Periodontal health and disease: The contribution of genetics

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Periodontitis is an infectious, inflammatory disease that is associated with a complex interplay between specific bacteria, host response, and environmental factors. Because of its high degree of familial aggregation, specifically for the more aggressive forms of the disease, genetics factors have been implicated in disease pathogenesis for several decades. This review provides an overview of what we currently know regarding the genetic and epigenetic contributions to periodontal disease and discusses future opportunities in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-181
Number of pages21
JournalPeriodontology 2000
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021

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  • epigenetics
  • genetic variation
  • microbiology
  • periodontitis/periodontal disease
  • single nucleotide polymorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Periodontics


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