Can Children and Adolescents Get Gum Disease?

Some people mistakenly believe that gum disease is a condition that primarily affects adults. Although periodontal (gum) disease is a very common ailment among middle-aged and retirement-aged patients, children and adolescents can develop this condition, too. For advanced or complex cases of gum disease, dentists typically refer patients to periodontists—dentists who have additional education and training…

Treating Gum Disease May Improve Overall Health

Over the years, research has linked gum disease to overall health—especially systemic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Some research suggests that the bacteria present in periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and may attach to plaque in the arteries. Studies also show that patients with gum disease have an increased risk for heart…