suggest that periodontal disease is influenced by heredity. As clinicians, we are often
confronted by patients who simply seem to be more susceptible to periodontal damage. In
fact many of our patients comment that their parients or their siblings have also had
periodontal problems. Your genetic makeup has the potential to make you more suceptible to
Juvenile Periodontitis is a condition where patients
rapidly lose bone around selected teeth. In some cases it can affect all of the teeth. For
many years, it has been observed that this largely occurs in families and can be traced
through generations. Abnormal genes were first isolated for this conition in the 1980's.
Recently, using more modern DNA techniques,
susceptibilities have been demonstrated to the adult form of periodontitis. A comercially
available test has recently been developed to test for genetic susceptibility. We advise
this test when patients tell us they have several family members with periodontal
problems. Positive test results often influences the way you are treated.
If you think that you have a heredity factor please
contact our office for further diagnosis, advice and treatment.