How Long Should You Brush?

Birmingham Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Gustafson and the American Dental Association recommend two minutes as a minimum time for brushing. Most individuals think they brush that long but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Most of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry performs preventative dentistry. We work with our patients to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you are looking for a family dentist in Royal Oak, I invite you to meet my friendly team. We offer general and restorative dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry and teeth cleaning.

And here’s a quick cold-fighting tip for my patients; get a new toothbrush when you catch a cold. A toothbrush teeming with germs can re-infect you!

Give us a call 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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Stress And Your Child’s Smile

Royal Oak how stress hurts your teeth

Doctors have been telling us for years that stress can increase the risk of everything from high blood pressure to depression. But how often do we think about how stress impacts our smile?

And what about your child’s smile? Children are just as susceptible to stress-induces oral problems.

Here are some dental problems linked to stress.

Canker and Cold Sores

Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes canker sores but suspect they are related to infection, virus, or a weak immune system. If you or your child are prone to mouth sores, you probably already know that stress seems to bring them on or increase healing times.

meet with your doctor or dentist. Your healthcare provider can advise you on medications, diet, and stress reduction practices.

Teeth Grinding

It’s no surprise that teeth grinding (bruxism) is harmful to teeth. It starts with enamel wear, then loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. During this progression, there may be other issues such as gum recession, headaches, TMJ, and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders).

If you notice that your child grinds their teeth, it’s vital to address this condition as soon as possible. In addition to stress, there are many factors that can cause or exacerbate bruxism. These include malocclusion (bad bite), and prescription depression and anxiety medications.

Your dentist may prescribe an appliance to safeguard your child’s teeth and keep their jaw in the proper position while you are sleeping. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation therapies, mandibular advancement devices, physical therapy, and medication.

If your child grinds their teeth, Dr. Gustafson can create a treatment plan and work with you and your doctor to manage or eliminate this condition.

Temporomandibular Disorders

There are many direct and indirect causes of TMD. For example, inability to manage stress may cause jaw clenching which, in turn, causes pain in the jaw joint. Other symptoms of TMD include tenderness, pain, or swelling in the neck, ear, face, or shoulder; popping or clicking sounds; and changes in bite alignment. Again, if you or your child experiences any of these, meet with your dentist.

Gum Disease

Stress can reduce your ability to fight plaque build-up which can cause gum disease.

Oral Hygiene

Some children fail to recognize brushing and flossing when they are experiencing high levels of stress.

Diet

It’s not uncommon for people people to consume more sugar and snack more often between meals when experiencing increased stress. All this at a time when vigilant oral hygiene is frequently not a person’s first priority!

Let’s nip this vicious cycle in the bud. Make an appointment with your dentist to protect your child’s dental health.

Remember, a healthy smile will give them one less thing to worry about.

 

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 Mouth Sore Something Serious?

Detroit Dentists And Your Mouth Sores As a dentist, one of my roles is to help you take care of your mouth. Some of my patients have problems with mouth sores, thus the topic of today’s article.

If you have a mouth sore that lasts more than a week or two; it is important to come in for an oral exam. Mouth sores can be an indicator of disease, and an early assessment aids in preventing more serious problems. If needed, important treatment and pain relief can be offered. In extreme cases, I will refer you to a medical professional who specializes in problems that can cause mouth sores.

There are two types of mouth sores; canker sores and cold sores.

Canker sores are small ulcer-like sores with a white or gray base and a red border. They are found on the inside of the mouth and while they are not contagious, they can be painful. Canker sore generally heal in a week or two. Antimicrobial mouth-rinses, over-the-counter topical anesthetics, and avoiding spicy and acidic foods assists in temporary relief while your sore is healing.

The cause of canker sores is not certain. Possible explanations include: a cut on the inside of the mouth, a reaction to extreme temperatures, acids from food or drink, fatigue, stress, and allergies. Some studies point to bacteria or a virus, or a combination of these factors.

Cold sores, also called fever blisters or Herpes Simplex, are groups of fluid-filled blisters that appear around the lips, sometimes appearing under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are contagious and painful, but typically heal in about a week. Some over-the-counter anesthetics deliver relief.

Hope on the Horizon

There are revolutionary antiviral drugs on the market that have shown promise in curtailing outbreaks, but there is currently no known cure. The initial infection, known as primary herpes, often occurs before adulthood. Once the virus infects you, it may stay in your body and remain inactive or cause intermittent cold sore outbreaks. Outbreaks may be triggered by a fever, sunburn, skin abrasions, stress, or exposure to extremes in temperature.

Talk To Your Dentist

In some cases, a change in the way you care for your mouth the frequency of mouth sores. If you are in the Royal Oak, area and would like to speak with a dental professional about mouth sores, give us a call at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to schedule an examination.

Our number is 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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How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Detroit Hello! Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our outstanding Royal Oak dental practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Steven Gustafson, DDS. I have been practicing dentistry in Royal Oak since 1984. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is a full-service dental office located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for patients in the Detroit area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to restore the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings that are tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the metal.

We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our Royal Oak dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face value!

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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Oral Appliance Therapy For Sleep Apnea

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Suspect you might have sleep apnea?

It’s crucial to your health to see a doctor soon. If left untreated, it can become life-threatening.

Do your loved ones tell you that you regularly stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sudden awakenings
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring interruptions in breathing during sleep robs the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When the person resumes breathing, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

CPAP (Positive Airway Pressure) may be the most well-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people don’t know that there are other ways to treat it.

Your Dentist Can Help

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) conducted by a dentist can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved OAT in the following circumstances:

  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with mild to moderate OSA
  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with severe OSA who are unable to use CPAP devices
  • As a combination of therapy (using CPAP and an oral appliance together)

A custom-fit oral appliance allows patients to breathe normally during sleep. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea must be made by a medical doctor. If the physician recommends oral appliance therapy, he or she will refer the patient to a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders.

The advantages of an oral appliance over a CPAP machine include:

  • More convenient
  • More comfortable
  • Portable
  • Quiet
  • Doesn’t need electricity
  • Easy to clean
  • May allow the wearer to talk and eat during use

If you have been suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea, OAT can restore your health. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry encourages you to see a medical doctor soon before your health is compromised. If you have already received a diagnosis of OSA and would like information about OAT, call 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

 

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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The Challenge Of Oral Hygiene For Orthodontic Patients

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The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces create hard to reach places where detrimental bacteria can thrive. If brace wearers don’t pay continual and careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. The cycle of decay goes like this – 1) Food particles are trapped in the tiny spaces in and around the wires, 2) The bacteria in the food particles multiply, 3) The bacteria create plaque, 4) The plaque erodes the enamel, and 5) Cavities form.

Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, Royal Oak orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease (gingivitis) which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual bone recession and tooth loss.

Bottom line: orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and effective oral hygiene.

Most Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry brace wearers know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a Tootsie Roll if the particles are not removed.

Brace wearers should also watch their intake of highly acidic foods and beverages. Though some acidic foods are very healthy – think tomatoes, oranges, raspberries – it is wise to substitute less acidic foods that contain similar nutrients. There are few beverages as harmful as soda and sports drinks, both of which have the detrimental duo of acid and sugar.

Here are the ten steps to effective brushing while wearing braces, courtesy of Colgate:

1. If your orthodontist has fitted you with elastics, remove them before brushing.
2. Using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft, compact toothbrush, place your brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gums. Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
3. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don’t miss any teeth.
4. Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Ensure that you brush under the wires. A battery-powered brush may be helpful.
5. Brush both the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth. Brush the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth.
6. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
7. Spit out the excess paste, then closely inspect your teeth and braces in the mirror to check that they are clean and shiny.
8. Replace your elastics in accordance with your orthodontist’s recommendation.
9. After brushing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for 1 minute to help prevent cavities and white spots.
10. Use other oral care products as prescribed by your dental professional.1

It is also important to floss while wearing braces, but that is a topic for another article.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry including dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. Our cheerful team is enthusiastic about oral health and dazzling smiles.

If you are new to the Detroit area, we invite you to call us at 248-541-8770 to schedule an exam and cleaning. Our team looks forward to meeting you.

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1“Protecting Your Healthy Smile while Wearing Braces,” Colgate Professional, http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/protecting-your-healthy-smile-while-wearing-braces, accessed on February 20, 2015

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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Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

Toothbrush Wars in Detroit

It may surprise you to know that some people have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry serving Royal Oak hears this question a lot.

Is there really one that is clearly better?

Most dentists will tell you that all toothbrushes, when used thoroughly, are effective at removing plaque. Choosing which kind you prefer is really up to you.

Today, we want to give you some extra information about toothbrushes to help you pick which kind is right for you or your child.

You need to consider cost and convenience.
Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more costly, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be difficult when buying replacement heads. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack (and batteries are not required).

The pressure you put on your gums with either type of toothbrush is essential. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with electric toothbrushes, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums than when they use manual brushes. You may want to try them both to identify your brushing style. Then you can discuss it with your dentist.

Special consideration should be taken for people with arthritis. Most dentists guide their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern of parents.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients.We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and teeth whitening. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


8 Things You Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

Royal Oak pediatric dentistry

Life is hectic for new moms and dads and some function on very little sleep for several months. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide comprehensive full service dentistry for patients in Birmingham and surrounding communities. We don’t want the first year to fly by in a blur without busy parents giving a thought to their baby’s teeth. Unfortunately “out of sight, out of mind” is often the case. It’s never too early for new Royal Oak parents to design a plan for their child’s lifelong oral health.

1. Before the first teeth appear, clean gums with a soft damp cloth or piece of gauze after feeding.

2. Prevent baby bottle tooth rot. Most new parents are cautioned from the beginning not to put babies to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. However, since baby-bottle tooth decay is still fairly common, this warning bears repetition. Baby bottle tooth decay is entirely preventable. If your baby will not sleep without a bottle, use only water. Moms who breastfeed should understand that breast milk is just as effective at creating an environment for decay. If your child uses a pacifier, don’t dip it in sugar or honey.

3. Take your infant to the dentist early. That’s right – infant. Your child’s first dental exam should occur when the first teeth erupt, usually between six months and one year of age.

4. When your baby’s first tooth peeks through, begin brushing gently with a small, soft toothbrush and a grain of rice sized dot of fluoride toothpaste. This aids in keeping that tooth decay-free while allowing your baby to get comfortable with regular oral hygiene.

5. From the ages of 3 to 6, the amount of toothpaste can increase to a pea-sized dab. Most children swallow instead of spitting. You don’t want your child to swallow more than a minuscule smear of toothpaste. While fluoride is essential, too much can be detrimental.

6. Consider dental sealants. Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the cracks and fissures where food particles can hide, breeding dangerous bacteria that doesn’t take long to create cavities. Sealants are especially critical in the back teeth which, due to the abundance of crevasses, are hardest to clean properly. During your child’s first check-up at our office, you can talk to the dental team about sealants. Sealants aren’t usually applied until all of the teeth have come in, but it’s a good idea to seek a dentist’s advice at your first visit.

7. Talk to your dentist about pacifier use, thumb-sucking, or any other habits that affect teeth and jaw development.

8. Teach your toddler to drink from a cup as soon as possible. The fewest months your child uses a bottle, the better. Even if your child loves his bottle, you are going to have to take it away sooner or later.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we love our littlest patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as Invisalign and dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Don’t Let A Simple Problem Become Serious

canker sore treatment DetroitToday in the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog, we are going to discuss those small irritations in the mouth that have the potential to become big problems.

Injuries, sores, or inflammation in the mouth can be very uncomfortable. These non-specific irritations, called stomatitis, have many different causes.

They may be caused by cold sores, gum disease, teeth grinding, or biting the inside of your mouth. They may also be connected to broken teeth or braces.

In fact, any inflammation of the membranes in the mouth can be classified as stomatitis. Stomatitis can affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even to fall asleep at night.

Fortunately, most of these irritations clear up on their own within a couple of weeks. However, there is a possibility that a viral or bacterial infection can occur. It’s important to let your dentist know about these sores if they don’t clear up after several weeks. Even if there are no complications, your dentist can help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

If you’re concerned about stomatitis, call us today. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients.We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and teeth whitening. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease

A gum disease treatment Monktonhealthy smile needs decay-free teeth and healthy gums. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we’ve seen a variety of issues in our patients’ gums.

Which of the items below are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Overbite
c. Diabetes
d. Heredity

All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.

Which of the following are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bad breath
d. Sore gums

All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.

Which of the following are possible health problems linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

a,b, and d are all possible health problems.

What percentage of people age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

C. 25%

Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

A, b, and C.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

 

contact gustafson morningstar dentistry:

248-843-0496

location (tap to open in google maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

Sources:
John Donavan, “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth,” WebMD, December 15, 2015, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-teeth#3, accessed March 20, 2017
“Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments,” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm, accessed March 20, 2017
“Diseases and Conditions Periodontitis,” Mayo Clinic, February 4, 2014, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/periodontitis/basics/risk-factors/con-20021679, accessed March 20, 2017