It’s Mom and Dad’s fault !

August  2019 — Can you blame mom and dad for your dental problems? ….   Maybe!

An international team of researchers identified dozens of new genes associated with oral health and dental diseases. Their findings suggest many dental traits are heritable.

Scientists have long known that two people with similar diets and oral hygiene routines can have vastly different levels of oral health.

The researchers identified 47 new genes connected to oral health. They also confirmed an association for a gene linking immune health and periodontal disease.

The links included some relatively obvious factors, such as genes involved with tooth and jaw formation, saliva, and oral bacteria. However, the analysis also suggested a causative relationship between cardiovascular-metabolic health and oral health, and genes responsible for dental caries may have an effect on the whole body too.

Many dental traits may be heritable, but dentists aren’t letting people off the hook for their own oral health. It’s still important to brush and floss  and have regular professional care — even if people  are found not not to be genetically predisposed to caries or gum problems.



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