Can a Genetic Test Predict Your Oral Health?
Today, advanced genetic testing has opened the door to help us understand more about our health and wellbeing than ever before. You can purchase a number of DNA testing kits that claim to accurately measure risk for numerous health conditions, including oral health concerns. Unfortunately, the genetic indicators revealed by these tests are not the only factors that lead to increased risk for oral health issues. Keep reading to learn more about risk factors for health concerns and preventive steps you can take to avoid common oral health conditions.
Testing & Your Family’s Risk for Oral Health Concerns
Genetic testing can tell you and your family the conditions that present the greatest risk for your oral health. There are specific genetic markers associated with gum disease and other conditions that can help you take the best possible care of your smile to prevent these serious oral health concerns. However, it’s important to keep environmental and lifestyle factors in mind as well.
Impact of Environmental & Lifestyle Factors on Oral Health
Even if you don’t have any of the genetic markers that predispose you to struggle with oral health conditions, consuming acidic foods, neglecting adequate hygiene, and experiencing facial trauma can all lead to tooth decay and damage even without any of the predisposing genetic factors. That’s why preventive care is so important.
Preventing Dental Care
While not all oral health concerns can be prevented, there are some steps you can take to diminish your risk for oral health concerns, including all of the following:
- Consume sugary and acidic foods and beverages in moderation
- Brush teeth twice a day and floss daily
- Visit our dental office twice a year
- Use protective oral appliances during athletic competition and to protect your smile from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Kick bad habits like opening packages with teeth or chewing on hard objects like fingernails and ice
Meet Dr. Capua
Your skilled dentist in Carrollton, Kimberley Capua, DDS, is proud to offer a wide range of preventive dentistry services and gum disease treatment options. After years of advanced training and experience, Dr. Capua is proud to provide all of the dental care you need to maintain your healthiest, most beautiful smile all under one roof. If you’re looking for a dentist in Carrollton, look no further. Give Dr. Capua and her dental team a call to schedule an appointment with our dedicated dentist and dentistry team.