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You probably know that there are a number of things you should do if you’re interested in protecting the health of your teeth. For instance, you probably know that you should brush and floss your teeth every day. You should also visit your dentist twice a year. However, did you know that even if you do everything you should, you may be more likely to have cavities than others are? In fact, genetics can impact your teeth.

For example, did you know that crowded teeth could leave you more vulnerable to cavities? The way your teeth erupt can be caused by genetics. Crowded teeth could also make it very difficult for you to clean your mouth well. Sadly, if you can’t keep your teeth as clean as you could, you’ll be more at risk for decay.

Your genetics can also influence how hard, or how soft, your teeth are. As you may have guessed, the harder your enamel is, the more protected your teeth are. Unfortunately, if your enamel is too soft, there may not be anything you can do to address the issue. In other words, if you suffer from soft enamel, you’ll be more likely to get a cavity.

Naturally, if you enjoy sweets—which can also be associated with genetics—you’ll also be more vulnerable to cavities. If you frequently crave sugar, and if you eat too many sweets, you’ll create an environment where bacteria can grow—which can promote cavities.

If you’re interested in learning more about cavities, or about how you can treat them, please don’t hesitate to contact Steven J. Brazis, DDS at 916-731-5151. Dr. Steven J. Brazis and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.