Did I Inherit Bad Teeth? | Genetics Or Bad Habits?
Posted by: Jodie Blades Diploma Level 3 in Dental Nursing
Medically reviewed by: Dr Anthony Lam BDS (Hons), MSc (Lond), MOrth RCS (Edin) Specialist Orthodontist and Clinical Lecturer at Guy's Hospital, London
Over Crowed or Crooked Teeth.
You’ve probably inherited this one! Your genetics tend to determine, the size and shape of your jaw bone; Which has a direct affect on how your teeth fit inside your mouth! If your parent have misaligned teeth, I’m afraid it’s likely that you will too.
While this isn’t the best news; knowing that misaligned teeth runs in your family allows you to do something about it early on. Early Orthodontic Treatment enables your Orthodontist to prevent the problem. Allowing the bones and teeth to develop properly and avoiding the need for more serious Orthodontic Treatment in the future!
There is some evidence to suggest that Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease can be inherited. It is thought that up to 30% of the populations may be genetically predisposed to gum disease; Due to a genetic factor where yours cells produce cytokine (interleukin-1) that causes inflammation.
If you if maintain an excellent oral hygiene regime and attend regular visits to your dentist, but still suffer with gum disease, your genetics could be to blame. Book an appointment today to discuss what’s causing your gum disease.
There is evidence to suggest that genetics can play a part in developing oral cancer. People who inherit certain genetic markers are thought to be higher risk of developing the disease. With that being said the main causes of oral cancer are down to lifestyle choices; Such as, the use of tobacco and alcohol. You can massively decrease your risk of getting oral cancer by quitting smoking and reducing your alcohol in take!
The genes you inherit might be to blame for your tooth decay. Certain variations of the the gene Beta Defensin 1 link to higher risk of cavities in adult teeth. If you aware of a genetic link in your family you should discuss this with your dentist. They can develop a preventative treatment plan with you.
While your genes can determine your risk of some dental problems; Issues such as, Gum disease and Tooth Decay are almost entirely preventable. More often than not these problems are caused by poor oral hygiene and learned bad habits. Many factors in your every day life have a serious affect your oral health; Tooth brushing mistakes, an unhealthy diet and not visiting the dentist regularly; to name a few! Maintaining a great oral hygiene regime will prevent serious dental problems!
Whether your dental problems are inherited or caused by bad habits and lifestyle choices, we don’t mind! Our focus is to treat the problem and make your mouth as happy and healthy as possible! If you have any concerns regarding your oral health contact us today – No judgement, just caring and considerate treatment!