If your mother or father had their teeth pulled and got a new set of dentures at a very young age – don’t be alarmed. Although most people think this means they will have to wear dentures in their 30s as well, it is not necessarily the case.
Yes, genetics may have some part to play in the health of your smile. Fortunately, good self-care and oral hygiene can prevent early tooth loss. In fact, most tooth loss is due to untreated gum disease.
Gum disease bacteria can pass through saliva. So if you share food or a kiss with someone you love, you may also share that bacteria. That is why gum disease sometimes runs in families.
Thankfully, current generations have access to better preventive dental care than our parents and grandparents once did. Instead of making trips to the dentist once a problem pops up, we see the dentist for preventive care. Sticking to a rigorous oral hygiene routine at home is also essential.
Regular preventive cleanings, exams, and x-rays can identify problems that would otherwise result in early tooth loss. When gingivitis or small cavities are addressed quickly, you can avoid the need for extracting teeth.
So no, just because your father or mother got dentures at a young age does not mean that you will need to as well. In fact, it’s more reason to take advantage of preventive dental care to ensure that you never have problems. The success rests in your own hands! Be sure to schedule check-ups with your dentist every 6 months to do your part.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
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