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Why Genetics Didn't Give You "Soft Teeth"


Posted on 12/25/2015 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from gum disease hiding her smile.Many families seem to see high levels of cavities that extend from generation to generation, and this has led to a myth that certain people are genetically prone to developing decay.

These individuals are said to have "soft teeth," but the soft teeth phenomenon isn't really accurate. In fact, research has shown that while cavities are an infectious disease, they are entirely preventable, so you don't have to feel that you are predestined to get cavities for the rest of your life.

Cavities Are the Result of Bacteria, Not Soft Teeth

Dental cavities are associated with bacterial strains that live on sugar. They thrive on diets that are high in carbs, including sweet liquids. When the bacteria of the mouth break these sugars down, they will create acids that then attack the enamel and result in decay.

Dental cavities can begin early on in life, as soon as the teeth emerge. Unfortunately, mothers who carry harmful, cavity-causing bacteria can pass them on to their children via the saliva, and when coupled with the sugars in baby formula, juice, and milk, they can create a cavity-causing perfect storm in a young child's mouth.

Preventing Cavities

Fortunately, you don't have to assume that just because your parents have a lot of cavities that you will too. Likewise, if you have experienced considerable tooth decay, your child isn't predestined to follow your path.

However, you should take certain steps to protect yourself, primarily by reducing the bacteria level in your own mouth by brushing your teeth regularly. Then, try not to swap saliva by sharing eating utensils. Be sure to check your child's mouth frequently for signs of decay or other oral health problems.

If you are concerned about the health of your teeth or the teeth of your child, contact our office today to set up an appointment.
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