The Techno-Toothbrush

Are electric toothbrushes any better at cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes? The answer depends on who you ask because both have their advocates. In this article from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we aren’t going to recommend one over the other. We’re just going to take a look at the world of the electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. They first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have evolved considerably since then. When it comes to electric toothbrushes, there is a lot of choose from.

THE MODERN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

SONIC

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but we think they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But advocates say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

When all is said and done, it depends on the person doing the brushing. A manual toothbrush, used properly, does a fine job cleaning your teeth. But you can always take it to the next level with a standard electric, or even a sonic, toothbrush.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, what we really want is for each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include family and cosmetic 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

 


Dental Floss: Which Type is Best?

Along with brushing, flossing is the most important thing you can do for healthy teeth and gums. There’s a variety of floss types to choose from. Which one is best for you? It depends. At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we’re using this space to summarize what’s available, and what might influence your choice of dental floss.

The reason that flossing is so important is that it removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Left on the teeth, plaque hardens and contributes to tooth decay. The Academy of General Dentistry goes so far as to call flossing the most important thing you can do to fight plaque.

When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?

No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine chest. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.

A recent study shows there really isn’t much difference, if any, in the effectiveness of the different types of dental floss. Here are some things to consider:

  • Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces.
  • Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone.
  • Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework.

One word of caution: we recommend traditional string floss that you can pull out in a long strand, as opposed to a flossing pick. Those little picks are popular, but they only have a tight strand of less than an inch of floss. That makes it all but impossible to wrap any floss around your teeth – and flossing is far more effective when you do that. The little picks are fine for a purse or backpack when you’re on the go. Just be sure to use regular floss as part of your dental hygiene routine before bedtime.

Whatever your preference may be, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.

At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park we also like to see you for a thorough exam and cleaning every six months. Our services include family, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next 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


Interdental Cleaners

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is the single best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Together, they are the gold standard for ideal dental care, along with twice-yearly checkups at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock.

But what about during the day, when you’re away from home and your toothbrush? It may not be critical to clean your teeth then. But if you’re at a greater risk of developing cavities or gum disease than others, using an interdental cleaner might be an excellent idea.

By “interdental,” of course, we mean getting between your teeth. Debris left between teeth can become plaque and even harden into tartar. The best interdental cleaner is probably dental floss. Using it at your desk at work, though, might not be such a good idea. There are a lot of readily-available products that do a good job cleaning between your teeth that are more discreet than floss. These little tools are known by various trade names. They resemble miniature toothbrushes, have a handle for a good grip, and a textured, pointy end for getting easily between teeth. Most brands come in different sizes, too.

Interdental cleaners are also good for getting food debris out of braces, and are safe for bridges, crowns, and other dental work.

Using one of these to clean your teeth is not a substitute for flossing and brushing after a meal. But they’re great when you’re on the go. Just remember to brush before you leave home in the morning, and before bed at night.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock, we encourage home dental care for all our patients. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. 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

 


Preventive Dentistry At Stewart & Hull

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental health care.

Patients of all ages need to start with an exam to determine their current status. Your dental condition is influenced by your dietary habits, previous dental work, physical health, medications, lifestyle and family history. After a comprehensive analysis, we can establish a decay prevention plan just for you.

A prevention plan is a multi-faceted approach designed to maintain optimum dental health. Twice-yearly exams reveal early problems before they progress. Professional cleanings prevent a multitude of serious dental issues.

Oral health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing is essential. A healthy diet is necessary and will deliver benefits to your whole body – not just your teeth.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, the dental health of each patient is our top priority. Services include family, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. 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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Gum Disease: A Treatable Condition

Periodontitis is the formal name of advanced gum disease. It’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and affects nearly half of Americans over the age of thirty. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, gum disease can be treated and does not have to result in the loss of teeth.

Gum disease is progressive. Before it reaches the advanced stage, it is called gingivitis, which is inflammation in the gums. An early sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.

Gingivitis develops when plaque is not adequately removed from your teeth. You remove it by brushing and flossing. The good news is that gingivitis is easily reversible. If you’re diagnosed with gingivitis, you need to improve your brushing and flossing and get a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist.

Advanced gum disease develops when gingivitis is not treated. Toxins build up in the plaque on your teeth and invade gum tissue. Not only that, it gets into the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. The teeth can actually become loose.

Severe cases may require surgery. But first is a non-surgical treatment called scaling and root planning, or SRP. We remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and root surfaces. From there, any roughness on the roots is smoothed to prevent bacteria from accumulating there.

All of this can be avoided with proper dental care. Like we always say, we want our patients to brush and floss at least twice a day to maintain their dental health.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we provide gum disease treatment, as well as family and cosmetic 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

 


Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

Toothbrush Wars in Grand Rapids

This message from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park centers on whether a manual or electric toothbrush is better for your dental health.

It may surprise you to know that some people have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best. Is there really one that is clearly superior?

Most dentists will tell you that all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing plaque. Choosing which is best for you is really a personal decision. Here is some extra information about toothbrushes to help you settle upon which kind is right for you or your child.

  • You need to consider cost and convenience. Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes cost more, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.
  • Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be problematic when buying replacement heads. When you travel you may find that a manual toothbrush is easier to pack.
  • Special consideration should be taken for individuals with arthritis. Most dentists counsel their patients with dexterity issues to use electric toothbrushes. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern of parents.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, the dental health of each of our patients is always our top concern. We provide Invisalign orthodontics, porcelain veneers/crowns, composite fillings, implant dentistry, sealants and much more with our family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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At Stewart & Hull Cosmetic Dentistry Is Our Art

Comstock Park Cosmetic Dental Artistry

Cosmetic Dentistry is part science and part art.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in the Comstock Park, Michigan, we enjoy using our extensive dental training and artistic skills to design treatment plans unique to each of our cosmetic dentistry clients.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking result, we do much more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth too. In order to create a balanced look, facial shape and coloring is also taken into account.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in the Comstock Park, Michigan area, we enjoy using our extensive dental training an, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. We have used our artistic abilities over several years to create smile transformations for cosmetic dentistry patients. There are so many options these days. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers have advanced considerably. Dental implants are a truly remarkable solution for those who have lost one or more teeth.

One of the things that makes our practice stand out is our commitment to our craft. For example, Dr. Stewart was the first dentist in Michigan to be accredited by the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Dr. Hull is currently pursuing his Accreditation (AACD).  There may be over 6,000 members of the AACD, but fewer than 400 have passed the rigorous process of becoming accredited. The process includes presenting “before and after” pictures of actual patients before a panel of examiners. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull have also has attained fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Fewer than 10 percent of dentists nationally have become fellows in the AGD.

Both Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull believe in individualized care. Every one of our patients gets the level of service and care that they need because we take the time to understand your needs and discuss a variety of options for you to consider. We are extremely proud of the dentistry we do. Be sure to check out some “before and after” pictures of our work.

We would love to perform a personalized smile makeover for you. When the work has been completed we believe that you will love your new look and others will assume you have always been blessed with a naturally beautiful and healthy smile. Call us today at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in the Comstock Park, Michigan area, for your personal consultation.

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

 


Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

Those who wait to have a sore tooth checked always end up saying that they wish they came in sooner for an appointment. That is because whenever a patient has tooth decay or a chipped tooth, their brain sends them a clear message saying, “See your dentist!” The dull pain associated with a tooth ache can become absolutely unbearable if it goes untreated, so why wait to visit your dentist?

Dr. Bruce Stewart and Dr. Eric Hull will determine the cause of your dental pain so that proper treatment can begin. Possible causes of pain include tooth decay, gum disease, a cracked tooth, bite issues, and TMD. Let our experienced team take care of you so that you can quickly go back to enjoying your week.

If you wait to see a dentist, the cost to treat whatever is bothering you may grow more expensive as time goes on. We want the local residents of Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Rockford and Walker to know that constant pain in their mouth is not normal. Let the friendly team of Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry take care of your smile with advanced dental services.

Schedule an Appointment

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, our team is also well-versed in the latest dental procedures and is devoted to quality emergency dental care. Don’t wait to come to us if a tooth is demanding attention. Schedule an appointment with our practice by calling 616-784-2377. We also offer services such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, Invisalign and TMJ treatment.

We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!

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


Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

bleeding gums

Treating Gum Disease

Gum disease develops when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also notice bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, avoiding gum disease is just one of the many vital goals we have for our patients. Along with ideal dental health, we also seek to give our patients the dazzling smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry.

Improving Your Smile with Aesthetic Dentistry

Some effective aesthetic dental procedures include porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental bonding, Invisalign orthodontics, ZOOM! teeth whitening, and dental implants. If you want to improve your smile, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull can create a custom smile redesign. It is not an exaggeration to say that modern cosmetic dentistry can truly work miracles for your smile!

Schedule an Appointment

Our patients are always talking about our comfortable office and friendly staff. Our top services here at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry include implant dentistry, restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers, Invisalign clear braces, and Zoom teeth whitening. If you are looking for a local dentist with experience in preventative, general, and aesthetic dentistry, we invite you to schedule an informative consultation by calling 616-784-2377.

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


Overcoming Dental Anxiety at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry

Overcoming dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety impacts many people, including some Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry patients. Today’s post answers some questions asked about this vital topic.

What Are Long-term Consequences of Dental Anxiety?

The most detrimental consequence is when a patient delays dental care until a pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the trouble is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment. Moreover, there are usually many other dental problems in varying stages of progression. Several oral conditions at once can risk general health and well-being, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Schedule an appointment with Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. There are several specific fears associated with dental anxiety and dental phobia. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, and embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most prevalent concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your particular fears and discuss how we can help you to overcome them.

We have helped many patients in overcoming dental anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly. We explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. Furthermore, we always treat our patients with compassion, because we care about them. Lastly, we agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to cue the dentist to remove the instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.

These methods go a long way to calm anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through a treatment that is necessary. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by increased familiarity, greater confidence, and a strengthened relationship with our friendly and thorough team. To learn more about overcoming dental anxiety or any other dental topic, please call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 616-784-2377.

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