Some people believe their health is determined only by genetics. However, this isn’t entirely true. Genetics impact your dental health, but not as much as your personal hygiene does. At least, this is the case for most people. There are some genetic conditions that render enamel less resistant to bacteria, or that cause too many teeth to form in the mouth. While these things can certainly happen and be blamed on genetics, they are rare. Furthermore, behavioral adjustments can prevent many of these conditions from causing problems.
Understanding the statistics
Statistically, certain inherited conditions put you at greater risk for gum disease. As an example, not everyone’s teeth come in perfectly. How your teeth come is often related to genetic considerations. Those with small heads may face overcrowding in their mouths. Those with large heads may have large gaps between their teeth that make tooth decay more likely.
Nonetheless, we can consider these genetic conditions to be acting antagonistically to our dental health. Meanwhile, we have the option of taking measures that act beneficially to our dental health. In other words, your genetics may predispose you to oral health problems, but your hygiene routine will act against that pressure improving your outcome.
For that reason, it is always within your power to avoid advanced periodontal disease and tooth decay with the right intervention and the right habits.
Is your dental health determined by your genetics?
Genetics contribute to the overall susceptibility of your teeth and gums to decay. Nonetheless, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can go a long way to preventing the type of advanced decay we see. In reality, while your genetics may require you to be vigilant about your oral health, they will not be the only cause of your teeth problems.
Even those who are born with perfect teeth will suffer oral health problems from failing to brush and floss as recommended. Meanwhile, those born with terrible teeth can make the right choices to ensure that their genetical makeup don’t result in tooth loss and gum disease.
No fate but what you make
Doctors tend to be fatalists when it comes to genes. Your genes impact and control everything from your teeth to your toes. There’s no escaping your genes. But you can address the effects that bad genes have on your teeth by properly brushing and flossing and correcting gap issues between teeth that result in tooth and gum disease. Ultimately, your genetics may predispose you to one thing, but your choices can work against that predisposition.
Talk to a Flagstaff, AZ Dentist Today About Dental Health and Genetics
Dentists can be key to improving your chances of sustaining a healthy and happy mouth regardless of what barriers you were born with. Call today to discuss your concerns in more detail, and Peak Family Dental Care in Sedona will be more than happy to discuss your options with you.