According to the 2000 census, nearly 70,000 families reside in Henrico County, VA, and the population has grown steadily since that time. Choosing one practice for family dental care makes a lot of sense for busy Henrico families. An astute dentist also pays attention to your family?s medical and dental history to be vigilant for potential problems.
Hereditary dental conditions
Here are a few of the conditions I watch for, commonly seen in multiple family members and passed from generation to generation:
- Canker sores ? A predisposition to mouth sores is linked to immune system abnormalities. Soft tissue laser therapy stops pain and speeds healing.
- Gum disease ? This definitely runs in families, stemming from a biological tendency toward certain oral bacteria. Prevention is key to keeping gums healthy and teeth intact.
- Malocclusion ? The root of bad bite is often the shape of your jaws, passed down from ancestors. With orthodontics and oral appliance therapy, I restore balance and alleviate TMJ disorders.
- Amelogenesis and dentinogenesis imperfecta ? These disorders impede normal formation of tooth enamel and dentin, resulting in sensitivity and premature wear. Fluoride treatments help to halt progress. Dental bonding or crowns may be necessary to protect weakened teeth.
- Hypodontia ? Congenitally missing teeth impact normal jaw development, and leave gaps that allow other teeth to shift. Orthodontics, a partial denture, bridge, or dental implant may be in order.
- Supernumerary teeth ? Extra permanent teeth can pop up anywhere in the mouth. Extraction is recommended.
- Gingival fibromatosis ? This overgrowth of gum tissue increases risk of infections, and it can virtually hide teeth. I re-contour gums with a dental laser.
- Oral cancers ? It is critical for anyone with a family history of oral cancer to have regular, comprehensive dental check-ups that include oral cancer screening.