Your son or daughter may have your blue eyes or brown hair. He or she may also have inherited common diseases no one wants to have — tooth decay and gum disease.
This genetic component is the reason individuals who practice the same oral hygiene habits may display dramatically varied symptoms and severity of dental disease. The variable nature of these diseases is thought to be due to varying degrees of susceptibility to germs. Your friend, for example, may naturally be able to fend off harmful bacteria better than you can.
In addition, some diseases such as diabetes have a direct or indirect impact on the health of your mouth. Risk of either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes increases if a family member has the disease.
Among the many complications of this disease is gum disease. Diabetics may be more vulnerable to bacterial infection.
Even if you grew into less-than-perfect teeth doesn’t mean you are powerless to control your oral health. You can control many other factors that contribute to periodontal disease, including:
Granted, the last couple of factors listed here underscore the importance of keeping regular dental examinations and professional cleanings with John L. Aurelia, DDS, PLLC. During an exam, John L. Aurelia, DDS, PLLC can also identify any restorations that need to be replaced.
Additionally, the “nurture”side of oral health should not be downplayed. Many studies exist that connect the dots between the dental habits of parents and the dental habits of their children. If you don’t brush properly, or if you fail to make professional exams and cleanings a priority, then your kids may follow in your steps.
By managing oral conditions you may be genetically predisposed to with good oral care, you may also be controlling other types of health conditions that have a genetic component.
Aside from diabetes, oral health is thought to have a link to other conditions, including:
Maintaining and restoring the health of generations of patients is a priority for John L. Aurelia, DDS, PLLC. Consider us the leading family dentist in Rochester Hills, and call (248) 243-6044 to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one.