How Genetics Effect Your Teeth
Your family medical history is often a good indicator of your risk for developing certain diseases. But, did you know that genetics can also play a role in the health of your teeth and gums? Strong teeth, weak teeth, big teeth, small teeth, crooked teeth, prone to cavities, and even the potential to develop gum disease can be passed from generation to generation.
Although genetics may play a role in the state of your oral health, it doesn’t have to have the final word. If you think your just unlucky and there’s nothing you can do about your “bad teeth,” read on, for as powerful as teeth genetic influences may be, you are in the driver’s seat of your dental care and oral health.
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As for preventing cavities and gum disease this too isn’t impossible, yet the conditions affect millions of people across the globe from varying backgrounds and education levels. Many people often wonder: are crooked teeth genetic? In all honesty, everything about your smile and the state of your oral health is influenced in some way by your genetic make-up. One survey reports that genetic factors play an influential role in the oral health of at least 30% of Americans.
Increased proneness to cavities is a common trait passed down from generation to generation. Other genetically linked factors that raise the risk of cavities include low mineral saliva (unable to fight off acid erosion) and poorly aligned teeth (difficulty cleaning between teeth). Gum disease is also significantly linked to genetic factors.
Despite these connections, your diet, dental care routine, and frequency of visits to your dentist can turn around a potentially hopeless situation. If you are concerned about the effect of teeth genetics, talk to your orthodontist. He or she can help you develop a lifelong treatment plan, inclusive of habits that will address your potential weak spots. Adhere to good basic dental care habits to enjoy a healthy smile, no matter what may be lingering in your family medical history.