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Do Genetics Cause Tooth Problems?


Posted on 5/23/2022 by Barbara Ketchum
Do Genetics Cause Tooth Problems?Do genetics play a role in tooth problems? It is a question that has been debated for many years. There is some evidence that genetics may play a role in tooth decay. One study found that children who had a family history of dental cavities were more likely to develop cavities themselves. Here is what you should know.

Relation Between Genetics and Tooth Problems


Genetics plays a vital role in determining our overall health, including our teeth and oral health. Studies have shown a strong correlation between genetic factors and problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and dental caries. In particular, specific genes can predispose people to higher bacteria levels in the mouth, which increases their risk of infection and decay. Specific genetic variants may make individuals more prone to developing certain oral conditions like bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder. While genetics cannot predict your specific risk for tooth problems, it is clear that factors beyond your control play a significant role in determining your overall dental health.

Common Tooth Problems Affected by Genetics


There are a few common tooth problems that may be influenced by genetics. One of the most common is gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to inflammation, bleeding, and eventually, tooth loss. Studies have shown that genetics plays a role in up to 30% of all cases of gum disease. Another common problem is dental caries or cavities. Cavities form when the tooth enamel weakens and allows bacteria to enter the tooth and cause decay. One study found that children who had a family history of cavities were more likely to develop cavities themselves. It suggests that genetics may play a role in cavity formation. Other than genetics, some other reasons for having tooth problems are poor oral hygiene, eating sugary foods and drinks, smoking, and dry mouth.

If you are concerned about your dental and oral health, getting an appointment with our dentists is essential. They can help assess your risk for tooth problems and develop a plan to keep your teeth healthy.
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