We all know that one person who doesn’t do what they’re supposed to do, yet they still have great things! It’s frustrating, especially when it comes to dental health. There’s always that person who doesn’t brush and floss regularly, but never seems to have any cavities! Most of us are not this way, and some of us are on the opposite end of the spectrum; we can brush and floss each and every day, but we will still be breathing laughing gas at least once a year.
The Genetic Situation
New research shows that about 60% of your risk for tooth decay can be directly linked to a genetic factor. Some are obvious: tooth enamel, saliva, and immune system strength are all factors. Having a sweet tooth is obviously going to get you more decay, but having a variety of taste preferences will result in less tooth decay. As we continue to do research, we are sure to find more links.
So, What Can I Do?
With a few tricks up your sleeve, you can overcome your genetics. Some dentists will recommend brushing and flossing after each meal and scheduling three month cleanings instead of six. Both of those strategies would work. We also recommend fluoride treatments (talk to us about how you can increase your fluoride exposure at home) and dental sealants. Sealants add an extra layer of protection between your teeth and the bacteria that way to do harm.
Don’t let your genetics get you down any longer. Find ways to overcome your “bad” teeth by using some of the strategies we recommend. Contact us today to learn more about how you can defeat decay before it begins by using preventive tactics. We’d love to help you achieve a happier, healthier smile!