Are There Dental Diseases Which Could be Hereditary?

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 in News
Are There Dental Diseases Which Could be Hereditary?

Genetics and environment can play a role in risk of certain diseases, including dental diseases. Regular dentist appointments can help maintain oral health and monitor those who have an increased risk.

Key takeaways:

-Good dental care can help prevent gum disease, but this is a disease which someone can be predisposed for higher risk.

-Your dentist can perform oral cancer screenings and it is possible genetics may increase your chance of getting the disease.

-If your parents’ teeth had weak enamel and cavities, there is a chance you will experience this, too.

“With softer tooth enamel, you’re more likely to suffer from cavities. When tooth enamel is missing on parts of your teeth, the softer tissues of your tooth are exposed to bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.”

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Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.