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We inherit a lot from our parents, everything from hair color and eye color to preferences, food allergies, holiday traditions, and even phobias. However, while heredity can play a role in the condition of your oral health, a recent research study shows that genetics has little to with whether or not a person develops tooth decay.
The J. Craig Venter Institute, a non-profit genomics research center, recently completed a study that examined twin siblings and the bacteria in our mouths that serve as the initial building blocks of tooth decay. An article by Newsweek in late 2017 summarized the findings of the study.
“What we are seeing here is that, in general, you do indeed inherit the microbes that make up your mouth from your parents,” Dr. Chris Dupont, one of the researchers who completed the study, told Newsweek in the article. “But it turned out that the microbes you inherit from your parents don’t generally cause cavities. Instead, it’s more due to what you eat, your lifestyle and your diet.”
The study looked at sets of twins—fraternal as well as identical—between the ages of 5 and 11 with the goal of gaining a greater understanding of the role genetics play in oral health. The study found that humans do not inherit the bacteria that lead to cavities from their parents; instead, these bacteria accumulate over time due to poor food choices such as eating too much sugar or not performing proper oral hygiene like brushing twice per day and flossing daily.
The findings of the study also included the determination that heredity bacteria in the mouth diminish as a person ages. The study, according to Newsweek, marks the first time that researchers successfully sequenced the bacteria that reside inside mouths.
This reinforces what dental professionals like Dr. Ben Sentell at Cedar Street Family Dentistry have been telling patients for years: you have the ultimate responsibility when it comes to maintaining your oral health. That starts at home by eating a balanced diet, brushing and flossing your teeth daily as recommended, and visiting your dentist every six months for a check-up that should include a cleaning and a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth. If you are a parent, we encourage you to instill good oral health habits in your children and lead by example by maintaining good oral hygiene and making healthy food choices.
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Staying in good oral health also is about finding the right dentist to serve your needs. Cedar Street Family Dentistry prides itself on providing comprehensive oral health care for patients of any age. We even offer a range of preventive care treatments and procedures, which are designed to provide early detection and resolution of any problems that develop with your teeth and mouth. To learn more about our services, schedule a consultation or a tour of our Maryville office by calling us at (865) 233-7640.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry is proud to serve the oral health needs of patients in the areas of Alcoa, Knoxville, and Maryville in Tennessee.