The Scoop on Veneers
Perhaps you’ve heard a little about veneers in the news or you have heard it’s a common procedure for celebrities who want the perfect smile. Veneers are in fact a rising trend in cosmetic dentistry, and they aren’t just for the rich and famous.
What exactly are veneers?
Essentially, veneers are very thin porcelain covers that are permanently bonded to your teeth. They look and feel like your natural teeth and are customized just for you.
How can veneers improve my smile?
Most patients who decide to get veneers want to fix more than one problem area of their smile. Patients with uneven, jagged, crowded, gapped, or permanently stained teeth are candidates for the procedure. Veneers are used to provide the appearance of uniformity.
With so many alternative sweeteners, like Sweet’N Low, Truvia, and Splenda, it’s hard to know which one is actually the best for you. As an advocate of total health and holistic dentistry, Michigan dentist Dr. Brad Greenfield has some information about a natural sweetener that’s been around for years and has big dental and health benefits: xylitol.
What is xylitol?
Used as a sweetener in foods since the 1960s, xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate that is found in fibrous fruits and vegetables. Xylitol also naturally occurs in the human body, with an average, healthy adult producing up to 15 grams per day.
Although pure xylitol looks and tastes just like sugar, it’s slowly absorbed and only partially used by the body, giving it a reduced calorie count of 2.4 calories per gram or 40 percent less than other carbohydrates. Because of this, it’s recommended that you strive to consume five servings of xylitol each day. Sources of xylitol include special xylitol toothpaste, mouthwash, nasal spray, mints, and gum. (more…)
A recent article from The Wall Street Journal claims that “the eyes may be the window to the soul, but the mouth provides an even better view of the body as a whole.” As a holistic and total health dentistry dentist, Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion, Michigan couldn’t agree more.
In recent years, the connection between oral and overall health has become undeniable and, because of this, Dr. Greenfield thoroughly screens his patients’ teeth, gums, tongue, and oral cavity for signs of oral and bodily health problems each and every time they take a seat in his dental chair. The result? Healthy patients that lead high-quality lives.
If your teeth could talk…
What would they say?
- Front Teeth: Don’t be fooled by my bright white color. Health problems may be lurking underneath.
- Tops of the Back Molars: I should feel bumpy and covered in ridges. A flat surface and smooth texture may indicate teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism).
- Backs of Upper Teeth: Acid is my number one enemy. If I appear stained or worn, my enamel may be worn away as a result of acid erosion and/or tooth decay. (more…)
At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we value your opinion. Your feedback not only helps us provide you with the best, most comprehensive dental care possible, but it also helps continue to grow and better the practice to achieve new standards of patient care, comfort, and overall atmosphere.
Your Opinion Matters
Take a look at the following statements and determine whether you agree or disagree based on your experiences with Lake Orion Family Dentistry.
- When I arrived at the office, I was greeted in a friendly and timely manner.
- Once in the dental chair, my appointment was completed in a timely fashion.
- All members of the office staff were friendly and courteous.
- When my appointment was over, I had a good understanding of my dental situation.
- The office was clean and up-to-date.
- Overall, I am quite satisfied with the care I receive at the practice.
- I would gladly refer others to the practice.
We’d love to know how you answered the questions above! To provide feedback about Lake Orion Family Dentistry, leave a comment on this blog, on our Facebook profile, on our RateADentist.com page, or send us an email at [email protected]. (more…)
Periodontitis (meaning “inflammation around the teeth”) is the second most prevalent disease worldwide. Only tooth decay is more common. It is implicated in several diseases, including Alzheimer’s, and can cause complications in pregnant and diabetic patients. Having periodontitis doubles your risk of heart disease and may increase your risk of stroke. Periodontal disease is progressive. There are seven stages of periodontitis; only the first stage, gingivitis, is fully reversible. If left unchecked, periodontal disease leads to loss of bone mass and even teeth.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is characterized by swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. This stage of the disease is named for the bacterium associated with it, Porphyromonas gingivalis. P. gingivalis is found in the digestive and respiratory tracts as well as the mouth. If it enters the bloodstream, it can cause systemic inflammation. This reactive inflammation is implicated in rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and aspiration pneumonia. (more…)
Are You Brushing Correctly?
Hopefully you brush at least two times everyday. The only downside to a healthy habit is that it becomes so ingrained; you might neglect doing a good job.
Aside from the best practices at home, you need to visit Dr. Greenfield so that our team can help you remove any tartar, or plaque, buildup. Tartar is impossible to avoid, but easy to control, especially if you visit Dr. Greenfield every six months. Below are five helpful reminders about best brushing practices.
1 – Brushing Too Much or Not Enough
The ADA recommends that you brush 2-3 times everyday. Additionally, you should think of flossing as part of your brushing routine. Flossing is the only way to brush between teeth. If you don’t floss, you aren’t removing a significant portion of plaque, which causes plaque to harden and turn into tartar. You can’t completely prevent tartar, but if you work to control plaque, you’ll be in a much better situation.
2 – Not Taking the Time To Brush
If you don’t brush for at least two minutes each time, then you are most likely not covering every surface in your mouth. Bacteria grow incessantly in your mouth throughout the day and rapidly throughout the night. Divide your mouth up into four quadrants and brush each section for 30 seconds. When you shorten the time like this it might be easier to pay attention to each area. (more…)