Gentle Dental of Westland
825 S Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48186

Is Your Dental Health Determined by Genetics?

Genetics and Good Teeth

Genetics dictate the shape of our bodies, the diseases we develop, and even the foods we prefer. Many geneticists believe they also play a huge part in our dental health. Dentists regularly see cases of advanced tooth decay and gum inflammation despite the patient’s good oral hygiene habits. For many who are predisposed to developing tooth and gum disease, getting quality dental care from affordable dentists can change the future, even when problems are genetically hardwired.

Dental Factors You Can Control

To keep a healthy smile, control the things you can. Brush twice daily with an ADA-approved toothpaste. Floss every day. Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid consuming an excess of carbonated drinks and sugary foods. When you do eat sweets, brush and gargle to remove bacteria before it can harm your teeth. If you smoke, 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.

Dental Problems Linked to Genetic Factors

Common structural dental problems related to genetic factors include malformed or missing teeth, tooth misalignment, and unusual shape and configuration of tooth roots. 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. Tooth crowding and misalignment are usually related to jaw formation. The combination of genes with other factors like exposure to radiation, chemotherapy treatments, and drug use may result in mutations.

Dental Problems You Can’t Blame on Your Genes

Some 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 procedures like root canals and fillings. When teeth have more ridges or grooves, they may be more vulnerable to tooth decay, but the heart of the problem is still inadequate oral hygiene. Fortunately, affordable dentists can offer ways to correct these issues, whether or not they are due to genetics.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

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

 

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Patient Reviews
The staff at The Wayne Gentle Dental go above and beyond to satisfy their patients! !! Dr. B is the greatest ever!!!!!!!
Rhonda N.
Service was friendly and I was quick to be seen.
Gary T.
My visit was pleasant. I was scared at first but the staff was very friendly.
Megan M.
The dental hygienists did an excellent job on my teeth.
Dianna E.
Fast and friendly quality service.
Anonymous
Dr. "B" is an excellent dentist, root canal and crown prep completed with no pain or "discomfort", thank you.
James A.
I was very nervous going in as my teeth were in very poor status; however, Dr. Carpenter and his staff were extremely patient and reassuring along […]
Linda B.
I really felt welcomed at gentle dental. All the staff were so friendly and then inviting. They made my trip to the dentist comforting-because I was […]
Natalie B.
The staff and Dr. B are the best!!!! Always kind and courteous!! Also prompt with getting things done!
Ta'kyla R.
I was very scared at first but April is the best,she really make's you feel comfortable with her outgoing personality.Very nice smart girl!!!!!
Casey H.
Good experience, and a nice staff.
Cassandra K.
I had my first visit to the Dentist on Saturday and it was fun. I am 3 years old and they people who seen me were funny and I want to come back.
Anonymous
I was very pleased with the care, concern and professionalism of the staff. I have referred 2 other people since became a patient.
Anonymous
Great, exceeded expectation!
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I am beyond pleased with the services I received from all of you. I have been mistreated and brushed off by a lot of dentist and you guys took me in […]
Sara C.
Quality service each visit.
Anonymous
Atmosphere was very pleasant
Anonymous
I love Gentle Dentle and Dr. B is the best dentist I ever had in my life and Amber Williams is the best dental assistant and it's a pleasure to have […]
Christine H.
Everyone was very nice, I had a short wait time, and Dr. B was awesome. They provided me with good information and medications. I feel good tody.
Trevor J.
The doctor was very patient and informative
Anonymous
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Karen P.
Very satisfied with everything.
Anonymous
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Kenneth L.
Quality care from knowledgable staff.
Anonymous
Polite and professional
Candice M.
I was looking for a dentist office that felt like family and not just seeing and treating you as another dollar sign. I know every practice have a […]
Yvonne L.
Excellent customer service everyone was very friendly and the dr. Took her time and explained everything to me.
Krystal S.
Great! I was afraid to go to the dentist but my experience was great. I had 4 wisdom teeth pulled. I never had anything but a cleaning so when I […]
Demetria P.
I was very impressed with the service and how well I was treated.
Yvonne L.
Very professional,friendly. Excellent work thank you!
Anonymous
The dental work is great, my only complaint is the waiting time in the waiting room
Anonymous
Great staff and the hygienist is amazing.
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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 - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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