The team at Finger Lakes Dental Care want to help raise awareness on the myth of “soft teeth” this February for Children’s Dental Health Month. No child, or adult, is destined to have bad teeth because of genetics—the fact is, each person influences their oral health based on what they do and how they act. At Finger Lakes Dental Care, our pediatric dentists want you to be informed and have the necessary information to keep your teeth, and the teeth of your children, healthy for years to come!
The Myth Of Soft Teeth
Many times, we see patients who believe they are destined to have bad teeth because their parents or grandparents have bad teeth. Often, this is called having “soft teeth.” Patients wrongly believe that they are more prone to cavities, decay, and tooth loss. The fact is there is no such thing as soft teeth, just a predisposition to dental problems. Even if you have a greater chance of dental problems because of your family history or genetics, it does not mean you cannot control your oral health. Factors that can make you more likely to have dental problems include:
- Chemical makeup of saliva
- No fluoride in city water
How To Protect Your Teeth
No matter what your family history is, or your living situation, there are ways to protect your teeth and the teeth of your children. First, routine dental hygiene is critical! There should be no excuse for not brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once. This gets all the bacteria and food off the teeth and gums, which is the leading cause of decay. Second, controlling your diet is important. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, or brush right after consuming them. Third, if you aren’t getting enough fluoride, buy over-the-counter fluoride mouthwash to rinse with twice a day. By following these three simple steps, you can help you and your child have healthy teeth.
If it’s been a while since the last dental checkup, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Finger Lakes Dental Care today. We’ll help get you or your child’s smile back on the right track!