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
They treated me with respect. Everyone was nice. I am scared to death of the dentist but they made me feel comfortable.
Tamika B.
My hygenist is wonderful. Friendly, efficient and painless. Everyone here is really nice.
Gilbert C.
Being terrified of the dentist, I have never ever said this before, but I had a very pleasant dental experience with Dr. Machlus,, and this was for a root canal,,, not an easy thing to walk away from […]
Randi M.
I was completely satisfied with the service that I received. The doctor and his staff were very friendly and professional. The waiting room was comfortable and the magazine selection was good. Also , […]
Andre S.
Sevice and courtesy
Craig N.
They are very friendly, kind and professional and make you feel at ease, they also take the time to explain everything.
Albert U.
Overall good service and friendly staff
Amanda G.
Professional office, great tech (Anna) and of course, Dr. Machlus – the best!
Cheryl B.
Did a very professional job. The quality of work was really good and I am satisfied.
Jonathan R.
My whole family: my husband, I and 3 kids are Dr. Finkelman and Vira’s (the office hygienist) patients for more than 2 years. We always receive great service and appreciate their attention and good […]
Bogdanna U.
Friendly staff. Appointments are on time. Injections are painless.
Nancy R.
Fast, compassionate care.
Arthur V.
The staff is very friendly, the doctors took the time to make my children feel relaxed and answered all their questions
Georgette C.
I have always received excellent care and the staff and doctors are always friendly and comforting – Vira -the hygentist-is wonderful and friendly. Doctor Finkelman has been my dentist for over 30 […]
Patricia R.
Dr. Machlus, did a great job on my teeth. His craftsmanship speaks for itself. It needs no Introduction. The receptionist and aides were outstanding as well. On top there job…not a moment to spare. […]
Donald B.
Caring doctor & timely appointments
Robert B.
Consistent quality care
Jonathan R.
Knowledgeable dentist – very efficient in processing an emergency dental need. Clean environment.
Santiago R.
I feel well cared for
Susan M.
Dr. Finkelman is an Extremely Nice Man and A Really Good Dentist. 2 Thumbs Up To Him And His Staff. I Believe I Will Keep Him As My Dentist. Many Thanks… Rita.
Rita M.
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  • 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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