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Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Genetic?

June 10, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Heather Gentry
Sweet Tooth Blog | Gentry Dental

Do you find it hard to enjoy a meal without having a dessert? When you're hungry for a snack, do you reach for sweets? Could it be said that you have a "sweet tooth"? Did you know that having a preference for sweets may be genetic?

Your Sweet Tooth and Your DNA

What controls our preferences when it comes to food? Why do you like chocolate but your friend does not? Researchers in Copenhagen are finding a link between eating an increased level of sweets and a variation of one hormone. While more studies will need to be conducted, results are indicating that our food preferences, including the desire for sweets, may indeed be linked to our genetic makeup.

How Sugar Affects Your Oral Health

We all understand that sugar is an enemy of our teeth, but how can you combat your desire for a sweet treat? It's not sugar itself that causes problems; rather it's the chain reaction that sugar causes in your mouth because it's the fuel for the bacteria that produce plaque, which contributes to conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. By rinsing your mouth or brushing soon after consuming a sugary treat, you can reduce the effects it has on your teeth.

Regular Dental Checkups

Your six-month cleaning and checkup appointments also help to keep the damage from sugar to a minimum, as Dr. Gentry will screen you for issues such as tooth decay and gum disease at every checkup. Our hygienist will remove the excess plaque buildup that contributes to these conditions, which helps reduce and prevent the damage to your teeth caused by sugar.

Ensuring that your home care routine is at its best with proper brushing and flossing techniques will also help you make a positive impact on your oral health at home.

Keep those sugar bugs at bay! If it's time to schedule your next appointment, give our office a call today.

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