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?

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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

 


Dental Marvels: Implants in Comstock Park

At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant and that number grows each year. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we are providers of these dental marvels.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth fits on top of the post.

One of the things that make dental implants so popular is that they blend in so easily with the patient’s remaining teeth. They look and function like natural teeth and are an excellent, long-term solution.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and integrates with the bone.

For patients missing all of their teeth, implants can be used to anchor dentures or partials, 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 biggest advances in dentistry. To find out more, contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. We also provide family and cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions suchas sleep apnea.   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

 


Oral Cancer Screening: Essential Exams in Comstock Park

Oral cancer screenings consist of a physical and visual exam of a patient’s mouth and surrounding tissues. When it comes to oral cancer survival rates, two numbers are key: 40% and 90%. 40% of those who receive a late-stage diagnosis die within five years. However, the survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

Oral Cavity and Oropharynx—Mouth and Throat
Cancers that originate in the mouth (oral cavity) are labeled oral cancers. The oral cavity is comprised of the inside tissue of the mouth and cheeks, the lips, the tissue below the tongue, the roof of the mouth, and the front two-thirds of the tongue.

“Why only two-thirds of the tongue?” you might ask. Fair question. The answer is that the back third of the tongue is considered part of the throat.

Throat cancers, or oropharyngeal cancers, start in the oropharynx, the part of the mouth behind the parts considered part of the oral cavity. The oropharynx consists of the soft palate, the tonsils, and the throat.

How Are Oral Cancers Diagnosed?
Some oral cancers produce symptoms that prompt the patient to see a doctor. Others are found by dentists and doctors during exams. Thousands of lives could be saved every year if more people received regular screenings.

A visual oral cancer exam is relatively quick and convenient compared to other cancer screening tests. If an abnormality is discovered, the patient is referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and diagnosis.

Be proactive. Ask Stewart & Hull Aesthetic Dentistry in Comstock Park about an oral cancer screening. We use the non-invasive VELscope as an aid in finding oral abnormalities. We also provide general and family dentistry, 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

 


A Youthful Smile At Any Age: Cosmetic Dentistry in Comstock Park

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Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry can help people facing any dental issues.

With modern cosmetic dentistry, mature men and women can have a terrific smile that looks as young as they feel. Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile.

  • Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Provided the patient has enough bone mass, a titanium post is surgically implanted into the jaw. A restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth is fitted on top of it. Implants can also anchor dentures and partials.
  • Damaged teeth, with chips or cracks, can be corrected with porcelain veneers to cover any flaws.
  • Yellowed teeth can be transformed with professional teeth whitening. We provide in office Zoom and home teeth whitening.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we pamper our esteemed patients. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we offer general and family dental services.

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

 


Eat Like A Dentist: Dental Health in Comstock Park

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Nothing impacts your dental health quite like your eating habits. At Stewart & Hull At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we want you to develop good eating habits and nutrition. Your teeth and your smile will thank you.

1. Rinse after eating

Rinse your mouth with a swish of water after meals. Better yet, brush and floss your teeth. People who snack all day long subject their teeth to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing and flossing in between keeps your oral health on top.

2. Avoid sugary gum

Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and jeopardize your hard earned healthy gums. If you are gum chewer, do your smile a favor and go sugarless.

3. Avoid sticky foods

Sticky foods have a way of clinging to your teeth, which puts you at risk of decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even excessive dried fruit can be ill-advised for smiles. Brushing doesn’t always eliminate the obstinate particles, so remember to floss after eating sticky items.

4. Consume nutritious foods

A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system durable and able to combat infection.

5. Say ‘cheese!’

Cheese contains calcium and protects teeth from acid that weakens tooth enamel. If you’re lactose intolerant, consider calcium-rich alternatives like seeds (poppy and sesame, for example) and almonds. Floss afterward!

6. Avoid acidic foods

Acid will eat away at enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Limit direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

If you have questions about your dental health, call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry. Services include teeth whiteningporcelain veneers, implants, and Invisalign clear  braces.

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

 


Our Team Takes Care Of Your Dental Health in Comstock Park

Comstock Park Dental Team

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, each member of our team helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of dental health care.

Dental assistants are an important part of the team. They perform many tasks, from patient care to office work.

Our dental assistants work alongside the dentist during procedures, when an extra pair of hands are needed. In addition to assisting the doctors, they prep examination areas, clean up afterward, and order new supplies before they run too low.

Dental assistants must have a basic understanding of dental medicine. They need to be familiar with our dental software and understand the content of the many documents and forms we use on a daily basis. It all requires an attention to detail, critical thinking, an ability to follow protocols, and sound judgment.

Whether a patient is receiving teeth whitening, Invisalign clear braces, or cosmetic dentistry, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure. Like the rest of the team at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General  Dentistry in Comstock Park, they’ve got your dental health uppermost in mind.

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