Family History of Bad Teeth
Did I get my bad teeth from my parents?
Some people will try to blame their “bad teeth” on their parents. “My dad has bad teeth. That’s why mine are bad too.” While there is a small amount of truth to that theory, the fact is that most dental problems are due to poor oral hygiene. With proper technique and instruction from our highly trained doctors and team, we will do everything possible to assist you in “breaking the curse” of “Bad Teeth”.
Dental problems that are genetic
There are some dental issues that can be passed down from your parents. Mainly, these problems are related to the shape and structure of your mouth. If your parents have overcrowded smiles or had braces in their lifetime, there is a possibility they passed those misaligned teeth onto you. Crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean, making them more susceptible to plaque and decay. This can usually be corrected with dental realignment such as clear aligner trays or traditional braces.
Your habits control your oral health
Even though your parents may have something to do with misaligned teeth, it is ultimately up to you to clean and maintain them in the best possible way. Many patients don’t realize that their diet, activities, and overall body health will also have an impact on the stability of their smile. Often times, claims of “Bad Teeth” can be explained by an inconsistent brushing routine, eating junk food, candy, soda, and even sports drinks. When the teeth are not properly cleaned, particularly after eating, bacteria can break down enamel and cause cavities. Regular exposure to sugars increases the rate of cavities by providing the glucose that harmful bacteria need to grow.
Fluoride helps prevent cavities by remineralizing and strengthening the enamel. When fluoride and other minerals are absent, teeth are increasingly susceptible to decay.
Schedule an appointment with our team to learn how to keep your remaining teeth as long as possible.