Staying informed and ahead of potential dental problems is the best way to avoid dental emergencies. Reviewing your family history of illness is a great way to stay on top of your health with your physician, but did you know it’s also helpful information for your dentist?
Teeth & Gum Structure
The alignment and strength of your teeth and gums are the primary structures affected by your genetics. Enamel isn’t simply a one-size-fits-all product of our bodies. The degree of hardness, or enamel structure, is primarily determined by our genetics. Strong, healthy enamel is harder for bacteria to penetrate and therefore more cavity resistant.
Since genetics also plays a part in the alignment of your teeth, how easy it is to thoroughly clean your teeth is affected by genetics. Some people have extremely tight or largely spaced-out contacts that allow food to get more easily stuck. The harder it is to clean teeth, the more likely someone is to develop cavities and gum disease.