Dental One Associates of Woodbridge
14520 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192

Are Your Teeth at the Mercy of Genetics?

Genetics and Good Teeth

Our genes shape our physical beings in both large and small ways. Geneticists are studying how their influence may even determine our oral health, but the answers are unclear. With more information, affordable dentists could provide preventative dental care for those at higher risk of tooth and gum disease. Dentists can often tell if a problem is due to neglectful hygiene habits or other underlying factors. Genetic factors are beyond a patient’s control, but we can’t blame everything on our parents.

Dental Problems Associated with 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. Genetic mutations often work hand in hand with environmental factors such as exposure to radiation or viruses.

What You Can’t Blame on Your Parents – 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, hygiene habits and even some dental procedures like root canals and fillings. Tooth decay, although it may be worsened by hereditary weakness, is most often due to a lack of proper dental care. Fortunately, affordable dentists can offer ways to correct these problems, whether they are due to genetics or not.

Know Which 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 junk 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.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Woodbridge, call Dental One Associates of Woodbridge today at (703) 910-5020 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Woodbridge. With 5 affiliated practices throughout Virginia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Woodbridge, 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 Dental One Associates of Woodbridge. 

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Very relaxing environment. Everyone is professional and friendly.
David P.
You took vood care of me even when I was nervous.
Jessica H.
I have been coming to dental one on Smoketown Rd for years the staff there are wonderful. Dr Z and my hygenist is amazing. My daughter also comes here. Thank you Dental One.
Charmaine D.
Awesome docs and techs, great customer service
Minnettia D.
Great people there. From the front desk to the dentists, they are all just as kind and helpful as they can be.
Margaret S.
The staff at this location, are very professional, friendly &most helpful.Dr Vallaru is the Best!!!
Athena J.
Terrified of the dentist due to a bad experience. Dr. Z and Rhea made me feel so at ease and the staff members were just as great. I only wish I had found your office much sooner. I will definitely […]
Linda W.
everyone was very nice to me
Bonnie L.
Everyone was fantastic, kind,compassionate just all over great :)
Carol H.
Dr. Valleru and her assistants are superb! She gives the best shots ever.
Pamela B.
I look forward to coming in for dental work because of the fine disposition of your doctors and staff…good work, too.
Kenn K.
Nice and competent staff. Convenient hours.
Sherigo P.
Everyone there is always so kind and easy to work with.They go out of their way to make you feel comfortable while you are there.
Thomas P.
I have been coming to see Dr. Valleru and her staff a long time. Trust them and believe they are innovative in their techniques.
Teresa H.
My Hygienist is awesome….appointments are always on time.
Michelle F.
Friendly welcoming atmosphere, and excellent care provided by your dental assistant, Macie.
Luz B.
Very committed and dedicated workers, who take their jobs seriously.
Emile D.
Kind and courteous customer service
Judy B.
Dr Z!!! He is kind, explains everything that is going to be done and he is compassionate. If you need a lot of work done, he gives you options.
Karen M.
Very pleasant experience and great team!
Lauren L.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • 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 - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (703) 910-5020
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