Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue
13874 West Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48227

What Is Tooth Decay, and How Can I Prevent It?

Cavity Prevention

Tooth decay is a common condition, affecting people from all walks of life. Also called cavities or dental caries, tooth decay is highly preventable. Although it is not life threatening, it is of great concern because it impacts almost all human beings at some point in their lives. Normal bacteria in the mouth form plaque, a sticky film that covers the surface areas of teeth. When the bacteria encounter sugars and starches introduced by food, they create acids that rob the teeth of minerals and weaken their structure. As tooth enamel erodes, cavities begin to form. Contributors to tooth decay include candy, desserts, milk, soda, and even some healthy fruits and juices.

Tips for Cavity Prevention. Saliva can actually act as a buffer against acids and remineralize teeth. Therefore, anything that increases saliva production can fight cavities. Dentists often recommend sugarless gum as a way to stimulate saliva flow. Although this natural defense is effective, it is not enough to prevent cavities. The most important cavity prevention weapons are good oral hygiene and fluoride. Brushing and flossing daily are imperative. Fluoride is an agent that can rebuild damage caused by plaque bacteria by remineralizing the tooth structure. It is present in toothpaste, tap water, and some bottled and canned beverages.

Your Dentist in Detroit Can Help. Affordable dentists are valuable allies in the cavity prevention war. They can help those children tooth decay affects by applying dental sealants, which are thin plastic coatings placed onto chewing surfaces to keep plaque from reaching the tooth enamel. Highly concentrated fluoride products such as gels, mouth rinses, and oral supplements can also help, especially when patients do not get fluoride from the water they drink. Parents should ask their family dentistry expert for more information about professional cavity prevention treatments.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue today at (313) 651-7260 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue, 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 Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue.

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Patient Reviews
Service and attention to detail be the doctor and the entire support staff was top notch!
William S.
Everyone was very nice and professional and also very helpful. They gave me great advice and told me my options. Doctor Murphy and Toni and Keisha […]
Edward M.
They lived up to their name, very pleased with my experience.
Lisa J.
I want to thank the friendly and professional staff at Gentle Dental for making me want to smile all day for the careful outstanding work they have […]
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I love the staff. They treat me like family. I wish every office was like this one.
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I love it. A little slow. Freezing cold, but nice.
Trena F.
Perfect.
Myreon H.
The staff at this location is GREAT!
Timothy C.
My experience at Gentle Dental was Great. The staff was nice and caring. I came in to get an extraction and the Dr was very gentle and took his time […]
Latasha S.
It was a pleasant visit.
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I appreciated the kindness and quality of care I received at Gentle Dental. The dentists, techs and staff were all very professional.
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I always have good experience at Gentle Dental
Tamaris L.
Kind and curtious service.
Anonymous
I have a very good experience I was very nervous and they kept me calm I had 4 teeth that had to be filled and the dentist did it with out me being […]
Estella W.
The service and staff are always great.
Lisa J.
Thank you for the work that was done on 12-12-2014 I was very very pleased.I appreciate everything.
Donna P.
Great place to go get dental work done.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (313) 651-7260
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