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is dental caries lifestyle or lifecycle problem?

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Dr. Robert Rawdin
37 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Both: There is a genetic component to caries susceptibility. Some people are just more prone to caries. However, lifestyle - particularly diet and how well you take care of your teeth are critical in preventing caries. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help you keep a healthy mouth.
Answered on Mar 17, 2014
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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn answered
37 years experience Dentistry
Both: Why some people are more susceptible to cavities than others is unclear. The structure of enamel proteins, the quality and quantity of saliva, and immune defense mechanisms against bacteria are all possible causes of susceptibility, and each has a genetic component. It is well understood, however, that prevention of dental decay is dependent on good oral hygiene and monitoring with check ups
Answered on Nov 1, 2012
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
42 years experience Dentistry
Both!: If one has a poor diet, poor home oral hygiene and sees the dentists infrequently, than dental decay is a life style occurrence. If a person has certain illnesses ) such as Type 1Diabetes or ones that require medication to be stable, but cause a person's mouth to be dry, dental decay is a life cycle problem. The later is very common with seniors.
Answered on Jul 24, 2014

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