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

Protecting Yourself Against Gum Disease

gum disease

Cavities and tooth decay are the dental problems that you have probably been warned about most often. What you may not realize is that gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, has the potential to cause as even more harm to your overall health. Therefore, there is great value in learning everything possible about the origins, effects, and symptoms of gum disease.

The mildest form of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis symptoms include red, swollen gums that bleed, especially when you brush or floss. During this early stage, symptoms of gum disease are usually absent or subtle. Poor dental care habits can cause gingivitis, but there are other factors, including diabetes, smoking, illness, poor nutrition, pregnancy, and substance abuse, that also can lead to gum disease. Fortunately, gum disease can be reversed with proper home dental care and the help of a dentist in Downtown Detroit.

Left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis. Plaque can spread under the gum line, and the toxins it creates cause inflammation. Chronic inflammation damages the bone and tissue beneath the teeth, causing the teeth and gums to separate from each other, destroying even more gum tissue and bone. Over time, the teeth may become loose and require removal. Periodontitis can also be caused by systemic illnesses such as respiratory disease, heart disease, and diabetes.

There are several types of periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis is the most common type of gum disease in adults and is characterized by the inflammation of supporting tissues. Aggressive periodontitis typically occurs in generally healthy people and causes rapid destruction of bone and loss of attachment. Necrotizing periodontitis is most common in people with suppressed immune systems, and causes the death of gum tissue, periodontal ligaments, and bone.

Preventing periodontal disease requires diligent dental care, including routine appointments with a skilled, affordable dentist in Downtown Detroit—and always being aware of the symptoms of gum disease.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist 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
Tonya is an amazing Dental Hygienist. Never before has anyone called to check on my dental comfort after a deep cleaning. She is sweet, gentle and superb. I definitely recommend her and Gentle Dental […]
Kia L.
The staff is always friendly and helpful
Damita H.
My dentle assistant JaKiya was amazing. She was bubbly, professional with a positive attitude and a beautiful smile. I would love more assistants like her anywhere I go. She was very helpful with my […]
Darius M.
Amber, Dr. Tonya, and Dr. Mia was amazing and very helpful. I recommend coming here
Young M.
Jakiya is a wonderful assistant with a great personality.
Robert S.
I went to the Jefferson office with an emergency that my current dentist could not squeeze me in to handle. The hours were convenient and I was able to get in the same day. Everyone was very nice and […]
Linda K.
Shanekquah was Excellent in Dealing with me as a Patient with MAJOR concerns(Fear of doctors.) Dr. Hanan was great and swift in her services. Tiffany was very professional in explaining ALL Paperwork […]
Zeek M.
My assistants were amazing. I especially liked Jakiya.
Jayy W.
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.
Gentle Dentle is a great facility to receive care for ones mouth and dentle needs! I love Gentle Dentle and Staff!
Mary W.
The staff is friendly and professional. Tonya had provided dental cleanings for me for years. She’s awesome.
Patricia M.
Had a great experience here!!
Matthew E.
Clean office, friendly staff, very professional
Roscolette F.
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.
My dental assistant Jakiya was very comforting and my hygienist Tracy was great as well.
Keegrams D.
We did not sit in the waiting room no more than 10-15 mins before being called back. The staff was very kind to my son during his first dental visit. I explained to her how afraid he was with Dr […]
Tyree S.
Jakiya was an amazing assistant, shes also beautiful. Hope to see her every time I have an appointment. Dr Mita was very funny and informative.
Trevon K.
My assistant Jakiya was a great help in assisting me with my dental needs. I was highly satisfied with her expertise. Great environment!
Carlos R.
Very professional and painless and just nice people
Michael R.
Tracy and Jakiya were wonderful and made my visit very comfortable.
Laderek B.
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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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