Got Bad Teeth? Blame Your Genes

It’s nice to have someone or something to blame when things aren’t going your way, isn’t it? When it comes to teeth that are misshapen and prone to decay, you can point that finger at those who came before you, because those issues are mostly due to genetics! New research links 60% of your risk for tooth decay to your genetics! Some of the risk is a direct relationship, while some is indirect. We’ll break down the information for you so that you can battle your genetics effectively.

Direct Relationship
Some aspects of genetics are directly related to how much decay you will see. The grooves in your teeth, the strength of your tooth enamel, and the strength of your saliva are all genetically determined. This is the frontline between what you eat and tooth decay. If these three things aren’t what they could be, you will see more decay. You can’t do anything to change it, but you can take precautions! Floss and/or brush after each meal, schedule a dental cleaning every three months (instead of every six), and avoid food and drinks that you know are bad for your teeth!

Indirect Relationship
Genetics also determine your ability to taste food, and your taste preferences. That sweet tooth that gets you into trouble? Genetics. The person who always wants to try a new restaurant’s food? Genetics. Now, trying and enjoying different flavors actually works to your advantage. You don’t rely on sugar to get pleasure from your food, therefore you tend to see less decay. Someone with a sweet tooth, on the other hand, will see more decay. If you enjoy your sweets, be sure to brush after you eat that slice of apple pie à la mode!

Genetics aren’t the end all of your tooth decay. The way that you care for your teeth is still a determining factor. Even those with solid genetics will see lots of tooth decay if they don’t practice good oral hygiene. Contact us today to learn more about how genetics are affect the way your smile looks. Set up an appointment to see us, and we’ll help you get the smile of your dreams!

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