Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In today’s post, we will focus on vital behaviors that influence oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to maintain a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is required for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to the enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of dangerous cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to decay.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can break teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are dangerous to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is wiser to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, communicate with Dr. Gustafson about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your kids fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
  • If you have an eating disorder—seek professional help right away. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that maintains dental health as well as overall physical health. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we serve the Royal Oak area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, and Invisalign.

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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Attack Of The Gummi Bear

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Here at the Royal Oak dental blog, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are enthusiastic about our patients’ oral health. So, today we offer a key warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.

Most people probably know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for detrimental cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth.

Did you know that the physical toll of chewing on sticky candy can lead to (or aggravate) a condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking the jaw out of alignment.

Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? Remember that when you stop eating highly sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!

Hi. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. If you hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw, have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or feel like your bite is out of alignment, call 248-541-8770 to make an appointment today.

TMJ issues can ordinarily be treated with non-invasive methods including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMD. If required, I can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management.

In addition to TMD and bite misalignment diagnosis and treatment, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers the following services:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures
Invisalign

Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have an extraordinary smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, cosmetic dental smile makeovers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today at 248-541-8770.

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

 

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Restoring Smiles At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Restoring Smiles at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal OakWe believe a great smile is essential for putting your best face forward. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we not only restore teeth to their original condition; we make many smiles better than they ever were before!

Some patients have only a few dilemmas they wish to correct. Perhaps one or two teeth are misshapen and seem out of alignment. If the problem teeth are only superficially crooked—meaning they do not need to be moved into place with orthodontia—porcelain veneers may be the solution. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of one or more teeth. They are extremely versatile and can correct shape, color, or both.

Another plus: porcelain veneers are virtually non-invasive and do not influence healthy tooth structure.

Some men and women were happy with their smiles in years past but now want to bring up the whiteness a notch or two. Teeth whitening is a popular procedure for our cosmetic dentistry patients. We provide professional teeth bleaching for every type of smile. If you are ready to beautify your smile, come on in; we’ll help you find the best tooth whitening system for your smile.

Put your best face forward with a brand new smile!

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 Bright Can You Shine?

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Hello! Do you want brighter, whiter teeth? Most men and women notice their teeth dull as the years go by. But foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth at any age.

OTC tooth whitening products like kits, strips, or toothpaste may slightly lighten stains, but for a truly sensational smile, see Steven Gustafson!

If you have dental veneers, bonding, or bridges, teeth whitening bleach will not influence the stains and your whitened natural teeth may make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can advise you about new dental work, including veneers or bondings, if these have discolored with age.

Remember, anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain teeth.

Brushing after meals can keep stains at bay. But immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, just rinse your mouth with water. Brushing before the acids are neutralized or washed away can erode enamel.

In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and can produce marvelous results over time.

For more information about a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly dental team for a smile brightening consultation 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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Yes! You Can Get Replace Old Fillings

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Superficial cuts in the skin vanish without a trace, infections are killed with antibiotics, broken bones mend, and inflamed tissues subside. Our teeth, unfortunately, can’t regenerate. Decay can be halted in its progress, but scientists are still years away from actual enamel regeneration. That’s why the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry strongly emphasizes preventative dentistry.

The healthiest mouths have all teeth intact and free of current or former decay. But how many smiles can boast such an admirable record? Very few.

The stark reality is that most individuals get one or more cavities over the course of their lifetime.

In fact, most individuals in Michigan probably don’t even know someone who has never had a cavity. Tooth decay is second only to the common cold as the most frequent health problem in childhood. When we reach middle age, many of us have even had a root canal or two.

Depending on the size of the cavity, after cleaning and preparing the tooth, your dentist can fill it, place a crown, or complete a root canal (usually followed by a crown).

Restorations Have Come a Long Way

Modern restorations have many advantages over those in years past. There are stronger and more natural-looking materials. Many of our patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry who have not had a filling for a while, are not aware that white fillings are available. You can even replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings and give your mouth a makeover!

As we said before, when a tooth is affected by injury or decay, it is never exactly the way it was before. But now, with modern fillings and crowns, it can regain stability and beauty.

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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Let Your Smile Show Who You Really Are

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Let’s talk about the power of a smile.

A smile communicates your emotions more precisely than words can ever do. The absence of a smile also sends a clear message. But what if you want to smile but the dilemmas with your teeth prevent you? This is a frustrating condition for many Royal Oak people both young and old.

You may have a warm and engaging personality, but no one can notice that personality without a smile. If you are frequently too embarrassed about your teeth to smile, this post is for you.

Do you ever think about how your close-lipped facial expressions affect other people’s perceptions of you? Do you think it’s possible that your demeanor causes people to get the wrong impression? Perhaps they think you are shy, distant, timid, or unhappy. These adjectives are probably completely off-base – but without a smile, it’s hard to tell. Especially when people meet you for the first time.

Do you think your unsightly smile has affected your career? How about your personal relationships? If you are not comfortable with the way your teeth look, you have probably considered cosmetic dentistry.

This begs the question: “What has prevented you from seeking a smile transformation?” Is it the cost? Fear that it’s going to be painful? Doubts about whether it will really work? Worry that you will have to take work off for several appointments? Maybe you are just too embarrassed to let anyone look in your mouth.

If you are still reading this post, I suspect you are on the fence regarding this life-changing renewal. You can’t make a wise choice unless you have the vital facts, and I want to provide them to you.

Knowledge is power. I invite you to come in for a free, informational smile makeover consultation. I want to meet with you about all the concerns I mentioned previously and any others you may have. When I carry out a smile transformation for someone who has been embarrassed to smile for years, it changes that person’s life. Because of revolutionary procedures, instruments, lab processes, and materials, it’s a great time to be a cosmetic dentist and an even better time to get a smile makeover at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

The key to a cosmetic dental smile makeover that transcends what is technically adequate to the type of remarkable smile that is greater than the sum of its parts is the expertise of the dentist. To reach the level of perfection that you deserve, a renowned smile makeover dentist must have the power to use all these things in combination with rare artistic skills.

Whew! That’s a lot of words. And, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, we know that words cannot convey what an unforgettable smile can. Let me show you pictures of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry smile makeover patients. Then you will understand. (After all, a picture is worth – how many words?)

I invite you to call me, Dr. Steven Gustafson, today 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

 

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Not Too Late To Get Them Straight

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Are you an adult in Royal Oak with crooked teeth?

Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were a teen? It’s not too late to straighten your teeth—and there are more types of braces available than ever before.

Perhaps you are not familiar with the latest types of braces. Here is a quick rundown.

If you don’t want the whole world to know you are wearing braces, ‘behind the teeth’ or lingual braces may be a good option.

Invisible braces work great for people of all ages. Some types of braces are offered in ceramic, which are also less visible than metal braces. These are often called ‘clear braces.’

Invisalign, Damon, and iBraces, are some of the trade names of proprietary orthodontic systems used in the Michigan dental community.

Once the orthodontia patient has completed treatment, he or she needs to wear a retainer to keep those pretty teeth in line. The traditional Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in either the upper or lower part of the mouth.

Clear retainers are also popular with orthodontists and their patients. They fit the teeth like a transparent glove without the need for hardware. Some patients believe clear retainers are more comfortable than other types.

If you want more beautiful teeth, come into Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak and discuss your goals with Steven Gustafson, DDS. Dr. Gustafson will examine your teeth and recommend the most effective system for you.

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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Over-the-Counter Snoring Products vs. Oral Appliance Therapy

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According to sleepfoundation.org, 54% of the US population snores. Clearly, you are almost predestined to have to deal with it at one point or another–either as a snorer or someone who shares a bed with a snorer.

Because snoring is so widespread, a whole industry has arisen to address the issue. There are a variety of products that are created to stop snoring.

DIY snoring products

According to online reviews, the best anti-snoring devices are as follows:

  • Best Overall: Breathe Right Nasal Strips for Congestion Relief
  • Best Budget: Snorepin Anti Snoring Aid
  • Best for the Nose: Theravent Snore Therapy
  • Best Drops: Banyan Botanicals Nasya Oil
  • Best Pillow: Bed Wedge FitPlus Premium Wedge Pillow
  • Best Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece: VitalSleep Anti Snoring Device

(Note that Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry does not necessarily endorse any of these products.)

Nasal strips

First, we have nasal strips that adhere to your nose. While you sleep, they are designed to open your nasal passages. Secondly, many review sites recommend Snorepin as the best bang for your buck. Snorepin is a device that looks like two miniature plastic baskets that fit in your nose. Thirdly, there is Theravent snore therapy. Theravent touts their product as being the first anti-snoring device that is FDA-approved. It is designed to expand your air passageways (like the strips), while slowing your exhalation, therefore reducing the snoring sound.

Nose drops

Next, there are nose drops to help with your dilemma. Banyan Botanicals offers Nasya oil, which is designed to clear your breathing while you sleep.

Anti-snore pillows

On many online review sites, the Bed Wedge FitPlus is voted the best pillow to help with snoring. The manufacturer also advertises that it relieves nighttime heartburn and neck strain.

Mouthpieces

Finally, we have a highly-rated mouthpiece to prevent snoring, and that is the VitalSleep Anti-Snoring Device. This mouthpiece looks a lot like a bite mouthguard and is designed to hold your mouth and jaw forward to improve your breathing, while you sleep.

What if DIY products don’t help?

We bet you didn’t know that using oral appliance therapy is often more effective than the do-it-yourself techniques. Sleep medicine dentists actually know what they are doing when it comes to treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Dr. Gustafson at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry has received specialized training on oral appliance therapy (OAT) for sleep disorders. Instead of buying a device off the shelf, you can have a device custom-fit to your anatomy. Instead of monitoring treatment on your own, you can have the guidance of a professional. Give Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry a call to set up a consultation.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

317-842-2337

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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