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Do heredity, genes play a role in gum disease?

from WABC-TV

Heredity is so important in whether or not you get an illness, that doctors often joke "pick your parents carefully." However, one area in which that has not been true is severe destructive gum disease — at least not until now. Severe gum infections with bone and teeth damage are called periodontitis. Now, a group of dental scientists is trying to find a link between the destructive process and the genes which run in a patient's family. If you had a heart attack, one of the first things doctors ask about is your family history. Now, for people with severe gum disease, doctors are asking the same questions. more

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