Stained Teeth Can Make A Poor Impression

Although it is often assumed that people who have stained teeth do so because of poor dental hygiene. It is not always the case since even well-cared-for teeth can become discolored due to drinking coffee, tea, dark cola and red wine. Some antibiotics can also cause teeth to discolor.

Stained teeth occurs with frequent exposure to staining agents that reach below the tooth surface. Smokers and people with poor oral hygiene very likely end up with stained teeth. However, other factors, including diet, can cause stained teeth. The most common causes are:

Some water contains high levels of fluoride. Regularly consumed, brown staining will eventually occur.

  Children who are exposed to tetracycline and tetracycline forms such as minocycline and doxycycline are vulnerable to staining. Minocycline can also cause discoloration in adult teeth. Excessive use of fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children, as well.

  Extra attention to oral hygiene may be needed to avoid yellow or brown teeth as adults age.

Trauma:  Trauma to adult teeth can cause discolored teeth, typically creating a dark gray tooth color.

  Stained teeth can be caused by regular consumption of soy sauce, berries, black tea, coffee, red wine, colas and red juices. To avoid staining, these foods should be carefully limited, or avoided altogether.

  All tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chew) cause yellowed and stained teeth.

Fortunately, it is easy to maintain a bright smile. Be sure to rinse away staining elements by brushing your teeth or swishing with water. Eating a balanced diet will also help to keep teeth clean.

If you smoke, this is another reason to quit. Smoking is a leading factor in tooth discoloration and is drying to oral tissues, leaving you more susceptible to bacteria build up, bad breath and tooth decay.

Our office offers Zoom II Whitening as an effective way to restore a white, attractive smile. In about an hour, you can enjoy a brighter smile, even when teeth are deeply stained. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to learn more.

Complete Dental Care For Every Age!

Although our office is highly adept in advanced procedures, we are most proud of our whole-family patient relationships. Seeing children grow into teens and parents become grandparents is immensely satisfying. Helping families to share healthy smiles, at every age, is why we refer to our ‘patient family.’

In addition to periodic cleanings and exams, we provide fillings or inlays for cavities, root canals, gum disease treatment, bonding for chipped or broken teeth, extractions and other dental procedures that may arise for different members of your family.

ALL PATIENTS are important members of our ‘family’ and we thank you for entrusting us with the smiles you love! Remember, we are always happy to welcome new patients. Please invite your friends and family members to get to know us at:, or call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a no-cost consultation.

Keep Your Mouth Moist This Summer For Good Oral Health!

In Winter months, we remind people to drink plenty of liquids because of the drying effects that cold temperature tends to have on the body. In Summer months, our reminder is the same, but for different reasons.

During hot months, the body loses moisture. Even if you don’t feel yourself sweating, the higher air temperatures cause the body to work harder to cool itself. People who participate in outside activities or sports are encouraged to drink 16 ounces of water prior and several ounces every 20 or so minutes.

Maintaining sufficient moisture impacts your ability to produce saliva. Saliva helps to cleanse the mouth and remove food particles and bacteria build-up between brushing.

For people involved in rigorous outdoor sports, certain ‘replenishing’ drinks (such as Gatorade) are helpful. However, we encourage both adults and children to stick to water. Water has no sugar, sugar substitutes or chemical additives and is ideally processed by the body.

This Summer, go and enjoy our beautiful Michigan outdoors! And, take some water with you wherever you go!

One Dental Implant Can Support Several Implants

From time to time, I’ve had consultations with patients who postponed or avoided Dental Implants because they felt they couldn’t afford them. Since they were missing more than one tooth, they assumed an implant would be needed to replace each one.

Certainly, the number of implants needed in Dental Implant treatment is a major factor in the total cost. In most cases, however, one implant can support two or more teeth in one area. Teeth held by implants can replace a bridge without needing the support of adjacent teeth. Since implants are supported by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, this prevents having to crown two otherwise healthy teeth for the sole purpose of supporting a bridge.

Additionally, people who wear partials are pleased to learn that one implant can support several teeth, helping them to avoid the inconvenience of a removable appliance. They are able to eat the foods they love without fear of slips or having trapped food particles cause discomfort to gums.

Since Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime, they are an exceptional investment. Rather than assume Dental Implants are out of your reach, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a no-cost Consultation. You may be pleasantly surprised by the affordable options available.

Major League Baseball Player Lost To Oral Cancer

There was sad news for baseball fans recently. Tony Gwynn of the Padres, as well as a Hall of Famer, died of oral cancer, something Gwynn blamed on his use of smokeless tobacco. Apparently, the habit is rampant throughout Major League baseball teams.

A 1999 survey found that nearly a third of Major League rookies were regular smokeless tobacco users (primarily chewing and snuff). Other studies found that approximately 30% of all players were smokeless tobacco users. Recognizing the growing trend and the message it sent to young fans, the MLB set forth rules regarding the use of these products. Still, in 2012, approximately 11% of high school boys were using smokeless tobacco.

Users typically tuck chewing tobacco or snuff in the side of their mouths and spit out the juices. Snuff is occasionally inhaled (snorted) through the nose. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention points out that these products contain 28 carcinogens, a known cause of oral cancer.

Gwynn was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, which began in his salivary gland. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation to fight this aggressive cancer. Unfortunately, it had progressed too far. Oral cancer has one of the worst survival rates of all cancers and takes the life of one American every hour.

Smokeless tobacco users become physically dependent on and emotionally addicted to nicotine. Nicotine, the addictive substance found in cigarettes, occurs naturally in all tobacco. Those who try to quit experience withdrawal, which can cause weeks of depression, headaches, irritability, weight gain and dizziness.

As hard as it may be to quit, reducing the risk of oral cancer is worth it. Users should immediately react to any spot or sore in the mouth or on the lips. Also, a persistent sore throat or difficulty swallowing are symptoms that should also be checked immediately. When treated early, oral cancer can be survivable.

How Worn Teeth Occur As You Sleep

Worn teeth (where tops of teeth are flattening out) indicate a problem. This problem won’t improve without finding its source, resolving it and repairing affected teeth.

In most cases, teeth wear down due to an improper bite alignment, which leads to night-time grinding. Since you’re asleep when this occurs, you’re unaware of what creates the urge to grind your teeth together. Basically, here is what’s happening:

• When your jaw fully closes, bite misalignment upsets the normal contact between teeth. Because this doesn’t feel comfortable, you slide your lower jaw forward in an attempt to find a more comfortable position.

• As you sleep, you may repeat this movement over and over, causing wear to the contacting teeth. Often referred to as ‘bruxism’ in the dental office, this motion urges you to press your lower front teeth against the backs of the upper front teeth.

• When you slide forward to find a more comfortable position, you end up with the edges of your front teeth together. Once front teeth wear down, your back teeth are now vulnerable to wear as side-to-side grinding begins.

• As you unconsciously move the jaw from side to side, you wear down the front teeth, including your canines (or ‘eye teeth’). 
The extent of this side-to-side movement can be surprisingly wide. By the wear patterns of upper and lower teeth when together, a dentist trained in neuromuscular dentistry is able to ‘see’ how the jaw is moving during sleep.

• In a nutshell, most people grind their teeth in a subconscious attempt to create a more comfortable bite. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something is out of whack and is trying to fix it for you.

The only way to remedy the problem is to adjust the bite and restore worn teeth. This is usually done with porcelain crowns. Crowns help to reposition your bite and protect teeth from further damage.

If you are noticing worn teeth, the problem will only worsen without treatment. Grinding and clenching can result in cracks and fractures that can lead to tooth loss. Call 1-866-9-Smiles to request a no-cost consultation to discuss modern, appropriate treatment options.

No Soda Is A Good Soda For Oral Health

If you think ‘diet’ sodas are better for you, we have some bad news. Sugar substitutes have been studied far more than most drugs and findings show they cause interferences with how you react to food. Research has even linked drinking diet soda to bigger waists — 70% bigger than in people who avoided artificial sweeteners altogether.

Every time you eat or drink something, there’s a reaction in the mouth described as an acid attack. Bacteria in your mouth feed this acid. Whether you’re sipping a diet cola or one full of high fructose corn syrup, an acid attack is prompted. The only thing that does not trigger this is water.

Because artificial sweeteners don’t register in the brain’s satiety center so they actually urge you to crave sugary treats at a nagging level. They also train your taste buds to find satisfaction only when they detect intense sweetness. Fake sugars and diet sodas complicate your ability to lose weight and up your risk of metabolic syndrome, which precedes diabetes, heart disease, and more.

Another issue is the misconception that a no-calorie soda cancels out the calories in those Oreos. This could prompt you to eat more, and more often. The more you eat, the more your mouth has to undergo acid attacks. And, the greater risk you have for cavities, gingivitis and other problems.

While artificial sweeteners are bad, sugar is no ‘good guy.’ Sugar tends to lowers HDL (good) cholesterol and raises bad triglycerides. It also attaches to proteins that create destructive substances, which increase your risk for heart disease, joint stiffness, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, kidney problems, bone fractures, wrinkles and vision loss.

Your six-month oral hygiene visits are structured so you can avoid more expense and treatment time by catching problems while they are still small. Call us at 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule your visit if you are behind on these check-ups.

Fresh Breath Tips For The Summer!

Want some simple tips for fresh breath this summer (and beyond)? Here are a few things to help you feel more confident in closeness:

• Drink lots of water! Colas, sweet tea, and ‘power ades’ don’t count. Pure, clean water cleanses the mouth and adds to saliva’s ability to wash bacteria from the mouth. Bottled water, tap water or even water from a garden hose are all welcome!

• Rid oral bacteria from your tongue! The tongue is a perfect haven for bacteria to embed and reproduce. Ideally, use a tongue scrapper each day. If you don’t have one (in the oral care section of most drug stores), brush your tongue with your tooth brush. When your mouth has fewer bacteria, your breath will have a ‘cleaner’ scent.

• Relish summer fruits and skip sugary treats! Oral bacteria thrives BEST on acid attacks that occur every time you eat or drink when sugar is present. Natural sugar in fresh fruits doesn’t have the same impact.

Rely on a cuke! When your mouth is dry and a slice of cucumber is nearby, hold it against the roof of your mouth for a couple of minutes. This activates more saliva production, which helps to cleanse the mouth of particles and bacteria.

If you have persistent bad breath, this is a symptom of periodontal (gum disease). Gum disease will only worsen without treatment. Call 1-866-9-Smiles promptly. The earlier treatment begins, the less involved it will be.

‘Servicing’ Your Dental Needs Affordably

Let’s say your home’s heating and air-conditioning system is getting old and hasn’t been serviced on a regular basis. Inevitably, it will require repairs, which you know is a matter of ‘When’ rather than ‘If.’ Some systems will need major repairs or even total replacement. Although the estimate to get the system back in order may be jolting, living without heat and air conditioning would be rather challenging.

Life without healthy teeth would be terribly challenging as well. If you have avoided much-needed dental repairs, you are missing out on the benefits of a confident smile. While quality dentistry is not inexpensive, a healthy smile enhances your overall health and can be a boost to self-esteem, self-confidence and appearance.

We offer several payment plans so dental treatment is manageable to most budgets. In addition to discounts for pre-treatment payment, we offer CareCredit and SpringStone. These can finance your treatment for up to 18 months with no down payment and no interest. The application process can even be completed online.

Why miss out on a terrific, confident smile? Call 1-866-9-Smiles for a no-cost consultation. We’ll discuss ways we can create a healthy smile while making monthly payments that fit your budget.

Buyer Beware When It Comes To Dental Implant Promotions

As a dentist who provides all phases of Dental Implants, I cringe when I see TV ads for ‘clinics’ promoting a particular type of implant to the masses. For example, the latest is the ‘mini-implant.’ Although mini dental implants can work for a few, for many, they fail to provide the stability and longevity of types that may have better suited for the individual.

We all want to save money wherever we can. Because Dental Implants are a financial commitment for most, spending money on implant treatment that does not fulfill its purpose (or even requires removal) can simply be a waste of money.

Like everyone, I’ve made purchases because the price was so appealing. What I realized, in due time, was I had not saved money at all. In most cases, I ended up spending more for repairs and/or replacements or was dissatisfied with the item. Even worse, I felt ‘taken.’

Dental Implants are designed in many shapes and sizes so a skilled, experienced doctor can select and place the type that will work best for your specific needs. Be careful when considering a potentially ‘cheaper’ option. Also, don’t be surprised if these clinics try to talk you into a higher-priced version once they have you there.

We’ve all heard, “Do it right the first time!” Deep down, we know that’s the wisest and most economical route. It’s no different with Dental Implants. Find a doctor in whom you have full confidence – and trust – and enjoy a successful outcome!

For a no-cost consultation appointment, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles. During this time, we’ll discuss your options and what will, and will not, work best for you.