7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this malady. There are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can help you with this unpleasant dilemma. If your bad breath is the result of inadequate oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the simplest types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

Men and women who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to clean away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some dedicated oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prohibit particles of food from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, Dr. Steven Gustafson will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.

Possible dental causes are a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is associated with a non-dental condition, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of dental services including cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants. Call 248-541-8770 today!

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Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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9 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

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Unfortunately, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is very common. But completely preventable.

Here are some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will only need to visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Not major treatment.

1. Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Remove the particles of food Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough. Scrubbing your gums aggressively can be painful and is a BIG don’t.

2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much simpler to insert the floss between teeth. But get over your aversion to flossing, unless you want tooth decay or periodontitis (advanced gum disease).

3. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouth rinse can prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath. (But they can contribute to dry mouth which can cause other problems.)

4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A sensible diet provides the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.

5. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may result in gum disease or oral cancer. While you’re at it, avoid E-cigs and vapors.

6. Be aware that certain medications can also threaten a healthy smile. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and heart medicines. If your medications are affecting your dental health, talk to Dr. Gustafson.

7. Exercise preventive care and schedule regular examinations — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.

8. Talk to your dentist about dental health topics such as old, broken fillings, or crowded teeth.

9. If you grind your teeth, talk to Dr. Gustafson about ways to protect your teeth.

Listed above are nine simple ways to ensure your teeth don’t decay, or worse, fall out completely. It’s vital to brush your teeth in the morning and at night. Bonus points for brushing and/or rinsing after lunch. Thorough, daily oral hygiene also keeps your breath fresh. Your friends, family, and co-workers will appreciate that.

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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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Preventing Gum Disease At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Preventing Gum Disease at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth, and bone.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.

Our goal is to help our Detroit dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gum line where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

To schedule a deep cleaning, call 248-541-8770. We are located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. In addition to providing comprehensive dental cleanings, we create mega-watt smiles for cosmetic dentistry patients in the Berkley and Birmingham area. See for more information about our state-of-the-art dental practice.

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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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Rather Have A Root Canal?

Royal Oak Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our patients, and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no more stressful than getting a filling.

If root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth, we provide the most advanced endodontic treatment in Michigan.

How do you know if you need a root canal? You should speak with your dental professional 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. However, for some endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

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940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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When a tooth’s nerve and the pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by completing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

There are several factors that impact this decision. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontitis.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal procedure is only the first step in complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown placement. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth.

A root canal is often the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has severe decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. A tooth with curved roots is harder to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Due to the slight risk of failure, some patients question whether they should just get a tooth implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is needed, talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure. If you do not currently have a dentist, I invite you to schedule a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. You can trust in Steven Gustafson for critical, unbiased information so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment.

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 Dangers Of Oral Infections

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“It’s just sore, it will go away.”
“I’m too busy right now, I’ll go to a dentist later.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”

There has been a lot of talk about viral infections lately. In this post, we focus on oral infections.

Your teeth become sensitive to cold beverages. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. Pain commences in your lower sinus area.

This is definitely not one of the circumstances where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise.

The danger of ignoring oral infections

If the pain is the result of an infection, there are dangerous consequences of postponing treatment. Oral infections can destroy teeth, gums, and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis.

In centuries past, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

An oral infection doesn’t always bring about pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually, the infection is the result of a dental dilemma that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be required.

The infection may be stemming from a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to combat infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be addressed—but you need to see your dentist.

See your urgent care dentist if you suspect you have an oral infection. Our office is open when others are closed.

 

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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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Fixing Chipped Teeth With Bonding

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A cosmetic dentist’s toolkit is filled with useful tools for fixing most types of cosmetic tooth problems. In the past few years, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and same-day teeth whitening have garnered a lot of notoriety. In today’s post, we are going to talk about an effective, yet relatively uncelebrated dental treatment that has been used successfully for decades. We’re talking about dental bonding.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is durable and natural looking. It is applied to the teeth while soft and putty-like, and then hardened (or cured) with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists use bonding to repair tooth dilemmas caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can guard tooth roots if the gums have receded.

Discolored teeth can also be lightened with bonding. Since bonding material is easily molded, teeth can be lengthened or re-shaped to more nice proportions. Bonding is frequently used as part of a total smile transformation.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. My practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, offers dentures, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants.

If you live in the Royal Oak area and are looking for quality dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please call my office at 248-541-8770.

 

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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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Stress And Your Child’s Smile

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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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Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease in Michigan

Periodontal disease is more common than you might think. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we see patients with gum disease every day. Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until our team diagnoses it. Fortunately, it can be treated with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity.

What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, more commonly called ‘gum disease’, is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Periodontal disease can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and can limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, periodontal disease can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic concerns.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss. When caught early and treated, periodontal disease can be managed and, ultimately, cured. However the best policy for dental patients is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay.

One of the best ways to avoid periodontal disease is to get a regular dental check up. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our 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