Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue
529 E Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Fighting Tooth Decay – Cavity Prevention is Key

Cavity Prevention

Cavities or dental caries are a result of tooth decay. The condition is so common that it affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. Fortunately, it’s not life threatening, and following simple oral hygiene steps can help tremendously with cavity prevention. Tooth decay starts when a sticky film called plaque adheres to the surfaces of teeth. When the bacteria present in plaque encounters starches and sugars, they produce powerful acids, which deteriorate tooth enamel by demineralization. Foods that can lead to tooth decay include soda, candy, desserts, milk, and some fruits and starchy vegetables.

Saliva acts as a buffer and remineralizing agent to combat the acids formed by plaque, so anything that encourages saliva production also aids in cavity prevention. Dentists often suggest 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 weapons against tooth decay 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, some bottled and canned beverages, and tap water.

Affordable dentists are valuable allies in the war against cavities. They can help the children tooth decay targets by applying dental sealants. These thin, plastic coatings are painted onto the chewing surfaces of teeth to form a barrier against plaque. Highly concentrated fluoride products such as gels, mouth rinses and oral supplements can also help with cavity prevention, especially when patients do not get fluoride from the water they drink.

Parents of children with frequent cavities should ask their dentists about professional treatment options.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Downtown Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue today at (313) 879-4769 or make an appointment.

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

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Patient Reviews
Dr. Dhillin was awesome!
Desiree F.
I was in real pain. Walked into the office on Jefferson. The staff responded to me right away. Everyhing was explained to me, and I was put in exam […]
Roman A.
Great place to have dental work done. The doctor and his assistants are good. Everyone is polite and professional. I'm very pleased with the Gentle […]
Anonymous
Dr. Weiss is terrific!!! This is the first Dentist I've been to and I felt no pain from start to finish-I hate needles, but with Dr. Weiss there was […]
Anonymous
My visit to Gentle Dental Jefferson went very well. The waiting period was about one half hour. The service included a cleaning and an evaluation. I […]
Emma M.
Very down to earth, kind people. Always keeps me coming back!
Anonymous
Staff was polite and answered all my questions Service was good and done on a timely basis. I felt very comfortable there.
Everett D.
people were friendly, good service
Wilbert B.
I always have a great experience here. The staff is friendly, the wait time is decent and the staff has no problem verifying insurance coverage and […]
Catrinia S.
The first time I walked into the space I felt nervous. The staff at the front welcomed me and remembered me by my name and my fancy shoes I always […]
Sabrina N.
On March 28, 2014 I had some extractions done. I have not had any pain and even the needle didn't hurt. Gentle Dental is by far the Best!!!
Octavia B.
Staff was extremely nice and understanding of the problem I came in with. Very tentative to my needs. The work preformed by Tanya and Dr Quinn was […]
Tina H.
Gentle Dental Jefferson was a wonderful experience for me. The service was great; the parking validation is the best; and the staff is well informed […]
Emma M.
Surprisingly fast this visit. I definitely see improvement from previous visits where wait times were ridiculous. PLEASE keep up the good work!
Sharonna B.
Kind, considerate and attentive service.
Onious H.
Great service and friendly staff. There was a long wait 15 mins beyond my appointment time but once I was chair there were no delays.
Anonymous
I'm very pleased with the customer service I receive at Gentle Dental Jefferson. I recommend this office to anyone that is looking for a dentist.
Emma M.
Great job.
Danny R.
The service was fast and pain free and I very friendly staff and a clean office but the parking sucks I had to pay the parking attended $5 to park so […]
Audrey B.
It was a totally worthwhile experience, all of the assistance, receptionist, hygen, & Dentist conducted themselves very professionally making it a […]
Patrick K.
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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 - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (313) 879-4769
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