Skip to main content

Your Oral Health and Your Genes

Happy family

We inherit countless traits from our parents, from the way we look to the way to talk or act. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that there are traits related to your dental health that are also inherited. Here are a few common dental issues that you MAY be able to blame your parents for:

  • Cosmetics: Do you have a gap between your two front teeth just like your dad? Do you have pointy canine teeth just like your mom? The aesthetics of your smile can display certain traits that you simply got from your genes. It doesn’t mean they are not correctable, however, if you are dissatisfied with what you got handed down.
  • Dry Mouth: You can blame your genes for your chronic struggle with dry mouth if both you and your mom or dad are mouth breathers. Mouth breathing is said to be an inherited trait, and one that is a primary culprit to dry mouth. We need saliva to fight decay and bad breath, so treating your dry mouth is critical.
  • Sweet Tooth: Your poor eating habits may have also been passed down from your family. You may find yourself addicted to sodas and insistent upon having that sugary dessert after every meal. This can cause enamel erosion and cavities over time if you don’t change your ways.
  • Dental Fear: Are you scared to go to the dentist? Do you need sedation dentistry to get through a routine cleaning? Ask yourself how your dad felt about the dentist. According to researchers at the University of Madrid, kids with dads who feared the dentist were twice as likely to be fearful themselves, compared to children with mothers who disliked the dentist.
  • Balance of Oral Bacteria: While you can’t say that you inherited a tendency to get cavities or you “have soft teeth like your mother,” you can say that your genetic makeup influences the mix of good and bad bacteria in your mouth. Your genes also affect how your body responds to the bad bacteria. Therefore, to an extent, you can point fingers at your parents if you have to maintain a more diligent oral hygiene routine than others, as bad oral bacteria causes decay and gum disease.

At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we welcome the opportunity to help you with your dental concerns, whether they are inherited or not. We offer a full menu of cosmetic and restorative dental services to ensure you have the healthiest and most attractive smile possible, despite what your genes have given you!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our Patient Reviews

Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

Load more reviews Write a review

Contact Us



Office Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Social Media


1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Request an Appointment

Fill out the form below to request an appointment

    678-459-2990 Request an Appointment