Oral Health

Question
Posted by: Molly | 2007/03/17

Q.

Tooth decay diseases

The guy who works at my local video shop has terribly rotton teeth- one of his front teeth has completely rotton off. He says he has a disease. His older brother's teeth are slightly greenish near the gums. But his younger sisters' teeth are fine. I just want to know if there really is a tooth decaying disease that isnt caused by a lack of personal cleanliness. I must mention that he lives off sweets and coke- he is always chewing on biltong or eating some kind of sweets whether it be chocolate or toffees or anything. Iv only ever seen him eat proper food once- and that was kfc. He also looks greasy and smells musty. His clothes too. I work in the same center as him and go to the video shop quite often. So I just want to know if there is some genetic tooth decaying disease out there and what are the chances of him having it if his 3 sisters, mother and father don't have that problem.

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

There is no genetic disease that results in tooth decay as such but some people are more prone to developing decay. However a correct diet, good oral hygiene proedures and regular dental visits will ensure a good dentition

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