Is Genetic related to Dental Health?

May 30, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Medical

No Comments

Can a genetic test predict your risk of developing future cavities or severe gum disease? The answer, at this point in time, is no. 

There are commercially marketed tests that claim to measure risk of disease or susceptibility to future disease. Predictive genetic tests look for clues in your DNA that could indicate whether you are at risk of developing certain diseases or medical conditions. For these tests, you are often asked to swab your cheek or mail a saliva sample back to a lab. The company follows up with results and may or may not provide a consultation with a medical professional. 

However, just because you have a DNA “marker” associated with a particular disease, it does not mean you will ultimately develop the disease. That’s because there are many diseases, including cavities and gum disease, in which “environment” and “lifestyle” factors also play a role. In fact, these environmental and lifestyle factors control more of your risk of developing either cavities or gum disease than do any identified genetic marker. 

Whether you regularly brush and clean between your teeth, what you eat and drink, whether you have had cavities in the past, and whether you use tobacco products—these are “environmental” or “lifestyle” factors that strongly affect your risk for developing gum disease or cavities. 

While genetic testing may hold potential to improve predictions of future oral health, the tools your dentist already uses during an exam, including x-rays and probing measurements, are currently the best way to know where you stand in terms of your oral health today and what may lie ahead in the future. 

Take an active role in preventing dental disease and keeping your mouth healthy by following these recommendations from the ADA: 

Share this article



  • ปั้มไลค์

    May 17, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  • ปั้มไลค์

    May 30, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  • ปั๊มไลค์

    May 30, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Make an appointment and we’ll contact you.

    We are open for patient care. COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT: Please click banner for more information.

    Dear Patients of United Dentists: 

    We are looking forward to helping you again with your dental needs.   However, we want to feel safe when you visit us for your treatment.   

    We have a complete COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. Our plan includes:

    We need you to partner with us in safety. As such, your responsibilities are to: 

    Thanks for your support and understanding as we all work together for the safety of everyone!
    United Dentists

    Dr. Jay Son & Dr. Mike Hira