Are you someone who brushes and flosses their teeth religiously twice a day, but still gets tooth decay and cavities that need fillings? Are you very strict with your diet and don’t eat or drink things that are high in sugar and acid, but still suffer from sensitive teeth? Do you go to the dentist for a check-up and clean every six months, but still seem to have trouble with your teeth? You may have inherited genes for weaker teeth.
It is true that bacteria is the cause of tooth decay and cavities so having good oral hygiene to remove bacteria is a good routine. It is also correct that a diet high in sugar and acid are bad for your teeth, so keeping away from these items makes you less susceptible to dental problems. Having your teeth checked and cleaned by a dentist every six months helps you maintain your teeth and gums. However, if you inherited genes for weaker teeth, you will be more prone to dental problems no matter how much you look after yourself.
This is not an excuse to stop taking care of yourself. If you stop your good oral hygiene routine, your healthy diet and your regular dental maintenance visits, you will have even more dental problems because your weaker teeth are not very resistant to bacteria, dental decay and cavities.
Some people are very lucky and have inherited genes for stronger teeth. We all know people who don’t seem to own a toothbrush let alone floss, eat and drink junk loaded with sugar and acid and haven’t been to a dentist in 20 years, yet don’t complain of teeth sensitivity or toothache and boast that they haven’t had a single filling. Their stronger teeth makes them more resistant to bacteria, dental decay and cavities. Rest assured that if they continue to neglect their teeth, time will catch up with them and their stronger teeth will suffer the same fate as your weaker teeth. It just takes more time for this to happen.
Ask one of our friendly dentists at Central Brisbane Dental to see if you may have inherited genes for weaker teeth and how we can help you protect them.