Gentle Dental of Allentown
2015 West Hamilton Street, Suite 202, Allentown, PA 18104

Is Tooth Health Inherited?


It is indisputable that our genes determine an incredibly large number of our personal and physical characteristics. Eye color, predisposition to certain health conditions and even the shape of our faces are all determined in some part by our genetics. That has led many to inquire as to the role genetics may or may not play in the condition and strength of our teeth. Scientists have yet to reach agreement on the issue, but it seems certain that the quest for knowledge on the topic will continue.

The concept of bad teeth is a rather broad one, and can encompass a variety of definitions, depending on whom you ask. Teeth may be considered by some to be bad if they are poorly aligned, misshapen, sensitive or discolored. Missing or lost teeth (hypodontia and oligodontia) can be the result of genetic factors or mutations. Genetic mutations that have combined with environmental factors such as viruses or the use of medications can also result in malformed or even missing teeth.

Genetics can, without doubt, result in certain malformations of the teeth, but stains on teeth tend to be the product of environmental factors instead. Cigarette use, drug use, bad dietary habits, and a lack of proper oral hygiene all have the ability to produce unsightly discolorations. Therefore, by heeding some key advice from affordable dentists about what good dental care for your teeth and gums means, you have the ability to control a great deal in terms of the overall health of your mouth.

Brushing and flossing twice a day are, of course, vital components of a comprehensive dental care routine. So are regular visits to local affordable dentists. Using fluoride toothpastes and rinses is also an essential part of any good oral hygiene regimen. A nutrient-rich diet that contains only limited amounts of processed sugars can go a long way toward preventing excessive buildup of bacteria and plaque that lead to decay. Avoiding tobacco products and drugs will help mitigate tartar deposits onto tooth enamel, keeping teeth as white as possible. While it is certainly true that genetic factors can create an environment in which tooth problems can take root, adopting best practices as part of your daily dental care regimen and making sure to see affordable dentists regularly enables you to take the situation well in hand and have the healthy teeth you desire.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Allentown, call Gentle Dental of Allentown today at (610) 616-3593 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Allentown. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Allentown, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Allentown.

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Patient Reviews
Extremely knowledgeable Dentist. Dr. Mark Minetola took the time to explain every aspect of my problem. He explained how the problem would be fixed and how I could take the necessary steps to insure […]
John W.
You are seen on time. Whatever time the appointment, that’s when you get seen.
Sharon Y.
My first time there. Dr.Minetola was very nice and knowledgeable. His assistant and all the staff were all very nice and friendly. I will go back there again!
Coco C.
They were friendly and worked with me on quickly getting the teeth i needed out taken out
Melissa L.
Before last week I had only ever gone to the same dentist since I was born. However, since they were only a pediatric dentist I had to stop seeing them once I turned 19 and had to find a new dentist […]
Takyra K.
Staff and Dr. Mark are skilled people and very personable.
Gregory P.
As always everyone is so professional. Thank you! See you all in December 2017.
Shaylyn K.
Staff was friendly, efficient.
Douglas V.
Mark Minetola and Michele Ferguson are two of the best dentists in this area by far ! I absolutely love my hygienist, she always does an amazing job. Judy Lees is an awesomely amazing assistant and […]
Lorrie R.
Doctor very friendly and explains everything
Lucy G.
Friendliness of staff
Serena L.
Everyone is so nice and helpful! No stress!
Brianna F.
Everyone is so friendly and helpful.
Annmarie F.
We’ve been seeing Dr Minetola for 25 years. He’s very knowledgeable.
Becky C.
VERY PROFESSIONAL from start to finish.
Joseph(dain) K.
Dr. Minatoli (if I am spelling correctly) is absolutely amazing. I had extreme dental pain from two cracked teeth and an abscess. Typically, an appointment is made for a later date after assessing […]
Kira W.
Professional demeanor
Jean K.
This dental practice has been amazing. They are professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable. I had not been to the dentist in quite some time, and was nervous about being reprimanded…nope all I […]
Cheryl O.
Love my hygentist Jerry (not sure of the spelling) and the women who checks me in at 8 am, she’s always so cheery for 8am and I love it! And dr Minnetola is the best dentist ever I love everything […]
Brittany R.
Great service and reasonable pricing. Super nice people.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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