Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How Plaque and Tartar Affect your Teeth

That sticky plaque that is left on your teeth after you eat and when you get up in the morning could turn into tartar. According to Gently Touch Family Dental, tartar, also called calculus, is hard plaque that has actually calcified. Unfortunately, once the plaque has turned to tartar it is virtually impossible to remove yourself. No amount of brushing or flossing will get rid of the tartar.

Growing Epidemic

Plaque and tartar is a growing epidemic with billions of people all over the world being affected. If you are one of those billions who are dealing with gingivitis, or periodontal disease, chances are you have plaque and tartar as well.

Good and Bad Bacteria

Your mouth is full of bacteria, and while most of the bacterium is good bacteria, harmful bacteria will start to overpower the good stuff if you do not practice good oral hygiene. The beverages and food that you consume will quickly convert to bacteria and plaque and can even affect your dental restorations.

Prevention

Gentle Touch Family Dentistry explains that brushing twice, flossing once each day along with regular checkups and professional cleanings can help prevent plaque and tartar build up. Make sure you watch your diet as well by avoiding sugar, acidic and starchy foods.

Tartar forms underneath your gum line and will irritate your gum tissue. Unfortunately, unless a dentist, who may recommend tooth scaling and planing, removes it the vicious cycle will continue as the tartar gives the fast growing sticky plaque a larger surface to grow on.

The Dangers of Plaque and Tartar

Uncontrolled tartar and plaque are dangerous, but can also be detrimental to your smile. Tartar absorbs stains, and if you drink coffee or tea, or smoke, you will have yellow or brown stains on your teeth and along your gum line. Tartar and plaque can also cause gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.


If plaque and tartar is affecting your smile, call or click and schedule a dental checkup with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry today. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Conventional Braces or Invisalign for Straight Teeth

Conventional braces have changed over the years, but unfortunately, those old school wires and brackets can still cause pain and discomfort. However, these days, you don’t have to deal with two years worth of pain thanks to the revolutionary tooth straightening system, Invisalign. The clear answer to conventional braces could the answer that you have been looking for.

Gentle Touch Family Dental is a preferred Invisalign provider and can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.

Why Braces Hurt

Pushing and Pulling-Conventional wires and brackets cause pain and discomfort because your mouth is being pushed and pulled 24 hours a day seven days a week, and in some cases, this could go on for 2 years. You will have to see your dentist or orthodontist regularly who will make the manual changes by tightening your wires and brackets according to your orthodontic plan.

Cuts and Abrasions-People who wear braces have a difficult time getting used to the new hardware. Cuts to the tongue, cheeks, and lips are common in people who wear braces. If a breakage occurs, you may also be injured.

Tooth Decay

People who wear braces have a higher risk of tooth decay. Because it is impossible to brush under the wires and brackets, plaque and acid will wear away the enamel eventually causing a cavity or two.

Invisalign

With the Invisalign Tooth Straightening System, you don’t have to be concerned with pain or discomfort. Invisalign is virtually pain free, convenient, and nearly invisible. The only people who will know you are having your smile fixed will be you and Gentle Touch Family Dentistry.

Invisalign is worn between 20 and 22 hours each day. You will take your aligners out when you brush and eat. Your clear plastic custom made aligners will be swapped out every week for your entire treatment time, which could take between 6 to 18 months. You will visit with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry every 6 weeks.

If you would like more information regarding Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, call or click and schedule an appointment with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry today.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Is Fluoride That Important?

Although fluoride has been raising concerns as of late, you cannot argue with the research. In fact, studies have shown that fluoride not only helps reduce dental caries in both children and adults, but can also help repair and prevent tooth decay in its earliest stages, even before the tooth decay is visible to the naked eye. According to your Farmington Hills Dentist, fluoride is one of nature’s best cavity fighters and can help keep your entire family’s teeth strong and resilient to tooth decay.

When a small township in Michigan added fluoride to its municipal water supply more than 40 years ago, it became the first in the United States to do so, with others falling suit, it because the most effective and single public health measure, according to the ADA, to help prevent tooth decay.

Therefore, why the big uproar now, well, it seems that some people are beginning to doubt the safety of fluoride and how effective it actually is. However, the American Dental Association stands by its support of fluoride in community water supplies based on extensive scientific research. The FDA discredits claims of its safety and recommends that communities keep fluoride it their water supplies. The optimum level is 1.4 to 3.4 mg of fluoride per day for a single adult. It is possible to check the levels of your own community’s water supply by contacting your water supplier. If you have a well, you need to have a professional come out and test it for you. If it contains less than 1ppm of fluoride, talk to your dentist who will discuss other options.

With people opting for bottled water instead of tap water, the recommended amount of fluoride is not being met as brands of bottled water do not contain fluoride. If you only drink bottled water, you are not getting any of the vital mineral for your teeth. If you insist on drinking bottled water without fluoride make sure that you use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash or ask Gentle Touch Family Dentistry about fluoride supplements.

If you are more susceptible to cavities, talk to your Gentle Touch Family Dentistry about fluoride treatments that will help prevent tooth decay.

For more information regarding fluoride and in-office fluoride treatments, schedule an appointment with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry today. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Professional Cosmetic Bonding Farmington Hills

Cosmetic Bonding with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry is the affordable way to a new smile, and if you are unsure about porcelain veneers, both because of the cost and the fact that they are permanent, it could be time to schedule a complimentary dental bonding consultation with the dental professionals from Gentle Touch Family Dentistry in Farmington Hills. Your Farmington Hills Dentist can determine what cosmetic procedures would be best for your needs, including cosmetic bonding.

If you are a good candidate for cosmetic bonding Dr. Fawaz M. Ahmed will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to make sure you are healthy enough for dental bonding. If you suffer from tooth decay or gum disease that will need to be taken care of first.

If you are healthy enough for cosmetic bonding, a color will be chosen to match the rest of your teeth. Once a color of resin has been chosen it will be applied to the teeth that are discolored, chipped or cracked. If you have a small space between your teeth, your dentist in Farmington Hills can repair and fill that as well.

During the cosmetic bonding process, your Farmington Hills dentist will etch the surface of your teeth before applying a conditioning liquid. This helps the resin adhere to your teeth. Once applied, Dr. Fawaz M. Ahmed will apply the resin sculpting it into place. After sculpting and once satisfied with the results, your dentist in Farmington Hills will cure or harden the resin with a laser or light. Once hardened your new restoration will be polished to match the rest of your smile.


Dental bonding is just one of the cosmetic dental procedures available from Gentle Touch Family Dentistry in Farmington Hills, and if you would like a cosmetic dental consultation, call or click and schedule your appointment today

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Professional Tooth Whitening Not Over the Counter

Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment on the planet, but it can also be the most abused.

According to Gentle Touch Family Dentistry, tooth whitening can lighten your teeth, but you need to be careful if you are using over the counter products.

Gentle Touch Family Dentistry explains that those pastes, gels, strips and mouth rinses that you buy at your local pharmacy do not work as well as professional tooth whitening making it easy for people to use too much or too often. There are horror stories out there including transparent, sensitive, and even blue teeth.

Professional tooth whitening uses strong whitening agents that are prescribed by your dentist. Used along with custom-made bleaching trays, your teeth can be lightened from six to 10 shades.

Unlike over the counter teeth bleaching trays, Gentle Touch Family Dentistry custom makes its whitening trays to fit your teeth. Unfortunately, the over the counter trays are a one size fits all, which could have dire consequences to your teeth and gums.

Because over the counter trays are not made to fit your teeth, you could have leakage causing gum and tooth pain. With professional tooth whitening trays from Gentle Touch Family Dentistry, you can be assured that the whole process will be quicker and easier than those over the counter bleaching products will.

When you schedule an appointment for tooth whitening with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry, your teeth and gums will be checked to make sure that you are a good candidate for professional tooth whitening. If you are given the all clear, your dentist will take a mold of your teeth before sending it off to a dental lab.

Once your trays are ready, your dentist will give you a prescription tooth whitening gel that you will use for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day depending on your Gentle Touches instructions. In just a few weeks, you will have a beautiful new smile that you will be proud to show off.


If you would like more information regarding tooth whitening, or any other cosmetic or restorative dental procedure, call orclick and schedule an appointment with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry today.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lumineers for Natural Looking Teeth

If porcelain veneers are a turn off after seeing your best friend’s new smile, Lumineers® could be the answer. Lumineers® are thin pieces of porcelain like material that requires little, if any, removal of your natural tooth, and best of all, Lumineers® eliminate the risk of teeth that are too big or teeth that make you look unnatural.

With just two dental visits, your new smile can be a reality as long as you have healthy teeth and gums.

Custom designed to give you a Hollywood Smile; Lumineers® are ultra thin and can be placed without painful shots or drilling. Proven to give you a long lasting smile, Lumineers® can last for more than two decades with proper oral hygiene, and best of all, unlike traditional porcelain veneers, are not permanent and can be removed if you are not happy with your new smile.

The Examination

During your initial consultation, Gentle Touch Family Dentistry will thoroughly examine your mouth to look for any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. If there are problems, those will need to be addressed before your new Lumineers® can be bonded to your teeth.

The Process

If Gentle Touch Family Dentistry determines that you are a good candidate for Lumineers®, a mold or impression will be made of your teeth before being sent to the Lumineers® lab. Photos and dental records will also be sent for an accurate fit. When your veneers are ready, your Lumineers® will be placed and bonded for a precise fit that is both comfortable and pleasing to the eye.

Once placed, Gentle Touch Family Dentistry will etch each tooth for secure bonding. Your bite will be checked and balanced to avoid breakage or chipping.

If you would like a new smile with Lumineers® for 2017, call or click and schedule an appointment with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Do You Have Temporormandibular Joint Disorder

TMD or temporormandibular joint disorder is a painful condition that can cause earaches, neck and jaw pain and sleepless nights, and if you are dealing with jaw popping take this easy test to determine if you need to schedule an appointment with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry in Farmington Hills.

Temporormandibular joint disorder causes problems for up to 30 million women in America. Women are more likely to have TMD than men with bone, ligament, tissue, and muscle problems causing inflammation and even bone dislocation.

Causes

Although the jury is still out, some experts believe that chronic grinding or tooth clenching could be part of the problem. If you have had jaw trauma or a blow to the head, you could suffer from TMD. Arthritis could also put you at risk for temporormandibular joint disorder.

Symptoms

If you have migraines schedule an appointment with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry in Farmington Hills who can determine the root cause. If you have ear infections or can’t open and close your mouth without pain it’s time to see your dentist.

Below is a simple test that you can try at home to determine if temporormandibular joint disorder is causing your jaw to lock up.

Open your jaw and put your finger on top of the joint that is located in the front part of your ear. Open wide and feel for the joint move. If it clicks or is tender, schedule an appointment with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry who can determine if your temporormandibular joint is to blame.

Relief

For some patients your dentist will recommend less joint wear and tear. Prescription nighttime bite guards can reduce clenching and grinding and may help. In some cases, surgery may help for chronic temporormandibular joint sufferers. Chew less gum and try muscle relaxation techniques or mediation to help you find relief from temporormandibular joint disorder.


If you would like more information regarding temporormandibular joint disorder, call or click and schedule an appointment with Gentle Touch Family Dentistry in Farmington Hills for TMD therapy today.