It’s All in Your Genes
Good dental care and strict oral hygiene are essential for a healthy mouth, but sometimes it’s not enough. Finding affordable dentists isn’t the only challenge facing some people with tooth and gum problems. They may also have to contend with genetic tendencies that predispose them to poor dental health. If your parents or siblings suffer from periodontitis or early tooth loss, you could be at higher risk. Fortunately, dentists understand that some patients are more vulnerable because of their genes.
How Genetics Directly Affect Your Teeth – Genetic factors can influence your oral health. They can determine the alignment of your teeth and whether or not you get cavities, regardless of your dental care habits. The chemical composition of your saliva determines how well it can neutralize the acids that lead to plaque and tooth decay. If your teeth have more grooves and crevices, it’s easy for acids to infiltrate these areas and be harder to remove through routine at-home dental care. A family history of gum disease predisposes you to the condition, and if you inherited a weak immune system, it’s harder for your gums to recover from infection.
Genetics and Eating Behaviors– Studies have shown that genetic factors influence the foods you choose and the way they are processed by your body. If you’re more likely to eat foods that are bad for your teeth, you’ll be more likely to develop dental problems.
While you can’t change your genes, you can be aware of any inherited weaknesses by paying close attention to your family history. Dentists need to know about any health problems that run in your family so they can recommend the best and most affordable prevention options.
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Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Haverford. 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 Haverford, 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 Haverford.