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  • Writer's pictureChris Salierno, DDS

If my parents both lost all of their teeth, does that mean I will as well?

Absolutely not.

There are two major reasons people lose their teeth: severe tooth decay and severe gum disease.

There are three big risk factors for tooth decay: diet, hygiene, and genetics.

There are two big risk factors for gum disease: hygiene and genetics.

So you can see that your oral health is influenced by your parents' genes. However, and I want to be clear, the risk factors that are under your control are more important. You could have the best dental genes in the world, but if you eat a high sugar diet and fail to clean your teeth, then you're very likely to get cavities.

No one is predestined by their genes to lose their teeth. Good home hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular visits to your dentist will help you keep most or all of your teeth for your lifetime.


Disclaimer: ToothQuest is for informational purposes only and is not to be taken as dental, medical, or legal advice.  Please consult with your dentist or other appropriate healthcare professional before making any decisions that would affect your health.

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