5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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1. Protect Your Gums

It’s not only acute tooth decay that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as dangerous. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. Professional cleaning gets rid of the plaque before it can cause the gums to recede.

2. Prevent Cavities

Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can accumulate. We have many patients who are observant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist discovers plaque on their teeth.

3. Check for Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this grave news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year.1

4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many people treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but overlook their teeth. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we’ve often wondered about this persistent disconnect. Did you know that there is compelling evidence to suggest that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is significantly impacted when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.

5. It May Be Free

Many Michigan dental insurance plans cover biannual dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most economical ways to keep optimal oral health.

Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule a professional dental cleaning at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

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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

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How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for your smile. Healthy teeth make a beautiful smile. Brushing can also help with gum health and even keep your breath smelling sweet.

For some of us, brushing can be a loathsome chore that gets in the way of a good time. Hopefully, you don’t think of brushing in such dire terms, but I know it happens.

The best way to built brushing into your routine is to make it a habit. A habit is an automated practice that becomes hard to give up. Some habits can be bad, of course. Brushing can be a good habit.

If you can make brushing your teeth a habit, you’ll be one step closer to a life of successful checkups.

Here are some tips for creating a good habit that you can teach your kids. These tips will also work on teens. And they work on adults, too:

Keep It Simple

One of the best ways to create a habit is to keep the requirements simple. Brushing teeth is already a simple task, but we can focus on the simplicity to help it stick as a habit.

Don’t complicate the instructions for your kids. Keep it as simple as possible at the start. A small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush, brush for about two minutes, rinse with clear water. Simple.

Regular Timing

One of the cornerstones of a habit is routine. Routine is rooted in consistent timing. Choose at least two, or three regular times to brush your teeth. Set a timer if you have to, but it’s best to create a habit around other regular activities. “First thing in the morning” or “after breakfast” are good times. After dinner or just before getting into bed are also good times.

Regardless of when you choose, make sure it is a daily activity, and that it is tied to another routine or habit as a reminder. In this way, you are actually appending an existing habit or routine, and that makes it easier.

Stick To It

Research indicates it takes about two weeks to create a habit. You have to do a task for at least two weeks in a row before your brain will turn it over to auto-pilot and make it into a habit. Your brain tries to do this with routine things so you don’t have to keep the task in your short-term memory.

If you can stick with a task for two weeks, you’ll be well on your way to creating a good habit. If you can hold on for 30 days, you’ll imprint your new habit as a reflexive routine. You may never have to think about it again!

Improve It

Finally, any good habit needs constant improvement. You can improve your habit of brushing your teeth by working on proper form, or by adding a little bit of time. Work toward the two-minute mark; any longer and it may start to cause damage. You can also make sure you are using a soft or medium brush, and that you are using fluoride toothpaste to keep your teeth healthy.

Start Today

There’s no time like right now to get started on creating healthy habits for your teeth. If you are having trouble with brushing, make a commitment to work on it starting now. If you are caring for a child or working with a teenager, help reinforce good habits with reminders, positive support, and a leading example.

Once you have created a healthy habit around brushing your teeth, you’ll have plenty of reason to smile. I look forward to seeing it!

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Keep Your Teeth Safe

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Royal Oak

There are more ways to exercise than ever before. In Royal Oak, we have personal trainers, all-purpose gyms, specialty facilities, and recreational sports.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we want to remind our patients that many activities pose a risk to teeth.

Mouthguards are not just for rugby and football players. Actually, mouthguards can and should be used during any activity where impact to the face is possible.

This includes things like mountain biking, gymnastics, and pick-up basketball. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.

Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. Stock mouthguards are one-size-fits-all but rarely fit well.

You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed in your mouth (make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

Custom-fitted mouth protectors can be made by your dentist to make sure you have a perfect fit.

The soft tissues that line your cheeks and lips are especially susceptible to injury when you have braces or fixed bridge work. In addition, these appliances can also be damaged. For these reasons, a mouth protector is extremely important for patients undergoing these treatments. Your orthodontist may even recommend a mouth protector for your lower teeth as well.

If you have questions about sports dentistry any other dental issues, please contact our office and schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.

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Can You Save a Dead Tooth?

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Teeth are alive

Since our teeth don’t “grow” and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded that they have active nerves when we have a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food.

Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy.

What lies below the enamel?

Veins, arteries, lymph vessels, and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow problems? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

Can you save a dead tooth?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we perform root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if necessary.

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

What happens after a root canal?

The root canal is only the first step in complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build-up and the beautiful and functional crown.

Root canals usually last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth?

It is vital to speak with Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage.

Keep in mind, however, that sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

You can count on Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for quality care when you need it.

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Poor Quality Sleep Has Dangerous Health Consequences

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Is poor sleep affecting your health?

There is a direct connection between health and quality of sleep.

A study conducted by the University of Chicago School of Medicine discovered a link between poor quality sleep and type 2 diabetes.

“Insufficient sleep–a highly prevalent condition in modern society–may disrupt fat metabolism and reduce the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugars. It suggests that something as simple as getting enough sleep could help counteract the current epidemics of diabetes and obesity.”–Esra Tasali, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

The Danger of High Blood Suger

Even if you don’t have diabetes, you should care about your blood sugar levels. Spikes in blood sugar are dangerous in a myriad of ways.

High blood sugar can damage blood vessels that bring oxygen to your organs. This can elevate the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, nerve malfunction, and vision dilemmas.

Difficulty sleeping may be caused by sleep apnea

What is sleep apnea?

It’s a potentially serious condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep.

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Read through these common symptoms.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Episodes of Not Breathing
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry Mouth/Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability

Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you have two or more, it’s time to see your physician.

Three Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This type occurs when someone has a combination of the two previously listed.

If your doctor diagnoses Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it’s important to explore all the treatments. Some kinds of sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance. Treatment can ease your symptoms and help prevent the health issues discussed previously.

Sleep Better, Be Happier

Improved sleep can trigger a chain reaction of positive results. When you sleep better, you feel happier during the day. You are more in control. Better able to deal constructively with life’s challenges. It helps you be proactive instead of reactive. When you make better decisions, you have more success in your business and personal pursuits.

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What are Habit Appliances and How are they Used?

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What are habit appliances?

Habit appliances are devices that are most commonly used to help young children stop sucking their thumbs. Habit appliances are also known as habit breaking appliances or crib appliances. Most are metal devices that are placed on the inside of the front teeth and can look like metal retainers. Some habit breaking devices can be removed, like retainers, and some are glued into place and cannot be removed. Habit breaking appliances are often held in place by the upper molars. Habit breaking appliances can both physically stop the bad habit and can serve as a reminder to not partake in the bad habit.

How are habit appliances used?

The main purpose of habit appliances is to stop toddlers from sucking their thumbs. However, some adults also have habit appliances inserted to stop them from tongue-thrusting. The goal of habit appliances, beyond breaking bad habits like tongue-thrusting and thumb-sucking, is to prevent individuals from positioning their teeth in odd and unnatural positions that may lead to an open bite, an overbite, or protruding teeth. Habit appliances can prevent teeth from aligning in bad positions. By using a habit appliance for a child who sucks their thumb after getting their permanent teeth, you can potentially prevent the need for braces.

Can habit appliances be harmful?

Habit breaking appliances are not harmful to the teeth or mouth, and there is no proven disadvantage to using them. Habit appliances are temporary and prevent damage to the teeth caused by tongue-thrusting or thumb-sucking.

How long do individuals need to use habit-breaking appliances?

It could take a couple of weeks to several months to break the habit. Some habit appliances are like retainers and can be removed on one’s own, however, most habit appliances are glued into place and have to be removed by a dentist once they believe the habit has been successfully broken. Sometimes habit appliances can be left in an individual’s mouth for years.

When to consider a habit-breaking oral device:

  • If thumb sucking becomes a habit
  • If tongue-thrusting becomes a habit
  • If any other bad habits arise that cause the teeth to be positioned in an unnatural way

Dr. Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is a pediatric dentist who can prescribe and custom-fit a habit appliance for your toddler.

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Your Mouth Pain Might Be Pulpitis. Call Us ASAP!

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Some people hate going to the dentist.  They only seek treatment when the pain is unbearable.

Because we are an urgent care practice in Royal Oak, many of our patients fall into this category.

We take extra care with those who have dental anxiety.

Pulpitis an issue that can result in so much pain, even the most dental-phobic patients are forced to pursue treatment.

There are many causes of mouth pain. Some are more serious than others.

If the pain is caused by pulpitis, you need urgent care treatment immediately.

What is Pulpitis?

The “itis” suffix is a clue. In medical-speak, the suffix means “inflammation of.”

Dermatitis is inflamed skin. Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Pulpitis, therefore, is inflammation of the tooth pulp.

Why do body parts become inflamed?

Inflammation is an immune response. Your body couldn’t heal infections or lacerations if it didn’t trigger an inflammatory response.

What are the indications of inflammation?

Medical students learn the acronym PRISH to remember them.

Can you guess them?

  1. Pain
  2. Redness
  3. Immobility
  4. Swelling
  5. Heat

These symptoms warn us that there is a malfunction in the affected tissue or organ. They motivate us to address it. Some can be treated at home. Perhaps a heat rash or superficial wound. Others are serious and require visiting a doctor or dentist.

If you have a tooth with inflamed pulp, you definitely want to visit an urgent care dentist. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry now at the number below.

What causes inflammation of the tooth pulp?

The pulp of the tooth is composed of nerves, blood vessels, and the tissues that hold everything together.

  • Tooth decay or trauma can result in an infection.
  • Repetitive impact, like tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause pulpitis—even though there is no bacterial infection.
  • A cracked or chipped tooth may trigger or aggravate pulpitis.

It usually hurts like crazy.

Pulpitis can be reversible or irreversible.

If you have reversible pulpitis, removing the cause of the inflammation can restore health to the pulp. When decay is causing the inflammation, removing the decayed tooth structure and filling the hole is needed.

If you have irreversible pulpitis, the pulp can’t be saved. But you may be able to save the surrounding tooth. Urgent care dentists (like those here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry) can administer a pulpectomy.

What is a pulpectomy?

Back to our Greek and Latin medical terms. The suffix “ectomy” means “to surgically remove.” An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. You know where this is going. A pulpectomy is the surgical removal of the tooth pulp.

This is the first stage of a root canal. Your dentist will carefully remove the pulp taking care not to damage the intact tooth. Disinfectant is applied to the hollowed-out area to eliminate further infection. Finally, the tube is filled and sealed. Because there is no more pulp to supply blood and nutrients, the tooth is now considered “dead.” A dead tooth is weak and in danger of damage. In most cases, the tooth will require a crown.

In cases of severe pulpitis, it may not be possible to save the tooth. The tooth will need to be extracted.

If you are experiencing unexplained tooth pain, call our office ASAP. We will diagnose the cause and treat the issue. You don’t need to suffer from mouth pain.

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Starting Chemo? How Are Your Teeth?

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If you are scheduled for cancer treatment due to a recent diagnosis or relapse, oral health is probably not your first priority. However, the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry counsels you to give some attention to your teeth to prevent or minimize common cancer-related dental complications.

According to the National Institutes of Health, cancer treatment often takes a heavy toll on a healthy smile.

Common Complications of Chemotherapy and/or Radiation

Inflammation of the mucous membranes
Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
Mouth dryness (increases risk of cavities)
Poor nutrition due to eating difficulties
Mouth pain
Oral bleeding
Lifelong risk of tooth decay
Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles (may make opening mouth difficult)
Bone recession due to decreased blood flow
Tooth loss

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak wants to help you maintain oral health before, during, and after your cancer treatment. We offer comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services including cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, dental implants

We extend to our dental patients battling cancer our sincere hopes for your successful treatment. It is a pleasure to serve your oral health needs.

“Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do,” National Institutes of Health, https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/CancerTreatment/OralComplicationsCancerOral.htm, accessed on May 27, 2014

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Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is non-renewable so it is important to not neglect or abuse our teeth. Practicing daily oral hygiene is vital for enamel health.

Even though every drug store carries hard bristle brushes, we advise our patients to brush with a soft brush after every meal to gently clean away food particles. Scrub too hard, and you can erode enamel. It is ideal to brush immediately after eating, but brushing within 60 minutes of a meal has benefits. The quicker you remove food from your teeth, the better it is for your enamel.

Flossing regularly is also critical to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.

Steven Gustafson recommends a checkup and comprehensive cleaning every six months. Our skilled hygienists remove tartar, a substance that attracts plaque to the surface of the teeth and can weaken tooth structures. Regular checkups prevent problems and save you money on pricey restorations down the road.

Remember: don’t use your teeth for opening packages! Keep scissors and bottle openers handy. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we see damaged teeth and dental work as a result of patients using their teeth as tools. Biting down on something too hard, like ice or hard candy can also damage enamel.

Attention Berkley, Royal Oak, and Ferndale athletes: be sure to use a mouthguard for team, contact, and recreational sports.

Teeth grinding is also a common dental threat. Be careful not to grind teeth, this can not only wear away enamel but also pave ways for cavities to get in. If you grind your teeth while you are sleeping, make an appointment to be fitted for a nightguard. Your enamel will thank you.

Lastly, remember: drink water. Coffee, sports drinks, soda, wine, and tea all contain a lot of acids and/or sugar. Cut back, or at least use a straw. These drinks cause a lot of tooth decay for non-water drinkers in Detroit.

We hope you find these Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry tips helpful. For more details on premium dental care, or to schedule an appointment, communicate with our Royal Oak family dentist office today at 248-541-8770!

 

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48067

 

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