Cavities, braces and root canals seem to be a part of family life for us. My husband has had three root canals, I have caps, our kids get at least one cavity per year, and my husband needed a partial last year. We go to our Fremont dentist who has actually told us that we are doing things right when it comes to dental care and oral hygiene. All of us brush and floss at least twice per day. The kids are not slackers with brushing either. They do it the right way. We have supervised them to the point it is just normal routine to do it right the first time to not have to do it again.
We have learned that good habits for brushing and flossing are crucial, but genetics does play a role in your dental health. We got the short end of the stick when it comes to tooth genetics. Our parents and grandparents on both sides have all had dental issues with most of them getting dentures in their 20s! My husband and I are in our late 30s, and we still have our own teeth. Well, most of them anyway. I think it is important to hang onto what you got. My husband says that he is used to his partial, but eating is not the same with it as it was with his natural teeth. He lost some on one side over the years.
Even though we do not have genetics on our side, we all have nice straight smiles of pearly white teeth. We keep our dental visit appointments and do the best that we can. I have two caps and 30 of my own teeth. I have resin fillings, but my teeth are still doing good. None of my siblings have any of their natural teeth, but they are not big on dental visits and rigid home care either. They all have dentures. So, proper dental care at home along with a good dentist demonstrates that you do better with your teeth doing things the right way.