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.

 

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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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Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe that the crucial aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. We agree. However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire.

Let’s explore some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is often made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less costly, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is often referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is useful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the layout of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to speak with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth aligned!

A good person to give you advice about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our skilled hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth bleaching and veneers.

My name is Dr. Steven Gustafson. My practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, has been serving the Royal Oak area since 1984. Our top services include: dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and general dentistry.

Call us today at 248-541-8770 for your appointment! You can also visit us on the web at http://gmdentistry.com.

Source:
“The Different Types of Dental Floss,” Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/dental-floss_b_1643933.html, accessed on September 17, 2013

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940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Oral Health During Pregnancy

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Today’s post is for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Carrying a precious child can not only consume your time but your attention as well. However, don’t forget your needs and your stamina during these vital months.

It’s vital to understand that the multitude of changes your body experiences during pregnancy also affects the mouth. Changes in your hormonal balance are needed for growing a new life, but they can also compromise your oral health during pregnancy. Your gums are especially susceptible. In fact, the American Dental Association has conducted studies that reveal a slightly increased risk of low birth weight and pre-term infants in mothers with periodontal disease.

In order to keep your smile healthy, it is optimal to visit your dentist before you are pregnant. If you are already pregnant but haven’t visited a dentist in a while, we encourage you to have an exam. Your dentist can check your teeth and gums and counsel you if any changes to your dental hygiene routine are needed. If there are problems such as gingivitis, it’s a good idea to have your dentist monitor them throughout your pregnancy.

Any treatment—meaning procedures more invasive than an exam and cleaning–hopefully, can wait until after your infant arrives. If you have a dental emergency that needs to be addressed before delivery, the best time is during the second trimester. Modern X-ray methods are extremely safe but should be avoided if possible throughout your pregnancy.

When you arrive for your exam, be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant. If your doctor has given you special instructions concerning your condition, let your dentist be aware of those recommendations. Moreover, give your dentist a list of all the medications and vitamins you are taking. Throughout your pregnancy, be sure to see your dentist ASAP if you observe any changes to your teeth or gums.

Remember, your diet significantly affects your baby’s health and development, as well as the condition of your teeth. A diet low in vital nutrients can impede your baby’s tooth and bone development. Meals and snacks high in sugar, especially when consumed frequently throughout the day, do not sustain your baby or your teeth. Make sure you get the recommended amounts of calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus.

If you are looking for a highly regarded and helpful family dentist in the Royal Oak area, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care and cater to our patients who are expecting.

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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A New Reason To Eat More Fish

Detroit Family Dentists Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. I am Dr. Steven Gustafson.

In the article “Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease,” author Jennifer Warner explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of .

Gum disease is a common dental condition for many individuals. When gum tissue pulls back from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. (You know what they say about Nature abhorring a vacuum.)

If gum disease (periodontitis) goes untreated, the teeth and jaw bone are at risk. During dental examinations, I measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

“Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”

Foods rich in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarine made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.

I don’t know many men and women who eat mackerel and herring ordinarily. Maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood.

The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have a myriad of health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

It is critical to understand that diet alone will not treat or help you prevent gum disease, however, it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

If you have not been to your family dentist in a while, I urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning today. We are currently taking new dental patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20101026/fatty-fish-may-prevent-gum-disease

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as critical as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription medications can increase your risk of cavities.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated decay.
  7. Heartburn can be harmful for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as harmful for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. 1
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

I am Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. I hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay.

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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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940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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Today in the Royal Oak dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is frequently caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most individuals have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are ordinarily just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your Detroit area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for my Royal Oak area patients.

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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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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248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
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.

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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