Are My Dental Issues Genetic?

Have you ever heard a family member or friend speculate that the reason they are prone to cavities or gum disease is because of their genetics? They might say “My dad has bad teeth too, so it makes sense.” Do you ever wonder whether this is true? Here are some facts about genetics and oral health:

-Though dental issues may have a genetic link, the problem is almost always the result of gene-environment interactions. In other words, it is a combination of your biology and your interactions with the environment.

-If you decide to get genetic testing done, be aware that just because you may have a DNA marker for a certain condition, this does not mean you will ultimately develop the disease. In fact, your environment and lifestyle usually control more of your risk for dental issues than your genes.

-Currently, no gene has been identified that has a big impact on periodontal disease. Environmental factors, however, such as smoking and diabetes, are clearly linked to gum disease.

-The best way to assess your current and future dental health is to get an oral examination at the dentist office using x-rays and dental tools.

You can take comfort in the fact that you have a large amount of control over your dental health. If you follow general oral hygiene guidelines and brush twice a day, floss once a day, eat a balanced diet and see your dentist regularly, you are on the fast track to pristine oral health.

Is it time for a dental checkup at Dental Center in Orem, Utah? Fantastic! Simply call 801.224.6165 to set up an appointment with Dr. Douglas B Ball. We’re here to make you smile!