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Are Bad Teeth Hereditary? Marietta, GA

Are Bad Teeth Hereditary?

Can you blame your parents for your bad teeth? Yes and No. If you are referring to the cosmetic appearance of your “bad teeth”, such as how crooked, gapped, misshapen or disproportioned they are, then yes. There is a genetic component in how your teeth are formed, just as there are with other traits of your physical appearance. It is important to remember, however, that just because you inherited an unattractive smile, does not mean you are stuck with it for the rest of your life. Patients now have access to outstanding procedures in cosmetic dentistry, ranging from porcelain veneers and dental implants to teeth whitening and dental bonding. Regardless of the reason you are hiding your smile, there is likely a solution to fix it.

However, if you are referring to “bad teeth” in regards to your tendency to get cavities or other oral health problems, you will probably need to point the finger at yourself rather than your mom or dad. Although some research suggests that a person may be born with less or altered teeth enamel putting them more at risk for getting cavities, tooth decay is not usually something that carries generational blame.

Most tooth decay, gum disease and other health concerns in your mouth are a result of your own bad habits. Make sure you are following these steps to a health smile:

  • Brushing 2 minutes, 2 times a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss every day
  • Attend your routine dental check-ups & cleanings every six months
  • Make wise choices in your diet, limiting sugary foods and drinks

If you consider yourself to have “bad teeth,” it is time to make a change. Whether you have cosmetic concerns or a tendency for tooth decay, Gilreath Family Dentistry can partner with you to make sure your smile is something you can be proud of.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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