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Are Bad Teeth Genetic?

September 7, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — vanikfamily @ 3:55 pm
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No matter how much effort you put into brushing and flossing, you always seem to have dental problems like discoloration and cavities. Though keeping up with your oral health is a big part of having strong teeth and gums, genetics also play a role. Some people have a genetic predisposition to certain oral health conditions. Here’s what you need to know about the relationship between genes and dental health as well as what you can do about it.

Oral Health Issues That May Be Genetic

Unfortunately, some people have a higher likelihood of developing oral health issues due to their genes than others. Some oral health issues that may be linked to genetics include:

  • The size of a person’s jawbone, which can lead to bite problems or joint pain
  • Difficulty producing saliva, which can result in dry mouth and an overgrowth of harmful bacteria
  • Issues fighting off infections, which can raise your risk of developing gum disease
  • Crooked or overcrowded teeth, which are difficult to clean making it easier for bacteria to grow
  • Cavities or tooth Decay
  • Oral cancer
  • Discolored teeth due to thinner enamel

How to Fight Back Against Genetics

Even if you have a genetic pre-dispositioned to poor oral health, there are steps you can take toward having a healthy mouth. Brushing your teeth at least twice each day for two minutes with ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush can help strengthen your teeth and get rid of plaque buildup. Flossing once a day, preferably before bed, will remove food caught between your teeth. Rinsing with mouthwash can also help kill germs in hard-to-reach places that were missed when brushing or flossing.

Outside of keeping up with your oral hygiene, eating a well-balanced diet can also help you keep your teeth strong and healthy. Avoid bad habits such as eating and drinking too many sweet and acidic foods like candy, cookies, and soda. Don’t smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products since these can damage your teeth and put you at a higher risk for gum disease, oral cancer, and a variety of other cancers.

Even though some oral health issues are hereditary, there are still several options for fighting back against your genes. By keeping up with your oral hygiene, visiting your dentist for regular checkups, and eating a healthy diet, you can lower your chances of developing oral health issues and raise your chances of enjoying a healthy, bright smile for years to come!

About the Author

Dr. John Vanik and Dr. Neil Vanik take pride in carefully listening to your needs so they can provide personalized, high-quality dental care. Their friendly and compassionate Annapolis staff will help you identify, prevent, and tackle oral health issues you may be at a higher risk of due to genetics or lifestyle choices. They strive to help patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their appointments so receiving the care they need is as stress-free as can be. Call (410) 268-5046 or visit their website for more information on how genetics can impact your oral health and ways to combat it.

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