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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Everyone there is very nice and are willing to help.
Raeshawn 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.
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!
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My hygienist Marilyn is very personal. She made me feel comfortable. She was very thorough in explaining my treatment plan. You can tell that she really enjoys her job. I would definitely recommend […]
Keseanda R.
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.
Friendly people.
Simon D.
My experience was great today, and my 1st time here. My hygienist Tamika was gental with the bitewings & x-rays, Dr. Hanan was informative when I asked questions, and Lindsay was thorough with […]
Dwanne S.
Good care, helpful staff
Maya T.
Went for the first time yesterday and it was a very pleasant experience. Dentist was great, and so we’re all of the other staff members. The lady who did my x-rays was really kind.
Angela H.
They are nice and gentle
Donna T.
Friendly staff, they did their best to make me feel comfortable.
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Michael T.
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.
Dr and assistant were excellent!
Kelly D.
Very nice staff and I love my dentures.
Kim M.
Very professional and kind.
Barbara M.
The employees are all professional and polite. I had started to get my teeth fixed with a fear of the dentist, my visits to gentle Dental have defeated that fear and has even created an interest in […]
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Friendly and positive atmosphere from front to back.
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My experience with ashley and Dr gatari was awesome and don’t have anything bad to say.i had a extraction done without any pain in my mouth and my wallet.thanks all of you and see you soon.
Tim E.
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  • 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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