Are Bad Teeth Hereditary?
Can you blame your parents for your bad teeth? Yes and No. If you are referring to the cosmetic appearance of your “bad teeth”, such as how crooked, gapped, misshapen or disproportioned they are, then yes. There is a genetic component in how your teeth are formed, just as there are with other traits of your physical appearance. It is important to remember, however, that just because you inherited an unattractive smile, does not mean you are stuck with it for the rest of your life. Patients now have access to outstanding procedures in cosmetic dentistry, ranging from porcelain veneers and dental implants to teeth whitening and dental bonding. Regardless of the reason you are hiding your smile, there is likely a solution to fix it.
However, if you are referring to “bad teeth” in regards to your tendency to get cavities or other oral health problems, you will probably need to point the finger at yourself rather than your mom or dad. Although some research suggests that a person may be born with less or altered teeth enamel putting them more at risk for getting cavities, tooth decay is not usually something that carries generational blame.
Most tooth decay, gum disease and other health concerns in your mouth are a result of your own bad habits. Make sure you are following these steps to a health smile:
- Brushing 2 minutes, 2 times a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss every day
- Attend your routine dental check-ups & cleanings every six months
- Make wise choices in your diet, limiting sugary foods and drinks
If you consider yourself to have “bad teeth,” it is time to make a change. Whether you have cosmetic concerns or a tendency for tooth decay, Gilreath Dental Associates can partner with you to make sure your smile is something you can be proud of.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates