Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Is Your Dental Health Determined by Genetics?

Genetics and Good Teeth

Genetics dictate the shape of our bodies, the diseases we develop, and even the foods we prefer. Many geneticists believe they also play a huge part in our dental health. Dentists regularly see cases of advanced tooth decay and gum inflammation despite the patient’s good oral hygiene habits. For many who are predisposed to developing tooth and gum disease, getting quality dental care from affordable dentists can change the future, even when problems are genetically hardwired.

Dental Factors You Can Control

To keep a healthy smile, control the things you can. Brush twice daily with an ADA-approved toothpaste. Floss every day. Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid consuming an excess of carbonated drinks and sugary foods. When you do eat sweets, brush and gargle to remove bacteria before it can harm your teeth. If you smoke, discuss cessation options with your doctor. Even though heredity may play a part in your oral health, you can beat the odds by practicing healthy habits and seeing your dentist regularly.

Dental Problems Linked to Genetic Factors

Common structural dental problems related to genetic factors include malformed or missing teeth, tooth misalignment, and unusual shape and configuration of tooth roots. Genes also influence the development or absence of third molars, and they’re to blame in many cases of oligodontia, a condition where more than six teeth are missing at birth. Tooth crowding and misalignment are usually related to jaw formation. The combination of genes with other factors like exposure to radiation, chemotherapy treatments, and drug use may result in mutations.

Dental Problems You Can’t Blame on Your Genes

Some problems are more strongly influenced by environmental and behavioral factors. Discoloration or staining of teeth is related to smoking, prescription and recreational drug use, fluoride exposure, dental care habits and even some procedures like root canals and fillings. When teeth have more ridges or grooves, they may be more vulnerable to tooth decay, but the heart of the problem is still inadequate oral hygiene. Fortunately, affordable dentists can offer ways to correct these issues, whether or not they are due to genetics.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, 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. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS. 

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
Karen J.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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