Drs. Grant and Conger
602 Main Street, Dalton, GA 30720

Finding the Link Between Genetics and Oral Health

Genetics and Good Teeth

Countless people find the thought of dentists to be truly frightening. The fact remains, though, that maintaining proper dental care habits and having routine cleanings and exams are essential steps for avoiding potentially dangerous health concerns. A twice daily brushing and flossing habit is vital if you want to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, but recent research suggests that genetic factors may also play a significant role in the overall state of your oral health.

Genes have a substantial influence on any number of things about our lives, including the health of the teeth and gums, the alignment of the teeth, and susceptibility to oral diseases and decay. An individual’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 fact helps 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. Research has revealed that those 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.

Periodontal disease is another dental concern that has genetic connections. Patients with a family history of periodontitis or gingivitis have much greater risk of developing the conditions themselves. 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.

There is no denying that following proper oral hygiene habits and making regular visits to an affordable dentist’s office are crucial facets to any successful dental care plan. However, because there is no escaping the fact that genes have the ability to impact the makeup and inherent strength of the teeth, dentists and patients alike need to consider family history when assessing overall dental health.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Dalton, call Drs. Grant and Conger today at (706) 847-4165 or make an appointment.

Drs. Grant and Conger offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Dalton. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Grant and Conger, 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 Drs. Grant and Conger.

 

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Patient Reviews
I was blown away by the personal attention I received at my dental visit. I was shown care and compassion during a very difficult time
Pamelia C.
Tina and Dr. Grant were professional and supportive. Tina was most considerate of my sensitive teeth and made the experience very pleasant. She also gave me ideas on how to make my sensitivity less.
Shirley D.
Everyone was friendly and showed interest that we were taken care of with least amount of pain possible. Best trip to a dentist ever!
Cody H.
Great service
Glenn S.
Very pleasant experience
Pamelia C.
Great Hospitality and Friendly Service.
Colby R.
My experience was very pleasant and the dental assistant very kind.The doctor was very nice and kind and didn’t make me feel bad for the length of time since I had been to a dentist.He fixed the […]
Charlotte B.
I always have a pleasant experience there. Everyone is friendly and caring. Dr. Grant and the other dentists my family has seen there do an excellent job of explaining what we need and taking care of […]
Linda H.
Dr. Raush is amazing!!! He waited for me to be completely numb- and this takes a while, testing to make sure I was comfortable, before starting. He and his assistant explained everything they were […]
Paula G.
The staff is always so caring and concerned about how I’m doing during any of my dental work. Everyone there goes above and beyond to create a wonderful atmosphere! I wouldn’t want to go anywhere […]
Lauren F.
Great staff!! very quick service
Tehmia S.
I love Dr. Grant and his amazing staff. Of all the doctors I’ve ever been to I prefer my dentist. I can not thank them enough for my smile :)
David M.
I love the friendly and professional service I receive. I choose these professionals with all my dental needs. Especially Stasia and Velvet!!
James C.
Very nice, clean office, sweet employees.
Jesse H.
Very genuine and friendly. Also I felt like I was at home and relaxed among friends or family. The dental assistants along with the others that worked there were exceptional. I would recommend anyone […]
Zachary R.
Always great service and professionalism.
Bertha O.
Good, fast, competent, courteous service every single time I go. And they are very accommodating if I gave an emergency.
Ethel T.
Excellent patient care.
Jerry M.
Dr. Grant/Conger has served my family for over 20 years.
Kimberly O.
Friendliness. Personal care and attention.
Cynthia W.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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