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 experience today was purely delightful. Shanekquah Candace, and Dr.Hanan were very efficient. I would refer anyone to visit
Dwight D.
Wonderful dentist, staff and receiptionist.
Lawrence B.
Jakiya is a wonderful assistant with a great personality.
Robert S.
Good dental work, nice staff Jakyia was my assistant
Richard H.
Excellent Service
Aisha J.
Gentle dental employees are very professional warm ,the best experience i have ever had at a dental office. Keep up the good work gentle dental!!
Marianne E.
I was very anxious going in my cap had broke off and I needed it fixed asap,they were very comforting and understanding with my concerns and helped and are still helping through my DENTAL […]
Ingrid W.
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.
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.
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.
Great customer service
Keshaun H.
No pain all was good!
Steven G.
I had a great experience with Gentle Dental! Dr. Hanan was very informational, Dr. Tracy took very good care of me even when I kept closing my mouth (not on purpose). I had many laughs with Tiffany […]
Asia C.
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.
Dr Z and my assistant Jakiya were great. They were just as gentle as the name.
Charles S.
Best dental experience ever
Dante P.
I love this place!
L. R.
Been here twice so far and very pleased! Haven’t been to a dentist in almost a decade andthe staff here is very nice and relaxing, need a lot of work and they’re great at walking me through it so […]
Michael C.
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 […]
Attiyah R.
Very professional and painless and just nice people
Michael R.
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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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