Welcome to another week of providing truth to some of the most common myths surrounding dental care. If you’ve followed the series the last couple of weeks than you’ve either confirmed the facts that you’ve known to be true, or you’ve learned a few things that will help prevent you from destroying your smile or avoiding the dental care that you need.
One of our previous myths brought up the importance of your child’s dental care, and today we’re going to continue that. Our myth of the day is the ever so common excuse of poor dental hygiene due to genetics.
Myth: My child’s teeth are in bad condition because of genetics.
Truth: Genetics play a part in bad teeth, but there are ways to prevent it still.
It’s easy to turn to genetics when it comes to something not working as it should, but the truth is that there are usually means of preventing, whatever the issue is, from happening. In the instance of your child’s teeth, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your child’s teeth are still healthy even if bad teeth are a part of your genetic line.
Can children be prone to poor dental hygiene from genetics?
Definitely! Our teeth are most certainly a part of our genetic line, however they don’t have to be subject to that fate. While your child may be more likely to get cavities because of poor dental history within the family, there are plenty of ways to avoid that.
How much of an influence do genetics play on oral hygiene?
If we really get down to the grit of it all, genetics actually play a very small part of the chances of your child developing any cavities. In fact, 100 percent of cavities can be avoided simply by following routine dental procedures and being proactive with dentist visits and procedures.
We aren’t done debunking myths yet! There are a few more myths that we’d like to throw into the series that we seem to hear quite often. If your family comes from a poor history of dental care and oral hygiene, and have been prone to dental difficulties in the past, it’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trainor so that we can go over a few of the options that you may have, as well as a few things that you can do to remain proactive with your dental care.