Is Gum Disease Contagious?

Is gum disease contagious?Periodontal disease may be passed from parents to children and between couples, according to an article in the September 1997 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Researchers suggest that bacteria causing periodontal disease are passed though saliva. This means that when a family or couple comes into contact with each other's saliva, they are at risk for contracting the periodontal disease of another family member. Based on this research, the American Academy of Periodontology recognizes that treatment of gum disease may involve entire families. If one family member has periodontal disease, it is recommended all family members see a dental professional for a periodontal disease screening.

More About Periodontal (Gum) Disease