Is there a relationship between your genes and your dental health? Can you blame your parents’ dental genetics for your bad breath, tooth decay, crooked teeth and other dental issues? The answer is that it depends on what it is that you are dealing with.
Research has shown that dental genetics play a part in some aspects of dental health but not all. Among the factors affected b y genetics are the size and shape of the mouth and crooked teeth. These can result in a bad bite and difficulties cleaning the teeth respectively. Like many other kinds of cancer, oral cancer is likely to affect people whose relatives have suffered the same or related cancer. So yes, you can blame your parents for your teeth being poorly arranged and other problems but not all the blame goes to them. There are other factors that affect the dental health of a person.
Some things like discoloration of teeth, decay and gum disease have nothing to do with genetics. They are mainly caused by environmental factors. These include what one eats and what their dental care programs are like. Do you brush and floss your teeth daily? These will determine how healthy your oral cavity is. These may not be due to genetics passed down from parents but they may be due to behavioral traits passed down to
children. If your parents did not put emphasis on the importance of oral care and hygiene you could blame them for your woes.
The best part about all this is that both genetically influenced and non-genetically influenced traits of your teeth can be resolved by a dentist. Simply pay a visit to your dentist and tell them of any concerns you may have about your mouth. They will give you advice on what to do and perform
procedures that will help you feel better about your oral health. Take your dental hygiene very seriously because it is the cause of many dental problems.