Yes Shirley - the genetic trait has come down through the generations in my family! My dentist back in 1958 said it probably goes back centuries! My great-grandmother was an Albright. Her daughter, my Grandma, had the bad teeth - so did my mother (Mom's brother was spared). My older sister had them and of her 8 children, her 2 oldest sons had them and 2 of her daughters. I had them also but mine werent' as soft as my sister's - I didn't get dentures until I was 34. My sis and all her kids got them by the time they were 20.
Hopefully, it has run out in my line - my son had good teeth and so do both of his daughters. My sisters line is still plagued however - several of her grandchildren were born with them and I know of 2 great-grandchildren that have them.
My sisters oldest girl had her teeth worked on at the University of iowa Hospital- they were very interested in studying the anomaly and did the work on her for nothing for the opportunity. I can't remember what they called it.
We always called this genetic trait the "Walker teeth" - Grandma was Hattie (Albright) Walker. We never knew for sure if it came from the Walker side or the Albright side.
If you'd care to discuss this with my niece she can tell you more about our particular dental anomaly. E-mail me at and I'll give you her e-mail address.
PS. We've traced out line back to Jacob and Magdalena Albrecht who came to Amrica in 1732 or so with their family. The descent goes this way: Jacob and Magdalena Albrecht had Michael Albright who mrd Elizabeth Bauer; they had Michael (b 1762) who mrd. Magdalena Haldeman, they had Emanuel who mrd Catherine Watts, they had Michael who mrd Harriet Aikman, they had my great-grandmother, Hattie Albright.