You may think that following ADA (American Dental Association) guidelines like brushing twice a day and flossing will keep your smile in perfect condition. But the truth is that some patients must deal with a factor that’s simply out of their control. You must consider the role your genetics play in your oral health. For your Plantation dentist, one of the benefits of getting a genetic history for each patient is being aware of what symptoms to keep in mind for potential dental problems. For example, if your family has a history of gum disease, your dentist may ask you to come in for a cleaning and fluoride treatment every four months rather than semiannually to prevent this dental problem altogether.
How does genetics affect your oral health?
Dentistry has definitely taken leaps and bounds to discovering the underlying reasons for dental problems. That’s why thought it would be helpful to explain which aspects of your dental health are simply out of your control because of your genetics. Here are 5 factors:
You would think that everyone likes sweets, right? Sometimes that’s not the case. Some people prefer saltiness compared to sweetness. All other factors being equal, the stronger your genetic “sweet preference,” the more likely you are to develop tooth decay.
Believe it or not, some patients have softer tooth enamel than others. The softer the enamel, the easier it is for bacteria to do their excavation, leading to cavities. Because genes are the primary determinant of enamel structure, they have a big effect on whether you get tooth decay.
“Taste ability” is a measure of the variety of things you can taste or not taste. This is a complex process that includes your tongue and is inextricably linked to your sense of smell. Studies show the greater the variety in your genetic taste ability profile, the less likely you are to develop tooth decay. One theory may be that the wider variety you have in your diet, the less you are to fall back on processed, sweet foods.
How can I prevent tooth decay despite my genetics?
Although there are some factors that may be out of your control, you are in charge of your diet, brushing frequency, smoking habits, dental care access, and commitment to good oral health. One more important factor that scientist and dentists alike warn patients against is the consumption of sugary drinks. Any sugary treat can hurt, but sugary drinks are particularly adept at spreading sugar to every corner of your mouth, sticking to your teeth, and developing into a harmful acid when it mixes with existing dental bacteria.
How can Comfort Dentists help you?
One of the best preventive steps you can take is developing a great relationship with a dentist in Plantation. Dr. Hohimer and Dr. Waldee are here to help you keep your smile bright, clean, and most importantly strong. One way that we can help patients with unfortunate dental genetics is to complete more frequent fluoride treatments alongside professional cleanings. This way, we keep two steps ahead of dental problems. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!