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

Detroit Extreme Smile Makeover

 “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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Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Contouring

Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Contouring In Royal Oak

If you are a regular visitor to our blog here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, you have probably read many articles on cosmetic dentistry procedures. Steven Gustafson is a master of smile makeovers.

Dental bonding, crowns, and porcelain veneers https://gmdentistry.com/porcelain-veneers-royal-oak-mi/can take care of teeth that are chipped, broken, or misshapen.

Our Berkley, Birmingham, and Ferndale patients with stained or dull teeth can have a sparkly white smile with teeth whitening. For ordinary cavities, there are tooth-colored fillings, inlays, and onlays.

Dental implants are gaining popularity in Detroit among dental patients who want to restore missing teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, there are a number of orthodontic options here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

What if your cosmetic dental problem has to do with your gums? Are you one of the many Detroit residents whose gums are too long, too short, or uneven? There is a solution for gum problems as well. The answer is gum contouring surgery.

With gum contouring, sometimes called tissue sculpting or gum reshaping, a Royal Oak dentist or periodontist can improve the shape or size of your gums.

Gum reshaping is not always a cosmetic procedure. If the gums have receded to a point where the tooth root is susceptible to decay, gum surgery can restore the natural, healthy gumline and protect tooth root and bone.

For more information about gum contouring, call us 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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Time To Upgrade Your Smile?

Cosmetic Dentistry Options Have you thought about upgrading your smile? Cosmetic dentistry offers many fantastic possibilities for Royal Oak residents.

The quickest and least invasive procedure is light teeth whitening. The results are dramatic and teeth whitening side effects are minimal.

If your teeth are slightly crooked but require no orthodontic work, porcelain veneers could be the answer. Porcelain teeth veneers are translucent, wafer-thin covers that are permanently attached to the front of teeth, correcting chips and stains. Prepless veneers do not require the removal of tooth structure.

If your teeth are more than slightly crooked, it’s not too late for braces. Royal Oak dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment and achieving fantastic results. The newest braces are less noticeable, more comfortable and bring teeth into alignment much faster than old-school metal braces.

Has gum recession caused the metal base of an old crown to be visible? Soft tissue grafts and/or crown replacement can correct this problem.

Are you missing one or more teeth? One of the best tooth replacement options is a dental implant. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

Can you envision yourself with a dental makeover?
Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options.

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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Aching Jaw?

Aching Jaw In Royal Oak?

Hi. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, and today in the Royal Oak dentist blog, I want to look at some of the conditions that may result in jaw pain.

Jaw pain may be caused by sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses, and when these tissues are inflamed, the sinuses exert pressure on surrounding areas. If the inflamed sinus is near the jaw, pain in the jaw joint may result. This commonly happens with a cold or allergies.

Many of my Detroit patients who come to me with jaw pain have some type of dental issue, such as an infection, or a problem in the temporomandibular joint (also known as TMJ).

The source of jaw pain can easily be identified at your Detroit dental office, and treatment can begin from there. But remember, jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.

If you are looking for quality dental care around the Berkley, Birmingham, or Ferndale areas, please consider Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. I am located in Detroit and have been serving the greater Detroit area since 1984. If you have any questions about oral health or cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or dental implants, give us a call today at 248-541-8770.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures
Invisalign

And so much more! Whether you need a routine dental check-up or are considering a smile makeover, contact our friendly staff 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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Sparkling Smiles At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

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Welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog, Royal Oak! I am Dr. Steven Gustafson. Today’s post focuses on teeth whitening.

Unfortunately, our teeth lose their luster as we grow older, but I see staining on young patients, as well.

Detroit area residents of all ages want whiter teeth.

To protect from staining, it is important to brush after meals to remove substances that can stain. After consuming acidic foods or drinks, however, it is better to rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid. This will protect your enamel.

Tooth whitening products like kits, strips, whitening mouthwashes, and toothpaste can lighten stains slightly, but for a truly stunning smile, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is your brilliant solution!

If you have existing dental work such as porcelain crowns, dental bonding, or veneers, the whitening process can be trickier, but not impossible. Teeth whitening will not lighten the stains on your restorations and your whitened natural teeth will make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can upgrade your dull restorations including veneers, crowns, or bondings.

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 outstanding results over time.

For more information on getting a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly team at 248-541-8770 for a tooth whitening consultation today!

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides general and cosmetic dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, dentures, and dental implants. Ask us about financing options.

 

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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Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

Berkley Preventive Dentistry When people in the Detroit area think of diet and oral health, they commonly think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these dangerous sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary fruit drinks are only part of the problem.

The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Royal Oak and Birmingham.

If your body is lacking in important nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These harmful infections can lead to gum disease.

A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

While this is an excellent resource, vital dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 and schedule a check-up with Dr. Steven Gustafson to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.

When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our friendly staff about innovative cosmetic dentistry procedures such as smile transformations and same day restorations.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our menu of services includes crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, dental implants, tooth-colored fillings, sealants, teeth whitening, and clear braces.

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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An Ugly Duckling In Your Mouth?

Cosmetic Denistry in Detroit Do you have a damaged tooth that causes you embarrassment? Even if all of your other teeth are nicely shaped and pearly white, guess what other people notice? Yep, the ugly duckling. You have probably experienced that yourself when you have looked at a smile that contains one discolored tooth. No matter how hard you try, the unsightly one is impossible to ignore.

A beautiful smile is an important component of your overall appearance. Unattractive teeth draw the eye away from other pleasing features such as thick shiny hair, gorgeous eyes, or a peaches and cream complexion.

Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dental procedures to restore or repair one or more teeth. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we can complete most of them in one short visit. Think about it; you could achieve a stunning smile in less than an afternoon!

Veneers, Bonding, and Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure available in Royal Oak at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. We use dental bonding in a variety of applications. In addition to repairing damage, dental bonding can close gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers are another minimally invasive cosmetic remedy. Like cosmetic dental bonding, veneers correct chips, cracks and improve tooth shape.

What if your problem is not an unattractive tooth but a missing tooth? Don’t despair, a beautiful smile is still possible with dental implants.

For more information about veneers, bonding, implants, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770. We are conveniently located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak. We provide advanced dentistry for patients in Berkley, Birmingham, and the surrounding areas.

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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Improve Your Smile for Yourself (And Those That Look at You)

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Not happy with your smile?

Have you been asking yourself about transforming your smile?

Do you have an extracted tooth that visually bothers you or your spouse or partner?

Could your smile be holding you back in business or social pursuits?

Are you sick and tired of loose dentures slipping around in your mouth?

Whatever the reason for considering dental implants, know that dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement solution that will give you the most realistic smile.

Go Back in Time

A tooth implant can give you back your original smile.

The development and use of dental implants represent one of the most remarkable advances in dentistry in generations. This has been made possible with the discovery and development of materials that can be put into the body. The implants are inserted into your jawbone where they are used as anchors for the new teeth. The new teeth are made to match the patient’s other teeth.

There are usually (3) phases of a dental implant process.

Dental implant placement.

The implant (or post) is surgically placed into the jawbone. The dentist numbs the area and makes a small cut in the gum to expose the jawbone. The jawbone is drilled precisely to accept the implant. The implant is then screwed into the jawbone. It is then allowed to heal.

Osseointegration.

This word by definition means to heal into the bone. It is the process where the jawbone is given time to heal and mesh with the post. The implant location becomes much stronger once the jawbone integrates with the implant. Osseointegration can take from (1) month to (3) months depending on the individual.

You get your new tooth and a new smile!

An abutment or attachment piece is attached to the implant. The new crown is made to be indistinguishable from your other teeth. The size, shape, and color will all be considered prior to the final fit. The final crown may take some time to make. During this time a temporary crown is attached to the implant. The temporary crown ensures that the patient can eat and talk without any issues. The temporary crown is only used until the permanent crown is ready.

Patients who have received implants find them to be the most robust way to repair their teeth problems. Dental implants have proven to be an effective long term solution to missing teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants, talk to your dentist on your next visit. Your dentist will want to talk to you about your concerns and ask about any health matters. Certain diseases, medications, and chronic problems could be a concern and require further evaluation.

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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Orthodontic Options

Royal Oak Invisible Braces

Welcome to my Royal Oak cosmetic dental blog. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, a full-service dental practice. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1984. During this time, I have developed many rewarding relationships with my patients and staff members.

Many dental patients have chosen cosmetic dentistry to straighten crooked teeth. Children with less-than-perfect smiles often feel self-conscious about their teeth. It is extremely satisfying to help a child or teen possess a smile they can be proud of. Attractive teeth boost self-esteem for men and women of all ages.

There are now several different kinds of braces available including ceramic, self-ligating, and lingual (invisible). Your orthodontist will help you choose the best option for you.

If you would like to review teeth-straightening options, I invite you to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation by calling 248-541-8770.

Perhaps your teeth are straight but have other imperfections. Teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, gum contouring, and crown lengthening all deliver fantastic results. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been creating brilliant smiles since 1984.

Many individuals have an aversion to dental visits. If you have delayed treatment because of dental anxiety, talk to us about sleep dentistry. Don’t let fear and anxiety prevent you from getting the care you need.

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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