Do Genetics Affect Oral Health?

Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are some of the best ways to keep your oral health in check. However, genetic markers can also impact the likelihood of developing certain dental problems. But which dental problems do genetics affect? And what can you do if you have these dental problems? Discover the links between genetics and oral health and how we treat common oral health issues in our Arlington Heights, IL, dental office.

Genetics and Oral Health in Arlington Heights, IL

Genetics and Oral Health: Problems and Treatments in Arlington Heights

Genetics can sometimes impact your smile’s look, comfort, and health. The most common dental problems impacted by genetics include:

Crooked Teeth

Large teeth, a misaligned jaw, underbites, overbites, and other orthodontic problems can all be genetic. Aesthetic and bite problems can impact your oral health. Patients with crooked teeth are more likely to develop bite disorders over time.

We offer treatment for temporomandibular joint disorders that address problems like headaches, migraines, jaw and tooth pain, and teeth clenching and grinding. Invisalign is also a great orthodontic treatment for patients who have mild to moderate orthodontic problems. This treatment uses clear trays that apply pressure to straighten teeth.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Genetics plays a part in enamel development. As a result, some patients may be more likely to develop dental infections than others. It can also be easy for bacteria to build up between crooked teeth because it can be difficult to clean between teeth. Straightening teeth, receiving regular dental cleanings, and even root canal treatment can all be options to minimize bacteria and decay.

Deep tooth and gum cleanings can remove bacterial buildup and strengthen the teeth and gums. Root canals remove infected nerves and blood vessels within the tooth. Once decay reaches this dental pulp, it requires removal. Removing infected dental pulp and sealing the tooth with a filling can preserve permanent teeth. If patients have decay and crooked teeth, we may recommend Invisalign along with gum disease or decay treatment.

Oral Cancer

Gene mutations can increase the risk of oral cancer in some patients. During regular appointments, we examine the mouth, looking for signs of decay and oral cancer. Common signs of oral cancer that we look for include red and white patches, chronic ulcers, or mouth sores. We may refer patients to oral surgeons if we find signs of oral cancer at routine dental visits.

Do you have a current or developing dental concern? Call AH Smiles for quality dental care today at (847) 230-9703. You can also make your next dental appointment with Dr. Engelberg online. Let our team know if you have questions about treatment and we will be glad to help.