If it seems like every time you go in for a cleaning your dentist finds a cavity, you may be wondering: “Am I just prone to cavities?”
Actually, you might be.
According to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, your risk for cavities is 60 percent due to genetic factors, which include preference for sweets, the strength of your teeth enamel, the composition of your saliva, and more.
Your upbringing may also play a factor. In fact, there is a direct relationship between how children take care of their teeth and how their parents do. Children learn the importance of preventive care – brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist – from their parents. If you weren’t taught this early on and didn’t develop proper habits, you are more likely to overlook oral health, which can cause problems down the road.
If other people in your family often develop cavities, consider speaking to your dentist about sealants or fluoride treatments than could help protect your teeth.