We are sure you are aware that not every dental appointment goes the same way. Some patients come in, have their teeth cleaned, and go home because all is well. Others come in, have their teeth cleaned, and find out that once again, they will need to have a cavity filled. Sometimes oral hygiene is to blame, but often than not, genetics play a large role in the risk for decay.
Genetics control just about every part of you, which means your teeth are affected. Sometimes it is direct, like the shape of your teeth or the strength of your tooth enamel. Other times it is indirect, like having a preference for sweets that leads to more decay. Research has found that about 60% of your risk for decay can be linked to your genetic makeup. So how does one keep healthy teeth, if genetics are stacked against them?
You Have Some Options
There are a few things you can do once you realize that your decay problem is related to genetics. You can have cleanings more often, or floss after each meal. We also have a more permanent solution in dental sealants. A sealant is a thin coating that we can apply to your chewing surfaces that adds a protective layer between your tooth enamel and the bacteria that cause decay. If cared for, a sealant will last for several years.
Don’t let disappointing dental genetics keep you in the procedure chair. Look into sealants and other methods for strengthening your teeth. Contact us to set up an appointment where we can discuss some of your options. We’d love to help you have a happier, healthier smile!