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Is tooth decay hereditary?

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Dr. James Beck
10 years experience in Dentistry
Not really: No i don't think it is. But the bad habits that cause tooth decay are passed on through families. I have heard patients say that bad teeth run in their family, but i don't agree with that. If you brush 2-3 times a day, floss once a day, rinse once a day, see the dentist every 6 months, you will go a long way toward breaking this family tradition.
Answered on Jul 26, 2016
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Dr. Media Najafi
21 years experience in Dentistry
Because there is one type of bacteria that causes tooth decay, it is possible that this bacteria, S.Mutan, is more in the oral cavity of some patients, hence the heridetary factor, but if your hygiene is good and in basic terms you are depriving the bacteria of its food, complex carbs and sugar, then you are slowing itdowniactivity
Mar 6, 2013

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