added on: August 30, 2021

Although our ‘public’ smiles are temporarily concealed behind masks, the masking requirement is one that will be resolved in due time. As vaccination rates go up and boosters are readily available, we will all be able to breathe a little easier and resume the act of smiling! So, why should… Read More…


added on: July 12, 2021

If you’re a regular reader of my write-ups, you’ve likely become familiar with my unique understanding of the issues surrounding TMJ disorders. As a neuromuscular dentist, I am able to intricately assess the individual structures of patients who display common symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction. To refresh you on temporomandibular… Read More…


added on: March 26, 2021

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? This question reminds me of bruxism (bruk-siz-um), a condition that causes grinding and clenching of teeth. Although most people who brux do so during sleep (sleep bruxism), a growing number of American adults are experiencing the problem during waking hours. People who… Read More…


added on: January 26, 2021

It’s becoming a distant memory of yesteryear for those who can recall the “bunny ears” that sat on the tops of televisions. Used to pick up broadcast signals, many baby boomers recall childhood viewing required adjusting the extended rods of antenna or adding aluminum foil for a clear (but often… Read More…


added on: December 9, 2020

For people who are familiar with the term “TMJ,” most think of it as a problematic condition of the temporomandibular joints. These joints, located on each side of your head just in front of the ears, get quite the workout all day, every day. They are what connect your lower… Read More…


added on: October 26, 2020

Although we would hope our perception of others is based on inner qualities – things like kindness, ethics, honesty – it’s hard to deny that physical appearance is a factor in our initial impressions of others. If you feel drawn to attractive people more than the “average” ones, your feelings… Read More…


added on: November 26, 2019

“I wish I’d done this years ago!” “This is the best investment I’ve ever made!” “I feel like a new me!” These are comments heard from patients in our Shelby Township dental office rather often. When people decide they’re ready to improve the appearance of their smile, or replace missing… Read More…


added on: September 25, 2019

Serving patients throughout Macomb County, Oakland County, and beyond, the Shelby Township dental office of Ban R. Barbat, DDS is known for offering advanced dentistry for all ages. To minimize treatment time, speed healing, and optimize treatment outcomes, Dr. Barbat and her team utilize some of the most advanced techniques… Read More…


added on: September 19, 2019

“We don’t know what we don’t know.” You’ve probably heard that before. For me, I know nothing about electrical wirings, which is why I rely on a qualified electrician to hang a new light fixture in my home or add more voltage to an outlet. Every once in a while… Read More…



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