Are Bad Teeth Genetic?

We all know that genetics determine quite a bit about us. Whether you’re certain you’ve inherited your father’s chin or convinced that you’ve got your grandmother’s eyes, your genes are responsible for much of your appearance. One less obvious way that genetics influence how you look is through their impact on your teeth. granddaughter leaning over smiling at her grandmother

Genetics Determine Jaw Structure

Genetics are responsible for the physical structure of your mouth as they determine your jaw shape and size. The structure of your jaw affects your teeth alignment, meaning that issues such as crowding, gaps, overbites and underbites are all the fault of your genes. Luckily, modern orthodontics and dental technology can fix just about any alignment issue caused by your genetics.

Your Genes & Cavities

Research shows that a particular gene known as DEFB1 is instrumental in immune response to germs. Variations in this gene have been linked to increased tooth decay. No matter your genetic makeup, however, you can take your oral health into your own hands. Most common dental issues can be avoided through good preventive care. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes each time, flossing every day, and visiting our office regularly for cleanings and exams.

Gum Disease

Your genetics may also play a role in your risk for developing gum disease. Scientists have discovered a link between the FAM5C gene and diseased gum tissue –and cardiovascular disease. Gum disease can generally be treated or reversed if diagnosed early. The best way to avoid it is to practice good oral hygiene at home and keep up with your visits to our office so our team can monitor your gum health. Genetics may be responsible for your teeth and gums, but they’re not responsible for your oral health — only you are! To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!

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