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Can You Inherit Oral Health Issues? | Delaney Spaulding DMD

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Preventing serious oral health issues starts with a solid routine of dental hygiene and regular professional care. However, some oral health problems may have a genetic component, putting you at higher risk. Awareness and appropriate treatment can help mitigate these risks. Here are some common oral health concerns influenced by genetics:

  1. Tooth Decay:
    Some individuals have a genetic deficiency in a protein called DEFB1, which has been linked to higher rates of tooth decay. If your parents had a history of frequent cavities, it’s important to be vigilant about your dental care.
  2. Oral Cancer:
    Certain genetic factors can increase your susceptibility to oral cancer. We recommend annual oral cancer screenings to detect and treat any issues early. Lifestyle choices like quitting smoking and moderating alcohol intake can also lower your risk.
  3. Periodontal Disease:
    Genetic mutations affecting immunity and inflammatory response can contribute to gum disease. Regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene are essential for preventing and managing periodontal issues.
  4. Misaligned or Extra Teeth:
    Genetic factors play a significant role in the size and shape of your jaw, which can lead to misaligned or extra teeth. Conditions like overbite, underbite, and crowding often have a hereditary component.
  5. Canker Sores:
    While most canker sores are related to fatigue, stress, or hormonal changes, some inherited diseases, like Crohn’s disease and Celiac sprue, can cause them.

While you may not be able to avoid hereditary oral health issues entirely, we can help minimize or reverse their effects with proper treatment and care. If you’re dealing with any of these conditions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ross Bridge Dentistry for an oral health evaluation. Dr. Delaney Spaulding DMD and our team are here to help you maintain a healthy smile for life. Schedule your appointment today.

Ross Bridge Dentistry of Hoover
Phone: 205-945-3035
2201 Grand Avenue #113
Hoover , AL 35226

Office Hours

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday: Closed


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