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Are oral health issues genetic?

July 14, 2021

While many aspects of our appearance and personality are handed down to us by our parents, unfortunately health issues can be passed on too.. Did you know, for instance, that there are a number of conditions related to oral health that can run in the family? That’s right, dental issues can be genetic because they have a hereditary basis. If you’ve already noticed that there’s something not right with your oral health, perhaps now would be a good time to ask your relatives if they have a history of any of these conditions:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease

Apparently 30% of the population havegum disease via their genetics. This issue is quite an important one as it can result in losing teeth if left untreated. If you have inflamed or sore gums, this is most likely linked to tooth decay. Regular check ups at the dentist will be enough to diagnose the signs of gum disease early, and to ensure your gums and teeth are protected.

  • Tooth decay

It’s strange to think that your ancestors may have passed down a proneness to cavities. High risk of cavities can often first display during adolescence so talk to their dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments. Adults with a high risk of tooth decay may benefit from prescription toothpastes or mouth rinses. And make sure to visit the dentist for frequent cleanings and exams. If left untreated, tooth decay can aggravate gum disease and eventually cause tooth loss.

  • Oral Cancer

Although lifestyle choices, such as tobacco and alcohol use, are the top risk factors fororal cancer, genetics can also play a minor role. People carrying certain genetic markers have been found to have a higher risk of developing the disease. Lower your risk by eating a balanced diet, and drinking and smoking in moderation (if you do at all!)

  • Misaligned teeth

If you think you need braces, then the chances are high you’re not the only one in your family. Genetics has played a major role in determining the size of your jaw, including any underbites, overbites, gaps and crowding. However, early orthodontic treatment can benefit many young patients, allowing developing bones and teeth to grow properly and prevent more serious problems down the road.

  • Cleft lip or cleft palate

A common birth defect, cleft lip or palate occurs when the sides of the lip and roof of the mouth don’t fuse together properly. As well as your birth mother smoking, genetics can also be a factor. This is usually treated with surgery once your baby is 3 months old. Speech therapy and dental care may also be needed until the child turns 21.

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