The Importance of Six Month Checkups

When you leave Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI after a cleaning and checkup, we always make sure to schedule your next appointment with us, six months down the road. Is that really necessary? Isn’t having the dentist look inside your mouth once a year enough?

The short answer is: no. An unfortunate reality of dental health is that it doesn’t take very long for new problems to appear, and the sooner we identify and treat them, the better. You don’t want to give a cavity an extra six months to eat away at the enamel of your teeth.

We understand that no one really likes going to the dentist. Even when you’re confident that your teeth are in great shape, do you really want to sit for an hour while a hygienist pokes and scrapes your teeth and gum line?

But as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin said that more than two hundred years ago, and it’s as true now as it was in his day. If you don’t have cleanings and checkups on a regular basis, you’re gambling with your dental health – and that can result in other health complications.

By now, we think you get the point. But here are three very good reasons to see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tarter. Even brushing and flossing twice a day won’t get everything. There are areas that simply won’t be reached. Plaque and tartar has a way of settling into those areas, and should be removed frequently.
  • Bad habits. When you see us on a regular basis, we have the chance to identify new problems that may appear. Additional stress in life may lead to teeth grinding or jaw clenching; the early stages of gum disease, not noticeable six months ago, may be plain to see. No matter the issue, early detection and early treatment are the best ways to treat it.
  • Oral cancer check. You don’t have to be a smoker to get oral cancer, although tobacco use increases your risk. Once again, the sooner it is found, the better the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

During those six months between cleanings and checkups, remember to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. It’s essential!

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. If you haven’t scheduled that next checkup yet, pick up the phone and give us a call.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, with these tips from Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can suppress the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to create consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and wash away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Inspect gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will suppress discoloration.

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with our staff. We will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

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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Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Works To Earn Your Trust

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak Dentistry is a challenging and fascinating profession. Dentists must have diagnostic skills, dexterity, extensive scientific knowledge, and good visual memory. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, we must also have  artistic ability. In addition to the technical aspects of dentistry, the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak enjoys interacting with our patients.

We recognize that our patients have other choices in Detroit area dental practices, and work constantly to earn their trust and surpass their expectations.

Each dental patient is unique. Many of our patients come in twice a year  for exams and cleanings. We help them maintain excellent oral health. Some Ferndale cosmetic dentistry patients come to us seeking major restorative dental work. It is extremely gratifying to complete a smile makeover and see the patient’s reaction when they see their new smile for the first time.

When we have a pre-treatment consultation with a new Berkley patient, it is very informative for both of us. The patient learns the specifics about the possible procedures and I learn about the patient’s goals, concerns and expectations. Then we work with the patient to develop a dental treatment plan that fits the patient’s needs, desired outcome and budget.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment to see us today.

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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Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, our patients who wait to have a toothache checked invariably end up saying, “I wish I had come sooner.”

A toothache is sending you a simple, clear message: “See the dentist!” You might think a toothache is no big deal. You can just chew on one side of your mouth for a few days, right?

Your toothache may be nothing more than a simple cavity. But we consider toothaches a red flag indicating something else may be going on. We want to see you as soon as possible.

Mouth pain is never “normal.” We will determine the cause of the pain so proper treatment can begin. Aside from cavities, causes may indicate gum disease, a broken crown, mouth sores, bite issues, or TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Let us take care of you and you will quickly be back to pain-free eating, grimace-free speaking and better sleeping.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, a toothache always demands attention, so never ignore one. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Make you next appointment today.

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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A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool: The X-ray

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Providing quality dental care is much easier at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, when we have thorough information about a patients’ oral health.

Pictures are more reliable than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the surface are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual analysis, we want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more often.

X-rays also help us find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many critical precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.

It is essential that women inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, X-rays are part of our comprehensive general dentistry. We also offer cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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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Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Are floss picks as good as regular floss? At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we believe that while it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface.

We recommend traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small segment of floss stretched in a straight line. But a tooth is rounded, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically, because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss used correctly.

By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more capably clean that essential area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more precise than a piece of plastic.

We have seen patients who are observant floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a review on correct flossing:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  2. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  3. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  4. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean segment for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new section.
  5. Some people find it more straightforward to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you settle upon, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.
  6. If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding commonly stops within a week or two.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we promote dental health in our patients with general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment in Royal OakHave you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you experienced a sudden shock of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel has eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!

Tooth sensitivity can be a warning that something is amiss. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.

A number of factors can bring about gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too vigorously!

If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.

If you experience constant or intermittent pain in your teeth or gums, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry right away to make an appointment. We take tooth pain seriously.

There are multiple treatments for tooth sensitivity including desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments, and gum grafting. Of course, if you need a restoration, that is the first order of business.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

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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Getting Ready For A Dental Implant?

dental implant cost BerkleyThis post from Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak concentrates on the preparation required for a dental implant.

A dental implant is a permanent post inserted into the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A dental implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?

Ideal candidates for a dental implant include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, sufficient bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. For most of our patients who seek tooth restoration, a dental implant is a good option.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, your current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the details. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be needed.

How do I ensure successful healing?

Avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal after the implant is placed. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around the site. Follow the directions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Stay away from smoking or other tobacco products.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, dangerous habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a concern for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implant and gum tissue around the implant clean just as you (hopefully) do with your original teeth.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak is a provider of dental implants. We also offer general dentistry services. Make an appointment with us today.

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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What Is More Valuable Than A Diamond?

Royal Oak cosmetic dentistryEvery tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.” -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605.

When Cervantes wrote that, there was no way to replace teeth lost to decay or injury. We are fortunate to live at a time where there is a permanent solution for missing teeth: the amazing dental implant.

A dental implant is anchored into the jaw bone. It does not slide around like a removable denture. It functions just like a natural tooth.

With a dental implant, you can talk, chew, and brush like normal. Eat that steak. Laugh out loud. Sing at the top of your lungs!

Dental implants are not an experimental treatment. They have been available for many years. You can be sure it has been fully tested and tweaked to perfection.

If you have a missing tooth and want to get a dental implant, it is critical to decide on an experienced specialist, like Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. We offer the full spectrum of restorative, cosmetic, and general dental services.

In addition to dental implants, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak provides general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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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Bad Breath Treatment At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Bad Breath Treatment at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Do you suspect that you have bad breath? At  Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we help our patients overcome this unpleasant, irritating, and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums, and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious health matters. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously is harmful to gums and contributes to gum recession.

Don’t forget about regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienists are trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067