Check Out The Checkup!

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one.

There are some very good reasons for seeing us twice a year. Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important: it helps prevent plaque buildup! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.

Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it does a fabulous job removing any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

And that, in a nutshell, is how your visit to the dentist goes. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an 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


Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

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You probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. You may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But did you know the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties? This post from Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak looks at the disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA.

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on what’s happening with teeth, and the tissues within and beneath them. If you need a root canal, you may require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): Pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): Periodontics is the specialty that encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gums. Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”1

Sometimes you need a dental specialist, and we’ll always refer you to one if need be. But most often, the general and cosmetic dentistry provided by Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak is enough. Schedule an appointment with us today.

1Specialty Definitions, The American Dental Association, http://www.ada.org/495.aspx, accessed May 22, 2013

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 Low-Carb Diet Giving You Dragon Breath?

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Many people mistakenly believe that all bad breath is linked to poor brushing. The truth is that it has many possible causes. Our team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can help you discover the cause and discuss how to cure it.

Your diet has a big effect on your breath. Food begins to be digested the second it enters your mouth, and is absorbed and distributed throughout the body. For that reason, you probably will be able to smell odiferous foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.

Using a mouthwash will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not a long-term solution. This may bring additional problems, especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong foods altogether.

Additionally, many dieters find that their diet regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. For example, low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of bad breath can be caused by the chemicals released during this process. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.

Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. You may not realize how much food can be stuck between your teeth, causing halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles may eventually turn into plaque which can cause cavities and gum disease.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we are committed to the dental health of each of our patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an 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

 


The ADA: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

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This post from the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI is about the American Dental Association. You have probably seen the ADA symbol on toothpaste and floss—but what else do you know about this dental institution?

The ADA’s self-proclaimed purpose is to improve the level of public oral health by supporting the dental industry through not-for-profit federal, state, and local chapters. It was established in 1859 and is run by its members, which currently total over 160,000.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is not an endorsement of a product per se, but rather is a validation of the assertions made by said product. Companies who want the ADA seal for a product must submit proof of rigorous scientific testing. Once submitted, the ADA re-tests the product to further verify results. There are currently over 300 products with the ADA certification.

The ADA does more than analyze dental products. Here are some other ways the ADA works to accomplish its mission:

  • Provides resources to support dentists and their practices
  • Educates the public about oral health
  • Works to expand access to dental care
  • Offers guidance on essential issues that affect the dental industry
  • Collaborates with other organizations on scientific research projects and public health initiatives
  • Offers scholarships to dental students

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we work hard to provide the best dental care possible. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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

 

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Quality Dental Care in Royal Oak: A Responsible Investment

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Preparing to pay for critical dental work can be a daunting undertaking. The good news is that the cost of treatment may be far less than you imagined. Knowing your needs is crucial to planning your budget for dental work.

Trying to Compare

Comparing the price of a dental crown for molars versus the price of a dental crown for smaller teeth or versus a root canal or double root canal can be difficult to extract from many dental facilities in and around Royal Oak, Michigan. Getting the current pricing and understanding the role insurance will help with your out-of-pocket-expenses for your dental visit. To get a better understanding, start by calling Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 at your earliest convenience. Our caring staff can explain pricing and schedule initial consultation appointments.

Identify Affordable Dental Care in Royal Oak

Steven Gustafson, DDS, has been providing quality dental care in Royal Oak since 1984. While the cost of specialized treatment can fluctuate up and down depending on the price of supplies, equipment, and staffing overhead, Dr. Gustafson works very hard to maintain affordable, quality care for our unique community in three ways:

  1. Through state-of-the-art training and up-to-date education for staff members.
  2. Through precision work and personal dental care for each and every patient.
  3. Through business management best practices to rein in costs.

The Responsible Investment

Take the responsible step for your comfort, health, and confidence. Don’t be afraid to schedule dentures, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, or dental implants. We want you to be confident that affordable, quality dental care in Royal Oak is manageable and accessible. We want you to understand the importance of immediate care rather than putting it off until it gets more expensive.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


5 Tips For Treating Mouth Sores

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When any of our patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI get mouth sores, we tell them to be careful in their food choices, and to make some changes if necessary. By following these tips, you can avoid the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.

1. Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food—plenty of adult dishes fit the bill:

  • cream soups
  • yogurt
  • hot cereal
  • mashed potatoes
  • puddings

2. Keep your meals bland for a while. It’s no fun, but watch out for overly spicy, tart, salty or acidic foods while you have a mouth sore.

3. Also, keep it cool. Only eat meals served at room temperature or chilled.

4. Use a straw so that whatever you are drinking can bypass the mouth sore altogether.

5. Try to moisten dry foods. You can add sauces, dressings, and gravies to your meals.

We hope that these suggestions will help you the next time you suffer from a mouth sore. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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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How is Gum Disease linked to Tooth Loss in Royal Oak

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Do you know that the most prevalent cause of tooth loss in Royal Oak among adults is gum disease? The good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages. Regular check-ups with your dentist are important, so make sure to schedule regular appointments for yourself at your local dental office. Furthermore, we need to mention that there are several warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

Warning Signs for Gum Disease

  1. Gums that bleed often
  2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  4. Loose gums
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  6. Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today before you experience tooth loss in Royal Oak. Since plaque can cause gum disease, remember to remove plaque through regular flossing and brushing. These two actions are the key to healthy gums.

Schedule an Appointment

At our dental practice in Royal Oak, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we serve the Detroit area. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy and beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Our practice specializes in several dental procedures such as cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, and Invisalign clear braces. Contact us at 248-541-8770 and a member of our friendly staff can make an appointment for you. During your consultation, you can speak with Dr. Steven Gustafson about swollen gums, dental veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and more. We hope to hear from 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


Oral Health in Royal Oak: When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the critical job of preserving teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also safeguards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity. Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly amazing. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry encourages our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of oral health in Royal Oak. This may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes it is better not to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is helpful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva protects your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the answer for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water periodically can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

In addition, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Royal Oak residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s critical to get a mouth guard for the sake of your oral health in Royal Oak. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the tooth decay that can follow. Athletes should also protect their teeth on the playing field with a mouth guard. For more specifics, meet with Dr. Steven Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry about custom mouth guards.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already transpired. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it. Using teeth as tools can hurt enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunch meat?

If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental issues, Dr. Steven Gustafson can help you safeguard what is left of your oral health in Royal Oak. You can also let us know if you are experiencing a dental emergency. To schedule a comprehensive examination, contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak at 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


No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and like to share interesting facts with our patients. This blog post focuses on new findings in an intriguing field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors,” said Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity, even though I eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play an important role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes essential minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes impact your saliva’s ability to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the harmful bacteria in our mouth, but hopefully our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The durability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a key role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is critical for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the ability to be forward-thinking about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, the health of your smile is our number one concern. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

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 Future Of Tooth Decay

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Dental patients may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. From our perspective at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, the answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular check-ups and cleanings at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. That way, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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