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You may know that there are a number of things you should do if you’d like to protect your oral health. For instance, you’ve probably been told that brushing and flossing are extremely important, but did you know that your genetics can actually have an impact on your oral health? In other words, regardless of how well you care for your teeth, you could be more likely to have cavities and gum disease than others are.

Of course, you could also be less likely to have cavities than others are. Even the size and shape of your teeth, which is influenced by your genetics, can influence how likely you are to have to deal with these issues. Gaps in your teeth, or uneven teeth, can be harder to clean, which can ultimately leave you more vulnerable to gum disease or tooth decay. If you have a weak immune system, you could also become more vulnerable to tooth decay.

Whether you have inherited a healthy smile or one predisposed to oral conditions, we recommend caring for your smile diligently–especially if you’re hoping to avoid dental issues. Brushing and flossing are extremely important as is maintaining regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings every six months. While we’ll search for issues you should know about, we’ll also clean your teeth more thoroughly than you can at home. These appointments will also give us a chance to offer you specific advice based on your needs.  

If you’re interested in learning more about caring for your teeth in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or have more questions about how genetics impact your smile, please feel free to give Ultimate Smile Dental a call at 954-566-5428. Our dentist, Dr. Robert Wagner, and our team will gladly address any of your questions and give you personalized advice. We look forward to seeing you soon!