What is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms

Changes in organisms that is caused by the modification of gene expression that does not entail changes in underlying genetic codes. Simply put, this is a DNA modification that doesn’t alter the DNA sequence. The changes can affect an organism without physically altering its genetic code.

Epigenetic Dentistry


Epigenetic studies of the teeth and jaws show that the facial bones and jaws don’t have predetermined and immutable genetic expression. This is apart from in very rare cases which are driven by genetic syndromes. This means facial jaws and bones respond to influence on soft tissues during function or growth.

The growth of facial bones and jaws is stimulated by such activities as chewing, swallowing and breathing. If these functional patterns don’t occur as expected, the facial and jaw growth may be altered significantly. That is why some patients experience problems like crowded teeth, malocclusions and underdeveloped jaws.

The above dental problems can lead to sleep apnea and other conditions. Patients that have sleep apnea have a high risk of breathing issues and a high risk of getting TMJ/TMD disorders. While these conditions are influenced by genetics, there is an epigenetic influence that alters the appearance of teeth and jaws.

Epigenetic Science and Dentistry

When the jaw isn’t developed properly, a person starts suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and TMJ. There are many reasons why the jaw may fail to develop properly. Researchers have attributed this to environmental factors like diet.

Due to modern diets, the number of people showing symptoms of malocclusions and dysfunction has increased. In some cases, dental problems are so prevalent that they are mistaken as being normal. For example, many people live silently with misaligned jaws, crooked teeth and TMJ symptoms.

An epigenetically driven approach in dental treatment starts by correcting negative functional soft tissue influence. This is normally done prior to the use of orthopedic simulation. The approach is recommended for both adults and children. The procedure greatly improves the size, shape as well as the position of the teeth and gums.

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Epigenetic orthodontics is effective in treating chronic TMJ issues. To address TMJ, dentists start by correcting misaligned bites using appliances. Secondly, long-term correction that may include a surgical procedure may be done to eliminate reliance on dental appliances.

With epigenetic science, the teeth are moved using braces to stimulate jaw movement. The jaws fully develop, thus allowing teeth, jaws and tongue to fit properly in the mouth.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Epigenetic-driven treatment is also used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The treatment works by improving the capacity of the airway, which in turn addresses breathing issues when sleeping. Obstructive sleep apnea also occurs when the jaw structure is underdeveloped. Jaw development orthopedics can resolve this issue by increasing the size of the airway.

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Who is the Best Candidate for Epigenetic Orthodontics?

Both kids and adults can benefit from epigenetic orthodontics. You will, however, need an epigenetics consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. Contact Molson Park Dental Office today for a consultation in Barrie.

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