Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue
11180 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213

The Best Ways to Battle Tooth Decay

Cavity Prevention

Tooth decay starts with the gradual deterioration of tooth enamel, which is the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth. The main culprit is a sticky film called plaque that forms on your teeth after you eat and drink. Plaque is full of bacteria, and when you consume foods or drinks with starches and sugars, these bacteria produce acids that break down enamel. If plaque is not removed, it allows the acids stay in constant contact with your vulnerable tooth surfaces. Eventually, the deterioration results in holes called cavities.

Tooth Decay Isn’t Just a Problem for Kids

Although cavities are most common in children, aging adults often experience tooth decay associated with age-related oral changes. Receding gums often accompany advancing age, and periodontal disease is also common. The two factors combined give plaque access to tooth roots, which are covered with cementum, a softer and more vulnerable material than enamel. Tooth roots are more susceptible to decay and more sensitive to hot and cold. Tooth-root decay and sensitivity problems are both common in adults more than 50 years old. Tooth decay along the margins of fillings is also frequently seen. Seniors may have more fillings due to the absence of modern dental care techniques when they were young. As the fillings age, they fracture and leak, causing bacteria to accumulate in the small crevices of the tooth surface. Acid exposure in these areas results in decay.

Cavity-Prevention Tips

  • Brush a minimum of twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use dental floss or interdental cleaners daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugar-filled and starch-laden snacks.
  • Affordable dentists can identify and treat tooth decay before it causes tooth loss.
  • Visit your dentist in East Detroit regularly and ask about cavity-prevention treatments, such as dental sealants or fluoride rinses.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in East Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue today at (313) 925-3090 or make an appointment.

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

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
There isn’t a long wait, I like that they have security. The staff is very polite and the office is very clean. Parking is ok.
Shay T.
Everything was done correctly and the people are nice respectful and very helpful
Shamyra G.
They take good care of my daughter teeth
Nevaeh S.
Everyone was friendly and caring and very helpful it’s clean respectful
Shamyra G.
This is the best dentist ever !!!!! They really were gentle and not expensive at all ….
D E.
Dr Z is awesome. The staff is friendly yet professional.
Deana C.
Yes I would recommend this dentist office to my family and friends thank you for your good service.
Elliott A.
They make you feel like family…very professional
Caryn B.
Very professional, staff.
Timothy K.
I love the staff they are really friendly and concern about your care.
Brianna T.
The staff is very kind,the service great and Dr.Z makes sure that you understand the procedures when he see’s you.
Charlene P.
Very friendly and professional office. Dr. Ziyadeh is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. I would recommend anyone to take a chance and experience what good service consist of.
La R.
They were respectful, understanding, kind, and made my children and I their priority. They made we understood what was happening, what they was going to do with each of my children. They were […]
Dayvon M.
Been a patient for over 20 years.. What more is there to say
Ayden S.
I take my son here and he loves it since the first day he went keep up the great work
Latisha W.
You guys were awesome
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Good service
Jimmie M.
Everyone was friendly and understanding to my needs and concerns.
Jasmine W.
Did a walk-in appointment at this dental office and was amazed about how fast and efficient my visit was! Ive always been a bit wary about dental visits, but thanks to the amazing work from Dr.Z and […]
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I am the guardian for Marcus Hinton. I had my dentures repaired at your office and was impressed at number of little children you served. Most skipped happily inside for their procedure and skipped […]
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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 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (313) 925-3090
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