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Are bad teeth hereditary?

If your teeth are far from perfect, you can lay at least part of the blame on your mother and father. Both the spacing of your teeth and the health of your teeth and gums can be inherited. So if you have teeth that stick out or are too crowded, or if you've got gum disease, you may have picked up that tendency from your parents. Yet perfect teeth aren't just a product of your genes. No matter what kind of teeth you inherit, you won't have much reason to smile unless you take good care of them. So brush and floss daily, and see your dentist for regular check-ups.

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