Classifying gum disease genetically could help earlier diagnosis and treatment

Mary Cresseveur-Reed, DDS, FAGD


A study published in the Journal of Dental Research suggests a new system for classifying periodontal disease that may allow for earlier detection and personalized treatment before the disease becomes severe.

The researchers propose a new classification system – the first of its kind – based on the genetic expression of gum diseaseinstead of the current method based on clinical signs and symptoms.

They say such a system would enable earlier detection of gum disease, and allow individualized treatment, before teeth and bone loss sets in.

The present system, based on clinical symptoms, classifies periodontal disease as either “chronic” or “aggressive” depending on how swollen the gum is and how much bone is lost.

However, lead researcher, Panos N. Papapanou, professor and chair of oral and diagnostic sciences at the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center New York, NY, explains the problem with it:

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Grand Opening Celebration March 21st!

Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry, formerly known as Gateway Dental will host a Grand Re-opening and Open House event celebrating its new name. The celebration will take place at the dental office at 2550 W. El Camino Ave. Suite 9, located between Jack in the Box and Shell Gas Station on March 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Dr. Hoang Truong, owner of Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry will host a Grand Re-Opening event. The event is open to local business owners, professionals and all community members who want to come out for networking, free food and drinks, prizes, and information on how Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry can put you on the path to a beautiful healthy smile! 107.9 FM, The End, will also be on site playing live music!

We will also be collecting donations this day for Albie Aware, a local breast cancer prevention charity. Any donations made at the event, Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry will match! Everyone is welcome to come out and celebrate and help support the great cause of Albie Aware!

For additional information, please call 916-649-0249 or visit

About Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry:


Formerly Gateway Dental and serving Sacramento since 2006, Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry provides their patients with high quality general and cosmetic dentistry to optimize their overall health.  The state-of-the-art facility is ran by a highly trained team committed to protecting the well-being of patients as well as taking professional development courses to be in a constant state of improvement. Dr. Truong specializes in sedation dentistry, implants, and FastBraces.


Dr. Hoang Truong grew up locally in Sacramento, and is a proud graduate of River City high school. In her spare time she volunteers by providing screenings and dental procedures at events around the community.