How to Keep Your Teeth when Genetics Are Not on Your Side

I was chomping on the ice after I finished my glass of diet soda, and I chipped a small piece out of my front tooth. I am 52, and my teeth are like my mother’s You can see the yellowish dentin, and it gives a yellowish cast to my teeth. They are not stained, it is just the dentin yellows as we age, and the translucent enamel lets you see it more. I visit a group of dentists in Aurora who are actually impressed with my overall oral care. I brush and floss twice daily. I use mouthwash and I even use hydrogen peroxide as an oral debridement when I have any gum irritation.

I have not had a cavity form in many years. The last cavity I had was when I was brushing once daily and not flossing. The chipped tooth was easy to fix. I did not even have to be numbed for the drilling. The composite resin filling matches the color of my tooth perfectly. You cannot even tell a filling is there. It is amazing what they can do with modern dentistry now. I want to keep my teeth, but I do wish I could have one of those super white smiles. Well, at least my teeth are healthy and strong. My gums have receded a bit just like my mother. It just goes to show you that there is a genetic component to oral health. The rest is environmental.

My mom had all of her teeth pulled to get dentures. She was never as disciplined as I have been about brushing and flossing the right way twice daily. Her teeth looked like mine, but the skipped brushings and lack of thoroughness took its toll on her teeth. Her problems in how they looked were genetic, but losing them was environmental. She could have kept her teeth like I have if she only took better care of them.