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Genes may increase caries, periodontal disease risks


Caries seems to run in families, and some ethnic groups appear to suffer more from it than others. The same goes for periodontal disease. So along with questions about your patients' drug use and brushing habits, should you ask how many teeth their parents have? Not according to official guidelines for assessing patients' caries and periodontal disease risk factors. But the latest research, including a pair of studies published this month, suggests that genes could account for as much as half of an individual's propensity toward caries and periodontitis. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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