Response regarding study - 'The bacteria that causes tooth decay is genetic'

Our Expert Dentist had some things to say about a recent report that said the bacteria that causes tooth decay is genetic. According to the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics, about 9 out of 10 Americans under 64-years old suffer from tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth helps breaking down the food and form the acids that cause tooth decay.

In this study, researchers examined 485 twins to compare nature versus nurture regarding tooth decay. 205 of the twins were identical, while the other 285 twins were fraternal. The identical twins had more similar micro biomes in the mouth than the fraternal twins. Researchers saw this as an indication of genetic influences regarding oral bacteria. But the researchers also said that bacterial strains closest in relation to genetics are not linked to tooth decay. Dietary patterns and lifestyle are still the leading indicator of tooth decay.

Dr. Shindler points out that gum disease is also a major oral health problem. Like tooth decay, gum disease can also lead to tooth loss and other serious tooth problems. Gum disease and tooth decay are easy to prevent. The best ways to prevent cavities is to consume little to no sugar and removing the bacteria that lives in plaque by brushing and flossing every day.    

Our Expert Dentist is a dentist based in the United States. His treatments are comprehensive and include cosmetic dentistry, fillings, preventative exams, porcelain crowns and veneers, dental implant fixings, Invisalign, for whitening, cleaning, , same day crowns inlays, onlays, sedated dentistry and bruxism and sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Shindler graduated from WITS University of South Africa. He finished his postgraduate program at UCLA in 1981. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Dental Society, the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

 


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