Most people aren’t really sure of what exactly genes are in control of when it comes to personal traits. It is easy to blame DNA for traits that aren’t particularly ideal. One of those traits is bad teeth. Are genetics to blame for bad teeth?

Mouth careThe short answer is no. Studies are still being done to determine exactly how much genes affect teeth, but most studies have found that bad teeth are not included in the inherited traits. The physicality and structure of teeth and mouth can be passed down from the family tree however. Small teeth or large gums are likely to be a trait shared by the family. Tooth decay, cavities, gum disease are not things that can be blamed on genes. Those are caused by poor oral care habits.

In order to maintain “good” teeth, it takes work. Flossing at least once a day is a must when it comes to maintaining oral health. Brushing two or three times is also required to keep oral health top notch. When oral care routines slip, that’s when bad teeth start becoming a problem. Not keeping up with a regular routine of dental check-ups, brushing, and flossing will allow decay, cavities, and gum disease to creep in.

If you are experiencing trouble with your teeth, or it is simply time for your check-up, make an appointment today.