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12 March 2020

Are Oral Health Issues Related to Genetics?

While you can thank your biological parents for your eye colour, blood type, height or complexion, one thing still remains unsolved. Does genetics affect our oral health? Well, here are some of the key things you ought to know.

Key takeaway:

Based on your unique genetic makeup, you may be susceptible to developing tooth decay and cavities. Studies have discovered that people whose parents suffered from tooth decay are more prone to cavities as opposed to other people.

People who have a family history of autoimmune disorders may have an increased risk of gum disease. However, remember that other factors such as tobacco, alcohol consumption and some medications can put you at a higher risk of developing gum disease.

The size and shape of your teeth and jaws may be the result of genetics too. So, if your parents had crooked or crowded teeth, chances are, you may suffer from these problems as well.

Although genetics does play a certain role in your oral health, remember to eat healthily, brush and floss at least twice daily and talk to your dentist if you have a poor immune system or a family history of tooth decay.

Read more here https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/poordentalhealth/

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