It might be the question of the year! So, do you know the answer to this question? Are genes to blame for your tooth decay? It sounds more like an easy way of saying you have bad teeth because your dad or your mom had the same. Think again.

The composition of our oral bacteria when we are very young is influenced by our genetic background. However, as we age that changes based on your diet and oral hygiene. I was reading a recent study that looked at this question a lot closer than I have ever thought of doing.

Tooth decay is a major global health issue that we need to solve somehow–don’t you agree? It’s so bad that up to 90 percent of school-age kids and nearly 100 percent of adults worldwide have cavities–Yuck! This can be from frequent intake of sugars, which leads to an acid environment in the mouth that attacks tooth enamel, leading to the dreaded cavity.

So what can you do? Well, it’s actually quite simple. You must take care of your teeth. While your teeth are initially are affected by your genes, it is actually you that is in charge of their health as you age. Brush and floss daily, watch your sugar intake, maintain a healthy diet and drink a lot of water, but skip the sugary drinks such as pop or certain fruit juices.

And if you have any other questions or need further guidance in ensuring you’re maintaining the best oral care possible, contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry. As a dentist in the North Scottsdale area, she is dedicated to ensuring you’re always smiling.