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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Customer service from the front to the back. No long wait time
June M.
Has been my dental office for years! The staff is always friendly and courteous from front to back! Janice has been one excellent dental specialist for me and my family, outstanding services and a […]
Tarsheema P.
Timely, professional staff, clean and updated office etc.
San J.
Professional and fast service.
Michael J.
Staff friendly. No waiting for a long time. Dr explain so I would understand what was going on with my teeth
Theodosia J.
Very good 😁
Connie T.
Nice and friendly place clean no long wait and trustworthy people👌Dr Duan and her Assistant tawanna are the best👌
Jamira D.
Best dentist office in the world . I had two teeth pulled within a week , both healed .The staff are very helping , especially Mr. Terrance the office manager .I’m a patient there for life , job […]
Raj F.
convenient location, friendly service.
Linford S.
Ur service is very good and fast
Jurney W.
Very happy with the staff and their professionalism
Ennis M.
Everyone was polite and helpful!….
Jeffraisha H.
Love the team they’re always very kind and patient
Raven J.
Dr Vineet an his assistant Mahamad treated my mother great….
Payton J.
Dr. Patel and Don are very efficient. When scheduled for services, you are taken care of in a timely manner. Also he takes the time to explain what he is is doing. I am glad he’s my dentist.
Tracy M.
I was very pleased today!!! Dr. Vineet Also Mohammed made me feel very welcome!!! This dentist office not just all about money if you don’t need something done they will tell you!!! I won’t ever […]
Zarita R.
Thank you Mr. Ward, Ms. B and Dr. Patel for giving me my smile back. Seeing my children’s faces light up was priceless.
Yvette P.
The staff are nice. The dentist was very kind. My waiting time was good. The setting is comfortable that I was very relaxed. The hygienist was friendly and caring no rush job. I like coming to Gentle […]
Estella H.
My hygienist Jacklin is the Best
Ashley W.
Love the team they’re always very kind and patient
Raven J.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
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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 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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