It’s easy to assume that dental issues can be inherited from your parents. To a certain extent, this is true, but they can be another reason for poor oral health.
When You Can Blame Your Parents
If your teeth are overcrowded or crooked, it’s almost certainly inherited because the shape and size of your mouth will influence the arrangement of your teeth. Unfortunately, if you have a history of oral cancer, your risk is likely to be higher.
We can help you with these issues as modern orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry will often correct the arrangement of misaligned teeth, creating a more perfect smile that can be easier to keep clean. If close relatives have oral cancer, we can keep a close eye on you by carrying out more frequent screenings.
When Your Parents Aren’t to Blame
It’s easy to think that tooth decay and gum disease are inherited, but usually, they are a result of poor oral hygiene. Even if you didn’t learn how to take care of your teeth as a child, it’s never too late to start. Our dental team can provide regular dental checkups and cleanings, and we can also help you improve your oral hygiene routine at home.