What Can Fluoride Do For You?

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Hello, and welcome to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Today’s post focuses on fluoride: ‘What is it, exactly, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?’

The Miracle Mineral

Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water. Many adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water. Fluoride is also added to dental care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush your teeth or use mouth rinses.

And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent decay, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth increased resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.

Essential for Young Teeth

Fluoride is especially vital for kids. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore fluoride exposure is extremely beneficial for creating a strong foundation for lifelong oral health.

But, stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, adults can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson and I have a full-service dental practice in Royal Oak. Helping my dental patients maintain ideal dental health is critical for me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

My practice has been serving the Detroit area since 1984, and we would like you to be our next satisfied patient. Please contact us at 248-541-8770 so we can make an appointment for you.

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment, accessed on September 18, 2013

 

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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 “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase as advice for fire safety. However, like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more characteristics of modern Royal Oak life, particularly dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some vital guidelines are highlighted here.

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard when participating in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged.

4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!

5. Skip piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a perilous fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Refrain from snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

My name is Dr. Steven Gustafson
. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry has been serving the Royal Oak area since 1984. If you are in the market for an excellent dentist, we invite you to contact us at 248-541-8770 so we can make an appointment 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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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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Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry guide to treating teeth grinding.

Understand
Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Visit Dentist
Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Steven Gustafson through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

  1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding.
  2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly.
  3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community from Detroit to Royal Oak deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

It’s no problem to come down to our office at 940 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067 and consult with Dr. Gustafson about this or any other dental concern. Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule an appointment.

We are devoted to healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, teeth cleaning, or Invisalign clear braces. Ask about dentures, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, or dental implants. Your needs are important to us.

Contact our friendly staff at 248-541-8770 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers important knowledge and the highest quality of care.

 

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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Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth by Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Flossing is a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful.

It’s no wonder our team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is constantly reminding our patients to ‘brush and floss!’

Flossing is vital, You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen for two critical reasons. Here they are:

1. Bad Breath

I knew I could catch your attention with this first one. Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our ‘appearance, and we are all aware of how that can impact our relationships.

When we meet new individuals, speak with others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our minds. We worry about how bad breath affects first impressions.

It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.

Flossing is a great way to help you avert bad breath.

Flossing helps prevent plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

To minimize your chances of being caught with bad breath, floss every day.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, cavities can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and gets rid of plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.

Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry recommends you floss your teeth every time you brush your teeth. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. Once a day is your minimum, and nighttime is a good time to floss.

 

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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When Style And Oral Health Collide

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Royal Oak

Oral piercing is a popular form of body art in Royal Oak, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they examine the possible dangerous consequences.

First, patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your capacity to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also critical to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible issues.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern people is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is acute and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also impact facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?

If you’ve read through this and still want to elect a tongue bar or lip piercing, please communicate with your dentist so you can consider the safest decision possible for your dental health.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Royal Oak area to depend on for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welcome you to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule an appointment. We offer dental implants, dentures, Invisalign, and more!

We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call 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 To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Some people’s teeth are whiter than others, but I think it’s safe to say that most of us Royal Oak residents want our teeth to be pearly white! If you are one of those people, then Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can help you achieve that beautiful smile you deserve. Today we want to share some tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you!

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many men and women still miss this practice. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it limits the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is to use a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it restricts it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too acute to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offer other powerful care to lighten your smile. We provide in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth bleaching kits. Each of these protocols provides an effective solution to teeth whitening. The friendly at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry will work with you to find the best solution to enhance your 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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Let’s Take Care Of Those Tooth Stains

Royal Oak Teeth BleachingThe effectiveness of teeth bleaching depends partly on the types of stains.

Extrinsic tooth stains are the simplest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and liquids like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

Unfortunately, even if you avert these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging for some individuals.

Intrinsic tooth stains arise from the inside out. Tooth injury or tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove completely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening available at your cosmetic dental office.

If your teeth are discolored, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770. We have treated many patients with extreme tooth discoloration.

It is never too late or too early to enhance your smile.

Men and women can take years off their appearance by restoring the youthful white smile they once enjoyed. Teens and young adults with surface stains can prohibit them from becoming intrinsic stains with tooth 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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Dental Confidence Or Caution

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Whether you are one of the folks who go willingly for your check-up or are hesitant about getting dental work done, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry has opened its doors to smiling patients since 1984.

The cost of dentistry doesn’t have to be unknown. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry, our specialty.

Not only do we offer cosmetic dentistry, but we’ll also see patients for dentures because we want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. We’ll have you open wide for dental implants because we know we’re superior at what we do.

We’ll get you in a comfortable seat before you enjoy Invisalign because comfort is the key to happy patients. And of course, we offer general dentistry as well.

Interested in an outstanding experience? Dr. Steven Gustafson encourages thrill seekers and cautious patients alike to visit us at our 940 E 11 Mile Rd office or to look us up on the web: https://gmdentistry.com

 

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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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

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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