How Genetics Affect the Health of Your Mouth

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You may understand that there are several steps you should take if interested in protecting your oral health. For example, you’ve probably been told that flossing and brushing are crucial parts of improving your oral health, but did you know that your genetics might also affect your teeth and gums? In other words, regardless of the care you give your smile, you might be more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease than others are.

Of course, you may also be less likely to have cavities than others are. Even the size and the shape of your pearly whites, which is impacted by your genes, can influence how likely you are to have gum disease or tooth decay. Gaps in your teeth, or uneven teeth, can be more difficult to clean which can actually leave you more susceptible to gum disease and cavities. If you have a weakened immune system you might be more vulnerable to cavities as well as tooth decay.

However, regardless of your genetics, we suggest caring for your teeth and gums well–especially if you’d like to prevent dental issues. Flossing and brushing are extremely important, but you did you know that you should visit our dentist twice a year. While we’ll search your smile for signs of trouble, we’ll also clean your pearly whites more thoroughly than you can alone. These visits also give us an opportunity to give you unique advice.

If you would like to learn more about caring for your teeth and gums in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or have any questions about how genetics can affect your smile, please feel free to give Dental Creations a call at 918-307-0307. Our dentist, Dr. Chadwick Webster, and our dental team will gladly address any of concerns you have and give you personalized dental advice. We’re eager to hear from you!