Cavities and Genetics: What You Should Know

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Did you know that there are people who don’t brush their teeth but still don’t get cavities? Other brush and floss their teeth regularly, but still find themselves fighting tooth decay. Sadly, some people are more vulnerable to cavities than others are, but did you know that you could be more vulnerable to tooth decay because of genetics?

For example, did you know that crowded teeth could leave you more vulnerable to cavities? The way your teeth erupt can be caused by genetics. Crowded teeth could also make it very difficult for you to clean your mouth well. Sadly, if you can’t keep your teeth as clean as you could, you’ll be more at risk for decay.

There are other issues that can be more difficult to avoid. As you may know, your teeth have a protective layer known as enamel. Enamel is generally one of the hardest substances in your body. Your enamel can also protect your teeth from cavities. However, if you’re born with soft enamel, your teeth will be more vulnerable to tooth decay. If this happens to you, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team so we can offer you personalized advice.

Naturally, if you enjoy sweets—which can also be associated with genetics—you’ll also be more vulnerable to cavities. If you frequently crave sugar, and if you eat too many sweets, you’ll create an environment where bacteria can grow—which can promote cavities.

If you’re interested in learning more about cavities, or about how you can treat them, please don’t hesitate to contact Premier Dental Care at 317-787-6625. Dr. Marla Wilson and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.