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Your Dentist Explains How Genetics Can Affect Your Smile

October 17, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 12:35 pm

happy man smilingBelieve it or not, your parents may have passed along genetics that determine more than your height or hair color. Your genes can actually determine a few different aspects of your smile.

That’s right, oral health issues can start from your parents or even your grandparents. That means you may be at higher risk for developing certain oral health conditions, despite how good your dental hygiene practices are. To get a better understanding of what dental genes are affected,  your dentist has created this week’s blog post for you.

Crooked Teeth

If your teeth are crooked, you’re probably not the only one in the family that’s needed braces. Genetics play a major role in determining the size of your jaw. Depending on your genes you may have more crowding, gaps, overbites or under bites based on how your jaw develops.

Early orthodontic treatment can benefit many young patients, allowing developing bones and teeth to grow in properly and prevent more serious problems down the road. Adult orthodontics can also eliminate those dental issues as well.

Advanced Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

Majority of the American adult population is affected by gum disease. Characterized by sensitive and inflamed gums, this common problem is typically caused because of bad oral hygiene. It can even be connected to diabetes. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, you may be more susceptible to developing gum disease or its advanced form—periodontal disease.

Early diagnosis and treatment can go a long way in protecting your gums and teeth. Is gum disease a problem your family members have struggled with? Make sure to mention it to your family dentist in Fairfax during your next visit.

Tooth Decay

Every time you visit the dentist you have a new cavity—no matter how much you take care of your teeth. Believe it or not, your grandparents may be the ones to blame. Certain variations of the gene beta-defensin 1 (DEFB1) are linked to a greater risk of cavities.

If your kids are at high-risk for cavities, talk to their dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments to actively prevent tooth decay. Be sure to visit the dentist for frequent cleanings and exams. If left untreated, tooth decay can just be the beginning to gum disease or tooth loss.

Oral Cancer

Although lifestyle choices, such as tobacco and alcohol use, are the top risk factors for oral cancer, genetics can also raise your chances of developing oral cancer. People carrying certain genetic markers have been found to have a higher risk of developing the disease.

About Our Office

Here at Mosaic Smiles, it’s crucial for patients of all ages to have a strong foundation of proper oral hygiene and professional care. Your smile problems may start with your genetics, but our dental team can end them and help you reach optimal oral health! We strive to provide comfortable treatment that leaves you with a confident smile. Feel free to reach out to our friendly office team anytime!

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