who already have it. However, only because you and your loved ones share bacteria does not guarantee that you will develop periodontal disease.

Combating Periodontal Disease


It is worth noting that research into the causes and effects of periodontal disease is still in its infancy. Plaque control, which entails brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and professional cleanings twice a year, is the most effective method for warding off gum disease.

Please get in touch with our clinic if you need assistance with periodontal disease.



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