Does Genetics Affect Your Oral Health?

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Does Genetics Affect Your Oral Health?

Did you know that genetics play a role in your oral health? The health of your gums can be affected by a variety of factors, including your genetics. If one or both of your parents had gum disease, you might be more likely to develop it as well. This means that the bacteria that attack the gums may be passed on to you. However, proper oral hygiene can help to prevent gum disease from becoming more severe or developing at all.

Genetics and Risk for Cavities

Yes, your genetics do play a role in your oral health, especially when it comes to the risk of cavities. Genetics can dictate how susceptible you are to developing gum disease or tooth decay. Some people have a higher risk for cavities than others due to heredity. For example, if you have a family history of poor oral hygiene or frequent cavities, this can increase your own risk. Additionally, genetics plays a part in how you will respond to certain dental procedures like crowns and fillings. For instance, if you have a tooth that has a large filling, it is more susceptible to breaking than a tooth that is filled only halfway. If you have extremely small teeth, it may take longer for your pediatric dentist to place a dental crown on the tooth. On the other hand, if you grind your teeth at night, this will increase your risk of needing a crown.

It is important for you to talk with your dentist about your specific risks for oral health problems, especially if there has been a history of oral disease in your family. That way, you can work together to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. 

Genetics and Oral Cancer 

While genetics can play a role in your risk of cancer, other factors matter too. The American Cancer Society has stated that tobacco smoking is the primary cause of the majority of head and neck cancers in the United States. Additionally, alcohol use is also a risk factor that contributes to the development of oral cancers. However, individuals who have any of these risk factors can still reduce their risk of developing cancer by quitting smoking or using alcohol in moderation and by getting routine screenings for oral cancer.

Please feel free to contact our office at (206) 363-4300 today for more information. You can also visit us at 10004 Aurora Ave N Suite 14, Seattle, WA 98133. We look forward to meeting you!


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