Genetics can have an influence on virtually every aspect of our lives. From physical characteristics to genetic conditions, the genes you inherit can be the determining factor for various details of our health. Most people usually assume genetics are only a key factor for genetic conditions and physical traits like hair or eye color, but did you know genetics play a role in our oral health? Genetics play a role in dental characteristics like tooth enamel, saliva strength and teeth spacing which all contribute to the health of your teeth. Today, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are blogging from Dentistry of Nashville in Nashville, TN to discuss all the various ways genetics can affect your oral health.
Oral Characteristics Influenced by Genetics
No matter what kind of teeth you have inherited due to genetics, you have control over how healthy your teeth are. Regardless of poor oral traits passed down, good oral hygiene and regular checkups to your dentist are the ultimate tool for maintaining good teeth. Here are a few of the factors influenced you should keep in mind while keeping up with your oral health.
Strength of Saliva
Saliva actually plays a significant role in the health of your teeth. It contains proteins and minerals that protect tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Saliva also can help prevent bad breath and fight germs in your mouth. Although diet can also affect saliva strength, researchers have determined that different genes make saliva more effective.
Genetics influence the strength of tooth enamel, resulting in people with various degrees of tooth enamel strength. If someone has soft enamel, bacteria can easily infiltrate and cause cavities and tooth decay.
You can blame your crooked teeth on your parents; Dental issues like gaps, overcrowding and misaligned bites can often be inherited. The consequence of these problems are likely to be poor oral health because crooked teeth are at a higher risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay. If you’re already missing some teeth, the health of the rest of your teeth is at risk too. Fortunately, there are restoration options on the market like dental implants to remedy the problem.
Oral Hygiene Habits
If you were taught the importance of oral hygiene as a kid, you’ll probably end up having good oral health. Parents lead by example, so you’ll probably have a great oral hygiene mindset if you watched your parents brush and floss on a consistent schedule.
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Regardless of what has caused the state of your oral health, you should always have regular checkups with a dentist. If you have any dental issues you would like to fix using anything from dental veneers to periodontal treatment, we have a solution for you. Contact us at our office in Nashville to schedule your consultation!