Can a Patient Have a Genetic Predisposition for Dental Problems?

Gum Disease Catonsville, MDAt Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants, Dr. Ari Moskowitz provides a wide selection of services for patients to consider in achieving and maintaining oral health and wellness. We also work with patients to educate them on how to take care of their smile so it is healthy and beautiful longer! When patients come in seeking information about their dental health, they often ask if certain oral health issues are genetic.

Dental conditions that are often genetic

Genetics doesn’t just stop at your hair and eye color. Genetics can also impact your overall health. We know that certain conditions can be genetic, but did you know that oral problems can also be passed down through the family? Dr. Ari Moskowitz educates patients in the Catonsville, MD community on the dental health concerns patients may have a genetic predisposition for.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection that can impact a patient’s oral health dramatically. If undiagnosed and untreated, it can contribute to the loss of bone, gums, and teeth. This condition is commonly seen to run in families who have a predisposition to the disease.

Tooth decay

Cavities may also be a condition that can be passed from generation to generation. Scientists have found that certain variations of a gene known as DEFB1 can greatly increase a patient’s risk of developing cavities. Children and adults who are at a higher risk of developing cavities may want to ask their dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments as an extra layer of protection.

Oral cancer

Many cancers are genetic, including oral cancer. Oral cancer can impact patients of any age, though certain genetic markets may be linked to those having a higher risk of developing this or other types of cancer. Patients who smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco will greatly increase their risk as well.


Misalignment of the teeth can also be a hereditary issue, including crossbites, overbites, underbites, and overcrowding. Early intervention with a dentist and/or orthodontist can improve the chances of developing a straighter, more attractive smile.

Cleft lip/palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are common birth defects that is caused by certain areas of the lip and mouth that don’t properly form during pregnancy. Certain parents can pass on the likelihood of this condition to their children, and children of certain ethnicities may also have a higher risk of cleft lip and palate, including those of Native American, Latino, and Asian descent.

Schedule your visit today with Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants

Patients of the Catonsville, MD area who are seeking quality dental care are invited to book a consultation visit with Dr. Ari Moskowitz, our board-certified periodontist. The practice can be reached at (410) 744-6088 and is located at 6400 Baltimore National Pike, Ste. #200B.

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