Dental One Associates of Roswell
1125 Woodstock Road, Suite 520, Roswell, GA 30075

Are Bad Teeth Hereditary?

Genetics and Good Teeth

Scientists and dentists alike continue to seek an answer to an age-old question that has remained inconclusive for years: “Are bad teeth hereditary?” Thus far, evidence suggests that genetics play a minor role in some cases, but for the most part, the state of your teeth is largely linked to your dental care habits. While you can blame your grandfather for your sideways smile and your mom for your dimples, you can’t shift responsibility for tooth decay or gum disease. Genetics may have a small impact, but most of the evidence is showing that you are the one in control of your oral health.

The definition of “bad teeth” is different to different people. Some may define bad teeth as teeth that are too large or too small, while others might take issue with spacing. Dentists, however, define “bad” teeth as teeth in a poor state of health. Tooth decay, gum disease, discolorations, and sensitive teeth: avoiding these conditions comes down to proper dental care.

In addition to the well-known habits of proper dental care—brushing twice daily, flossing once daily, and visiting an affordable dentist twice a year—making some lifestyle and food changes can actually prevent your teeth from being affected by tooth decay and disease.

Use these three tips for maintaining “good” teeth:

1. Eat and drink “teeth-friendly” items, rich in a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals:

  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Tap water

2. Avoid junk foods and carbonated beverages.

3. Brush after eating. If you can’t brush, at the very least, rinse with water.

4. Don’t use tobacco or drugs. These promote tartar on the enamel of teeth, leading to stains.

However, there are genetic mutations that can cause some people to be born with missing or malformed teeth. This can occur due to such factors as errors in DNA or toxic environmental exposures. The formation of wisdom teeth is also hereditary, but discolored or stained teeth and susceptibility to oral diseases are not significantly impacted by hereditary factors. Genetics may play a small role in bad teeth for some individuals, but science has largely determined, when it comes to the state of your teeth, fate is in your hands.

It is primarily your personal lifestyle habits and environmental exposures that leave you susceptible to these outcomes. Smoking, use of drugs, diet, and root canal procedures can substantially contribute to bad teeth. Improper dental care habits, such as failure to brush and floss daily or visit your dentist on a routine basis, can produce terrible teeth over time.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Roswell, call Dental One Associates of Roswell today at (678) 392-2209 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Roswell. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Roswell, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Roswell.

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  • Monday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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