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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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How to Protect Children’s Oral Health

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Periodontal disease may be passed from parents to children and between couples. Researchers suggest that the bacteria which cause this disease may be passed from one person to another though saliva. This means that the common contact of saliva in families puts children and couples at risk for contracting the disease of another family member.

Genetics may also play a major role in the onset and severity of this disease. Researchers found that Up to 30% of the population may be genetically susceptible to developing severe periodontal disease. Therefore, if one family member has this disease, it is a good idea for all family members to see a dental professional for a screening.

Evidence shows that this disease may increase during adolescence due to lack of motivation to practice oral hygiene. Children who maintain good oral health habits up until the teen years are more likely to continue brushing and flossing than children who were not taught proper oral care.

Hormonal changes related to puberty can put teens at greater risk for getting this disease. During puberty, an increased level of sex hormones, such as progesterone and possibly estrogen, cause increased blood circulation to the gums. This may cause an increase in the gum’s sensitivity and lead to a greater reaction to any irritation, including food particles and plaque. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.

Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment of periodontal diseases. Therefore, it is important that children receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits. Be aware that if your child has an advanced form of this disease, this may be an early sign of systemic disease. A general medical evaluation should be considered for children who exhibit severe periodontitis, especially if it appears resistant to therapy.

Many medications can dry out the mouth or pose other threats to oral health. Be sure to tell your dental professional about any medications your family members are taking.

Monitor your family to see if anyone has the habit of teeth grinding. Grinding can increase the risk of developing this disease, in addition to causing cracked or chipped teeth. Boise dentists can make custom-fitted night bite guards to prevent teeth grinding at night.

Researchers suggest this disease can pass through saliva. This means that the common contact of saliva in families may put children and couples at risk for contracting the disease of another family member. If one family member has this disease, all family members should see a dental professional for a periodontal evaluation.