Joel R. Koch, DDS
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Brushing, Flossing....and Genetics?

January 15, 2018
Posted By: Joel R. Koch DDS
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If you are a conscientious brusher and flosser who still finds themselves prone to cavities, could this be linked to your genetics?

The answer to this question is “maybe.” There have been studies that show there are specific genetic variations that could cause a person to be more susceptible to cavities and gum disease. But there has also been a study by the journal Cell Host & Microbe that shows genetic factors, while significant when we are young, tend to wane as we get older.

The next time you visit a top dentist in West Chester, you might want to ask about their thoughts on the matter. But meanwhile, the only possible solution is to continue to take the best care possible when it comes to your oral health.

Good Home Care

Be sure to brush at least twice each day and floss once a day, preferably at bedtime. Brushing twice each day, or even more often, is a great way to stay ahead of letting sugars in food interact with the bacteria already in your mouth, which often leads to cavities.

Flossing reaches those spots your toothbrush simply can’t. Flossing regularly is particularly crucial for maintaining your gum health and preventing gum disease from taking hold.

Regular Visits to the Dentist

Most of us have heard that the American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly trips to the dentist, and we concur. Seeing your dentist regularly ensures that problems are spotted while they are still in their early stages. A small cavity is easier to fill than a large one. A large cavity that goes untreated might mean the need for a root canal. And so forth. Early treatment usually involves less pain in your mouth as well as less pain in your wallet.

Call a Top Dentist in West Chester

If it’s been a while since your last trip to the dentist, there is no time like the present to take hold of your oral health once again. Whatever your genetics, there is no substitute for good oral care. Give us a call today to make an appointment!

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