Gentle Dental of Springfield
760 W Sproul Road, Suite 100, Springfield, PA 19064

Exploring the Impact of Genes on Oral Health

Genetics and Good Teeth

Tooth and gum health is shaped by several individual factors that include things like dietary routines, dental care habits, and genetic predisposition. Your particular risk of developing dental problems over the course of your lifetime will be affected in one sense or another by each one of these elements. As a result, dentists working to assess their patients’ dental histories and likely dental outcomes must pay close attention to these factors at all times.

Preventing gum disease and tooth decay is largely accomplished by routine removal of plaque, tartar and food debris from the inside of your mouth. There are two kinds of harmful oral bacteria: the bacteria known for producing tooth decay and the bacteria that cause gum disease. The first consumes sugars remaining on the teeth, converts them to acids, which in turn erode enamel. The latter type takes up residence in tartar and plaque on and beneath the gums themselves. By adhering to an appropriate at-home dental care routine, most of these substances can be eliminated. However, it is crucial to also schedule regular dental care appointments with affordable dentists who can perform deeper cleanings.

Dietary habits should also receive significant attention in terms of their impact on dental health. Tooth decay will be more likely to occur when large amounts of high-sugar, high-acid foods and drinks are consumed. While specific, direct connections between particular foods and gum disease have not been identified, diet can contribute to underlying health concerns known for fostering gum disease, including unmanaged diabetes.

Some patients who follow sound dental care practices still end up with excessive numbers of cavities. Genetics may be to blame in such instances. Because genes play a role in the mineral content of saliva, individuals with low concentrations will have a harder time re-mineralizing areas of the teeth harmed by tooth decay. Thus, cavities emerge in greater number and with greater seriousness.

Even those practicing appropriate dental care may unexpectedly find that they have gum disease. Genetically influenced reactions to bacteria in the body can contribute to the development of gingivitis. Also, those who have naturally elevated levels of minerals in their systems tend to be vulnerable to excessive tartar formation, which boosts their likelihood of developing gum disease.

There is no doubt that everyday habits relating to diet and dental care are significant determinants of dental health in general, so dentists everywhere must remain vigilant and mindful of the fact that genetics can have a substantial influence as well.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Springfield, call Gentle Dental of Springfield today at (484) 810-1247 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Springfield. 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 Springfield, 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 Springfield.

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I have been with Gentle Dental for 10+ years. The staff have always taken good care of my teeth.
Dora B.
Really great dental group. They are extremely accommodating with appointments and availability. I really appreciate the quick and genuine service they provide. Highly recommend!
Casey H.
I was having an emergency (I broke my front tooth in a gym accident). They were able to see me within the hour and quickly and painlessly repaired my tooth.
Amanda H.
Very friendly. Wonderful work done.
Emily M.
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Fee, Rudy, Natalie, Kanesha, Kim, and the rest of the team. I’ve had everything from cleanings to root canals done at Gentle Dentle and now have an […]
Larry D.
Love Dr. Fee and all the folks at Gentle Dental. The office is run very efficiently, the staff is always kind and professional and my teeth are VERY well cared for.
Kimberly M.
My dentist and her assistant was totally awesome. I got four teeth removed ans didn’t feel a drop of pain. Now that’s good service.
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Wonderful service
Melissa T.
I’ve been coming here for years and it’s always a warm, comfortable environment.
Artia R.
The staffs are very nice and they did a great job!
Alice W.
The ease with which I can make appointments and the friendly atmosphere of the office and especially the kindness and service of both the office and professional staff.
Brenda W.
I use to have dental anxiety until I started going to Gentle Dental of Springfield. From the minute I walked in the door until I checked out they were nothing but friendly and professional. I set my […]
Excellent hygienist, not a long wait, efficient practice
Jenna T.
I called to get an Emergency appointment today…they for me in… I have to say I don’t like going to the dentist but this office was absolutely fantastic! All staff was extremely professional and […]
Elizabeth B.
Wonderful staff and never a waiting time.
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Professional and friendly staff
Thomas M.
Extremely friendly staff and they do wonderful work
Donna F.
Because the workers are professionals and are interested in the well being of clients. That is why I did not change my dental office , even after Dr. Henrichson retired.
Victoria B.
Not a long waiting time and always nice and polite.
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This was our first visit. Everyone was welcoming and helped may daughter feel relaxed.
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