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Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental problems during pregnancy. Today’s post contains vital information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

Dr. Gustafson recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning completed by one of the adept dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, set up an appointment today by calling 248-284-4879. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.

If you receive dental treatment at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Dr. Gustafson that you are expecting. This will affect decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to tooth decay. If you are eating several small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle impact your baby. It is important that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific advice for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we pamper our patients who are expecting.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry: 248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

Royal Oak Teeth Whitening and Veneers You have probably seen ads for lightening products contain terms such as “white brite,” “22 carbamide peroxide” and “peroxide teeth.” How do you separate tooth bleaching fact from fiction?

Some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that desires a whiter smile. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. We invit you to speak with Dr. Gustafson, DDS at our Royal Oak office. Not all teeth whitening systems are appropriate for every person.

Don’t be fooled by smile whitening hype and risk poor results. If you have existing cosmetic dental work such as crowns, bonding, partial dentures or bridge work, it is important to talk to a legitimate professional about worry-free teeth whitening.

If you have all-natural teeth that are dull or stained, tooth whitening will probably brighten your smile. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, veneers, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not be successful.

Porcelain veneers may be a better solution for you. There are several brands of veneers such as Lumineers by Cerinate, da Vinci and Mac. The vast majority of Royal Oak veneer recipients are thrilled with the results. Porcelain veneers not only brighten your smile, they can provide many other improvements.

Veneers are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because they can correct tooth misalignment and gaps as well as furnish instant teeth whitening.

Schedule a consultation by calling 248-284-4879. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your unique smile.

For more details about our services including: cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or dentures, call 248-284-4879.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Preventing Tooth Decay

Preventing Tooth Decay in Michigan In Michigan and around the country, tooth decay is one of the most widespread childhood troubles, yet tooth decay also affects adults. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry serves people from 20 to 70 years old to help fight tooth decay.

Blame it on Bacteria

Bacteria is the cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and merge with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often lead to the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

Lifestyle Factors

Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed  throughout the day, tooth decay can appear. Foods to forgo include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria flourish.

To help prohibit dental caries, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

Hello, my name is Steven Gustafson. My practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, is located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd Royal Oak, Michigan.- Dr. Steven Gustafson

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


A Toothache The Size Of Detroit

Royal Oak Tooth Whitening Throbbing toothache pain for anyone can be absolutely intolerable. At the very least, milder toothache pain can cause you to abstain from certain foods. Severe toothache pain can be positively debilitating, forcing people to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.

The most common causes of a toothache include infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth. Tooth pain can result after a tooth has been extracted or following oral surgery. I can identify the source of your toothache, and in most cases can provide nearly immediate relief.

Of course, the best way to avert tooth pain is to visit your dentist frequently, and to care properly for your teeth including a regular regimen of brushing and flossing.

If you are experiencing toothache pain, please give me a call; I am standing by to help.

Dr. Gustafson, DDS 248-284-4879

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry: 248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Dental Breakthroughs On The Horizon

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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we use the latest proven dental technology to provide our patients with quality general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, we keep tabs on the most recent dental research that is propelling the industry forward.

Here are some of the exciting dental technologies currently being analyzed and tested:

Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to lengthen the life of fillings by reducing secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.

“Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.”1 Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Stem Cells
Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to provide a plethora of exciting developments in dentistry.

A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin.2 The objective is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for men and women worldwide.

3D Printing
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to manufacture aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less costly, you will be seeing them in more Michigan  dental offices.

Technology has its place, but experience, proficiency, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as essential. The friendly team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry invites you to appreciate the difference at our comfortable dental office. Call today to make an appointment.

Note: The image to the right is a CAD-CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) machine used for the production of dental restorations.

1“Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass,” Oregon State University December 22, 2015, http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/dec/tooth-fillings-future-may-incorporate-bioactive-glass, accessed on October 24, 2016
2Liz Cass, “Fillings that heal your teeth – how regenerative medicine could change your visit to the dentist,” University of Nottingham, July 1, 2016, https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2016/july/fillings-that-heal-your-teeth.aspx, accessed on October 24, 2016

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Help! My Crown Came Off!

repair broken dental crown Royal Oak

You are chewing an apple and hear an odd sound, then something in your mouth feels wrong. One of your crowns has popped free. Chances are, the crown (which cost you hundreds of dollars) can be re-cemented.

What do you do when your dental crown comes off?
It’s vital that you take the following steps:

Don’t Swallow It!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we are mentioning it because it is vital. Carefully take it out of your mouth. If you accidentally swallow it, you will have some extra issues that aren’t pleasant.

Look Carefully
Inspect the crown and your tooth. If there is damage to either, Dr. Gustafson will need that information. Which brings me to number 3:

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry
We will schedule you an appointment promptly and guide you on whether you should use temporary cement to re-attach the crown until you can get into Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and have it permanently re-cemented.

Clean Gently
Use a toothbrush to carefully clean the crown and the exposed partial tooth.

Handle With Care
While waiting for the crown to be re-cemented, abstain from substances that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry: 248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth Royal Oak Hello, I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson. At my Royal Oak practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Royal Oak men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

Royal Oak people who have difficulty managing stress need to realize that it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic at any Berkley, Birmingham, or Ferndale drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Detroit residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry our friendly staff can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.

And Royal Oak dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Berkley, Birmingham, and Ferndale areas find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today. We offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, and Invisalign. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Energy Drink Warning For Royal Oak

Birmingham Smile Redesign Hello. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson.

Welcome to my Birmingham dental blog. Today’s topic is energy drinks and the damage they can cause to your teeth. I am seeing more and more Birmingham teens and adults with tooth enamel erosion caused by frequent consumption of sport drinks.

Most of these Birmingham dentistry patients take good care of their teeth, brush and floss, and come into Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for a twice-yearly exam and deep cleaning. But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice immaculate oral hygiene.

Energy drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding substances. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

Perhaps, like myself, you have often noticed young people walking out of Birmingham convenience stores swigging 32-ounce energy drinks. I am concerned that Birmingham teens do not understand the serious dental consequences of frequent acid baths.

The following is from ABC Sports:

“Sports drinks are increasingly damaging the teeth of professional and recreational athletes, one of Australia’s top sports dentists has warned. Dr. Brett Dorney says he has witnessed a huge increase in dental erosion since the Sidney Olympics, when he was the event’s deputy director of dental services.”

Here is an excerpt from a recent CNN Story:

“Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

I need to add the caveat that soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can damage teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, we can restore your smile with advanced cosmetic dentistry. Crowns, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays can correct both structural and cosmetic problems.

Our phone number is 248-284-4879. If you are interested in re-designing your smile, come in for an exam and consultation. With cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry, we can repair acid-damaged teeth and dramatically increase your face value.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

Royal Oak dentist teeth whitening

As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Have you considered tooth whitening? Teeth whitening at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to look younger and more attractive.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Though some Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry teeth whitening patients experience a little short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.

There are several different methods for whitening teeth but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

DIY Whitening Products
First of all, the strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. If you have gum disease, cavities, crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, Dr. Steven Gustafson recommends first visiting your dentist for a teeth whitening consultation. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.

Don’t assume that tooth whitening offered at Detroit mall kiosks is risk-free. The industry is largely unregulated and the staff often have little dental training. Do you really want to take chances with your smile?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we are currently accepting new patients at our Royal Oak office. My friendly team of skilled dental professionals would love to serve you with cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, Invisalign, or general dentistry. You can schedule an appointment by calling 248-284-4879.

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Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Kids Who Like Dental Visits?

friendly children

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we are proud of the fact that the majority of our young patients like visiting our office for their checkups, cleanings, and treatments. We believe that developing a relationship with an experienced, friendly dentist is an essential responsibility for parents.

The Oral Health-Physical Health Connection

Optimal physical health for children is impossible without the oral health component. Though this fact seems obvious, cavities in kids is a national epidemic, and, for the most part, is preventable. Regular checkups are just as essential as well child exams and immunizations.

The health of your child’s teeth and gums affects their speech development, eating habits, academic success, mental health, and social relationships. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we love working with you and your child to establish habits that ensure a healthy smile for life.

The Good News

Today’s children are far less fearful of the dentist than their grandparents’ generation. Part of the reason is that today’s dental tools have progressed considerably and rarely cause any pain. If you are old enough to remember the whining dental drills of fifty years ago, you probably have a greater appreciation for the technological discoveries that make dental treatment far more pleasant than in years past.

But advanced tools are not the only reason that our youngest patients look forward to dental visits. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, there is a warm, inviting atmosphere that puts patients of all ages at ease. If you are looking for a top dentist for your child, rest assured that our friendly team will make your child feel comfortable during their dental visit.

When Should A Child Have Their First Dental Checkup?

We recommend parents to bring their toddler in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can highlight dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Bring Your Questions

We also give moms and dads guidance about thumb-sucking, pacifiers, and other habits that affect dental health. When your child starts participating in sports, let’s discuss custom mouthguards. Remember to call us immediately at 248-284-4879 if your child suffers a tooth injury.

In addition to offering children’s dentistry, we deliver restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and dentures.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


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