Cavities do run in the family ... but
We often get the question from patients: "Why am I getting cavities now?" This usually comes from patients who have not had cavities in the past or for a while and brushes and flosses teeth daily. The assumption across our patient population seems to be that this is an "either, or" situation. Unfortunately it is not that simple.
Studies have demonstrated that cavities have a genetic and environmental component. In other words, if one or both have your parents had "soft teeth", you may have them too. But this does not mean that you cannot control your risk of cavities.
Cavities cannot exist in the absence of "sugar" and bacteria that ...