Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Trends may come and go, but a confident and healthy smile is a personal accessory that can make you shine in any situation, at any age.
A healthy smile begins with healthy dental habits, and that means brushing properly for a full three to five minutes twice a day, and flossing at least once a day. Flossing removes the plaque and debris that collect between the teeth and under the gum line, where your toothbrush can't reach. Mastering the proper brushing and flossing techniques is your first line of defense against the bacterial plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease.
People are living longer than ever these days, and in fact, senior citizens are the fastest growing demographic of our population. Seniors are also keeping their teeth longer than previous generations, and are recognizing that tooth loss isn't a result of the aging process as was believed in the past, but rather is a result of oral disease. For this reason, dental patients, especially the elderly, need not only to be vigilant about their oral hygiene, but also to remember to keep their dentist informed of any changes or updates in their medical history to help prevent potentially harmful drug interactions or health conditions. For example, many medications cause a decrease in the saliva flow, which can lead to a dry mouth condition, subsequent dental decay and possible tooth loss.
Sometimes even healthy teeth can be crooked, chipped, uneven or stained - all common problems that now have common solutions. There are a multitude of options available today, and we're happy to report that we have the technology to put the right, bright smile on your face!
Call us today at 734-425-4530 to discuss what you would like to accomplish, and together we can decide the best method for reaching your goals. We can help improve your smile to reflect a more radiant you!
We always advocate that it's never too early to begin good dental habits, and that means being aware of dental issues from the "baby" tooth stage right through to the stage where we're referred to as being "long in the tooth."
Most people don't even think about dental health for children until they have a number of teeth in their mouth, but you might be surprised to hear that even babies need dental attention! Ask us about cleaning your baby's gums and first teeth, dental issues with bottle-feeding and pacifiers, the use of toothpaste, fluoride supplements and sealants with young children. Also, ask us about nutritional advice for good dental health at any age.
If your teenager surprises you with a tongue or mouth piercing, keep us in mind so that we can keep an eye out for oral hygiene issues and infections to fractured, cracked or chipped teeth that may result from contact with a tongue stud or other piercing. As the adult years approach, we continue to encourage both men and women to continue to be vigilant with their dental hygiene, paying attention to preventive dental care before problems arise. Common problems, from bad breath to gum disease to tooth decay and tooth loss, even the identification of oral cancer are all issues that we deal with on a day-to-day basis in our office.
Women's oral health can be linked to different stages of life and fluctuating levels of hormones. For example, pregnant women have an increased risk of inflammation of the gums because of a surge in estrogen and progesterone. Rigid attention to dental hygiene and regular cleanings at the dentist are a must in order to keep teeth and gums clean, and to prevent plaque from forming, Menopause brings its own set of dental concerns. During this time some women can experience dry mouth, burning sensations and changes in taste. Hormone replacement therapy may cause gums to bleed, swell and become red.
As your dental professional, we're here to help you and your family through each life stage. Regular visits and open communication about health or medication changes will allow us to monitor any changes in your oral health, and make each stage as healthy and comfortable as possible.