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Is it possible to get periodontal disease at age 12?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Periodontal disease is not age specific.
Improper oral hygiene can lead to periodontal problems as well as decay in the young patient. Crowed teeth can also contribute to periodontal problems in the young patient. Juvenile periodontitis is a more severe and aggressive form of periodontal disease if left undiagnosed and untreated that can lead to premature loss of teeth.

In brief: Yes

Periodontal disease is not age specific.
Improper oral hygiene can lead to periodontal problems as well as decay in the young patient. Crowed teeth can also contribute to periodontal problems in the young patient. Juvenile periodontitis is a more severe and aggressive form of periodontal disease if left undiagnosed and untreated that can lead to premature loss of teeth.
Dr. Daniel Quon
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Dr. Edward Segal
Dentistry - Periodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but...

Not all forms of periodontal disease are the same.
There are multiple forms that are very destructive at young ages and are due to specific genetic alterations. Some of these forms of periodontal bone loss present with other medical problems. Some forms also show specific patterns and rates of bone loss.

In brief: Yes, but...

Not all forms of periodontal disease are the same.
There are multiple forms that are very destructive at young ages and are due to specific genetic alterations. Some of these forms of periodontal bone loss present with other medical problems. Some forms also show specific patterns and rates of bone loss.
Dr. Edward Segal
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry

In brief: Yes, but not common

My colleagues already gave you some excellent answers.
While possible, more likely associated with some medical problems such as diabetes & autoimmune diseases. I have never seen it myseif. If you have concerns about your own mouth, ask your parent or guardian to take you to the dentist for a checkup to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Even if not, early treatment makes a big difference.

In brief: Yes, but not common

My colleagues already gave you some excellent answers.
While possible, more likely associated with some medical problems such as diabetes & autoimmune diseases. I have never seen it myseif. If you have concerns about your own mouth, ask your parent or guardian to take you to the dentist for a checkup to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Even if not, early treatment makes a big difference.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Yes

Stage i gum disease is common.
A rare condition called juvenile periodontitis is rare, but ver aggressive.

In brief: Yes

Stage i gum disease is common.
A rare condition called juvenile periodontitis is rare, but ver aggressive.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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