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Can Periodontal Disease Spread From Kissing Someone?

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Periodontal disease can happen in four different stages, with the most advanced cases resulting in bone and possible tooth loss. It is a progressive infection of the gum tissues that affects 50% of Americans age 30 and older, and when left untreated can increase a person's risk of heart disease or stroke. So, is periodontal disease contagious? Read on to learn more from Dr. Gary Kodish and Dr. Federico Perez at Kodish-Perez Dental Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissues due to inadequate flossing and brushing habits after plaque has built up and hardened. Symptoms can range from having persistent bad breath to gums that look swollen, puffy, or bleed easily. However, advanced stages of this disease affect the gums and the jawbone structure, eventually leading to bone and tooth loss if left untreated. If plaque and tartar are not regularly removed with professional dental cleanings and good daily brushing and flossing habits, you can put yourself at risk of this dental condition. Other factors that increase your risk for periodontal disease include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medications that reduce the natural flow of saliva

Is periodontal disease contagious?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissue and bones surrounding teeth. While the disease itself is not contagious, kissing, sharing toothbrushes or food utensils, and drinking after someone are all acts where salvia is transmitted. If your partner or spouse is experiencing periodontitis symptoms, it can also increase your risk. Studies have shown that harmful bacteria that cause it is transferrable from person to person through saliva. Suppose you notice your spouse or partner has the warning signs of a possible periodontal issue, such as red, swollen, bleeding gums, even bad breath? In that case, you should suggest they visit Kodish-Perez Dental Group as soon as possible. It will help protect the oral health of everyone involved.

What does periodontal disease look like?

Treating gum disease is of the utmost importance. Daily oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist decrease the odds of Fort Lauderdale, FL patients suffering from periodontal disease, or at least keeping it from progressing into more advanced stages. If left untreated, later stages of the disease can increase bleeding, gaps or spaces between teeth, gum recession, bone loss, and other severe dental issues. Symptoms or signs of periodontitis include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Red or purplish gums
  • Gums that feel tender when touched
  • Persistent halitosis or bad breath
  • Gums that bleed easily, especially after brushing or flossing
  • Signs of gum recession
  • Pus between gums and teeth
  • Change in bite occlusion or teeth that have shifted

If you have noticed the warning signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, with you or a loved one, seek immediate dental help to get to the root of the problem. Dr. Gary Kodish and Dr. Federico Perez of Kodish-Perez Dental Group offer various nonsurgical and surgical options to restore your oral health. Please contact our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and schedule a dental exam today.

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