Are Dental Issues Hereditary?
When it comes to dental health, many people forget the role genetics can play. However, recent studies have shown that there are a number of dental conditions which can be hereditary. Here are the top three most common hereditary dental conditions we see in our patients.
Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in the world, and they can be caused by a number of factors, including poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugar. However, research has shown that being prone to developing cavities can also be hereditary.
2. Gum Disease (Periodontitis)
Gum disease is a serious problem that can lead to tooth loss and other health complications. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that builds upon the teeth. If one or both of your parents had gum disease, you are more likely to develop it too. Poor home care habits can also be passed down from generation to generation.
3. Dental Erosion
Dental erosion is a condition caused by acids in the mouth. These acids can come from a variety of sources, including food, drink, and acid reflux. Studies have shown that there may be a genetic component to acid reflux as well. Over time, if the oral pH is not balanced, this can lead to dental cavities and even tooth loss.
Maintaining Your Smile
If you are worried that you may be affected by one of these hereditary dental conditions, it is important to see your dentist for a check-up. Dental problems are not just a cosmetic issue – they can actually lead to other serious health problems. That’s why it’s so important to see your dentist regularly for preventative care and to take care of your oral health at home.
Preventative care is the best way to protect your teeth and gums from dental problems. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding sugary drinks. Going to the dentist helps detect early signs of dental problems so your dentist can provide treatment if necessary. Dental problems that are left untreated can lead to more serious health problems.
Biomimetic Dentistry in NYC
Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D. is one of the only dental practices in the entire Upper East Side of the New York City area to fully embrace and incorporate the principles of biomimetic dentistry into our practice.