Are oral health issues genetic?
This is a question we get quite often. And the answer is — maybe.
Just like other traits, like height or skin color, there’s a chance you can inherit from your parents (or grandparents) an increased risk for oral health issues, like gum disease. That’s why it’s crucial to know your family’s medical/Dental history.
Here are some of the common types of oral health problems that are genetic:
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
If you are more susceptible to gum disease, you can take extra care to help prevent it or lessen the severity if the disease does occur. The best chance to have good oral health would be to maintain routine oral care — brushing twice a day, and flossing at least once! And if you do have periodontal disease, be sure to get regular (two to four visits per year) preventive periodontal therapy.
If you know you have a higher genetic risk for oral cancer, take extra precautions. Make sure to tell us about this heightened risk – early detection often results in more successful treatment should oral cancer arise. If you smoke, quit! Smoking is a major risk factor for both oral cancer and periodontal disease.
Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate
Another inherited problem could be a cleft lip or a cleft palate. Orthodontic treatment is usually needed in these situations. Dental problems are most often caused by teeth not erupting normally, the presence of extra teeth in the mouth, or teeth failing to develop.
Although genetic oral health issues sometimes can’t be completely avoided, being aware and taking extra precautions is the best way to catch problems early on.
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