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A New Study Looks into the Role of Genetics in Tooth Decay

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I have bad teeth” or, “Bad teeth run in my family?” It may sound like an excuse for not following proper oral health care, but a new study has found that there is some basis in fact for “bad teeth.”

Researchers at Zurich University recently isolated for the first time the gene complex that’s responsible for tooth enamel formation. The findings indicate that these mutated genes may cause defects in dental enamel and put you at a higher risk for caries (cavities).

This research tells us that tooth decay is not just a product of bacteria but also the resistance of enamel to decay. In people whose tooth structure is not as stable, bacteria can easily penetrate the enamel and lead to cavities.  

How This Information Benefits You

Understanding the role that genetics play in dental caries may help shape the future of preventive dental care. Until then, there’s plenty you can do to protect your oral health:

  • Dental exams and cleanings – these twice-yearly appointments are essential for everyone, but they’re especially significant if you have a history of dental problems. These visits allow your dentist and hygienist to ensure that your teeth are in top-notch condition.
  • Review your oral hygiene – Do you power through brushing and flossing in record time? It may be time to check in with your hygienist for a refresher on proper techniques that go a long way toward protecting your teeth from decay.
  • Avoid sugary and acidic foods – If your dental enamel is already compromised by your genetics, the last thing you want to do is make it easy for acid to develop and eat away at dental enamel. Limit your intake of these foods to help create a healthier environment in your mouth.

Please Call Our Orlando Office to Arrange Your Next Appointment

If you are plagued by dental problems and are looking for a dentist in Alafaya, FL who can help you get your oral health back on track, please call Dr. Gary Michaelson. He will be happy to review your situation and make recommendations for restoring and maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.