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Gum Disease is contagious

Gum disease itself is not directly contagious in the way that a cold or flu can be transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets. However, the bacteria that contribute to gum disease can be spread between individuals, particularly through activities that involve the exchange of saliva.


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Dr. Kopel explains how the periodontal disease develops, because the bacterias are spread.

Here are some ways in which the bacteria associated with gum disease can potentially be transmitted:

Kissing: Close contact and intimate activities such as kissing can lead to the exchange of saliva, which may contain bacteria associated with gum disease.

Sharing Utensils or Toothbrushes: Sharing items that come into contact with saliva, such as utensils or toothbrushes, can potentially transfer bacteria from one person to another.

Deep Mouth-to-Mouth Contact: Activities that involve deep mouth-to-mouth contact, such as sharing a straw or engaging in certain intimate behaviors, may also facilitate the exchange of oral bacteria.

It’s important to note that while these activities may contribute to the potential transmission of oral bacteria, the development of gum disease is influenced by various factors. These include individual oral hygiene practices, genetics, overall health, and lifestyle factors.

To minimize the risk of spreading oral bacteria:

  • Practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing.
  • Avoid sharing utensils, toothbrushes, or other items that come into contact with saliva.
  • Maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings to address any early signs of gum disease.

If someone in a household has gum disease, it’s advisable for others in the household to be vigilant about their oral hygiene practices. Additionally, seeking professional dental care is crucial for managing and treating gum disease effectively.

If you have specific concerns about gum disease or its potential transmission, it’s recommended to consult with a dentist for personalized advice and guidance based on your individual circumstances.