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When Genetics Weaken Your Smile

  • November 12, 2014

There are many things that can cause your smile to be weak. Selecting foods that are high in sugar, or not caring for your teeth are both common oral health problems. It may come as a surprise to you, however, to find out that your genetics are also playing a huge role in the health of your teeth. An estimated 60% of your risk for decay is directly related to your genetic makeup.

Genetics are what make you who you are. These little pieces of genetic code determine everything from your hair color to the size of your feet to the strength of your tooth enamel. When it comes to decay risk specifically, we see that genetics determine how strong your teeth will be, how effective your saliva will be, and how tempted you’ll be by sweets. All of these things add up to determine how likely it is that you’ll develop cavities.

Beating Genetics

In the case of a patient who is struggling with lots of decay due to weak genetics, we have tools to help. We offer effective fluoride treatments that boost your tooth enamel. We also offer dental sealants, which will protect your teeth from decay and damage. The sealant is a thin layer that we paint over the chewing surfaces of your teeth. It provides a few years of protection from harmful bacteria and plaque.

Even with less than stellar genetics, you can have a safe and healthy smile by taking precautions with your routine care. If you notice that you have more decay than those around you, it might be time to consider a new approach. Contact us today to find out what’s available to you, and we will get to work to help you have a happier, healthier smile!

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