Gentle Dental of Haverford
354 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041

It’s All in Your Genes

Genetics and Good Teeth

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.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Haverford, call Gentle Dental of Haverford today at (610) 572-1248 or make an appointment.

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.

 

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Patient Reviews
Tara Marie is always very personable and gives me great service and informs me of all options available.
Christie O.
I’ve been going to Gentle Dental for several years now. Back in April I took a fall down some concrete steps, leaving some severe trauma to my mouth and me without two front teeth. Dr. Nached and […]
Hillary H.
The dental hygienists, doctors, and staff are all very friendly and are helpful in calming my anxiety. When they are working on my teeth, they are gentle and understanding when I tell them I need a […]
Erin D.
Great cleaning, hygienist was thorough, expert and gentle.
Sally M.
I have been with this office for many years and their current top dentist, Dr. Natched is the most thorough, skilled and confidence-inspiring I have encountered during that time. The assistants are […]
Richard R.
I didn’t give a 5. I gave a 10
Patty M.
Responded right away to my needs as a patient, scheduled me immediately and was able to get the care I needed.
Jacqueline Z.
I needed a cap removed because of decay underneath. The doctor took his time and was very precise doing the work needed.
Bonnie P.
Well qualified professionals
Diana B.
You were very good at keeping me at ease while doing my cleaning. Thank You!
Pugh D.
Staff is efficient, friendly and competent.
Genevieve M.
We’ve been with this practice for nearly 10 years and are very pleased with all aspects of it.
Cassandr K.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff
Jennifer G.
Great service and staff.
Ct G.
How nice the staff is and that I was seen on time
Eric P.
Staff was friendly, and the Dentist was gentle, fast and efficient. She did an excellent job.
Harry G.
Courteous staff. Very cheerful & friendly dental hygienist and was truly professional because she would tell what each step during cleaning would feel like – I.e; cold water spray or just […]
Malini S.
All my appointments with Gentle Dental so far have been positive. Staff is very courteous, professional and efficient with their positions. Tara who has done my cleanings (2) so far is very thorough […]
Judith P.
I had a great experience .Every one was very kind and gentle….just like the NAME.thanks!
Cecille B.
I like the staff there and feel very at ease there.
Greta G.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (610) 572-1248
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