Can Genetics Influence Oral Health?

Genetics may have an impact on oral health, with a family history of an oral condition placing you at an increased risk. However, maintaining good oral health habits, including regular dentist appointments, will have a larger impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

Key takeaways:

  • A family history of gum disease is one of a number of risk factors for the condition, as you are more likely to have the bacteria which contributes to gum disease.
  • Bacteria which may cause tooth decay could be passed on to children through shared utensils, but diet and oral health care will be a more significant factor.
  • Tooth enamel formation is influenced by genetics, and therefore it is possible to be at increased risk from cavities due to hereditary reasons.

“As with gum disease, shared environmental factors such as diet and lack of fluoride are more likely to contribute to the formation of cavities than genetics.”

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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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