Having healthy teeth and gums is a result of many things, and our ancestors can have something to do with it. But whether we place blame or give credit for the condition of our teeth on genetics, your dentist can offer many ideas and treatments to have the healthiest teeth possible.
Chances are if parents and siblings suffer from a specific dental ailment such as small jawbones that can’t accommodate all their teeth, you might be faced with the same fate.
But if family members seem susceptible to gum disease or dental decay, there are multiple things you can do to offset these issues.
Excellent daily dental hygiene habits consisting of brushing with a soft bristle tooth brush with tooth paste or gel at least twice per day along with daily flossing will promote healthy teeth and gums.
Flossing will keep gum tissue stimulated and help to keep plaque from building up on teeth particularly at the gum line. Your dentist may also recommend rinsing with a fluoridated or anti-bacterial rinse if you are prone to gingivitis or gum disease.
A clinical cleaning and exam twice per year will also help to prevent plaque build-up along with allowing your dentist to spot potential problems before they have a chance to escalate.
A diet that consists of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimal sugary foods and beverages will help prevent dental decay and will promote better overall health.
Although smoking is not an inherited trait, if tobacco use was present in the home during the formative years, it is possible that this habit may seem OK. However, it is a well-documented fact that tobacco users suffer from dental disease and lost teeth at a significantly higher rate than non-smokers.
Sufficient rest and daily exercise are essential to a healthy body. Drinking lots of fluids, especially water, will keep the body hydrated and chewing sugarless gum will promote saliva production. Both of these functions will help keep teeth and gums flushed when brushing is not possible.
Although genetics may offer clues to what our dental future may hold, the final determination for healthy teeth and gums lies in lifestyle habits, daily hygiene care and seeing your dentist twice a year to keep the mouth as healthy as possible.
To schedule a dental check-up and assess the health of your teeth, contact any of our experienced dentists at Ora Dental Studio today.