Periodontal diseases of children and adolescents

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Children and adolescents are subject to several periodontal diseases. Although there is a much lower prevalence of destructive periodontal diseases in children than in adults, children can develop severe forms of periodontitis.23 In some cases, this destructive disease is a manifestation of a known underlying systemic disease. In other young patients, the underlying cause for increased susceptibility and early onset of disease is unknown. These diseases are often familial, suggesting a genetic predisposition for aggressive disease. Current modalities for managing periodontal diseases of children and adolescents may include antibiotic therapy in combination with non-surgical and/or surgical therapy. Since early diagnosis ensures the greatest chance for successful treatment,97 it is important that children receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits. Copyright

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-262
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Dentistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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Califano, J., Rees, T. D., Cutler, C., Damoulis, P., Fiorellini, J., Giannobile, W., ... Genco, R. J. (2009). Periodontal diseases of children and adolescents. Pediatric Dentistry, 31(6), 255-262.