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

5 Cavity Prevention Tips

Cavity Prevention

If you’ve ever had a cavity, you’ve been a victim of the complex process that causes tooth decay. Enamel is the strong outer layer of your teeth. When you eat and drink, a sticky layer of plaque develops on the tooth surface. Bacteria in the plaque interact with sugars and starches in your food and produce acids that damage your tooth enamel. The longer plaque and bacteria remain on your teeth, the more damage they can do. Eventually, the holes we know as cavities form. 


While 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 preexisting 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. 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.

Indispensable Tips for Cavity Prevention

  1. Brush a minimum of twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Clean between teeth using dental floss or interdental cleaners daily.
  3. Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugary and starch-filled snacks between meals.
  4. Ask your dentist about treatments that can help with cavity prevention, such as fluoride rinses or dental sealants.
  5. Affordable dentists can identify and treat tooth decay before it causes tooth loss. Visit your dentist in Westland regularly.

To learn about our family dentistry practice 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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
April was very friendly. Great experience
Ahmoni W.
The entire staff is very friendly and polite , the ladies up front are AWESOME , The Hygienist is very gentle and personable and does a great job .
JASON B.
April is very gentle gets the job done right
Derrick K.
Dr Carpenter and his assistants are the best. Im a big big cry baby due to childhood dentist horror and they took care of me. Thanks everyone on today’s visit, Marilyn too!
Antionice H.
They were very fast, and caring and very gentle when they pulled out my tooth
Breanna H.
Dr. Erickson and Tamika have amazing bed side manor. I have insanely high anxiety and had to have a wisdom tooth pulled and 2 fillings. It was painless and pleasant having those two by my side to […]
Miranda K.
My daughter and I experienced a good time at gentle dental. The staff members were nice, caring and concerned. It’s a clean, cozy, and welcoming environment. I appreciate all their staff […]
Michele B.
My kids have been going there for years and I’m always satisfied with their services
Chimeregee11188
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.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. I got dentures and you can tell they take pride in their work.
Jeremy H.
Friendly people.
Simon D.
I like how they treat my son
David O.
April is awesome. She is the dental hygienist,and she is absolutely fantastic.
Amy J.
Everyone there is very nice and are willing to help.
Raeshawn H.
We were called on time of our appt…also we didn’t have to wait we were out of the office in a timely fashion
Tristen S.
They are just a great office and take good care of you.
Sandra O.
Very friendly staff made me feel comfortable and relaxed due to me being nervous overall geret dentist
Sherrita C.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Dr. Carpenter took really good good care of me during my procedure which was a long and hard one. I didn’t feel one bit of pain. Not even when he was […]
Deborah G.
Always willing to work with you. Service was excellent and staff was friendly!
Mikel F.
I was in and out before my appointment time. That’s some awesome service.
Alan C.
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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
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  • Phone: (734) 329-5284
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