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!

 

29May

The appearance of your smile can make a big difference in your life. Patients who like the way their smiles look report being more outgoing and gregarious in social situations, as well as feeling more confident.

Our West Bloomfield cosmetic dentists believe that all of our patients deserve to have smiles that they love and feel good about. That is why we have made it a priority to offer a range of cosmetic treatment options to suit our patients’ individual needs. Keep reading to learn more!

Professional teeth whitening: this treatment works to lighten the patient’s existing enamel, by lifting stains and discoloration for the tooth surface. Because this treatment is non-invasive, affordable, and fast, it is popular among dental patients of all ages.

Dental bonding: bonding allows our dentist to apply dental resin the patient’s natural tooth surface. This resin can be used to correct damage, resurface discolored enamel, close gaps between teeth, and improve bite surfaces. Dental bonding can generally be completed in just one appointment.

Porcelain veneers: veneers are individually crafted, exceptionally thin restorations that are then attached to the patient’s natural tooth. Once a veneer is in place it completely transforms the appearance of the patient’s tooth.

Invisalign: this treatment offers patients a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gradually shift the patient’s teeth into better positions over time. Because the aligners are clear, your real teeth are able to shine through as you move through treatment

Depending on your needs, you may find that one of these treatments works for you, or you may choose to combine aesthetic options in order to achieve maximum cosmetic effect. Our West Bloomfield cosmetic dentists are here to give you all of the information you need to make these important decisions. Give us a call to learn more!

15May

Losing a tooth can be devastating for an adult dental patient. The resulting hole in the patient’s smile is glaringly obvious, and over time, the patient’s entire smile can become destabilized due to one missing tooth.

The good news is that our West Bloomfield dental implant dentists craft customized replacement teeth to help these patients smile confidently again. Keep reading to learn more about how dental implants are constructed.

The thing that sets dental implants apart from other replacement teeth is the simple fact that these teeth are anchored in the patient’s jawbone. The base of every dental implant is a titanium post or screw, which essentially serves as the replacement tooth root. Over time, the titanium root actually bonds with the patient’s natural bone tissue, in order to form a stable, and health-supporting foundation.

The visible part of the dental implant is the restoration. This part of the implant looks like a natural tooth, and is customized to blend with the patients surrounding smile. A dental implant restoration is strong enough to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life. You won’t have to limit your diet, or change your oral hygiene routine, in order to live with a dental implant in place.

There is an additional small piece called the abutment, that attaches the implant restoration to the implant root. The abutment forms a stable connection between these two pieces, while simultaneously allowing for enough “give” or movement to keep the replacement tooth from fracturing under pressure.

Dental implants are truly the most advanced replacement teeth available in dentistry today. If you want to learn more about any of your tooth replacement options, including dental implants, please feel free to contact our West Bloomfield dental implant dentists to schedule a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!