You cannot blame bad oral health on your genes, as your dietary and hygiene habits are what determines it, a new study has found.
The report, by J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), was the first of its kind in looking at whether or not gum disease is hereditary, and it concluded that it is only dependent upon how well you care for your gums and teeth.
While some bacteria found in the mouth is hereditary, these strands do not play a role in tooth decay. But bacteria that results from too much sugar and junk food does cause gum disease and decay.
The new report serves as a warning to reduce your sugar intake and thoroughly clean your teeth to ward off gum disease, which can lead to dementia and heart disease.
A new study has found that your chances of getting gum disease, which can lead to dementia and heart failure, are determined by your hygiene and dietary habits (file photo)
The human mouth harbors one of the most diverse environments housing viruses, fungi and bacteria in the human body.
The most common infections that occur there are cavities and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, which are chronic inflammatory diseases that slowly and steadily destroy the