Bad Breath Q & A

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I’m Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Today’s post offers some answers to common questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is horrible, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can propagate and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can discuss other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also, keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not eliminate food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth, and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and gives off a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can result in stinky breath. Antihistamines can cut down post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth wet, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production, and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can result in bad breath?
A. As discussed before, any condition that reduces saliva production can cause halitosis. It is also a common side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my breath become intolerable when I went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were possibly the culprit. Ketones are generated when the body digests fat—which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, sounds like you weren’t cheating!

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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Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral Piercing If you are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, this post is for you. Please consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are continually treating severe infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some severe cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the dilemma right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers of oral piercings. Steven Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can give you more vital information about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have deterioration, call 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation.

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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Get The Royal Treatment At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

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In need of a crown? At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can provide the singular experience you deserve with the dental care required. Get discolored teeth brightened and chipped teeth corrected. Receive one critical procedure or full smile makeovers. Your wish is our command.

Dr. Steven Gustafson has been serving noble lords and ladies with royal treatment since 1984. We crown patients with beautiful restorations and empower them with the confidence of a regal smile fit for a king.

Call us at 248-541-8770. We are located in Royal Oak and also serve Ferndale, Berkley, and Birmingham.

Many individuals believe that cosmetic dentistry refers to care designed solely to improve the looks of your smile as opposed to procedures such as fillings that repair a structure. However, there is much overlap. For example, the use of white fillings takes care of tooth decay and makes your smile more beautiful. Other procedures used in cosmetic and general dentistry are veneers, inlays/onlays, braces, teeth whitening, soft-tissue grafts, crown lengthening, tooth implants, and dental bonding.

We want you to experience the renewal that comes from cosmetic dental services completed by a true artist. Whether you need veneers, crowns, or whitening, we have an imperial seat ready for you to dictate from.

Let us fulfill your every whim:

We look forward to making your acquaintance, your highness.

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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Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

It has now been over 150 years since the first dental license was issued to Sir John Tomes. Michigan dental patients should be grateful for the advances made in dentistry during the past century and a half.

There was a time when Detroit blacksmiths and wig makers would also extract teeth with forceps to make a little extra money. Anyone could call themselves a dentist. Often these untrained people broke the jaws of the person they were trying to help. Ouch!

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we celebrate with the Detroit dental community and marvel at the many advances made in the history of dentistry, particularly cosmetic dentistry.

One of the modern treatments that have helped countless Royal Oak patients is invisible braces. This non-visible orthodontic therapy is custom-made for each patient. They are transparent and removable and will help you achieve your desired smile in about 3 to 18 months.

I am Dr. Steven Gustafson. My training didn’t end when I graduated from dental school and opened my practice in Royal Oak. As a cutting-edge dentist, I continually seek training so I can expertly perform the latest procedures. In addition, our practice uses the most advanced dental materials available.

If you are one of the many Royal Oak residents who has dreamed of an esthetic improvement to your smile, we invite you to make an appointment with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry to discuss a smile makeover. Complete smile transformations are performed as quickly and professionally as possible – sometimes in just one visit!

One of our most sought-after treatments at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is cosmetic dentistry and many Royal Oak patients are enjoying a brighter smile because of teeth cleaning.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been serving the residents of zip code area 48067 since 1984 and would love to provide you and your family with professional, friendly dental care.

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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Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most revered physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. How do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many issues that are generally considered to detract from brilliant smiles. A missing tooth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are usually considered unattractive.

There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy-year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with innovative cosmetic dentistry.

If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principles that are used in cosmetic dental smile makeovers. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Moreover, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the important elements work together to create a natural-looking, standout smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can! Schedule a consultation today by calling 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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Treatment For Stress-Induced Jaw Pain

Treatment For Stress Induced Jaw Pain In Royal Oak

Everyday problems cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.

Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints permit strength and fluid motion as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to these critical joints can lead to severe pain in the jaw, head, face, and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1984, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

I am Steven Gustafson and I am enthusiastic about providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Royal Oak and the greater Detroit area.

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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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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248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in Royal Oak. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are a key practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, speak with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have an excellent office and friendly team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best practices for preventative care. At each check-up, our experienced and well-trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive a thorough analysis. They will be inspected for any tooth decay, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is essential so you can make sure that they don’t turn into larger dilemmas.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Steven Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry will ensure you avoid extreme dental issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving swiftly, so it’s important to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check-up is detailed and comprehensive. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past Dr. Gustafson. If a malfunction is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be created.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Gustafson will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

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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Thinking About a Smile Makeover?

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Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog!

I am Dr. Steven Gustafson. Perhaps you have heard that cosmetic dentistry procedures can entirely transform a smile. You may be a little skeptical of the claims, after all, the promise of total transformation is a tall order.

Are smile makeovers really possible?

Absolutely! At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we work miracles with modern cosmetic dentistry.

The success of smile makeovers depend upon the skill of the dentist, the procedures performed, and the quality of the materials. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we deliver our best to our valued dental patients every day.

What type of problems can a smile makeover correct or eliminate?

If your smile has several issues including cavities, stained teeth, chipped teeth, old silver fillings, or misaligned teeth, you may suppose that a smile makeover would take many hours and several visits. The truth is, the smile re-designs I perform are quicker and easier than ever before.

We provide dental veneers, porcelain crowns, dental bonding, and tooth-colored fillings. Ask us about sedation dentistry, invisible braces, dental implants, and crown lengthening.

There are few physical features that bring continual long-term pleasure and satisfaction like a perfect smile. My smile makeover patients feel younger, more attractive, and more self-confident with their dramatic smile transformations.

In fact, they tell me that they wish they would have done it sooner. They also say they feel more self-assured in professional and social situations. In addition, they enjoy posting pictures of themselves flashing their new, terrific smile on social media.

Remember, though, it’s not just about looks. Replacing old, broken crowns and fillings and repairing chips and cracks can prevent problems down the road.

We invite you to book an appointment to consider your goals for your smile. You can see before and after pictures of our smile makeover patients and learn about our financing options.

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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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and carrot sticks? The sound of your feet rhythmically hitting the ground on your favorite jogging pathway? A cholesterol test indicating that your arteries are looking good? If you picture a white, healthy smile or a dental X-ray showing no tooth decay, we salute you.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we encourage everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include oral health in your definition of “healthy living.”

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are crucial components of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush to shield your gums. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes and make certain you reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is necessary for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at Royal Oak stores, so experiment until finding one you like.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. As a healthcare provider, I am passionate about helping each of my patients benefit from oral health and avoid tooth and gum problems that can compromise their all-around health.

And just as some healthcare providers offer cosmetic procedures, I also offer services that improve the aesthetics of your smile. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, white fillings, inlays/onlays, and same-day teeth whitening. For more information, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today at 248-541-8770 or visit http://gmdentistry.com.

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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