Dental Nurse News: Genes and tooth decay

Bad teeth may be a family trait.

Research at the University of Zurich has identified a gene complex which determines the formation of tooth enamel.
Genetic irregularities as well as causing disease can also affect the formation of tissue such as tooth enamel.
This means that some patients can be genetically predisposed to tooth decay meaning that “bad teeth” could potentially “run in the family”
Interesting point for dental professionals to bear in mind!