Genetic Factors May Predict Susceptibility

If his diet is rich in sugary foods and drinks your child’s risk for tooth decay is likely to be higher.  There is the rare case when a child who eats candy and soft drinks on a daily basis can get away with it and remain cavity free, but that is not the norm.  Genetics however, can affect the odds in a number of ways.

It’s true that some family members seem to share a particular fondness for sweet foods but the tendency doesn’t necessarily apply to them all.   Your son for instance, could find it almost impossible to resist sweets while his sister has  more of a ‘take it or leave it” attitude towards sugar.  Typically, your son will be more susceptible to cavities, if he is allowed to satisfy his taste buds.

There are some genetic factors that invariably contribute to tooth decay.  Our genetic disposition determines the strength of our tooth enamel and whether or not it will be able to fight off the bacterial acids that attack it.  Children who inherit softer enamel can’t help but be more vulnerable to decay.

Researchers have been studying what they refer to as “taste ability” as it relates to tooth decay.  Results have indicated that children and adults who have the genetic capacity to taste a wider variety of foods are likely to have fewer cavities.

Although genetics do play a part in our susceptibility to tooth decay, there are things we can do to protect our children from having so many cavities. Talk to Dr. Kaelin about this issue and any others that may concern you.  Call 303-805-8266 for your appointment with Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry.

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