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Can periodontal disease be passed on from mother to child?

Bacteria that cause periodontal disease can be transmitted from mother to child during and after pregnancy. It also can be transmitted between couples. Simply sharing saliva through kissing can increase the risk of developing periodontal disease. Susceptibility to periodontal disease can also be an inherited condition. That's why if one person in the family has periodontal disease, others may too.

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