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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I like the service I had it. Totally satisfied.
Hanna M.
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 […]
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All of the staff is very friendly. I love Dr. Grant he is the best. Offering Dentrite is also a big reasonI, When I retired, I lost dental insurance when I left my job. My hygienist mentioned […]
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I have been going to Dr. Grant for years with my family and always received warm hospitality. The people here do exceptionally well work. The staff is very kind and willing to help you any way they […]
Coty B.
Because when you come to the office you are treated like family not just a patient. All employees are very friendly and caring.
Paul L.
Everyone is doing their job very well and everyone is so enjoyable to be around.
Debra I.
Dr. Grant is a great dentist! The women up front are always so helpful!!
Chris W.
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Beverly C.
Office staff, assistants, and Dr. Rausch are all courteous and take time out of their day to check on patients.
Brittany R.
Dr. Rausch is great and his dental assistant was super sweet. They both catered to my needs during my filling, including caring if I was in pain or not.
Sabrina S.
Good dentist, good hygienist, good service – especially at short notice and nice, friendly staff
Elizabeth P.
Great dentist and staff.
James T.
Always receive great service at this dentist. Friendly and helpful staff!
Rosanna P.
Dr. Grant is always so personable. The front desk staff always greet me like family. This visit was for a filling and I was in and out in 28 minutes!! I was ecstatic!
Josalyn S.
I’ve been using this office since I was around 11 years old. Love the people there.
Karen C.
Dr. Grant and Dr. Roush are wonderful. Had to have a root canal and crown and they did a great job. I was terrified of root canal and Dr. Roush was fabulous.
Jacqueline M.
I been coming to doctor grant for the last 13 years or so . The staff have always been helpful and friendly . No need for any change the office is excellent like it is .
Jeremy T.
Helped with the prices! Good cleaning and good filling! Appreciated the willingness to help and hospitality of the group here!
Nick P.
I have been a patient at Dr. Grant’s since 1976 and have always had great work on my teeth there and Dr. Grant and staff are wonderful and friendly always to me and my family who also are patients […]
Peggy C.
Got in the same day I made my appointment and that was very helpful to me because I never know when I’m going to be off.
Mac 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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