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Heredity and GumDiseaseFrom the office of Dr. PerryWestbrook
Heredity and Gum DiseaseWhile good oral hygiene, such as regularbrushing and flossing, continues to play animportant role ...
Heredity and Gum DiseaseIn recent years, researchers have delved intogenetic factors. In one study, scientists concludedth...
About Dr. Perry WestbrookPerry Westbrook, DMD, stands as one of firstAmerican periodontists recognized as aspecialist in h...
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While good oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing, continues to play an important role in periodontitis prevention, genetic factors are viewed as increasingly important. Indeed, practitioners like Perry Westbrook, DMD, see gum disease running in their patients’ families.

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Heredity and gum disease from the office of dr. perry westbrook

  1. 1. Heredity and GumDiseaseFrom the office of Dr. PerryWestbrook
  2. 2. Heredity and Gum DiseaseWhile good oral hygiene, such as regularbrushing and flossing, continues to play animportant role in periodontitis prevention,genetic factors are viewed as increasinglyimportant. Indeed, practitioners like PerryWestbrook, DMD, see gum disease runningin their patients’ families.
  3. 3. Heredity and Gum DiseaseIn recent years, researchers have delved intogenetic factors. In one study, scientists concludedthat genetic factors caused periodontal disease in50 percent of patients studied. Scientists alsodiscovered that if a parent has periodontitis, thechildren are 12 times more likely to have thebacteria considered the source of the disease. In anearlier study, conducted in 2000, researchers foundthat nearly one-third of the population has ahereditary propensity to contract periodontitis. Theyalso discovered an immune system component thatleads to more serious periodontitis in certainpatients.
  4. 4. About Dr. Perry WestbrookPerry Westbrook, DMD, stands as one of firstAmerican periodontists recognized as aspecialist in his field by the esteemed KoisCenter in Seattle.

While good oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing, continues to play an important role in periodontitis prevention, genetic factors are viewed as increasingly important. Indeed, practitioners like Perry Westbrook, DMD, see gum disease running in their patients’ families.

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