Although everyone starts life with their own set of healthy teeth, many factors can make some people more predisposed to bad teeth than others.
Genetics can play a large role in oral health, but external factors can make certain people more likely to have dental problems.
Factors Contributing to Bad Teeth
A predisposition to bad teeth can result from a number of factors. Some of the most common are:
- An unhealthy diet, especially a diet high in sugar – a diet high in sugar and other unhealthy foods can lead to early tooth decay, especially when rigorous oral hygiene methods are not used.
- Family history of cavities and/or other oral health problems – genetics can have a big impact on oral health. If your parents and ancestors had a lot of cavities, suffered from oral cancers, crooked teeth, or a small jaw, it’s likely you will inherit some of the same problems.
- Poor oral hygiene – the importance of regular flossing, and brushing cannot be understated. A good oral hygiene routine is paramount in keeping dental problems at bay.
- Tobacco and alcohol use – Tobacco use can wreak havoc on your mouth, gums, and oral hygiene in general. Additionally, excessive alcohol use can lead to tooth decay, oral cancers, and other dental problems.
A person having one or more of these factors is likely to be more predisposed to dental issues than others. Fortunately, most of them are correctable. Though correcting an unhealthy diet, giving up smoking or drinking, and improving oral hygiene can improve your oral health significantly, there will likely be lingering effects from the period of time your teeth spent not being cleaned properly or under exposure to harmful substances. A history of any of the above factors, even when corrected later on, can lead to one being predisposed to bad teeth.
How Often Should I See the Dentist If I’m Predisposed to Bad Teeth?
There is no prescribed “one size fits all” formula for how often to visit a dentist. Every patient is different and has different needs. According to the American Dental Association, it’s common for people to visit the dentist once or twice a year for checkups and cleanings, but if you have a predisposition for bad teeth, your dentist may recommend increasing your visits based on need. It’s important to have regular checkups with a dental provider, regardless of how healthy or unhealthy your mouth is. Regular visits just might have a different meaning for different people, and you should talk with your dentist right away to establish a regular care routine.
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