We find a lot of reasons to blame our genetics. Little things that we don’t like about our looks, personality, or health are easy to blame on those little strands of DNA! As we do more research into the human genome, we are discovering quite a bit more about exactly how your genetics affect your dental health. New research shows that about 60% of your risk for decay can be linked to genetic factors. Let’s take a look at what’s really going on.
Genes Serving Their Purpose
Genes determine all sorts of things about your mouth. The shape of your teeth, the strength of your tooth enamel, and the strength of your saliva are all related to genetics. Some people are more prone to being a sweet tooth, while others enjoy a variety of flavors. You can probably guess which person is more likely to see decay! So how do you overcome those genes to maintain healthy teeth?
Making the Choice to Combat Genetics
When it comes to the health of your teeth, you might find yourself at odds with your genetics. If you have “bad” teeth, you will need to take extra measures to ensure that you can stay healthy. We recommend dental sealants for patients who are struggling with deep crevices in their teeth. Sealants are also great for patients with weak enamel and saliva because the sealant will add an extra protective coating to protect your tooth from decay causing bacteria.
Don’t let your genetics determine the health of your smile. Take measures to keep your teeth safe and let us help you along the way! Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us know what you think about the genetic link. We have many more ideas to protect your teeth if dental sealants aren’t your thing. We hope to hear from you soon!