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Teeth Cleanings

Why Teeth Cleanings are Necessary

Routine dental check-ups and teeth cleanings are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If your teeth are healthy and you aren’t experiencing any significant dental or health conditions, you should visit your dentist for a cleaning at least twice each year or every six months. In fact, most dental insurance plans cover at least two teeth cleanings each year. And there’s a good reason for this recommendation.

Avoid Tartar Build-up

Over time, bacteria will cause plaque to form on your teeth. When you aren’t able to remove plaque while brushing and flossing, that plaque will harden and turn to tartar. Tartar is calcified plaque (also known as calculus) that attaches to your teeth’s enamel and sometimes below the gum line.

Plaque and tartar buildup can cause significant harm to your dental and overall health when left unchecked. Even if you brush and floss twice a day, tartar buildup can calcify on your teeth and make it difficult to remove with just a toothbrush and toothpaste. Once tartar build-up has reached this stage, it will need professional tools to correct.

Improve Your Health with Teeth Cleanings

A thorough teeth cleaning can help to keep cavities at bay and reduce your risk for gum disease. When you visit your dentist as recommended, your dentist may be able to detect early warning signs of more serious dental conditions that could worsen over time. Cleaning examinations make it easier for your dentist to spot cavities, periodontal disease, and signs of other dental-related health conditions. For example, gum disease can have a high correlation to cardiovascular disease, but an early detection may reduce the risk of developing a heart attack or stroke.

Teeth cleanings have far-reaching benefits. When you keep up with an effective dental hygiene regimen, you’re also taking a proactive measure to maintain your overall health and wellness.

If it has been more than six months since you last had your teeth cleaned, now is the time to move it to the top of your to-do list. Schedule an appointment at Aesthetic Dental Clinique in Detroit or Southfield to upgrade your dental health and total wellness. Visit us at one of the following locations:

Southfield Office: 21500 W Eleven Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 | Phone: (248) 358-4000

Detroit Office: 17701 W McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48235 | Phone: (313) 533-6500

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Best Toothbrush

Selecting the Best Toothbrush

With the advancement of technology, toothbrush designs have taken a giant leap forward. Long gone are the days of deciding between just a couple of generic toothbrushes. Now, the best toothbrush options are plenty. From soft-bristled brushes that easily remove plaque and debris to the small-headed brushes that reach difficult corners of the mouth, the options are endless.

Many patients wonder what kind of toothbrush will get the job done most efficiently. Ideally, you should select whatever type of toothbrush suits your specific mouth and gives you easy access to all of your teeth and the hard-to-reach areas. With the right technique and a consistent brushing routine, a manual toothbrush can do a great job at getting your pearly whites clean.

But if you’re short on time or you have limited mobility of the hands, an electric toothbrush can be a great option. In fact, an electric toothbrush can cover more surface areas of the teeth in a shorter amount of time. When brushing manually, most people make a few hundred strokes per minute. So, it’s quite alright to use electric toothbrushes to save yourself both time and energy.

On the flipside, electric toothbrushes can be pricey. You can expect to spend $40-$100 or more on an electric toothbrush, and that doesn’t include the cost of replacing your brush head just as often as you’d replace a manual toothbrush. So don’t forget to factor in the added costs when selecting the best toothbrush that suits you.

Regardless of the type of toothbrush you select, be sure your toothbrush package displays the American Dental Association’s seal, which means your toothbrush has been tested and is both safe to use and effective.

Whether you opt to keep your teeth clean with a manual toothbrush or an electric one, the way you use your toothbrush is what matters. You should brush for 2 minutes at least twice each day. And with the right routine, any toothbrush will do the job.

If you have questions about the best toothbrush options for you or the most efficient way to brush, shoot us a message! We’re happy to help you achieve your very best smile.

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How to Floss

How to Floss the Right Way

Flossing is important, we all know this. But knowing how to floss properly is essential. Flossing removes plaque and food debris from stubborn and hard-to-reach places between the teeth to prevent tooth decay and other dental and health complications. To maintain a clean and healthy mouth, we recommend flossing daily.

How to Floss: 5 Easy Steps

With a routine flossing habit, you can save tons of money in dental fees and corrective procedures (e.g., cavity fillings and root canals). Each day when you floss, use these simple steps to clean between your teeth and prevent decay from forming in unreachable places:

  1. Using about 18-20 inches of floss, wrap most of the ends around each middle finger. Leave open about 1-2 inches of floss between your fingers to use between the teeth.
  2. Holding the floss firmly between your index fingers and thumbs, glide the floss gently in an up-and-down motion between each tooth.
  3. Floss below the gumline by carefully sliding the floss around the base of each tooth. Be careful not to force the floss or snap it between your teeth as this can injure your gum tissue.
  4. As you clean between each tooth, use clean sections of the floss.
  5. When removing the floss from between the teeth, use a gentle back-and-forth movement and pull the floss away from your teeth.
Things to Watch For When Flossing

Flossing is important, yes. But flossing the right way is a must. If you notice symptoms or pain while flossing, check with your dentist to see if any underlying issues may be the cause. Severe symptoms include:

  • Inflamed or painful gums
  • Pus or discharge around the gums
  • Tooth or gum sensitivity
  • Changes to your teeth alignment

If you floss regularly, you may prevent a variety of more complicated conditions. Therefore, it’s especially necessary to floss after each meal, take your time, and be gentle with your teeth and gums. If you have more specific questions about how to floss or any other personal dental concerns, schedule your next appointment at either one of our dental offices in Southfield or Detroit.

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Plaque Build-up

Plaque Build-up and Your Heart

If you’ve ever gone more than 24 hours before brushing your teeth, then perhaps you’ve noticed a gritty layer beginning to develop on the surface of your teeth. This sticky bacterial substance may be plaque build-up, and it can be detrimental to more than just your dental health.

Plaque is always forming on your teeth, and it grows every time you eat or drink. Sugary and starchy foods and beverages have a particularly notable effect on the teeth, causing bacteria to release acids that harm your tooth enamel. And if plaque hardens, it can turn into tartar, also known as calculus, which develops above and below the gum line causing it to recede. But why exactly is plaque so threatening to your overall health?

Dental Effects of Plaque Build-Up

Plaque build-up found on the teeth is so sticky and intrusive that, over time as it breaks down, it can destroy the enamel of the tooth and lead to decay. The over-saturation of plaque on the teeth can also cause a form of gum disease called gingivitis, which inflames the gums and potentially causes them to bleed.

If we don’t address plaque build-up quickly, it can cause severe periodontal gum disease. With this condition, the gum tissue detaches from the teeth letting in bacteria to destroy the bone that lies beneath and supports the teeth. If periodontal gum disease forms, it creates a susceptibility to an even more severe and life-threatening health condition known as heart disease.

Plaque and the Heart

Some experts have observed that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease. For this reason, many cardiologists will ask their patients about gum disease issues to provide more targeted care. Some dentists are encouraged to inquire with patients about heart health and any family history of heart disease. These important indicators can help your dentist provide preventative recommendations and treatment options that keep your teeth, gums, and heart in top shape.

Preventative Measures

Heart health is just as important as dental health and the condition of your gums. So it’s important to take your dental hygiene practices very seriously and never miss a day of giving yourself the dental care that you need to stay healthy. To avoid plaque and tartar build-up, follow these dental care recommendations:

  • Brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a time.
  • Floss after every meal to remove food residue from between the teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth daily with an antiseptic mouthwash that destroys bacteria that causes plaque.
  • Maintain a healthy diet that’s low in sugar and starchy foods.
  • Refrain from smoking, which researchers believe can cause tartar.
  • Have your teeth thoroughly cleaned every six months.

We know that plaque build-up can lead to many other serious health conditions including diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even premature childbirths in pregnant women. This just goes to show that plaque, often overlooked as a minor issue, can have a devastating impact on your health. But with a healthy dental routine and professional cleanings, you can potentially avoid serious health complications. Maintain healthy teeth today for a healthy heart tomorrow.

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Root Canal - Aesthetic Dental Clinique

FAQs: Root Canal Treatment

About 15 million root canals are performed each year, according to the American Association of Endodontists. If a tooth becomes decayed or infected, sometimes a root canal treatment may be necessary to repair and save the tooth. Read on and find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. 

What should I expect during a root canal procedure?

Root canal treatment is very straightforward, usually requiring only four steps. First, your dentist will need to x-ray the tooth to determine exactly where the decay is located. After that, local anesthesia is applied to the affected tooth. Next, your dentist will perform a pulpectomy by creating an opening through which the infected tooth pulp and nerve are removed. Finally, the opened roots are filled and sealed to prevent further infection and decay.

Will the root canal treatment be painful?

The purpose of the root canal is to alleviate pain caused by decay and infection. Thanks to modern medicine and anesthesia, many patients have a comfortable experience. After the procedure, you may feel some tooth sensitivity, especially if you’ve experienced pain or infection prior to the procedure. However, this discomfort can be lessened with over-the-counter pain medication, but be sure to follow your dentist’s post-treatment instructions carefully. Should you feel any pressure or severe pain that lasts more than a few days, notify your dentist immediately.

What will happen if I chose not to get a recommended root canal?

When opting out of this treatment, the tissue that surrounds the tooth may become infected. If that happens, abscesses can form. Abscesses are pockets of pus caused by an infection that can create intense pain in the jaw, bad breath, possible loss of the tooth, and other symptoms.

How do I care for my teeth after a root canal?

After a root canal procedure, be sure to take great care of your teeth and gums. It may be a wise idea to schedule a follow-up dental appointment to have the treated tooth x-rayed once more to ensure that all signs of infection are long gone. Every day, you should brush twice and floss. With a consistent dental hygiene routine, you can keep a tooth that has been treated with a root canal healthy and strong.

To avoid tooth decay, have your teeth cleaned and regularly examined to prevent infection. Make a proactive choice for your dental health, and schedule your appointment today at either of our dental locations in Southfield or Detroit. We’re here to help you achieve healthy teeth and a beautiful smile!

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Wisdom Teeth

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Over the course of our lives, we experience many changes with our teeth including the development of wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last to develop on each side of the upper and lower jaws generally between the late teenage years and the early twenties.

Many of our patients wonder if they should have their wisdom teeth removed. If your third molars are not causing any complications, they likely won’t need to be extracted. When the wisdom teeth are properly aligned, they may even be beneficial in providing additional support while chewing. However, if you have wisdom teeth, continue to monitor their growth and maintain healthy dental practices–be sure to floss daily around your third molars and visit your dentist regularly. A little discomfort is normal as the wisdom teeth erupt. However, if you feel any pain during this process, see a dentist right away to avoid serious complications.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

During an examination, your dentist may conduct an x-ray to evaluate the alignment of your third molars. An x-ray will help your dentist recommend the best course of action to alleviate discomfort or crowding caused by the erupting teeth. If the wisdom teeth become a risk, or they alter the quality of your teeth, your dentist may suggest an extraction. But don’t worry–wisdom tooth extraction is quite common. In fact, about 5 million people in the United States have wisdom teeth extracted each year, according to the American Public Health Association. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can grow misaligned or horizontal, which may require immediate removal. Poor alignment of the wisdom teeth can result in damage to nearby teeth, the jawbone, or surrounding nerves. Also, extraction may be necessary as a treatment component for braces or other dental care needs. 

Partial Eruption

Another common problem with wisdom teeth is the partial eruption of the molars, which creates only a small opening for bacteria to infiltrate the tooth and possibly lead to infection. This type of infection can cause immense pain, swelling of the gums, stiffness in the jaw and other health conditions. Because of the inaccessible location of a partially erupted wisdom tooth, it can be difficult to care for and clean the tooth properly, which may create a vulnerability to gum disease and tooth decay.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of troublesome wisdom teeth, give us a call today to schedule a comprehensive examination at our Southfield or Detroit office. Our team at Aesthetic Dental Clinique is here to help you maintain your very best smile.

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Tooth Sensitivity

How to Treat Tooth Sensitivity

Dealing with tooth sensitivity is never fun; it’s literally a pain in the mouth! Also known as “dentin hypersensitivity,” tooth sensitivity affects roughly 12 percent of Americans, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association. Anything from cold drinks to hot foods and sweet treats can give you a cringe-worthy throbbing sensation. Also, if you’ve experienced a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel or worn fillings, you may be prone to sensitivity.

So, what’s really going on inside your teeth when tooth sensitivity strikes? The enamel (the protective outer layers of the teeth) are wearing away exposing the dentin in your teeth and the nerve endings running through them. Dentin is made of microscopic tubules, and when that dentin loses the covering that protects it, the tubules let in the agitating substances that stimulate the nerves inside the tooth. Sounds painful, right? Luckily, several useful remedies will help lessen the discomfort.

Steer Clear of Acidic Foods & Drinks

While experiencing tooth sensitivity, even a glass of red wine or soda can trigger pain. If this happens to you, go easy on the fruit juices and acidic foods, like pickles, oranges, tomatoes, and lemons. If you consume anything acidic, you should brush no earlier than 20 minutes after eating, as brushing any sooner may further irritate the tooth enamel.

Change Your Toothpaste

There are quite a few toothpaste brands that are created to alleviate sensitivity of the teeth. In most cases, these kinds of toothpaste will contain an active ingredient known as potassium nitrate, which blocks the tubules found in the dentin to relieve discomfort. For the best results, you’ll want to continue using the toothpaste for more than just a few days–it could take several weeks before you experience results.

Adjust Your Brushing Intensity

Brushing too hard can wear down the enamel on your teeth, thereby irritating sensitive teeth. Instead, try using a softer toothbrush and brush less vigorously. Also, if you’ve experienced gum recession or bone loss, then the roots of your teeth may be exposed, causing you increased pain during brushing. 

Ask Your Dentist about Desensitizing Agents

If you’ve tried everything above but you’re having no luck, ask your dentist about desensitizing agents like fluoride varnish or plastic resins that can be applied directly to sensitive spots on your teeth. Keep in mind that these agents wear off after several months (though they can sometimes last for a couple of years) and will need to be reapplied accordingly.

Halt the Teeth Grinding

You’d be surprised how many people grind their teeth unknowingly. Often, teeth grinding happens during sleep or during stressful times. But this seemingly innocent habit could be causing the enamel of your teeth to wear away creating painful tooth sensitivity. Ask your dentist if a nighttime mouthguard is right for you. If you catch yourself clenching your teeth during the day, try to focus on relaxing your jaw and slightly part your teeth.

Check for Receding Gums

Typically, the root of your tooth is covered by gum tissues. However, for those who experience gum recession (which could be caused by gum disease or vigorous brushing), the root of the tooth may be exposed, and the cementum (which protects the root) might be wearing away. In some cases, your dentist can restore the receding gums. However, you should first have your teeth examined to determine the cause of the tooth sensitivity before beginning an aggressive restorative treatment.

Consult a Dentist About Tooth Sensitivity

Certainly, there are many options to help solve your tooth sensitivity troubles. But it’s important to have your teeth examined thoroughly to pinpoint the exact cause of your discomfort. If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss effective treatment options.

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How to Achieve a Picture-Perfect Smile

There is no denying that a perfect smile can steal the show. It also can be embarrassing if you may be having issues with your teeth and if you are unhappy with your smile.

There are numerous cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your smile. Before deciding to undergo any dental cosmetic procedure, it’s important to know the risks and what to expect during the process. Make sure you are clear about the costs and whether you will need any special maintenance after treatment. Here are some options for achieving that Hollywood smile.

Teeth Whitening

Over time, teeth can become stained or discolored, especially after smoking, taking certain medications, or consuming food and beverages like coffee and tea. Our Zoom Whitening program requires less than 2 hours to complete in office, and it’s proven to get teeth whiter instantly.

Veneers and Crowns for a Perfect Smile

These custom shells, typically made of porcelain (or occasionally plastic), cover the front areas of the teeth to enhance their color and shape. Veneers last longer than bonding and create a superior appearance. They are less expensive than crowns and can improve teeth that:

  • Have spaces between them
  • Are chipped or worn
  • Are permanently stained
  • Are poorly shaped
  • Are slightly crooked

Invisalign

Take a more modern approach to straightening teeth using custom aligners created specifically for you. Invisalign trays are comfortable, invisible, and will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. The most appealing part of the journey toward a perfect smile is that most people won’t even know that you are straightening your teeth.

Want to achieve the perfect smile and feel more confident about your teeth? Schedule an appointment today at Aesthetic Dental Clinique for a comprehensive examination.

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Cavity-Fillings

Everything You Should Know about Cavity Fillings

Tooth decay is a dental issue that many people face at some point in life. According to the National Institute of Health, 92% of adults age 20-64 have tooth decay in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria-caused acid eats away at your teeth. Though cavities can be very painful and cause uncomfortable tooth sensitivity, the process for rectifying tooth decay is quite simple and painless. To treat cavities, we properly remove the decay then fill the affected area of the tooth with a durable substance to prevent further damage.

Treatment Overview

Before starting the filling process, we will numb the area surrounding the affected tooth using an anesthetic to avoid causing any discomfort during the procedure. For some more extensive tooth filling procedures, your dentist may administer a sedative agent (also known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas) to promote relaxation. Once all the decay is successfully removed, the area is replaced with a filling made from one of the various types of materials.

What are Cavity Fillings?

After a thorough examination of your unique treatment needs, we will determine the best filling for your specific needs. Cavity fillings are made of a variety of materials as mentioned below:

  • Amalgam—a form of metal blend— is one of the more commonly used materials for dental fillings. The American Dental Association deems Amalgam safe, durable, and affordable, noting that more than 100 million Americans have used this method for teeth restoration.
  • Also a common choice, composite resins are tooth-colored fillings that blend well with your teeth, making the tooth filling nearly undetectable to the naked eye. Composite resin fillings are ideal for small and large fillings alike, especially for the more visible parts of the teeth.
  • Ionomers, also made of a tooth-colored material, are often used for people with extensive decay in the part of the tooth that extends below the gum. Some ionomer fillings release small amounts of fluoride, which may help those who are prone to cavities.
  • Some people opt for cast gold dental fillings, which may last longer than any other material. However, this material is less commonly used and may require at least two office visits—first to make an impression of the tooth and then to place it.
  • Many patients receive ceramic cavity fillings because they offer the discreetness of a tooth-colored material and provide enhanced resistance to abrasion and staining.

What to Expect After Treatment

After your cavity filling, you may experience a numbing sensation in your lips and gums for several hours until the anesthesia subsides. To avoid injuring your tongue or inner cheek, take caution while chewing.

Why are Cavity Fillings Necessary?

When decay creates a cavity on a tooth’s surface, a cavity filling is required to prevent further damage. Without proper treatment, the cavity may cause sensitivity or a painful abscess that could lead to more severe problems such as bone loss.

How Well Does it Work? 

Although a cavity filling will stop the tooth from decaying, over time, you may need to replace a worn-out filling. Also, the affected tooth may become sensitive to heat and cold for a several days after your procedure. If that happens to you, we can recommend specialty toothpaste that may curb some of the sensitivity and discomfort.

Are There Risks?

While cavity fillings are completely safe procedures, be sure to let your dentist know if you have any heart problems. For those with an existing heart condition, some procedures can cause bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and increase the chance of infection in other parts of the body. In this case, an antibiotic may be prescribed before the procedure to lower the risk of developing a heart infection called endocarditis that affects the inner lining of the heart chambers and heart valves.

Something to Consider

It’s important to begin treatment before tooth decay worsens and affects a nerve. Severe decay may cause pain or tooth loss and may require a costly crown, root canal, or tooth removal. So stay on top of your dental hygiene by receiving a regular cleaning once every six months so your dentist can thoroughly examine your teeth and correct any issues at the start. Early detection and prevention are the best tools you have to keep a healthy, brilliant smile.

Think you might have a cavity? Schedule an appointment now for a full cleaning and examination at Aesthetic Dental Clinique, a family dental practice with locations in Southfield, Michigan, and Detroit, Michigan.

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What Your Dentist Knows About Your Health

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During your routine dental check-up, your dentist can uncover important clues about your overall health.

If your tooth enamel is worn down, for example, that’s a sign that you may be suffering from stress and grinding your teeth at night. Swollen and receding gums can be an early sign of diabetes, and sores in your mouth that don’t heal can sometimes indicate oral cancer.

A dentist or periodontist may be the first to notice these symptoms and can tell you which additional tests or treatments you may need. In some cases, they’ll work closely with your primary care doctor to help manage your follow-up care.

“Dentists and periodontists are concerned about more than saving your teeth – they’re looking at how oral health fits into your overall well-being,” says Steven Offenbacher, DDS, PhD, chair of the department of periodontology and director of the Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases at the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Here are some of the most common conditions dentists look out for that can affect your oral health.

Diabetes

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease.

That’s because they may have a decreased ability to fight bacterial infections, including those that occur in the mouth. In addition, serious gum disease can make it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar.

“When I see a patient with symptoms like frequent gum abscesses, swelling, a lot of bone loss in a short amount of time, and gum disease that doesn’t respond to normal treatment, those can be signs that they have diabetes,” says Sally Cram, DDS, a periodontist in Washington, D.C., and spokeswoman for the American Dental Association. “Over the years, I’ve had at least a dozen patients who I identified as diabetic and they didn’t know it.”

If your dentist suspects that you have undiagnosed diabetes, he or she will advise you to go to an endocrinologist or to your primary care doctor for testing.

Once you’ve been diagnosed as having prediabetes or diabetes, your dentist may send status reports to your doctor — letting him know, for instance, if they suspect your blood sugar is not well controlled because your gum disease has been difficult to treat.

Also, your dentist or periodontist may recommend that you schedule dental exams more frequently — for example, every three months — if you have a history of diabetes and gum disease.

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