Gentle Dental of New Baltimore
35521 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore, MI 48047

Cavity Prevention for a Healthy Smile

Cavity Prevention

Tooth decay, also called cavities or dental caries, is a condition common to people all over the world. Cavities are not life threatening and you can easily prevent them, but tooth decay affects almost everyone at some point in life. Bacteria that live inside the mouth form a sticky substance called plaque on the surfaces of teeth. The plaque interacts with starches and sugars in residual food and produces acids that dissolve or de-mineralize tooth enamel; this weakens the tooth structure and causes deterioration. Carbohydrate-filled foods that contribute to tooth decay include soda, candy, cake, ice cream, milk, and even high-sugar fruits, vegetables, and juices.

Cavity Prevention Essentials

Saliva acts as a buffer and remineralizing agent to combat the acids formed by plaque. Therefore, anything that increases saliva production can fight cavities. 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.

The Dentist Can Help

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, especially when patients do not get fluoride from the water they drink. Parents should ask their family dentists for more information about professional cavity-fighting treatments.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in New Baltimore, call Gentle Dental of New Baltimore today at (586) 933-5521 or make an appointment.

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

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
I love the staff! They are all so kind and helpful!
Erin K.
I had my first appointment last Wednesday and they were all so nice to me. They set up a plan for me and I’m so so excited.
Donna H.
Nice people
Dawn H.
Super Nice & Personable, I don’t like going to the dentist because it hurts and is uncomfortable for me but it wasn’t that bad. You are my new dentist and I’m not so afraid to come […]
Tracy S.
The staff is very friendly. They do a great job.
Tricia C.
I loved how i was treated. My experience was completely pain free. I wasn’t pressured to have unneeded dental work. My treatment options were explained patiently and thoroughly.
Constance S.
Monica does a very good job of teeth cleaning, she is very thorough and professional.
Karen H.
The staff is always very welcoming and puts me at ease. I appreciate the fact that they don’t try to up sell and don’t recommend treatments that really aren’t needed.
Carol S.
Very professional and gentle.
Pam S.
Very nice people and they know what they are doing.
Scott O.
Got me in same day with no appointment and took care of my problem.
Carron R.
Pretty decent and friendly service
Audrey K.
Always professional, pleasant and I love that the office is open late so I don’t have to miss work for routine dental work.
Anne B.
I have referred several friends and the ones who went to Dr Wajeeh were just as happy as I have been.
Stacy R.
My experience with Gentle Dental has always been fantastic from Angel and Christi at the front desk to Carolyn my hygienist who always makes sure that my teeth are clean and done properly to Dr […]
B L.
The staff is very nice. I usually do not have to wait very long in the waiting area. If I am going in for just a cleaning the appointment is usually pretty quick.
Heather C.
The dentist was very great with my teenage anxious daughter getting her first fillings.
Nicole S.
Dental Hygenist. Very friendly and great lady. She doesnt make parients feel judged which was an issue in the past at other dental offices
Justin F.
I love the staff, they are always friendly.
Sydney B.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Took our appointment right on time.
Luciano P.
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 - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (586) 933-5521
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