6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often. Some go as long as five years between visits.

Most dentists prescribe a visit at least every six months.

Here are six terrific reasons to visit your dentist more frequently.

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many men and women think about the risk of getting cancer in their mouths or throat. Patients with oral cancer have a far better prognosis when it’s detected early. Note that tobacco users have a considerably higher risk of developing oral cancer.

2. Cavity Damage

Unfortunately, almost everyone gets cavities. If cavities are caught when they are small, they aren’t difficult (or costly) to repair.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early and the damage requires a major fix. Cavities are one of the reasons many people avoid dentists. Getting a tooth filled used to be painful. Not anymore.

People who visit the dentist frequently have fewer cavities. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.

Visiting Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can help you prevent cavities altogether—as long as you practice proper dental hygiene.

3. Gum Disease, Gingivitis, or Periodontitis

Gum health is a part of overall dental health. Your dentist can help you track the condition of your gums and prescribe ways to eliminate or reverse gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative influence on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails, and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Frequent visits to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. Your dentist can help you identify harmful habits and advise you on lifestyle changes and treatments.

Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you deal with habits so they don’t become destructive.

5. Deeper Problems

The things we have discussed so far involve an oral examination. However, has the ability to look deeper with X-rays.

X-ray technology has come a long way. It allows your dentist to find potential problems before they become visible. Many of the problems can be fixed before damage occurs.

6. More Than Just Teeth

The professionals at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry are concerned about more than your teeth. We care about your comprehensive physical health.

Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth. That includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes, and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.

A semiannual dental visit can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life.

See you soon!

 

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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Afraid of the Dentist? 5 Ways to Reduce Dental Anxiety

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Talk to your dentist

There’s something about having knowledge of anything unknown that makes us feel less afraid or at least more self-assured handling the unknown. If you consider dentistry an unknown topic, maybe you can educate yourself by asking your dentist lots of questions. Find a dentist willing to listen to your fearful thoughts and concerns so they can better assure you there isn’t much to worry about. Usually, when we talk about our fears someone with more information can help by reducing our uneasiness. They may even eliminate it completely by showing our thoughts to be entirely irrational.

Meditate

Studies show how incorporating a 10-minute meditation routine can increase our overall feeling of wellness substantially. Think of meditation as a way for you to focus on the present moment and be comfortable with a subtle feeling of relaxation. This will provide a sense of tranquility we don’t always experience in our day-to-day lives. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I dedicated time to focus on the present moment and simply watch life pass, instead of trying to control everything.” With meditation, we can tune in to our natural way of being and more easily distinguish the difference between an actual threat or an anxious thought.

Bring a friend or family member to your appointments

Sometimes modifying your environment in a way that’s more familiar will reduce nervousness. A terrific way of doing this is to bring someone familiar to your dental appointments who can provide emotional support. This could be a close friend or family member who understands how you feel. You should bring someone who is prepared to talk you out of negative thinking patterns. Your companion ideally will realize they are there for you and that this isn’t so much about the two of you hanging out socializing. Make sure they are up to the challenge!

Practice good oral hygiene

By having exceptional oral hygiene you can feel more self-assured about your next visit to the dentist. With excellent dental care, you can go to the dentist with a lower chance of having a root canal or being diagnosed with gingivitis, the onset of periodontal disease. See why these conditions may worsen your uneasiness. If you were diagnosed with gingivitis, your mind would have logical reasons for feeling anxious which is not what we want. However, if you’ve been doing the regular brushing and flossing as recommended then there isn’t as much to stress about.

Seek out a therapist

Are you feeling anxious all the time or just while at the dentist? Seeking a therapist may help with dental anxiety. Your therapist may advise adjusting your daily routine to help combat both dental anxiety and any anxiety from day-to-day life. Or, your dentist may suggest specific techniques to focus on while at the dentist. The 3-2-1 technique involves naming 3 things you can hear, followed by 3 you can see, and lastly, things you can feel. Then you reduce the numbers to 2, then 1. This is a beneficial exercise you can do while in a dentist’s office or anywhere you may feel anxious.

 

 

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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Use Flex Account Funds For Dental Care

Use Flex Account Funds for Royal Oak Dentistry If you have money in your Royal Oak flexible spending account you may want to schedule some cosmetic dentistry before the deadline. Remember, you lose any funds left over after the plan year ends. Why not improve your smile with tax-free dollars?

Even a small change can make a big difference in the appearance of your teeth. You might consider getting a veneer for a chipped tooth or replacing a broken crown. Maybe you want to straighten your teeth with braces or replace amalgam fillings with ones that blend with your natural teeth. Tooth whitening is quick and easy and benefits even the most attractive smiles.

Perhaps aesthetic dentistry is not your first priority. Maybe you have a more pressing dental need such as a cavity that is bothering you or swollen gums. Don’t let these problems get worse and possibly more expensive to treat.

Call 248-541-8770 to book a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We are located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd.

Steven Gustafson is one of the most sought-after Royal Oak dentists and stays at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry techniques and technology. A radiant smile is possible for anyone in the Detroit area, regardless of issues such as tetracycline stains, periodontal disease, or missing teeth.

If you are planning to use flex account funds for Detroit dentistry, make sure you check your employer’s guidelines for eligible cosmetic or restorative dental procedures.

With a smile makeover at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, what will your “after” photo look like?

 

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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Affordable Dentistry

A perceived lack of affordable dentistry is one of the primary reasons many people in our community avoid going to the dentist. However, the truth is that affordable dentistry is available in Royal Oak at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

We provide top-quality services at competitive prices. Whether you need cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or dentures, we can help you.

Of course, the best way to keep your dental costs low is through proper dental hygiene and preventative dentistry. We work with you to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. If dilemmas arise, they are discovered early at your six-month check-up. A small filling is always better for your wallet (and smile!) than a root canal and dental crown.

Ask Us About Financing

Ask us about financing options. Our friendly staff can review your dental insurance (if you have it) and discuss payment planning to help you afford your dental care.

Affordable dentistry is available to everyone in the Royal Oak community. Give the friendly staff at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry a call at 248-541-8770 to learn how we can provide you and your family with affordable dentistry.

Our office is located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd, in Royal Oak.

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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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Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

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Today’s article highlights how general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.

General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will identify the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Cosmetic dentists provide elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some dentists, like myself, serve you with both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to eliminate decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, my friendly team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures.

We treat area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many people were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly patients might have crowns that are older than our hygienists.)

Experienced dental professionals who offer pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the Detroit area, I invite you to visit Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. To schedule an oral examination or smile redesign consultation, call 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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3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we understand that. But we encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are indispensable for keeping your smile in proper shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental issues can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in danger.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any degeneration.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 Dr. Gustafson will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is vital.

After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Gustafson will detail what is needed moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will be certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful! Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Steven Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry will ensure you avoid extreme dental dilemmas.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/

 

 

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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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Professional Teeth Whitening In Royal Oak

Professional Teeth Whitening at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry A stunning smile leaves a lasting impression. Professional teeth whitening can dramatically improve your overall appearance and give you a boost in self-confidence.

Our teeth often turn yellow or gray as we age. The things we eat and drink continually such as colored sodas, coffee and red wine worsen the staining.

Most men and women are aware that smoking is not only bad for our lungs, but can also discolor our teeth. There are even some medications that can influence tooth color.

If you are considering having your teeth whitened, you must first pick which method to use. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we enjoy discussing treatment options with our patients. To schedule a consultation to talk about teeth whitening or any other dental procedure, call 248-541-8770.

At-home whitening treatments usually consist of trays filled with whitening solution. It generally takes 7-14 days to achieve 3-6 shades lighter. Brush-on teeth gels and whitening strips take up to 30 days to obtain results. Whitening toothpaste may lighten superficial stains but often provides no change in the appearance of teeth.

Professional teeth whitening treatments performed by a dental professional achieve dramatic results that can last longer than other treatments.

All of the whitening methods may cause tooth pain or sensitivity, but this usually goes away in a few days. If you have crowns, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding, it is crucial to talk to your dentist before choosing a whitening method.

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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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What Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

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Hello Royal Oak! For ideal oral health, you need both healthy teeth and healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle aiming the bristle tips at the gumline. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in the back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Be careful to (gently) get the floss down into the pocket between the tooth and gum. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.

Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque builds up in the pockets, the gums can start loosening.

Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gum line is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.

There is more than one way to damage your teeth—even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause dilemmas with the parts you can’t see.

We work with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today at 248-541-8770 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination.

During your exam, Dr. Gustafson will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. If your teeth are stained and you want to brighten your smile, ask us about teeth bleaching.

 

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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Preventive Dentistry at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

tooth decay pictures at Healthy smiles don’t happen by accident. They are a result of preventative dentistry. Are you interested in preventative dentistry?

Perhaps you have a healthy smile and want to prevent decay. Many Royal Oak people have a mouth full of fillings and don’t want to add another one to their collection.

Perhaps you want to avoid gum disease which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Preventative Dentistry

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care.

Your first step begins with a prevention consultation with Dr. Steven Gustafson.

Dental Exams are Essential

Individuals of all ages need to start with an exam to determine their current status. Your dental condition is influenced by your dietary habits, previous dental work, physical health, medications, lifestyle, and family history. After a comprehensive analysis, Steven Gustafson can establish a decay prevention plan just for you.

Let’s Make a Plan

A prevention plan is a multi-faceted approach designed to maintain optimum dental health. It involves affordable preventative services at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Twice-yearly exams reveal early problems before they progress. Deep cleanings prevent a multitude of serious dental issues for our patients who faithfully keep their regular cleaning appointments.

Oral health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing are essential. A healthy diet is necessary and will deliver benefits to your whole body–not just your teeth.

If you suspect you have a cavity or gum disease, call us at 248-541-8770 before it gets worse. We can successfully treat your current dilemmas and restore your dental health. In addition, we will set you on the path toward a healthier future.

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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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Dental Specialties Available In Royal Oak

Dental Specialties Available In Royal Oak General dentists in the Royal Oak area are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes, your Royal Oak general dentist will refer you to a local Detroit specialist, or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

Following are some of the most common dental specialties found in the Detroit area:

Endodontists
Endodontists in Royal Oak specialize in root canal therapy and other procedures involving the root and surrounding parts of the tooth.

Periodontists
Periodontists practicing in the Royal Oak area treat the conditions affecting gum tissue and the bone surrounding the teeth. If you have gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease, you may be referred to a periodontist in Royal Oak.

Prosthodontists
Repairing damaged teeth and replacing lost teeth for Royal Oak patients is called ‘restorative dentistry’. Prosthodontists have advanced training in procedures involving crowns, dental implants, bridges, veneers, inlays, and partial or complete dentures.

Pediatric Dentists
Infants, young children and teenagers in the Royal Oak area have different dental needs than adults. Pediatric Dentists undergo additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases affecting the youngest population in Royal Oak.

Oral Surgeons
Oral Surgeons serving the Royal Oak area perform surgical procedures involving the teeth, mouth and jaw. These include dental implants, surgery to repair damage due to injury, tumor surgery, and cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

What is a Residency?

Dental specialty programs run from two years to six years. This type of training is called a “residency”. While a DDS or DMD is undergoing specialty training he/she can practice general dentistry. Some six-year residency programs provide a medical degree as well the certification in the chosen dental specialty.

 

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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