Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf
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Can You Inherit Bad Teeth?

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The role of genetics in the actual makeup of who we all are is undeniable. Everything from hair and eye color to the shape of our faces will, to some extent, be determined by heredity. This fact begs the question of whether the condition and strength of our teeth are also things conferred upon us by our ancestors, or if these things are strictly within our own control. While there remains some disagreement on the subject, dentists and researchers in the field of genetics are working hard to determine the truth.

The concept of bad teeth is a rather broad one, encompassing a variety of definitions, depending on whom you ask. Teeth may be considered by some to be bad if they are poorly aligned, misshapen, sensitive or discolored. Missing or lost teeth (hypodontia and oligodontia) can be the result of genetic factors or mutations. Genetic mutations that have combined with environmental factors such as viruses or the use of medications can also result in malformed or even missing teeth.

While it is certainly the case that genes play a role in cases of malformed teeth, when it comes to stained teeth, environmental influences and dental care habits are much more relevant. Smoking, poor diet, drug use, and a failure to follow proper dental care protocols can all lead to discoloration of the teeth. Therefore, by heeding some key advice about how to take good care of your teeth and gums, you have the ability to control a great deal in terms of the overall health of your mouth.

Twice daily brushing and flossing sessions are, of course, vital, as are regular visits to local affordable dentists. Fluoride toothpastes and rinses are also essential parts of any solid dental care routine. And dentists say that a nutrient-rich diet containing only limited amounts of processed sugars can go a long way toward preventing excessive buildup of bacteria and plaque that lead to decay. Avoiding tobacco products and drugs will help mitigate tartar deposits onto tooth enamel, keeping teeth as white as possible. While it is certainly true that genetic factors can create an environment in which tooth problems can take root, affordable dentists know and can advise you about numerous ways to take the situation well in hand and have the healthy teeth you desire.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Waldorf, call Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf today at (301) 861-0665 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Waldorf. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf.

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