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
The environment was very calm, relaxed, and welcoming. The staff were very helpful…
Cynthia C.
I had a very great experience with Tonya.She did a wonderful job on my teeth.She was very kind,clean, efficient & fast.My overall experience is great
RICHY R.
Dr. Hanan did an excellent job. A lot of work was done and she her assistant Shanekquah worked diligently, professionally and both very nice. Go Gentle Dental!
S T.
Your hospitality for starters. The way you explain the issue with my mouth and a various steps I needed to solve the issue.
Janet H.
The staff very courteous and respectful
Muhammad A.
I was very anxious going in my cap had broke off and I needed it fixed asap,they were very comforting and understanding with my concerns and helped and are still helping through my DENTAL […]
Ingrid W.
My assistant Jakiya was wonderful
Money W.
I had a great experience with Gentle Dental! Dr. Hanan was very informational, Dr. Tracy took very good care of me even when I kept closing my mouth (not on purpose). I had many laughs with Tiffany […]
Asia C.
My dentist hygiene Tracy was great
Emannuel H.
Dr. Hanan Is Thorough & Awesome No Complaints
Sherman W.
The customer service was great.
Emma M.
My Dental assistant was Shanequah and she was really nice and answered all my questions while talking my X-ray pictures. Dr. Hanna was also very kind and answered my questions because I had a million […]
Hakimah G.
Your staff is polite and courteous and your hygienist is kind patient and thorough.
Marcus S.
My experience today was purely delightful. Shanekquah Candace, and Dr.Hanan were very efficient. I would refer anyone to visit
Dwight D.
Tanya is the best
Tina B.
I love Gentle Dental because they are professional I feel good every time I leave here and when I come here so to everyone out there come to Gentle Dental on Jefferson and get taken care of the right […]
Larry T.
All were nice
Cidnee S.
Clean office, friendly staff, very professional
Roscolette F.
All of my needs were met! Everyone was extremely polite and friendly. Excellent customer service!
Chanel T.
The staff is wonderful and it did not take long at all this is my new dentist never again will I be afraid of the dentist
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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 - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (313) 879-4769
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