Twice A Year!

Cleanings and checkups with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak are essential to your dental health, and to your overall health. By coming into our office every six months, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy – and you’ll have a great smile, to boot.

A typical appointment is in two parts. First, one of our hygienists gives your teeth a thorough cleaning. That in itself is worth coming in for. But part two, the checkup, is just as important, because we’ll take x-rays, check for any cavities, make sure your gums are healthy, and look for signs of any problems like bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Seeing us twice a year is also a great way to protect your overall health. We won’t give you a physical like your doctor, of course. But there are more than a hundred systemic diseases that can be detected in the mouth.

In between visits, make sure to do your part. In fact, a daily regimen of flossing and brushing is the most important part of the equation. We recommend brushing at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. That way you are consistently removing the plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup and cleaning with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, pick up the phone and give us a call. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and other services. Make an 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


Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is some important news for anyone who cares about their dental health: gum disease is a principal cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is somehow connected to heart disease. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, gum disease is preventable and easy to treat if found in its early stages.

Warning signs of gum disease include:

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

The single most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to have a good dental health routine. That includes brushing and flossing twice a day, and seeing us for a checkup and cleaning every six months.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we treat gum disease, and take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat other serious conditions such as TMD. 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

 


Are You Flossing Out Of Fear?

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Most of us know that flossing is an important part of oral health. The dentists are Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry remind you that the value of this simple yet essential exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again.

Flossing offers a chance to remove food debris that a toothbrush is likely to miss. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may not compel you to floss regularly. The fear of cavities, gingivitis and gum disease may work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit.

We encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh, just as showering and dressing for the day is a positive way to increase motivation. Flossing can be a opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak to schedule your six month cleaning and checkup. We offer many ways to enhance your smile and self-confidence. Make an appointment today to consider whether cosmetic dentistry can lighten your look, dental implants can influence your flair, and general dentistry or Invisalign can ease your anxiety. We aim to make it an outstanding experience!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


How To Choose A General Dentist in Royal Oak

Choosing A Dentist In Royal Oak No matter where you live, whether it’s in Royal Oak or Ferndale or somewhere else, choosing a general dentist is never easy. Fortunately, the American Dental Association offers some guidelines. Here are some things to consider:

Convenient Location?

Location is always a factor. It plays an important role in convenience, although many individuals are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with a dentist they know and trust.

Do You Feel Comfortable?

Chairside manner is an essential factor. Your dentist should be approachable and make you feel at ease when you’re sitting in the dentist chair. After all, you will be working closely as you achieve and maintain oral health. You want to have a comfortable relationship with your dentist and the staff.

Specialty?

Specialty is another factor. Most dentists specialize in one area or another, such as orthodontics, dental implants, or pediatric dentistry. Bear in mind, it’s good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and provide ongoing general dental care.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak provides general dentistry with an emphasis on oral health. Other services include restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We are accepting new patients, so feel free to give us a call to schedule a friendly consultation.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


What is Patient-Centered Dental Care?

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What is your perception of the patient-dentist relationship? Would you characterize it as one-sided? In other words, the Royal Oak dentist examines the patient’s teeth, chooses the course of treatment, and performs the procedure-while the patient is an inconsequential participant.

It Starts With The Atmosphere

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we don’t do things that way. You will realize the difference when you first walk in our doors. You will discover a friendly atmosphere. We don’t push our cosmetic dentistry patients through as if they were on an assembly line.

We see you as a whole person, not just an disembodied mouth full of teeth. When Dr. Gustafson meets with you, you will be able to talk about more than just your oral health. You will discuss your lifestyle, your past dental experiences, your goals, and your concerns. We want to create a long-term relationship with you—it benefits you and helps us do our jobs well.

We Listen

When Dr. Gustafson examines a patient and finds a problem that needs treatment, there is rarely only one solution proposed. Dr. Gustafson will take as much time as necessary explain the options and answer your questions.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, Dr. Gustafson can fully assess the many critical factors that influence your present and future oral health.

Does This Sound Good to You?

Does patient-focused dental care make sense to you? If so, we invite you to become one of our valued general dentistry patients. You can book an appointment by calling 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


Express Your Personality With A Smile Makeover

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What makes up a perfect smile? White teeth? Straight teeth? Teeth with pleasing proportions relative to one another? A stunning smile is more than the sum of its parts. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we believe that your perfect smile also contains another element – your unique personality.

What is a smile makeover? Is is a combination of procedures that remedy any problems with your existing smile. First off, we look at the health of your teeth. If you have cavities, we take care of those first. Oral health is paramount.

Then, Dr. Steven Gustafson becomes a cosmetic dental artist using all the cutting-edge treatments available. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a multitude of tooth restoration treatments. On the least invasive end we have dental bonding and inlays/onlays. These can often be completed in just one visit. Porcelain veneers can remedy small imperfections such as chips. A veneer can also correct the shape of a tooth that is misaligned.

If you have teeth that are not structurally sound, you may need a dental crown. The crowns we provide at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak blend perfectly with your existing teeth. No “chiclet” effect where the crown sticks out like a sore thumb.

What if you have a tooth that is completely missing? Ask us about dental implants. This permanent tooth restoration is actually anchored into the jawbone, offering strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession. With a tooth implant, there is no need to damage the two adjacent teeth as is necessary for a dental bridge. There are a variety of dental braces available for our Royal Oak patients who need orthodontic treatment. Ask us about invisible braces, lingual braces and fast braces.

Perhaps your greatest need is to repair prior dental work performed elsewhere. We can remove old silver fillings and replace with natural tooth colored fillings and replace broken dental crowns.

The crowning touch? Tooth whitening.

Feels Like Coming Home

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


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

 


Help! My Crown Came Off!

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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

 


Stick Out Your Tongue!

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Have you ever considered all the amazing things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow. This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal problems with your health, including digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When Steven Gustafson performs oral exams, the tongue is always checked for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products in Detroit. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. I have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands.

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local Detroit grocery store, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Many of my Detroit patients have asked me about tongue-scraping. I recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to discuss any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact my office at 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


Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush. We’ve all been there.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak and Dr. Steven Gustafson are committed to helping patients throughout the Ferndale, Berkley, and Birmingham neighborhoods to maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.

On our blog today we are offering two fabulously bright ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that easy.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and manageable approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will reduce buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with dentures, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, or dental implants. Come see our comfortable office at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak, Michigan 48067 and we’ll help with any dental troubles we can.

Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation with Dr. Gustafson can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your unforgettable smile. Contact us at 248-284-4879 for an appointment or visit our website https://gmdentistry.com/blog/.

If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067