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Bacteria that cause periodontitis are transmitted from parents to children

Publicado em 15 abril 2021

Por By Luciana Constantino | Agência FAPESP

Adults with periodontitis transmit micro organism that may trigger the illness in future to their kids, and the micro organism stay within the oral cavity even when the kids endure therapy of varied varieties, reinforcing the necessity for preventive care within the first 12 months of a child’s life. That is the primary conclusion of a research carried out on the College of Campinas (UNICAMP) within the state of São Paulo, Brazil. An article on the research is published in Scientific Studies.

Periodontitis is an irritation of the periodontium, the tissue that helps the tooth and maintains them within the maxillary and mandibular bones. The illness is triggered by bacterial an infection. Signs embody bleeding of the gums and halitosis. In extreme instances, it results in bone and tooth loss. If the micro organism or different microorganisms that trigger the illness enter the bloodstream, they might set off different kinds of irritation within the physique. Remedy consists of cleansing of the pockets round tooth by a dentist or hygienist and administration of anti-inflammatory medicine or antibiotics.

“The dad and mom’ oral microbiome is a determinant of the subgingival microbial colonization of their kids,” the article’s authors state of their conclusions, including that “dysbiotic microbiota acquired by kids of periodontitis sufferers at an early age are resilient to shift and the group construction is maintained even after controlling the hygiene standing”.

In keeping with dental surgeon Mabelle de Freitas Monteiro, first creator of the article, she and her group have been researching periodontitis for ten years, observing dad and mom with the illness and its influence on their kids’s well being.

“If the findings are utilized to day-to-day dental follow, the research might be stated to assist design extra direct approaches. Realizing that periodontal illness could have an effect on the affected person’s household is an incentive to make use of preventive therapy, search early prognosis and mitigate problems,” stated Monteiro, who was supported by FAPESP through two tasks (16/03704-7 and 16/19970-8).

The principal investigator for each tasks was Renato Corrêa Viana Casarin, a professor at UNICAMP’s Piracicaba Dental College (FOP) and final creator of the article.

For Casarin, dad and mom ought to begin caring for the well being of their kids’s gums when they’re infants. “This pioneering research compares dad and mom with and with out periodontitis. In kids of the previous, we discovered subgingival bacterial colonization at a really early age. Nonetheless, ‘inheriting’ the issue doesn’t imply a baby is fated to develop the illness in maturity. Therefore the significance of retaining a watch open for the smallest indicators and searching for specialised assist,” Casarin stated.

Knowledge on the Brazilian inhabitants’s oral well being is scarce. In keeping with the last national dental epidemiological survey, carried out by the Ministry of Well being in 2010, 18% of youngsters aged 12 had by no means been to the dentist and 11.7% had skilled bleeding of the gums. Within the 15-19 age group, 13.6% had by no means visited a dental clinic. One other survey was scheduled for 2020 however needed to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The São Paulo State Division of Well being printed the findings of its newest oral well being survey in 2019, exhibiting amongst different issues that fifty.5% of adults aged 35-44 complained of toothache, bleeding gums and periodontitis (learn extra at:

Micro organism

Within the FOP-UNICAMP research led by Casarin and Monteiro, samples of subgingival biofilm and plaque have been collected from 18 adults with a historical past of generalized aggressive (grade C) periodontitis, their kids aged 6-12, and 18 orally wholesome adults.

Along with a scientific evaluation, the samples have been additionally subjected to a microbiological evaluation and genetic sequencing by researchers at Ohio State College in the US beneath the supervision of Professor Purnima Kumar.

“Kids of periodontitis dad and mom have been preferentially colonized by Filifactor alocis, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Streptococcus parasanguinis, Fusobacterium nucleatum and several other species belonging to the genus Selenomonas even within the absence of periodontitis,” the article states. “These pathogens additionally emerged as sturdy discriminators of the microbial signatures of youngsters of fogeys with periodontitis.”

Casarin informed Agência FAPESP that regardless of bacterial plaque management and vigorous brushing the kids of individuals with the illness nonetheless had the micro organism of their mouths, whereas the results of dental hygiene and prophylaxis have been extra important within the kids of wholesome topics.

“As a result of the dad and mom had periodontitis, their kids assumed this group with illness traits. They carried the bacterial data into their grownup lives,” he stated, including that the evaluation of bacterial colonization pointed to a larger chance of transmission by the mom. The analysis group will now work with pregnant girls in an effort to “break the cycle” by stopping bacterial colonization of their kids’s mouths.

“We’ll deal with the moms throughout being pregnant, earlier than the infants are born, and attempt to discover out if it’s doable to stop bacterial colonization from occurring,” Casarin stated, noting that research with sufferers will proceed solely when management of the pandemic permits.


The periodontitis analysis group led by Casarin has received prizes at dwelling and overseas. In 2019, Monteiro topped the scientific analysis class of the IADR’s Hatton Competitors. The IADR (Worldwide Affiliation for Dental Analysis) hosts the world’s main convention on dentistry, and the competitors is designed to supply a chance for the perfect junior investigators to current their analysis ().

Years earlier the group received an award from the American Academy of Periodontology for the research with probably the most important scientific influence.