Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue
529 E Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Genes and Oral Health

Genetics and Good Teeth

Lots of people fear dentists. However, following sound dental care practices and visiting an affordable dentist routinely are vital to keeping the mouth healthy and steering clear of potential oral health concerns. No matter how good your dental care habits may be, though, it is important to realize that genetics really can play a role in the health of your teeth and gums.

Genetics influence many things about us, including the health of our teeth and gums, the alignment of our teeth, and our susceptibility to oral diseases and tooth decay. Someone’s propensity for developing tooth decay and cavities is largely determined by the composition of their teeth, something determined in part by genetic factors. This helps to explain why some who brush and floss religiously have a mouthful of cavities, while those with lax dental care habits never seem to have a problem.

Research has revealed that those more likely to develop cavities tend to share certain genetically determined characteristics. Among these factors are things such as excessive grooves in the teeth, poor tooth alignment, and absence of a neutralizing factor in the saliva that can help eliminate the acid responsible for cavities. These traits create conditions in which bacteria can thrive and ultimately produce decay.

Another dental concern that has genetic connections is periodontal disease. Patients with a family history of periodontitis or gingivitis have much greater risk of developing the conditions themselves. The ability to fight back against such diseases is also impacted by genetics, in that the strength—or weakness—of the immune system is often inherited.

Practicing proper oral hygiene habits and making regular visits to an affordable dentist’s office are crucial to any successful dental care plan. But because there is no escaping the fact that genes can impact the makeup and inherent strength of the teeth, dentists and patients alike must consider family history when assessing overall dental health.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Downtown Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue today at (313) 879-4769 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Downtown Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue, 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 at Jefferson Avenue.

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Patient Reviews
My family has been coming here for years. The service is always great!
Damita H.
Dr. Zang, Amber, and Tonya did a wonderful job of making sure I was comfortable and understood what was going on. They were upfront with what treatment they recommended, and how much it would cost me […]
Dennis R.
Everyone is very professional and polite… Plus quick service
Quiana T.
Jakiya was wonderful, gentle and patient. Job well done.
Nichelle H.
Dr. Hanan did an excellent job. A lot of work was done and she her assistant Shanekquah worked diligently, professionally and both very nice. Go Gentle Dental!
S T.
Best dental experience ever
Dante P.
Because ‘Gentle Dentle’, they are a top notch denistry center. I tell everybody I know about the company. The staff and atmosphere cannot be beating by anyother facility. They are great with kids […]
Mary W.
My dentist hygiene Tracy was great
Emannuel H.
Great service and staff loved jakiya
Dominique A.
My assistant Jakiya was wonderful
Money W.
Great service, wonderful staff and care. I consider it a good choice. Jakiya helped me with everything i needed like a friend.
Jay R.
Good dental work, nice staff Jakyia was my assistant
Richard H.
The staff was friendly, polite, well educated and well spoken. I was able to call and get a new patient appointment asap
Taliferro B.
Your hospitality for starters. The way you explain the issue with my mouth and a various steps I needed to solve the issue.
Janet H.
Jakiya and amber did a good job thank you so much
Anthony G.
Always very nice people up front and back. Professional and comfortable work done on teeth.
Brandon L.
Excellent service as always ms Tonya and amber helped me so much
David E.
Great Job from the whole team and a very great job from Jakiya. Thank you.!
William M.
I went to the Jefferson office with an emergency that my current dentist could not squeeze me in to handle. The hours were convenient and I was able to get in the same day. Everyone was very nice and […]
Linda K.
The staff is wonderful and it did not take long at all this is my new dentist never again will I be afraid of the dentist
Ericka S.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (313) 879-4769
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