Bad Teeth Genes
While there are many things you can do to prevent tooth decay, doctors are saying that about 60 percent of the risk is due to your genetic makeup. Genetic dentistry is a field that is still fairly new, but as scientists do more and more research, they’ve found that there are a few genetic factors that can predispose you to cavities and tooth decay.
- Sweet tooth: How often you crave sweets is a factor that can be passed down from parents. Of course, more sugar can lead to more tooth decay, and more tooth decay will lead to cavities. Not everyone craves candy all the time, and those that don’t tend to have better teeth than those that do.
- Tooth enamel: The strength of your enamel is inherited. Whether your teeth are so strong that you’ve never had a cavity no matter what you’ve eaten, or whether your enamel is so soft that no amount of brushing or flossing in the world could keep away all the cavities, it’s something given to you by your parents.
- Taste ability: Sort of tying back into the sweet tooth, your taste buds can be predisposed to liking certain foods. Some people have the ability to perceive more flavors than others, which can make them like or dislike certain flavors. Studies have shown that the greater variety you’re able to taste, the less likely you are to have tooth decay.
- Saliva strength: The amount of potassium and calcium that can be found in your saliva are important to healthy teeth. Your diet can be a big factor in this, but scientists are also finding that your genes are a contributing factor in the strength of your saliva and how well it helps metabolize your food.
- Microbiome: Your microbiome is the communities of bacteria in the human body—and that includes your mouth. These bacteria can be passed down in your genes, and the amount of bacteria can affect your teeth.
If you struggle to keep your teeth clean, or want advice as to how you can avoid cavities and decay despite your genetic makeup, give Dr. Real a call. Your bi-annual appointment will help to keep your teeth clean and white, as well as keep any cavities in check. Call (714) 525-2888 to make an appointment.