Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill
6196 Oxon Hill Road, Suite 650, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Are Teeth Affected by Genetics?

Genetics and Good Teeth

Genes affect many things in life. They can be indicators of not only disease risk, but how you will look, smile, and even potentially how you will perform academically and athletically. While some of those factors can never be changed, there is an aspect of your family heritage that you do have control over—your oral health. Your oral health, even with the influence of a poor family medical history, is very much in your control. Diligence to your dental care routine, including regular visits to an affordable dentist can ensure that you have healthy teeth, regardless of your genetic predisposition.

Avoiding gum disease and cavities is not that difficult, yet millions of people are affected by the conditions. Many people often wonder: are bad teeth genetic? Actually, everything about your smile and the state of your oral health is influenced in some way by your genetic make-up. One survey reports that teeth genetics play an important role in the oral health of about 30 percent of Americans.

A common trait passed down from generation to generation is greater susceptibility to cavities. A specific genetic variation was recently isolated and is believed to be connected to a higher incidence of cavities. Other genetically linked factors that raise the risk of cavities include low mineral saliva (unable to fight off acid erosion) and poorly aligned teeth (difficulty cleaning between teeth).

Genetic factors are also significantly linked to gum disease. The study that found a genetic variation connected to cavities, also found a specific gene that when activated, increases the risk of gum disease by up to 70%. You can also be at an increased risk of gum disease if you have family history of weakened immune defenses or poor immune response mechanisms.

If you are concerned about the effect of teeth genetics, talk to your dentist. He or she can help you develop a lifelong treatment plan, inclusive of habits that will address your potential weak spots. Practice good dental care habits to enjoy a healthy smile, no matter what may be lingering in your family medical history. Your diet, dental care routine, and frequency of visits to an affordable dentist in Oxon Hill can reverse a potentially hopeless situation.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Oxon Hill, call Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill today at (240) 766-8568 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Oxon Hill. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill, 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 Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill.

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The cleaning was not only great but the employee Wes so knowledgeable about what I should be doing and how to take better care of my teeth between appointments.
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It was a clean environment the office personnel was kind and the staff was great
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The team is always helpful and friendly. I appreciate the excellent customer service from all the staff, from reception to my hygienist.
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My comfort level with Dr. Gant’s ability and knowledge of my dental needs. The professionalism of the staff. The cleanliness of the office, equipment, and supplies used during my visit.
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Staff was ready when I arrived and very polite and professional.
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I have been coming to Dental One for quite a few years now, and I continue to do so because I am very pleased with my dental care.
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The experience I received of the knowledge the dentist have. Dr. Stephen Gaut has gaven me the information that I didn’t know about from my previous dentist.
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My son was treated with respect and care.
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My whole family goes here for dental and ortho. The staff is wonderful. Professional. Courteous. ON TIME usually. Great magazines (I’ll bring back that Elle mag with Rihanna on the cover real […]
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I have been coming to this office for over 3 years. I got my braces done here. In addition, I got bridge work and two implants at this office. I love the office atmosphere! It’s a personable […]
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This is one of the best Dental office in the area, the whole staff is on point and it’s a pleasure to always come here, keep up the great work..
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The Dentist was very good at explaining the procedures he was going to do and his assistant was kind, professional and knowledgeable. They each put me at ease during my visit.
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Everyone that I encountered on my visit was extremely professional and understanding of the fact that I confront EXTREME anxiety at the dentist’s office. Dr. Enjati explained my dental issues with […]
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  • Monday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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