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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Professionalism and kindness of all staff members.
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Made sure of my insurance benefits before I got there. Took the exrays did the exam and I knew exactly how much I was going to have to pay up front. Everyone was really nice. They did their best to […]
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The entire staff was extremely friendly and professional. I was comfortable the whole time.
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Everybody’s polite and it sound like nobody’s out there to get your money Plus it’s close to my house and I will recommend this place
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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 […]
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The office staff is very friendly and I love my hygienist, Debi.
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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 […]
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Quality of service
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Because the dentist and staff is phenomenal!
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I had a small emergency they able to see me immediately they were all very friendly and helpful I had a small emergency been able to get me into your schedule immediately everyone was very helpful […]
Mike C.
So friendly, and we shared some laughs.
Enrico N.
My cleaning, x-rays and examination were all handled very professionally and efficiently, so I was done in less than one hour.
Thomas M.
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Robert B.
They are super nice and very gentel I hate going to the dentist but felt secure here. It’s great they are open late a couple nights a week so my husband can go and doesn’t have to take off of […]
Ladeana S.
Great care and advice from my hygienist, Debi Winkler. She is such an inspiration.
Victoria G.
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Janet J.
I drive an extra 20 minutes out of my way to come here. Debi did a great job on my normally sensitive teeth and gums. She always takes her time and truly lives up to the “Gentle Dentle” name. […]
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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 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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