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

Does Your Smile Stand a Chance Against Genetic Factors?

Genetics and Good Teeth

Most people know that genetic factors can dictate whether they’ll get diabetes or cancer, but they may not realize the potential of genes to determine dental health. Geneticists are researching the influence of genetic factors on teeth and gums, so hopefully dentists can provide better preventative dental care to those who may be predisposed to disease. When genetic dental disease occurs, there are many ways to treat it. If you’re worried about your family’s dental health history and how it may affect you or your children, skilled, affordable dentists are ready to help.

Dental Health and Genetic Factors

 – The structure of teeth and bones is generally determined by genetic code, so problems like malformed and missing teeth, misalignment, and root abnormalities are almost always genetic. Tooth crowding is usually related to jaw formation. Genes also influence the development or absence of third molars, and they’re to blame in many cases of oligodontia, a condition where more than six teeth are missing at birth. Genetic mutations often work hand in hand with environmental factors such as exposure to radiation or viruses.

It’s Not All in Your Genes

 – Some dental problems are more strongly influenced by environmental and behavioral factors. Discoloration or staining of teeth is related to smoking, prescription and recreational drug use, fluoride exposure, dental care habits, and even some dental procedures like root canals and fillings. Tooth decay, although it may be worsened by hereditary weakness, is most often due to a lack of proper dental care. Fortunately, affordable dentists have ways to correct these problems.

Know Which Factors You Can Modify

 – Control the things you can: brush at least twice daily with a high-quality, soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss once a day. Eat a well-balanced diet, avoiding excess consumption of carbonated drinks and sugar-filled junk foods. If you do eat sweets, brush and gargle to remove bacteria before it can harm your teeth. If you use tobacco, discuss cessation options with your doctor.

Even though heredity may play a part in your oral health, you can beat the odds by practicing healthy habits and seeing your dentist regularly.

To learn about our family dentistry practice 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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The wait time s very short and the hygienist and dentist spend the time to assess any problems and answer your questions. When I leave my mouth and teeth always feel as though they have been cleaned […]
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I haven’t been to the Dentist in 11 years. The Staff here was highly recommended. They were wonderful and made my experience of going to the Dentist a very pleasant one.
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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!
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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
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