Periodontal diseases of children and adolescents

Joseph V. Califano, Terry D. Rees, Christopher Cutler, Petros Damoulis, Joseph Fiorellini, William Giannobile, Henry Greenwell, Angelo Mariotti, Steven Offenbacher, Leslie Salkin, Brian Nicoll, Robert J. Genco

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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
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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