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Will Dentists Be Using Genetic Testing to Find Gum Disease in the Future?

Gum Disease | Dentist in Edina MN

Genetics often play a role in a lot of our health needs and concerns. Your primary doctor may ask about your family's health history as well as your own to evaluate your health risks, and someday this could be the same for dentistry.

Your dentist in Edina, Dr. Andrew Anderson, shares some of the latest findings in the industry.

Genetics and Dentistry

While there may be testing for genetics for dentistry in the future, for now there is not a gene that's been identified as having a large impact on issues such as tooth decay or periodontal disease. Currently, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors still play the biggest role in contributing to gum disease.

We also understand that there's a link between other health concerns such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the bacteria that cause gum disease, but researchers still are not sure of the role that genetics plays.

Prevention Is the Key

Consistent preventative visits with your dentist are still your best line of defense against issues such as oral cancer, tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease. This is because our doctors screen for these concerns at every six-month examination. We can actually detect these issues much earlier than you can, which gives you the opportunity to treat them with less invasive (and less costly) treatment procedures.

Our hygienists also spend time removing the plaque buildup that causes many of these concerns, and they'll take the time to show you proper brushing and flossing techniques so you're able to maximize your home care routine.

While the future of dentistry continues to develop, your team at 50th and France Dental Care is here to be your partners in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. We believe in utilizing the latest technology and information to make your visits more effective and comfortable, so you can rest assured that we'll be keeping you up to date on any changes made to the industry or equipment added to our office.

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Give us a call today at 50th and France Dental Care to schedule your next appointment!