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Digital Subscriptions > Orthodontic Practice > July August 2019 > Tooth decay and gum disease may be linked to genes

Tooth decay and gum disease may be linked to genes

New research led by an international team, including researchers at the University of Bristol, suggests hereditary traits and factors such as obesity, education and personality could influence tooth decay and gum disease.

Tooth decay and periodontitis are among the most common diseases around the world, but unlike many other well-known diseases, knowledge of how genes affect the risk of developing these dental diseases is still limited. Researchers know that two individuals who have a similar diet and oral health regime may end up with a different number of cavities but have not been able to explain why until now.

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