Gentle Dental of Westland
825 S Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48186

Sink Your Teeth into Foods That are Good for Them

Healthy Teeth

There’s nothing sweet about tooth decay, and it’s no secret that sugar is its number one cause. But what you may not know is, there’s more to a healthy smile than a simple avoidance of cookies, cakes, and candies. Some foods, it turns out, actually help your teeth ward of disease the same way they help your body build immunity. Best of all, they’re easy to find and simple to enjoy.

Antioxidants help our bodies fight disease, but they also play a role in good dental care. Antioxidants have been shown to help reduce inflammation and limit its effect on teeth and gums. Some of the best-known antioxidants are beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, which can be found in many fruits and vegetables such as cantaloupe, berries, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, carrots, and kale. Other sources include almonds and milk.

While antioxidants help to reduce the development of dental problems, foods with crunch and calcium can help remove existing ones. Eating crunchy foods like apples, carrots, celery, and pears, can remove damaging plaque, along with coffee, tea, and red wine stains. Calcium-filled foods like dairy products, leafy greens, and nuts can help strengthen teeth and have the ability to redeposit the minerals on tooth enamel that have been removed by acidic foods.

Aside from sugar, acidic foods can cause some of the worst problems, say dental care experts. And surprisingly, those damaging acids can be found in healthy foods like citrus and tomatoes. But you can still enjoy these acid-containing foods by eating them along with other fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. Their water content will dilute the acids and stimulate your saliva to wash away food particles.

Many people use sugar substitutes to avoid sugar’s harmful dental effects. While these sugar substitutes don’t produce the acids or bacteria that contribute to tooth decay, sugarless or sugar-free products can be just as damaging as sugar.

The foods you eat can make a tremendous difference in the health of your teeth and gums, but the most important part of dental care is regular visits to your dentist. It takes a family dentistry expert to detect and resolve dental problems before they become more serious and expensive to treat. Fortunately, you can find an excellent and affordable dentist in Westland who will provide the quality and compassionate dental care you need.

To learn more about family dentistry from an affordable dentist in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

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

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All around great visit. I had to go in on an emergency, and they were able to get me in within 24 hours. I had an unpleasant dental situation that had to be attended to, and Dr. Hanan, Tameka and the […]
Mel K.
My hygienist Marilyn is the best. She’s such a nice person. Doctor Hanan is nice as well and thorough. The staff is friendly as well. They are what their name says that they are. Gentle!
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My first visit to this office went much better than I anticipated, The staff at the front desk were friendly and attentive when I came in,was taken back right away to a examination room where Ronnie […]
Ron R.
Very nice staff and I love my dentures.
Kim M.
My kids have been going there for years and I’m always satisfied with their services
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I love this place , they have great customer service and April is so awesome,and Ashley , Lindsay is great , Renee , Tammy , Arron, I love this team. Yeah baby .
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Friendly staff, they did their best to make me feel comfortable.
Saundra B.
Friendly and Gentle. Dr. Carpenter and his assistant, as well as the office staff, were all absolutely wonderful!
Rhonda H.
Very attentive staff, friendly dentist and quick service.
Phil S.
Dr and assistant were excellent!
Kelly D.
I love how April takes her time to understand each patient needs to make everyone comfortable, my daughter has special needs and April was very patient with her. I bring all 3 of my daughters to her. […]
Londyn A.
They did a great job on my cleaning…one of the hygienist there was very polite and gentle with the deep cleaning, I had no discomfort whatsoever. And she explained all the home cleaning steps […]
Shawn H.
Brought my son to April for a cleaning and she made my son and i feel comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Kothari and his assistants are loving and kind. They explained everything very well. If you’re […]
Jalyn S.
Best ever nicest people i needed a emergency tooth extraction and they did it right away i will recommend everyone i know!!
Stephanie N.
Very clean and respectful
Brittney M.
Always willing to work with you. Service was excellent and staff was friendly!
Mikel F.
The very friendly professional Dr. Carpenter and ieesha, were very helpful and polite, they also had me in and out,there wasn’t a long wait time. I would recommend them to everyone! Thanks
Brenda R.
Good care, helpful staff
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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