Did Your Kids Inherit Your Sweet Tooth?

Did Your Kids Inherit Your Sweet Tooth?

Do you have to exercise constant self-control to stay away from sweets? Maybe you notice the same tendency in your children. Is it possible that having a sweet tooth is inherited? According to the results of a 2015 study, that may be exactly the case.

Sweet Tooth Research

The test involved 45 Caucasian men between the ages of 19 and 55. The size range included all body types from fit to obese. Researchers showed the participants images of different foods and asked each person how appealing the foods were. MRIs were also used to monitor brainwaves so researchers could actually see which images caused more of a reaction.

The participants who were more excited about high-calorie foods experienced more brain activity when these images were shown. Brain activity did not spike when foods with fewer calories were displayed. According to the researchers, two variants found in the genes FTO and DRD2 were responsible for the different reactions to foods among the participants.

So according to these results, there may actually be a genetic reason that some people crave higher calorie foods. You and your kids may have to team up to reduce the amount of sweets consumed in the household that affect tooth enamel and result in cavities.

Helping Kids to Fend Off Tooth Decay

At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, our prevention-first philosophy leads us not only to provide practical suggestions on dietary choices but also to encourage regular daily oral care at home. We believe that this leads to a decreased need for expensive restorative dental work and allows kids to have a more positive experience in the dentist’s chair. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists, call 619-741-1500.