Dentures for Genetic Conditions

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What Genetic Conditions Might Cause Tooth Loss?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss. Gingivitis and Periodontitis are the most common forms of periodontal disease. Research has shown that up to 30% of the population is genetically predisposed towards gum disease. This means that for these people it may take less behavioural causes (such as poor oral hygiene) for teeth to decay. This also means that systemic diseases are more likely to have the symptom of gum disease.

Periodontitis can also be a symptom of other conditions that are affecting the whole body, including certain genetic conditions. It is important to talk to your parents about any conditions that may mean extra care and attention should be paid to your mouth.

The aesthetic effects of genetic conditions causing you to lose your teeth can be reversed by wearing dentures, but they are not a cure for what is causing the dental problems.

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