How Your Genetics Affect Your Smile with Our Family Dentist in Tustin, CA

Many dental issues can be linked to genetics. Dr. Valdez, our family dentist in Tustin, provides the following examples of dysfunctions brought about by abnormalities in the genetic code of the person that can either be pre-inherited or mutated through time. Don't hesitate to ask us any questions you may have!


• Oral Cancer: This typically happens to people who smoke and drink alcohol, but genetics also plays a big role for this serious dental problem. This mostly occurs through mutation which converts body cells to cancer cells.


• Supernumerary Teeth: This is a condition when there are extra teeth erupting from the gums. Most commonly known supernumerary teeth are mesiodens. Some also grow in the distomolars area.


• Gum Disease: Also called periodontal disease, this refers to the inflammation of the gums caused by bacterial infection. Although initially, this is due to improper oral hygiene, this is also linked to inherited conditions like diabetes and heart disease.


• Hypodontia or Anodontia: This is a condition when a single or multiple supposed permanent teeth do not grow after the baby teeth erupt. The absence of all permanent teeth is called Anodontia while the absence of some is Hypodontia.


• Malocclusion: This genetic problem typically leads to speech and chewing issues. With the help of proper dental diagnosis, complications are restored, and pain is eliminated.


• Dentinogenesis Imperfecta or Amelogenesis Imperfecta: The failure to develop the tooth enamel is called the Amelogenesis Perfecta, while Dentinogenesis Imperfecta is the failed formation of dentin. Both diseases impact not just baby teeth but as well as permanent teeth, leading to pressure or temperature sensitivity, and weakness of teeth composition.


• Gingival Fibromatosis: It's a genetic condition that results in the enlargement of the gum tissues and is usually linked to the collagen being overproduced in the body.


These are just a few of the many genetic dental problems. If you feel like you're experiencing these problems, seek help from our Tustin family dentist immediately to identify the issue and treatment by calling (714) 669-9555 today.

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