Are Bad Teeth Genetic?
If your parents lost their teeth early in life, you may be asking yourself if the same will be true for you. Research shows that you may very well be genetically predisposed to certain oral health conditions. For example, you may easily develop tooth decay or suffer from periodontal (gum) disease.
If this is you, there may come the point in your life when you have to make a tough decision.
Are you willing to do everything possible to prolong the longevity of your teeth?
– Or –
Are you going to get all your teeth extracted and get dentures?
Before you have to face this difficult decision, here are some recommendations to prolong the life of your teeth:
● Brush and floss…a lot
● Visit the dentist frequently for cleanings and exams (plus X-rays.) You may need to go quarterly rather than twice yearly
● Use a prescription strength fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash
● Avoid acidic and sugary food and drinks
Talk with a dentist about your concerns. Together, you can work out a personalized plan. Don’t wait before it’s too late.