26Jun

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that can negatively affect your life in a number of ways. If you think that you’re dealing with sleep apnea, our West Bloomfield dentists strongly encourage you to reach out for treatment as soon as possible. Timely treatment can help you avoid a host of sleep apnea related health issues, while improving your day to day experience.

Sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s relaxed oral tissues fall into his or her airway during sleep. This obstruction makes it difficult for patient to inhale enough air throughout the night. Consequently, the patient’s blood oxygen levels drop.

When your blood oxygen levels drop too low, your body actually wakes itself up in order to “restart” the breathing process. Unfortunately, this means that your natural sleep cycle is disrupted, and you stop getting the quality, healthy night’s sleep that you need.

For this reason, sleep apnea sufferers are prone to experiencing daytime fatigue, concentration and memory problems, as well as mood changes during the day. Some other common symptoms of sleep apnea include headaches, disruptive snoring, and chronic dry mouth (which can cause bad breath).

Our West Bloomfield sleep apnea dentists treat this condition with comfortable, easy-to-use oral appliances. Patients have found that this type of treatment is effective, and much more comfortable than traditions CPAP machines.

When you come in for an assessment with our dental team, we’ll pinpoint the cause of your sleep apnea symptoms, so that we can design an oral appliance that meets your needs. Effective sleep apnea oral appliances help you get a good night’s sleep, while helping to protect your overall health.

When you’re ready to get started, our dental team is here to help you! Please give us a call to schedule a personal consultation. You can also use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry and your contact info.

12Jun

If you’re keeping up with your daily oral hygiene, but you feel like your smile needs an extra boost, our West Bloomfield dentists are here to help. Sometimes all it takes is a few simple tweaks and upgrades to refresh your smile day to day. Keep reading to get some information and suggestions from our dental team!

So, you’re already brushing your smile twice a day to keep plaque at bay; that’s great! However, you notice that your smile still feels kind of stale and grubby as the day wears on. What to do?

First, make sure that you are cleaning your smile at the right time. You want to clean your smile every morning, so as to clear away plaque that has developed throughout the day. Then, at the very end of your day, you want to brush your teeth so refresh your mouth before bed.  

If you’re one of the many people who tends to skimp on flossing, now is the time to add this important dental hygiene step back into your routine! Get into the habit of flossing your smile at night, right before you brush your teeth.

Another thing to consider is whether you’re using the correct type of toothbrush for your smile. Make sure that the head of your toothbrush can fit into the back corners of your smile, so that you can clean your molars. Also, talk to your dentist about what type of toothbrush bristle is appropriate and safe for your smile. Can you use a soft-bristled brush? Soft bristles are gentle on your enamel and you gum tissue.

If you’re unhappy with the current state of your smile, it’s time to reach out for some help and support. Contact our West Bloomfield dentists by giving our office a call, or using the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry.

 

29May

Your daily oral hygiene routine goes a long way toward keeping your smile strong, healthy, and attractive. But, the truth is that your at-home dental care efforts don’t need to stop there.

One aspect of your life that can have a profound impact on your oral health is your diet. By making some small tweaks to your diet, you can help you smile resist infection and damage. Keep reading to learn more from our West Bloomfield dentists.

The first thing to consider is what foods and drinks you should minimize/avoid. Many people have heard that sugar is bad for your teeth. But, it’s not just because sugar is “unhealthy,” it’s also because sugar actually feeds the harmful oral bacteria that live in your mouth. As soon as these oral bacteria get a little sugar, they go into a frenzy: growing and multiplying.

Acidic substances are likewise potentially harmful. Many of the foods and drinks that we consume every day contain an appreciable amount of acid: coffee, red wine, soda, and fruit juices, for example. The problem with acidic substances is that they temporarily weaken your dental enamel, thus leaving it susceptible to damage.

While it may be tempting to brush your teeth right after eating or drinking something acidic, it’s actually best to wait for 20 to 30 minutes, until your enamel has hardened again. Brushing too early can actually lead to enamel thinning over time.

In general, when consuming something that isn’t good for your smile, it’s always a good idea to drink some water, or rinse your mouth with water right after. This prompts your body to produce saliva, and saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel.

As always, our West Bloomfield dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have about caring for your smile at home, as well as professional care. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team by phone, or through our Contact Us page!