Researchers from the University of Adelaide’s School of Dentistry say a visit to the dentist could eventually require a detailed look at a patient’s genes.
The researchers believe that this field of epigenetics will have a big role to play in the future of dental hygiene.
“Our genetic code, or DNA, is like an orchestra – it contains all of the elements we need to function – but the epigenetic code is essentially the conductor, telling which instruments to play or stay silent, or how to respond at any given moment,” co-author Associate Professor Toby Hughes said in a statement.
He said in terms of oral health, epigenetic factors help orchestrate healthy and unhealthy states in our mouths.
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