Gentle Dental of Collingdale
14-20 MacDade Boulevard, Suite A, Collingdale, PA 19023

The Role of Genetics in Dental Health

Genetics and Good Teeth

Dentists will tell you that practicing good dental care is important for aesthetic and health reasons. Brushing and flossing regularly helps to prevent decay, gum disease, and tooth loss, but it’s important to understand that genetic factors also affect your teeth and gums, and they are beyond your control. Even people who find affordable dentists and obtain good dental care throughout their lives are at the mercy of their genetic makeup.

How Do Genetics Affect Your Teeth?

Several 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 formation and subsequent decay. If your teeth have more grooves and crevices, it’s easy for acids to infiltrate these areas, and they will remain for longer periods of time and be harder to remove through routine at-home dental care. Periodontitis is also linked to genetics. 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 Behavior

Your genes determine even your behaviors. Studies have proven that genetic factors influence which 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. Although you can’t change your genes, you can be aware of your inherited weaknesses by paying close attention to your family history. Dentists want to know about 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 Collingdale, call Gentle Dental of Collingdale today at (484) 427-4663 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Collingdale. 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 Collingdale, 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 Collingdale.

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Patient Reviews
All crew is very helpful and friendly
Petrit D.
Very good and professional technician had a great demeanor with me
Lance R.
Everything was swift and organized. Was in and out and the staff was great.
Michael P.
The staff is super friendly and accommodating. Had teeth extracted with no pain during or after the procedure. I highly recommend them
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Quisha R.
very gentle and gave me my smile back
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The staff were friendly, compassionate, knowlegable, and patient.
Carl S.
I am very leased with the correction of problems that they found with my teeth.,keep up the good work. thank you.
Rodofis W.
Very friendly, comfortable environment.
Angela O.
All the people are very nice there...They all do a good job
Helen G.
Thank you very much, it was a pleasant experience, and see you soon..
Shawn D.
The staff is wonderful and always make me feel very comfortable and very much at ease.
Marla D.
This is a great place. Love the staff. So friendly and very nice. Always helpful in explaining the procedures that will be done and your billing. […]
Henry G.
Everyone is so polite and willing to help, They treat with respect, I will always go there
Shawn D.
Always great!!!
Anthony E.
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Tyron D.
i had been up all night with this bad pain so i got up and went down to GentalDental no appt. I walked in explained my problem and was told i could […]
Richard W.
Very nice & great work so far, no pain
Anonymous
The staff is very caring and friendly as well as attentive and make you feel like they appreciate your business. I called on an emergency-like basis […]
Ubaid B.
I love everybody at the Collingdale Gentle Dental office. Every body is so nice and the price is right, too. Great hygienists and Dentists.
Marva H.
Wonderful staff. They go above and beyond to make your experience the absolute best.
Anonymous
I had a wonderful experience with Gentle Dental. Everyone in the office was so very helpful and very caring. I haven't been to a dentist in a long […]
Wendy H.
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Donella W.
The people are awesome. The dentist and her assistants are the best anyone could ask for. They are all courteous, friendly, patient, and respectful. […]
Kevin R.
keep up the excellent service.
Rodofis W.
The service was great no long waiting period. The work I had done was quick and easy. Overall it was a good experience Thank You
Jacqueline B.
The Dentist seem very concern and took care of me accordingly. No issues or problems noted. Did not have to wait long for scheduled appointment.
Constance W.
A nice and friendly experience !!
Kareem S.
My experience with the dental office was amazing..when I first went I was scared because I hate the dentist. They wrote a treatment plan an […]
Tiffany A.
Everyone at this location are very friendly and professional. I'm so glad I chose this location and will gladly recommend it to anyone looking for a […]
Donna G.
Good doctor/professional staff
Natalie W.
I had a great experience. The DR was so gentle when giving the needle and the woman that cleaned my teeth was also gentle. thank you for taking my […]
Maria R.
I'm really grateful because I was treated with love and respect.I thank the doctors and nurses and anyone who took care of me one way or another.
Michael C.
Great friendly service. Had large cavity filled, and dentist took time for the first shot of novicane to start, before giving additional doses. Much […]
Christin P.
The services are excellent and friendly.
Bellah J.
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David E.
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Michelle S.
Staff was great. Very friendly and nice. And good atmosphere.
Henry G.
Service was excellent. I have already referred friends and family.
Rose B.
The dentist was rather considerate to my concerns as I have sensitive teeth and filling procedures are usually painful for me. His assistant was […]
Tynisha D.
The office staff are very caring and hard-working. The work on my teeth has been excellent so far.
Janice D.
Prompt, courteous staff; dental procedure explained throughout process.
Kim R.
My experience at Gentle Dental was very good. The staff is excellent...... They all made me feel like family. I use to hate the dentist but now I'm […]
Keena W.
Staff was friendly and very welcoming! Service was great!
Naja M.
My son and I have been coming here for many years. I no longer have my dental insurance and was happy that the office was willing to work with me on […]
Cynthia B.
Staff is nice, service is prompt
Andrea G.
The staff is very friendly and professional. They are compassionate and always put me at ease. Even though being at the dentist is not a pleasant […]
Marla D.
The staff at this location are great. They make you feel very comfortable and welcome. I actually do not mind going to the dentist.
Christine K.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (484) 427-4663
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