Hereditariness of Pyorrhea

IMI Clinic

Is pyorrhea hereditary?

Pyorrhea is a periodontal disease that afflicts the mouth and especially the gums. It is an acute, chronic inflammation that with time progresses, creating many problems for those afflicted by it.

Book now

Self-Assessment test

Virtual Tour


is-pyhorrea-hereditarySome studies have shown that this problem might be hereditary, which means that if a close relative of yours has it, you might develop this disease too at a certain point, thanks to a genetic predisposition.

However, it is important to remember that a possible predisposition does not mean the disease will necessarily develop. In fact, it is mainly caused by plaque and tartar, which lead to the formation of gaps between the teeth and the gums. The food we introduce in our mouths on a daily basis leaves residues that get into these gaps, causing the proliferation of bacteria that damage gums and teeth.

Other causes of pyorrhea can be an incorrect diet, such as an excessive consumption of white bread, sugar, and red meat; or small traumas caused to the gums by the use of instruments such as toothpicks, which are often used thoughtlessly.

An improper use of dental floss and toothbrush can also, over time, damage the gums and cause several diseases, among which pyorrhea. Research has also shown that some chronic and degenerative diseases of the lymphatic system can lead to the manifestation of this illness.

Hence, it is clear that some cases of periodontitis in your family do not indicate with certainty that other members will suffer from this disease. A proper lifestyle and some care can prevent it and help avoid it. So you must pay great attention to the first signals so as to take action in a timely fashion. In fact, you need to see a dentist immediately should certain circumstances occur.

What can these signals be? The first symptoms are the same as those of a common gingivitis. Your gums tend to get darker and begin to bleed, first small amounts when you brush your teeth and not only. Then the gums begin to gradually recede, leaving the teeth exposed.

To contain the problem, you need to take action as soon as possible, seeing your dentist and having them recommend an adequate hygiene regimen and treatments to prevent the disease from worsening, becoming truly unpleasant. Thus a proper oral hygiene is fundamental: brushing your teeth after every meal, even after eating a piece of candy or having a sugary drink, to prevent the bacteria from creating lesions. This must go hand in hand with regular check ups with the dentist, who will recommend treatments such as professional cleaning and debridement sessions. Another good practice is reducing the consumption of tobacco and alcohol, avoiding all kinds of drugs. The use of specific toothpastes and mouth wash is highly recommended.


Contact IMI Clinics specialists now for a consultation, a diagnosis, or a therapy tailored to your needs.

For more information or to book an appointment