Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch
8640 E State Road 70, Suite D, Bradenton, FL 34202

Is Tooth Health Inherited?

Genetics and Good Teeth

It is indisputable that our genes determine an incredibly large number of our personal and physical characteristics. Eye color, predisposition to certain health conditions, and even the shape of our faces are all determined in some part by our genetics. That has led many to inquire as to the role genetics may or may not play in the condition and strength of our teeth. Scientists and dentists have yet to reach agreement on the issue, but it seems certain that the quest for knowledge on the topic will continue.

The concept of bad teeth is a rather broad one, encompassing a variety of definitions, depending on whom you ask. Teeth may be considered by some to be bad if they are poorly aligned, misshapen, yellowed, or sensitive. Missing or lost teeth can be the result of genetic factors or mutations. Genetic mutations that have combined with environmental factors such as viruses or the use of medications can also result in malformed or even missing teeth.

Genetics can, without doubt, result in certain malformations of the teeth, but stains on teeth tend to be the product of environmental factors. Cigarette use, drug use, bad dietary habits, and a lack of proper dental care all have the ability to produce unsightly discoloration. Therefore, by heeding some key advice from dentists about how to take good care of your teeth and gums, you can control a great deal of the health of your mouth:

  • Twice-daily brushing and flossing sessions are, of course, vital, as are regular visits to local affordable dentists.
  • ADA-approved toothpastes and rinses are essential parts of any proper dental care routine.
  • A nutrient-rich diet that contains only limited amounts of processed sugars can go a long way toward preventing excessive buildup of bacteria and plaque that lead to decay.
  • Avoiding tobacco products and drugs will reduce tartar deposits on tooth enamel, keeping teeth whiter.

While it is certainly true that genetic factors can create an environment in which tooth problems can take root, there are numerous ways to take the situation well in hand and have the healthy teeth you desire.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Lakewood Ranch, call Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch today at (941) 462-3706 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Lakewood Ranch. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch, 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 Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch.

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  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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