Stupid genetics

By , January 13, 2010 9:13 am

Dentist results: two friggin’ cavities.

In a number of ways, I feel like I did well in the genetic lottery. I’m not overly tall or overly short (desires to be shorter for gendered reasons aside), don’t have a horrible metabolism in either directions, like my skin tone, love my hair, and so on.

But for a few things, I drew my cards pretty poorly.

First, that lovely hair comes (presumably) from the same batch of genes that caused my ridiculously hairy arms and legs, of hair removal fame.

But, more recently, I have a number of genes manifest themselves that I thought I missed out on.

Everyone in my family, but particularly my mom and my brother, have bad stomachs. To the point they need medication to keep them under control. Well, over the last few months, I’ve had a few major (major, major) stomach aches that my mom is worried I’m manifesting that good ole’ Rodin stomach. (I’ve thus far kept it mostly under control via slight changes in my diet, and hopefully that’ll keep working.)

Now? My teeth. I’ve gone from having no cavities to (without changing diet or brushing habits) three in the past year and a half. My mom, again, has genes that – no matter how she brushes and flosses – just get cavities. I’m thrilled to be starting down that path, too.

I feel like next up will inevitably be my vision. I don’t have perfect vision, but I only wore glasses briefly in middle school and never really needed ’em.

But it seems like I’m destined for a life of toothless decay, squinting eyes, and upset stomach.

(Obviously I’m being over-dramatic, I’m just pissed about the two cavities!)

2 Responses to “Stupid genetics”

  1. Kei says:

    The males in my dad’s side of the family all have high blood pressure, and the males on my mother’s side had male pattern baldness.

    At this point, I’m hoping my sister got those genes since neither would effect her, but this just shows I don’t know how genetics work.
    I like having hair down to my lower back, I don’t want to lose it.
    Though I have to admit, when I was staying with my mother and had to use her shampoo, I got compliments on the quality. Not so much with the generic stuff.

    Anyway, if you like it and if it’ll help, I’ve heard chicken has a surprising amount of fluoride, and can help keep away cavities.

    • Rebecca says:

      Thanks for the advice! I’m a vegetarian (including no fish or poultry) but I need to chat more with my dentist about whether things like minor diet change can help. We already talked about cutting out sweets, but maybe adding something that’s good for teeth would be even better. (Part of the reason I’m pissed about the cavities is because I don’t eat very many sweets, so don’t feel like I was ‘bad’ enough to warrant cavities…)

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