Saliva And Dental Health

Saliva And Comstock Park

In  this blog post from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we examine saliva and its role in your dental health.

Don’t be squeamish! Saliva is mostly water. No surprise there. A small portion of it, though, is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The ideal pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a critical factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that you know how important saliva is to dental health, you can probably see why adequate salivary flow should concern you. For most people, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands. But a condition called dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, limits saliva production, and should be dealt with quickly.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

Comstock Park Permanent Tooth Replacement

At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, and that number grows each year. You can restore your smile with a dental implant from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. They blend in with the patient’s remaining teeth, and look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a long-term tooth restoration.

Dental implants also prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and helps strengthen the bone.

Implants can also be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry, and are among the many restorative dentistry procedures at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry

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A smile makeover can be transformative for anyone who has been embarrassed by their smile. It’s not just about looking younger. A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park can improve your life in ways you might not imagine.

How can a smile makeover transform your life?

1. It shapes the way you are perceived by others.

Anyone who smiles often and easily is usually regarded as an energetic problem solver.

2. It lifts the mood in social situations.

When you candidly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when needed.

3. You will feel more confident.

When you quit focusing on hiding your teeth, you have the strength to concentrate on ways to realize success in personal and professional pursuits.

A smile makeover is an investment in yourself that you will always be happy with!

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we improve smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. We also offer a full range of family dentistry procedures. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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The Stewart & Hull Guide To Veneers

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It’s easy to see why people love porcelain veneers, like those available at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. Veneers correct a multitude of flaws and deliver stunning results.

Custom made for each tooth, veneers are used to cover chips, cracks, and stains. They can also improve the shape, size or length of a tooth.

Porcelain veneers are also used to replace damaged tooth enamel. Enamel, of course, does not grow back. Patients with enamel abrasion or erosion have benefitted from veneers.

Porcelain veneers from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park are a quick and easy way to improve your smile. They are just one of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we want to see our patients at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. A checkup can give you real peace of mind, especially since every one we do includes an oral cancer screening.

Lung and breast cancer get a lot of public attention, and rightfully so. But there is less awareness of oral cancer, even though it claims almost 10,000 lives in the United States every year.

We want to broaden awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis.Here are five important things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of men and women who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is extremely challenging for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce indistinct symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be evaluated by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the many strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. African American men have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than do whites.

At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we use the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening system for highly accurate oral cancer screenings and diagnoses, as part of our general and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Comstock Park

For anyone who has lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.

You know what they say: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But set aside any skepticism. Implant-supported dentures are already worn successfully by hundreds of thousands of people.

Dental Implants

As you may know, a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. One post can support one artificial tooth. Multiple posts, strategically placed, can support a dental arch.

Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:

  • More stable. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
  • Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
  • Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
  • Prevents bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth rootes, so the bone is preserved.

Implant-supported dentures can transform your life, and they are among the procedures available at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park. We also offer family dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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What’s On Your Dental Wish List?

What Is On Your Dental Wish List?

Are you happy with the appearance of your smile? If you aren’t, then cosmetic dentistry from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park may be for you.

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dental care that is all about improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, and smile. It includes a range of procedures. Some of the most popular include the following:

  • Teeth whitening. Imagine walking into our office with teeth that have grown dull over the years, and leaving two hours later with a gleaming, brilliant smile? With professional teeth whitening it’s possible. We can remove years of stains and discoloring with our powerful whitening system. Professional whitening is far more effective than any product you can find at the store.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic. They are made individually to fit over the front of your teeth. Veneers can mask chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections to give you a magnificent smile.
  • Dental crowns. Dental crowns are covers that are placed over teeth to restore their shape, strength, and appearance. Sometimes used to protect a weakened tooth, they have many other useful functions, including cosmetic modification.
  • Dental implants. Considered the ultimate solution for a missing tooth, dental implants are titanium posts that are implanted into the jaw. They fuse with the bone and provide a solid support to an artificial tooth that looks and functions like the real thing. Several implants can support bridges and dentures.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile, Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park has a cosmetic dentistry procedure that is right for you and your wish list. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Need An Implant? Let’s Do A Checkup And Talk About It.

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When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we recommend having a thorough exam every six months. If you are considering a dental implant, we will assess your oral condition and discuss replacement options.

Dental implants are an ideal replacement for one or more missing teeth. An implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw, where it fuses with the bone. One implant is a solid base for one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or full dental arch.

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is someone in good overall health. That includes healthy gums. Adults are better candidates than younger people, because their jawbones are fully grown.

It’s important to have enough bone mass to support the implant. If there is not enough bone to support an implant, bone grafting can be done. Once the implant is in place, it helps prevent further bone loss.

Dental implants from Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park can change your life for the better, and it begins with a thorough checkup. We also offer Invisalign orthodonticsfamily and cosmetic dentistry. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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White Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Grand Rapids

Filling cavities with a resin composite material is increasingly popular in dentistry. They are commonly referred to as “white fillings,” and they are available at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park.

One of the things that makes composite fillings so attractive is the color. They easily blend with the color of your natural teeth.

A second advantage to composite fillings is that they do not require as much cavity preparation as traditional silver fillings. Less tooth structure has to be removed before the tooth is filled. And because they bond directly to the tooth, the tooth becomes stronger than it would with a silver filling.

White fillings from Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park are state of the art. We offer Invisalign orthodonticsfamily, cosmetic and implant dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Peace Begins With A Smile

Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry

Rockford cosmetic dental veneersSomeoe once said “Peace begins with a smile.” How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? If not, we can help improve it with cosmetic dentistry at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups with Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry can prevent decay and gum disease. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.

Smile enhancement with cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. The smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We offer many techniques, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even missing.

Traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry aims to complement the overall general and dental health of each patient.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park can improve whatever you’d like. We also offer cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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