Is Having ‘Bad’ Teeth Genetic?

While it is true that some oral hygiene issues can be genetic, luckily, that isn’t always the case! When it comes to caring for your smile, it’s important to know your family’s dental health history, as well as what is in your control.

At Corridor Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we perform an oral health exam to look into your child’s dental and medical history, address their smile’s individual needs, and assess any risks at hand. We’ll help you manage your child’s dental health so they can achieve the smile of their dreams!

Hereditary Teeth Problems

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a dental issue that can be caused by genetic predisposition, but we have good news! Early detection and prevention can help manage oral hygiene, lower the risk of tooth decay and gum inflammation, and avoid damage to tissue and bones. With proper flossing and brushing, use of fluoride, and regular dentist visits, you can manage the risk of gum disease so your family can continue to enjoy healthy smiles.

Weak Teeth

Although it is rare, sometimes teeth do not develop strong enough enamel or make the appropriate amount to mineralize and help fight cavities. This can be genetic, or it can be a result of the calcium levels in your diet during tooth development. Having enough fluoride and calcium in your diet during teeth development can help fight genetic predisposition of weak teeth and build strong, healthy smiles.

Tooth Color

Did you know yellow teeth can be genetic? The color of your teeth is a result of your genes and your environment. The enamel of genetically weak teeth tends to be thinner, which can cause teeth to appear more yellow in color. Through regular dental visits, your pediatric dentist will help your child maintain great oral health for life.

Jaw-Related Issues

Facial structure, your bite, and the size of your jaw are all determined by genetics and can influence how your teeth come in. The structure of the jaw may lead to an underbite, an overbite, or overcrowding. Your dentist will assess the structure of your child’s jaw during a regular oral health exam. They will then let you know if you need to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to address any jaw-related issues.

Behavioral Causes For ‘Bad’ Teeth

While some dental issues are genetic, there are some healthy behavioral habits you can adopt to help your child pursue healthy smiles for life! Your child’s diet and your dental health routine can affect the overall state of their smile. Our expert team at Corridor Kids Pediatric Dentistry will work with you to make sure your child achieves the smile they deserve.

Diet Choices

Certain foods can lead to teeth stains or tooth discoloration. Drinks such as dark fruit juices and soda, as well as foods like berries or tomato sauce, can discolor your teeth due to their dark pigments. Sugary drinks and snacks can encourage cavity-causing bacteria and create sticky plaque on your teeth. Our pediatric dental team recommends eating fortifying fruits and vegetables, like broccoli, greens, and citrus, to ensure your child’s smile stays happy and healthy. 

Bad Hygiene 

Your child’s dental health care routine plays a huge role in their oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, gum disease, and even dry mouth. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash can discourage bacteria, plaque, and food particles from settling in and causing problems. 


The term “oversharing” refers to the sharing of bacteria from person to person. Oral bacteria that is foreign to you can be contracted through sharing food, drinks, or utensils. This increases the risk of harmful bacteria becoming present in the mouth and can result in cavities or gum disease. Once again, keep up with regular brushing and flossing, use fluoride, and maintain a regular schedule for visiting your dentist. 

Have More questions? Call Today!

If you have further questions about the state of your teeth or improving your oral hygiene, contact our North Liberty office today and schedule an appointment! We look forward to helping your family achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles!

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