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
I had a very great experience with Tonya.She did a wonderful job on my teeth.She was very kind,clean, efficient & fast.My overall experience is great
RICHY R.
All were nice
Cidnee S.
My assistants were amazing. I especially liked Jakiya.
Jayy W.
I love Gentle Dental because they are professional I feel good every time I leave here and when I come here so to everyone out there come to Gentle Dental on Jefferson and get taken care of the right […]
Larry T.
My experience today was purely delightful. Shanekquah Candace, and Dr.Hanan were very efficient. I would refer anyone to visit
Dwight D.
The staff very courteous and respectful
Muhammad A.
Great experience for the office on Jefferson.. I didn’t have to wait long at all in and out all Employees are professional from Dr to Assistants… This will be my dentist going forward. […]
Deandre L.
Don is the man!! He is very friendly warm and sweet , he gets the job done!!!Thank you gentle dental for your great service today.
Marianne E.
No pain all was good!
Steven G.
Excellent service as always ms Tonya and amber helped me so much
David E.
My dental assistant Jakiya was very professional with a Beautiful smile.
James B.
Wonderful dentist, staff and receiptionist.
Lawrence B.
Dr. Hanan Is Thorough & Awesome No Complaints
Sherman W.
Jakiya was the greatest. They were very professional as always. Timely I didn’t have to wait long. The overall experience was pleasant
Tez J.
My Dentist Dr Zheng was great. My assistant Jakiya was very nice and professional.
Joyce P.
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.
Shanekquah was Excellent in Dealing with me as a Patient with MAJOR concerns(Fear of doctors.) Dr. Hanan was great and swift in her services. Tiffany was very professional in explaining ALL Paperwork […]
Zeek M.
I would strongly recommend people go to gentle dental they know what there doing an the staff are very Professional
Shakeea R.
The dental assistant, Hygienist, and Dentist were are very gentle and kind in their work, and explained everything thoroughly to my 7-year-old daughter before and during the procedure. I felt very […]
Tasneem P.
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.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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  • Phone: (313) 879-4769
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