Understanding Your Family Tree: Is Periodontal Disease Hereditary?

You know that if you come from a family of black haired, black eyed individuals that you will likely have children with similar physical traits. Although there are some genetic traits that are distinguishable, there are others that are a bit more abstract. As an oral disease that causes your gums to become red, inflamed, and bleed, periodontal disease can also result in your teeth falling out if it goes untreated. So, is this disease hereditary? Is it something that you are more likely to get if your parents have it? Read on to learn more.

Heredity Bacteria

There has been some recent evidence that points to the fact that your susceptibility of getting the periodontal disease may be related to bacterial lipopolysaccharides which are genetically contracted. So, if your family has these bacterial lipopolysaccharides, you are likely to have them too. However, it can be hard to determine if you have this type of bacteria and the testing for it may not be for your benefit.


More than genetics, you pick up both good and bad habits from your family. For instance, if you live in a household where you eat an all-natural diet and exercise frequently, you are more likely to be a healthy weight. Whereas if you live in a family that doesn’t exercise and eats a lot of processed foods, you are more likely to be overweight. Similarly, if you live in a family that doesn’t emphasize good oral hygiene or that eats a lot of processed sugar, you are more likely to develop periodontal disease. Remember that the habits you get from your family can impact your health. Luckily, unlike genetics, habits can easily be made and broken.

Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on the condition of your gums— leaving your mouth feeling inflamed and uncomfortable. If you are worried that you are going to contract the periodontal disease because of your family history, consider both bacteria and bad habits. To learn more about periodontal disease and how you can treat it, contact Centennial Dental Center today!