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Can You Catch Contagious Gum Disease From Your Loved Ones?


More than Just Word of Mouth on these Startling Facts

We all know that we can catch disease and illness from others—even loved ones. Like:

  • The common cold.
  • Flu.
  • Viruses.
  • Measles.
  • Mumps.
  • TB (tuberculosis).
  •  And others.

But can we catch dental diseases from loved ones too? The short answer is yes, but the good news is that there is something you can do about it, so read on for more information.



According to the American Academy of Periodontology, over half of the US population experiences some form of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). The academy also states that gum disease is not technically contagious, but the spreading of the disease lies in the “bad” bacteria in our mouths, which is transmitted through saliva or blood.  If one family member develops periodontal disease, other family members could potentially be at risk for having it, simply due to living in close quarters, sharing household items like cups, utensils, toothbrushes, kissing, and smooching with pets (dogs have a good number of mouth infections).



Good oral hygiene like regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings can help prevent the spreading of the bad bacteria that causes periodontal disease.



There are varying degrees of periodontal disease. If you catch and treat it early, you’re doing yourself and your loved ones a favor. If you do nothing, hate going to dentists, or think that brushing your teeth once a day is sufficient, then you are at risk of developing a gum disease so severe that, not only can you spread it to a family member or loved one, you may end up with:

  • Chronic bad breath.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Receding gums.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Oral infections.
  • Lost teeth.

Some studies suggest that untreated gum disease can lead to cardiovascular diseases, like stroke, heart attack, and atherosclerosis, as well as liver disease, diabetes, and certain kinds of cancer.



The first step you should take if you suspect that you or a loved one has periodontitis is set an appointment with a specialist who has extensive proven expertise in Gum care .The specialist will first give your mouth and gums a thorough examination to determine the nature and level of gum disease. A general idea of cost will be discussed. Second, they will discuss insurance/cost and what to expect during and after the treatment, and help you schedule an appointment. Third, provide the appropriate treatment, from wisdom teeth extractions, to dentures, to dental implants, to laser surgery. 

A healthy smile starts with a healthy mouth, and a healthy mouth starts with a visit to a specialist whose expertise spans years of experience.

Dr. Kumar T Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS MBA, Board Certified Periodontist, is one such gum specialist whose expertise lies in gum care, oral surgery and  dental  implants. Dr. Vadivel has recently been featured in the media, and has offices in four locations: Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Mockingbird/SMU, and Grapevine, TX. 

Whether this is your first periodontal appointment, or your gums need immediate, intensive attention a visit to Dr. Vadivel’s offices will help ease your mind and set you on the path to recovery and a healthier mouth. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 214-731-0123, or visit  to book an appointment online, via e-mail, or text.