In a world of rising healthcare costs, it can be difficult to choose between the well-being of your loved ones and the money saved on prescription drugs.
However, a new study has found that there may be a small chance of a crack tooth in your family.
Cracked teeth, or a condition that causes them, are a relatively common complication of the degenerative condition.
According to the US National Institutes of Health, there are currently over 2,200 cases of cracked teeth in the US each year, which is on track to surpass the number of people with cancer.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, analysed dental records from nearly 10,000 adults aged 20 to 80, and found that the majority of patients had either tooth decay, or had had tooth pain with no clear cause.
The study found that, of the 7.2% of patients with tooth pain that was linked to cracked tooth, 7.7% of them were associated with the condition.
Researchers concluded that, although the prevalence of crack tooth could be low in some patients, there was an increased risk of the condition occurring in people with a higher socioeconomic status.
They concluded:Although the risk of a cracked tooth remains relatively low, there is a low likelihood of a person developing the condition during their lifetime.