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Genetics may indeed increase your chances of having primary-tooth cavities by up to 64%,  according to some studies, and having a sweet tooth can also be inherited.  But it isn’t clear which part of the cavity-forming process is affected. The way enamel is formed on the tooth is probably the best candidate for genetics to have an impact.  Information about the genetic roots to tooth decay comes mainly from research on identical twins.  But those studies also have shown that having a sweet tooth can be inherited

 

Even if you’re convinced you have the cavity gene,  there is solid evidence that without sugar you cannot get cavities. Therefore, reduce how much sugar you consume, and how frequently you ingest it, especially the kind that clings to teeth such as sticky candy and sugary drinks  If you believe you have a predisposition to tooth decay,  it is especially important to follow hygiene recommendations—brush twice a day, floss regularly, rinse daily with an antibacterial mouth wash and see a dentist at least twice a year.  Plastic sealants, which are applied in a dentist’s chair, are also very effective at preventing cavities.  This material covers the natural cracks in the teeth, which means food and sugar don’t get stuck in there.

 

Tooth decay is fairly common, and people shouldn’t be overly concerned with whether they are genetically predisposed to it or not. One-fifth of people in the U.S. have untreated cavities, which can lead to root canals and lots of pain. And many people neglect their oral hygiene—about 25% of Americans over age 60 have lost all their teeth.  Don’t sweat the genetics.  See your dentist often, brush regularly and get your cavities filled quickly, whether your parents had lots of cavities or not.