Filtered Royal Oak Water And Oral Health

Filtered Royal Oak Water And Oral Health

A simple way for Detroit residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

 

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, an experienced Royal Oak dentist serving the Berkley, Birmingham, and Ferndale areas. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 248-541-8770 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Royal Oak area since 1984, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Royal Oak, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

Berkley Preventive Dentistry When people in the Detroit area think of diet and oral health, they commonly think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these dangerous sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary fruit drinks are only part of the problem.

The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Royal Oak and Birmingham.

If your body is lacking in important nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These harmful infections can lead to gum disease.

A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

While this is an excellent resource, vital dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 and schedule a check-up with Dr. Steven Gustafson to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.

When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our friendly staff about innovative cosmetic dentistry procedures such as smile transformations and same day restorations.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our menu of services includes crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, dental implants, tooth-colored fillings, sealants, teeth whitening, and clear braces.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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An Ugly Duckling In Your Mouth?

Cosmetic Denistry in Detroit Do you have a damaged tooth that causes you embarrassment? Even if all of your other teeth are nicely shaped and pearly white, guess what other people notice? Yep, the ugly duckling. You have probably experienced that yourself when you have looked at a smile that contains one discolored tooth. No matter how hard you try, the unsightly one is impossible to ignore.

A beautiful smile is an important component of your overall appearance. Unattractive teeth draw the eye away from other pleasing features such as thick shiny hair, gorgeous eyes, or a peaches and cream complexion.

Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dental procedures to restore or repair one or more teeth. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we can complete most of them in one short visit. Think about it; you could achieve a stunning smile in less than an afternoon!

Veneers, Bonding, and Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure available in Royal Oak at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. We use dental bonding in a variety of applications. In addition to repairing damage, dental bonding can close gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers are another minimally invasive cosmetic remedy. Like cosmetic dental bonding, veneers correct chips, cracks and improve tooth shape.

What if your problem is not an unattractive tooth but a missing tooth? Don’t despair, a beautiful smile is still possible with dental implants.

For more information about veneers, bonding, implants, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770. We are conveniently located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. We provide advanced dentistry for patients in Berkley, Birmingham, and the surrounding areas.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for your smile. Healthy teeth make a beautiful smile. Brushing can also help with gum health and even keep your breath smelling sweet.

For some of us, brushing can be a loathsome chore that gets in the way of a good time. Hopefully, you don’t think of brushing in such dire terms, but I know it happens.

The best way to built brushing into your routine is to make it a habit. A habit is an automated practice that becomes hard to give up. Some habits can be bad, of course. Brushing can be a good habit.

If you can make brushing your teeth a habit, you’ll be one step closer to a life of successful checkups.

Here are some tips for creating a good habit that you can teach your kids. These tips will also work on teens. And they work on adults, too:

Keep It Simple

One of the best ways to create a habit is to keep the requirements simple. Brushing teeth is already a simple task, but we can focus on the simplicity to help it stick as a habit.

Don’t complicate the instructions for your kids. Keep it as simple as possible at the start. A small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush, brush for about two minutes, rinse with clear water. Simple.

Regular Timing

One of the cornerstones of a habit is routine. Routine is rooted in consistent timing. Choose at least two, or three regular times to brush your teeth. Set a timer if you have to, but it’s best to create a habit around other regular activities. “First thing in the morning” or “after breakfast” are good times. After dinner or just before getting into bed are also good times.

Regardless of when you choose, make sure it is a daily activity, and that it is tied to another routine or habit as a reminder. In this way, you are actually appending an existing habit or routine, and that makes it easier.

Stick To It

Research indicates it takes about two weeks to create a habit. You have to do a task for at least two weeks in a row before your brain will turn it over to auto-pilot and make it into a habit. Your brain tries to do this with routine things so you don’t have to keep the task in your short-term memory.

If you can stick with a task for two weeks, you’ll be well on your way to creating a good habit. If you can hold on for 30 days, you’ll imprint your new habit as a reflexive routine. You may never have to think about it again!

Improve It

Finally, any good habit needs constant improvement. You can improve your habit of brushing your teeth by working on proper form, or by adding a little bit of time. Work toward the two-minute mark; any longer and it may start to cause damage. You can also make sure you are using a soft or medium brush, and that you are using fluoride toothpaste to keep your teeth healthy.

Start Today

There’s no time like right now to get started on creating healthy habits for your teeth. If you are having trouble with brushing, make a commitment to work on it starting now. If you are caring for a child or working with a teenager, help reinforce good habits with reminders, positive support, and a leading example.

Once you have created a healthy habit around brushing your teeth, you’ll have plenty of reason to smile. I look forward to seeing it!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Find A Few Minutes To Floss

Royal Oak family dentistry

One common excuse often given by people who don’t floss is that the practice is difficult to fit into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, and feel like you are too busy to floss, here are some suggestions for when to fit this vital dental health habit into your day.

  • The most common time is right before bed, but make sure you aren’t too tired to do a good job.
  • Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it can result in plaque.
  • Try just after lunch, before you go back to work.
  • Floss while you are in the car sitting in traffic. It’s easier one-handed with the pre-strung floss pics. (You might get some peculiar looks from other drivers, but it’s worth it.)
  • Keep some floss in your gym bag so you can floss after you exercise.
  • While you’re watching the nightly news.

I hope this gives you some helpful ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing is important for anyone in Royal Oak who wants to have a healthy smile.

If you want to enhance your smile, look into cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, invisible braces, teeth whitening, or dental implants.

My name is Dr. Steven Gustafson. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as well as helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

We are currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 248-541-8770 to make an appointment!

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Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Affordable Teeth Whitening?

Affordable Detroit Tooth Whitening If you are like most web users, you have probably spotted the multitude of ads for ‘free teeth whitening kits’.

Some show a ‘real Berkley mom’ who discovered a ‘tooth whitening secret’. Others assure you that their system is the one that ‘Birmingham dentists don’t want you to know about’. Many contain a link to a page that contains a convincing tooth whitening testimonial. They bolster their legitimacy by aligning themselves with respected companies such as CNN, USA Today, and Forbes.

Unfortunately, most of these are scams. In a recent article, the Better Business Bureau explains the scam:

The countless websites for various teeth whitening products claim to offer a no-risk, money-back guarantee, free trial of the product. To sign up, customers must provide a credit or debit card number to cover shipping. Complainants to BBB state that they are billed before their trial ends and continue to be billed after they have told the company they want to cancel.

Complainants also may find mystery charges for other companies and services that they didn’t realize they were signing up for with their ‘free’ trial.

The BBB has received complaints about the following company/product names:

  • Dazzle White
  • White Smile
  • Teeth Smile
  • Dazzle Smile
  • Ivory White
  • Max White
  • My Whitening
  • Gleaming White Smile
  • Advanced Wellness Research

Don’t trust your smile to an internet fraudster. Your tooth whitening dental office is the only place for safe teeth bleaching. You don’t want to take a chance with your credit card number or your tooth enamel! Call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for advanced cosmetic dentistry and worry-free tooth whitening. You can reach us at 248-541-8770

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Keep Your Teeth Safe

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Royal Oak

There are more ways to exercise than ever before. In Royal Oak, we have personal trainers, all-purpose gyms, specialty facilities, and recreational sports.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we want to remind our patients that many activities pose a risk to teeth.

Mouthguards are not just for rugby and football players. Actually, mouthguards can and should be used during any activity where impact to the face is possible.

This includes things like mountain biking, gymnastics, and pick-up basketball. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.

Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. Stock mouthguards are one-size-fits-all but rarely fit well.

You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed in your mouth (make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

Custom-fitted mouth protectors can be made by your dentist to make sure you have a perfect fit.

The soft tissues that line your cheeks and lips are especially susceptible to injury when you have braces or fixed bridge work. In addition, these appliances can also be damaged. For these reasons, a mouth protector is extremely important for patients undergoing these treatments. Your orthodontist may even recommend a mouth protector for your lower teeth as well.

If you have questions about sports dentistry any other dental issues, please contact our office and schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Beware Of An Acidic Diet

Detroit tooth strengthening Most individuals don’t think of a tooth as a body part that varies in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with continual chemical processes.

The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is comprised of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when it comes in contact with acids.

Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize This process isn’t instantaneous, however.

While the enamel is soft, the tooth is susceptible to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. The dentin erodes more quickly. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

It is apparent that the ordinary diet is becoming more acidic. The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, foods with high sugar or artificial sweetener content are considered acidic. We don’t recommend eliminating the healthy foods on this list. However, we just want you to be aware of the issue.

Now let’s talk about beverages. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their most durable. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular and dentists are noticing the effects.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Increasing saliva production can spark the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule a dental examination with Steven Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, call 248-541-8770 today.

We are located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. We hope you have benefited from this post and look forward to your visit.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Rather Have A Root Canal?

Royal Oak Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our patients, and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no more stressful than getting a filling.

If root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth, we provide the most advanced endodontic treatment in Michigan.

How do you know if you need a root canal? You should speak with your dental professional immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

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248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Not Too Late To Get Them Straight

Ferndale cosmetic dental and adult braces

Are you an adult in Royal Oak with crooked teeth?

Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were a teen? It’s not too late to straighten your teeth—and there are more types of braces available than ever before.

Perhaps you are not familiar with the latest types of braces. Here is a quick rundown.

If you don’t want the whole world to know you are wearing braces, ‘behind the teeth’ or lingual braces may be a good option.

Invisible braces work great for people of all ages. Some types of braces are offered in ceramic, which are also less visible than metal braces. These are often called ‘clear braces.’

Invisalign, Damon, and iBraces, are some of the trade names of proprietary orthodontic systems used in the Michigan dental community.

Once the orthodontia patient has completed treatment, he or she needs to wear a retainer to keep those pretty teeth in line. The traditional Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in either the upper or lower part of the mouth.

Clear retainers are also popular with orthodontists and their patients. They fit the teeth like a transparent glove without the need for hardware. Some patients believe clear retainers are more comfortable than other types.

If you want more beautiful teeth, come into Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak and discuss your goals with Steven Gustafson, DDS. Dr. Gustafson will examine your teeth and recommend the most effective system for you.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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