Is Dental Health Inherited?

It’s quite common for people to blame dental problems on their parents, assuming their oral health is based entirely on their DNA. This is true for some dental issues, but others can be due to reasons that have nothing to do with genes.

When Can Genes Influence Your Dental Health?

Overcrowded and crooked teeth can be inherited, and this can make brushing and flossing more difficult. The size and shape of your mouth are also inherited but can increase the risk of a bad bite or jaw joint pain. A history of oral cancer in your family could increase your risk.

When Might Genes Not Be the Problem?

Parents can pass down behaviours which may increase the risk of dental disease. Decayed teeth and gum disease are frequently due to poor oral habits. Even if this is the case, there are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk.

An excellent oral hygiene routine where you brush at least twice a day and floss once-a-day will help enormously. Regular dental checkups are essential, and our dentist can assess your medical and dental history. If we determine your risk of dental disease is higher, treatment can be tailored to help you enjoy an optimal level of oral health.

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