Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Establishing Links Between Oral Health and Genetics

Genetics and Good Teeth

It is not at all uncommon for people to experience a sense of fear about dentists. But, failing to observe proper dental care habits or get regular cleanings and examinations is a sure recipe for poor oral health. While there is no substitute for twice-a-day brushing and flossing, it has become increasingly clear that genetic factors may play a more substantial role in dental health than was previously believed.

Genes can influence the health of our teeth and gums, the alignment of our teeth, and our susceptibility to oral diseases and tooth decay. One’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.

According to research, people 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.

Patients with a family history of periodontitis or gingivitis have much greater risk of developing these gum conditions. 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.

Dentists and patients alike must consider family history when assessing overall dental health. Good dental care habits and regular visits to an affordable dentist’s office are crucial to good oral health.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

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

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Patient Reviews
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Harold P.
I’ve been coming here for quite a few years and feel like they really care about my health and understand my fears about any pain I might be feeling.
Cynthia M.
The staff at Gentle Dental in Shelby Twp have been my dental professionals for over 20 years. The facility is extremely clean, the dentists are knowledgeable and friendly, Debi the dental hygienist […]
Michele C.
The office staff is very friendly and I love my hygienist, Debi.
Lori D.
Debi is the sweetest! She always makes my teeth super clean and puts a smile on my face :) I relocated to Florida and when I come back to see family I make sure to get my teeth cleaned here rather […]
Michelle M.
Debbie was amazing. She is nice and made my day. It was my first cleaning in this office and she did a great job. I look forward to seeing her again in the future. Thanks Debbie.
Ionut P.
Phenomenal staff and service! Very happy with my experience!
Paige L.
Good service, short wait times, friendly staff
Deborah E.
I had not been to dentist in eight years because of bad experience somewhere else. I finally bit the bullet and made an appointment at gentle dental in Shelby. I feared that it had been so long I […]
Joshua B.
Very professional, helpful, and kind especially since I am not very good at handling the dentist
Meagan J.
Nice people , friendly and helpful.
Bill B.
very friendly professional I would recommend to anyone of my friends or family
Pete V.
Everyone here was so extremely friendly and professional. Going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do but they sure made it a great experience
Georgina K.
Dr. STEFFENS is great ! She took her time in explaining the procedure that she was performing and did a excellent job. Deborah, the Hygienist is fantastic ! as well . The entire staff at the office […]
Michael S.
Very friendly and helpful staff.
Terrence W.
very nice and friendly. very good dentist and cleaning done for your teeth
Robert B.
The entire staff was extremely friendly and professional. I was comfortable the whole time.
Rachel K.
Professionalism and kindness of all staff members.
Meagan J.
This is the friendliness most caring office I have ever been to. The six staff members I encountered worked so well together and really seemed to enjoy working with one another, which made me feel so […]
Adam J.
Great dentist! First time there and I didn’t feel any pressured into anything. Great experience.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (248) 721-4086
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