The Role of Genetics in Tooth Erosion

teeth, health, smile, dentistSome experiments have found that female genes are “programmed” to more efficiently resist dental erosion when compared to males. Still, there are many other factors which could contribute to regular visits to the dentist as well as unhealthy teeth.

What have scientists uncovered and how can these findings impact your oral health?

– Environmental factors are just as important as genes.

– Acidic foods drastically increase the chances of cavities and tooth decay.

– Eating disorders such as bulimia will impact the health of tooth enamel.

“Dental erosion is a common problem in patients with eating disorders and vomiting.”

Learn more:

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.