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!

 

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!