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Is gum disease genetic?

Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Prosthodontics
A study in the Journal of Medical Genetics indicated that gum disease could be a genetic predisposition. Researchers discovered that changes in a gene for the enzyme Cathepsin-C are responsible for a condition known as Papillon-Lefevre syndrome. Along with scaly and warty skin thickening and an erosion of the soft tissues that line the mouth and connecting gums, another symptom is inflamed gums.
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