Advanced Dental Care at RDV Sportsplex
8701 Maitland Summit Blvd, Orlando, FL 32810

Are Bad Teeth Genetic?

Genetics and Good 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, susceptibly to cavities, and even the potential to develop gum disease can be passed down from generation to generation. Although genetics plays a role in the state of your oral health, it doesn’t have the final word. If you think you just got a “bad roll of the dice” 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.

Preventing cavities and gum disease is not rocket science, yet the conditions affect millions of people across the globe of varying backgrounds and education levels. Many people often wonder: are bad 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 approximately 30 percent of Americans.

Increased susceptibility to cavities is a common trait passed down from generation to generation. Recently, a specific genetic variation was isolated and is believed to be connected to a higher incidence of cavities. 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.  The same study that pinpointed a genetic variation connected to cavities, also found one specific gene that when activated, increases the risk of gum disease by as much as 70 percent. You can also be at an increased risk of gum disease if you have family history of weakened immune defenses or poor immune response mechanisms.

Despite these connections, your diet, dental care routine, and frequency of visits to an affordable dentist can turn around a potentially hopeless situation. If you are concerned about the effect of teeth genetics, talk to your dentist. 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.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Orlando, call Advanced Dental Care at RDV Sportsplex today at (321) 594-2624 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Orlando. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care at RDV Sportsplex, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care at RDV Sportsplex.

 

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