7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this malady. There are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can help you with this unpleasant dilemma. If your bad breath is the result of inadequate oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the simplest types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

Men and women who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to clean away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some dedicated oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prohibit particles of food from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, Dr. Steven Gustafson will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.

Possible dental causes are a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is associated with a non-dental condition, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of dental services including cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants. Call 248-541-8770 today!

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 Bright Can You Shine?

Affordable Royal Oak Cosmetic Dentistry

Hello! Do you want brighter, whiter teeth? Most men and women notice their teeth dull as the years go by. But foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth at any age.

OTC tooth whitening products like kits, strips, or toothpaste may slightly lighten stains, but for a truly sensational smile, see Steven Gustafson!

If you have dental veneers, bonding, or bridges, teeth whitening bleach will not influence the stains and your whitened natural teeth may make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can advise you about new dental work, including veneers or bondings, if these have discolored with age.

Remember, anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain teeth.

Brushing after meals can keep stains at bay. But immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, just rinse your mouth with water. Brushing before the acids are neutralized or washed away can erode enamel.

In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and can produce marvelous results over time.

For more information about a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly dental team for a smile brightening consultation today!

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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Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have extreme tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post is for Detroit area residents whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental dilemmas affect you every day of your life.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, severe mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the sensational smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that affect your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that arises when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term that refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with numerous damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are generally the best tooth replacement for Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry patients with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be completed to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from previous teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, speak with us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can correct a bite misalignment and is usually needed after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers a full menu of cosmetic dental procedures including total mouth reconstruction. Cosmetic dentistry may be more affordable than you think. Talk to us about financing or a multi-procedure treatment schedule that allows you to pay as you go. Restoring a healthy smile may be the best investment you ever make.

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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9 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

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Unfortunately, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is very common. But completely preventable.

Here are some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will only need to visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Not major treatment.

1. Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Remove the particles of food Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough. Scrubbing your gums aggressively can be painful and is a BIG don’t.

2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much simpler to insert the floss between teeth. But get over your aversion to flossing, unless you want tooth decay or periodontitis (advanced gum disease).

3. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouth rinse can prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath. (But they can contribute to dry mouth which can cause other problems.)

4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A sensible diet provides the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.

5. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may result in gum disease or oral cancer. While you’re at it, avoid E-cigs and vapors.

6. Be aware that certain medications can also threaten a healthy smile. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and heart medicines. If your medications are affecting your dental health, talk to Dr. Gustafson.

7. Exercise preventive care and schedule regular examinations — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.

8. Talk to your dentist about dental health topics such as old, broken fillings, or crowded teeth.

9. If you grind your teeth, talk to Dr. Gustafson about ways to protect your teeth.

Listed above are nine simple ways to ensure your teeth don’t decay, or worse, fall out completely. It’s vital to brush your teeth in the morning and at night. Bonus points for brushing and/or rinsing after lunch. Thorough, daily oral hygiene also keeps your breath fresh. Your friends, family, and co-workers will appreciate that.

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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Dental Crowns Solve Dental Dilemmas

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in Royal OakA dental crown is a strong, natural-looking permanent tooth restoration that covers the top of the damaged tooth. Dentists use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas.

Crowns can remedy the following issues:

  • A broken tooth with decay
  • An ill-fitting existing crown
  • A decayed tooth that has lost a substantial amount of tooth structure
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that causes bite misalignment

Before your dentist can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare the tooth. Dentists often give you a local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain during the prepping.

Your dentist will remove decay, if any, and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth.

A temporary crown is then placed on the tooth to protect it until you return to receive the permanent restoration. The patient needs to be wary while wearing the temporary crown. Vigorous brushing or flossing can displace the crown or damage the exposed soft tissue. The patient should also refrain from eating extremely hard foods like nuts or sticky candy.

The mold of your teeth is sent to a dental lab where your crown is fabricated. Dental crowns are offered in three varieties: tooth-colored crowns made of resin or porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and solid metal crowns.

Each type has its pros and cons. Your dentist will choose the right crown material for your particular tooth.

What if you need a permanent dental restoration for both the top and root of your tooth? A dental implant is your answer.

For more details about complete dental restorations and other cosmetic dental solutions, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 today.

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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Preventing Gum Disease At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Preventing Gum Disease at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth, and bone.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.

Our goal is to help our Detroit dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gum line where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

To schedule a deep cleaning, call 248-541-8770. We are located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. In addition to providing comprehensive dental cleanings, we create mega-watt smiles for cosmetic dentistry patients in the Berkley and Birmingham area. See for more information about our state-of-the-art dental practice.

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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Aching Jaw?

Aching Jaw In Royal Oak?

Hi. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, and today in the Royal Oak dentist blog, I want to look at some of the conditions that may result in jaw pain.

Jaw pain may be caused by sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses, and when these tissues are inflamed, the sinuses exert pressure on surrounding areas. If the inflamed sinus is near the jaw, pain in the jaw joint may result. This commonly happens with a cold or allergies.

Many of my Detroit patients who come to me with jaw pain have some type of dental issue, such as an infection, or a problem in the temporomandibular joint (also known as TMJ).

The source of jaw pain can easily be identified at your Detroit dental office, and treatment can begin from there. But remember, jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.

If you are looking for quality dental care around the Berkley, Birmingham, or Ferndale areas, please consider Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. I am located in Detroit and have been serving the greater Detroit area since 1984. If you have any questions about oral health or cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or dental implants, give us a call today at 248-541-8770.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures
Invisalign

And so much more! Whether you need a routine dental check-up or are considering a smile makeover, contact our friendly staff today!

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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Been A While Since You Had Your Teeth Cleaned?

Royal Oak Tooth Whitening Welcome to the dental practice of Dr. Steven Gustafson, DDS.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide comprehensive full-service dentistry for patients in Royal Oak and surrounding communities. Our friendly team of skilled hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative staff help Dr. Gustafson exceed our patients’ expectations. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we understand the value of a healthy and beautiful smile.

We are passionate about providing each patient with personalized care in our state-of-the-art dental practice.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. For more specifics about our team, see http://gmdentistry.com/blog/.

If you were blessed with a beautiful smile, we can help you keep it that way with professional deep cleanings and thorough examinations. We set the standard for preventative family dentistry.

If you were not blessed with a beautiful smile, let’s consider how we can improve it. Modern cosmetic dentistry provides a remedy for virtually every aesthetic problem.

If it has been a while since you have received a professional dental cleaning, call 248-541-8770 today to schedule a cleaning with one of our skilled hygienists. Your teeth will feel amazingly clean, silky, and smooth after the chalky plaque and calculus are removed.

Whether you need an examination or a complex full mouth reconstruction, at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we’ll get you smiling again!

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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Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

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Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we approach all your oral care needs from two separate angles—what we can do in our dental practice and what you can do at home.

For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office, there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening processes are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can influence your whitened smile. Be aware of staining agents such as coffee, tea, tobacco, and soda. We understand that eliminating these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Education and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with it and help neutralize the acids. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can negate the results of teeth whitening.

If you are interested in making improvements to your smile and creating a more confident appearance for your professional career or personal relationships, please pick up the phone and contact the extraordinary staff at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today 248-541-8770. Dr. Steven Gustafson, DDS, takes pride in providing friendly care and expertise when treating patients.

Come discover the personal attention with dentures, the patient and steady hand with Invisalign, the wise and thorough instruction relating to cosmetic dentistry. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation, expect expert guidance that will make your daily oral care and lifestyle choices productive and meaningful.

When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you—we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job. Check out our website at https://gmdentistry.com or come in for an evaluation and recommendations.

Dr. Gustafson provides the full spectrum of dental services from cosmetic dentistry to teeth cleaning to dental implants.

Feels Like Coming Home- Dr. Steven Gustafson

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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Let Your Smile Show Who You Really Are

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Let’s talk about the power of a smile.

A smile communicates your emotions more precisely than words can ever do. The absence of a smile also sends a clear message. But what if you want to smile but the dilemmas with your teeth prevent you? This is a frustrating condition for many Royal Oak people both young and old.

You may have a warm and engaging personality, but no one can notice that personality without a smile. If you are frequently too embarrassed about your teeth to smile, this post is for you.

Do you ever think about how your close-lipped facial expressions affect other people’s perceptions of you? Do you think it’s possible that your demeanor causes people to get the wrong impression? Perhaps they think you are shy, distant, timid, or unhappy. These adjectives are probably completely off-base – but without a smile, it’s hard to tell. Especially when people meet you for the first time.

Do you think your unsightly smile has affected your career? How about your personal relationships? If you are not comfortable with the way your teeth look, you have probably considered cosmetic dentistry.

This begs the question: “What has prevented you from seeking a smile transformation?” Is it the cost? Fear that it’s going to be painful? Doubts about whether it will really work? Worry that you will have to take work off for several appointments? Maybe you are just too embarrassed to let anyone look in your mouth.

If you are still reading this post, I suspect you are on the fence regarding this life-changing renewal. You can’t make a wise choice unless you have the vital facts, and I want to provide them to you.

Knowledge is power. I invite you to come in for a free, informational smile makeover consultation. I want to meet with you about all the concerns I mentioned previously and any others you may have. When I carry out a smile transformation for someone who has been embarrassed to smile for years, it changes that person’s life. Because of revolutionary procedures, instruments, lab processes, and materials, it’s a great time to be a cosmetic dentist and an even better time to get a smile makeover at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

The key to a cosmetic dental smile makeover that transcends what is technically adequate to the type of remarkable smile that is greater than the sum of its parts is the expertise of the dentist. To reach the level of perfection that you deserve, a renowned smile makeover dentist must have the power to use all these things in combination with rare artistic skills.

Whew! That’s a lot of words. And, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, we know that words cannot convey what an unforgettable smile can. Let me show you pictures of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry smile makeover patients. Then you will understand. (After all, a picture is worth – how many words?)

I invite you to call me, Dr. Steven Gustafson, today 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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