Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

dental sealants Comstock Park

We’re passionate about the prevention of dental caries, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry such as brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist are vital for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities. There are some places where enamel damage can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth is the most problematic area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for dental caries to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth, create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing and flossing frequently is critical, an additional safeguard against dental caries is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are placed on the biting surface of the tooth to protect its exterior. Dental sealants are not just for kids. Our adult patients choose sealants to help fight cavities and protect enamel. We will examine you sealants every time you come in to make sure a new application is not needed.

Sealants are relatively inexpensive. If you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative care that may be needed in the future, sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To keep a healthy smile, follow these essential steps:

  • Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months.
  • Floss daily.
  • Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal.
  • Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
  • Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy.
  • Visit us at least twice a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined.
    Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

Call today for an appointment ( 616-723-8631) to meet the friendly and thorough team at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry to help keep you smiling.

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

 

sensitive teethFor those of you who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry is here for you. We have been treating this common problem since 1974.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can bring about receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding – it’s pain).

Here in our Comstock Park cosmetic and general dentistry practice, Dr. Stewart and Dr, Hull can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.

Dr.  Stewart and Dr. Hull may recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that reduces tooth pain after several applications. However, some Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments available at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry.

Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth and want to have your teeth whitened. Here at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull can determine which professional tooth whitening or at-home whitening procedures will work for you.

Call our Comstock Park cosmetic dental office today at 616-723-8631 to get relief for your sensitive teeth.

 

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, MI
49321


Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry In Comstock Park Wants You To Be Healthy And Happy

Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park Cares For Teeth

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull are dedicated to your oral health and care about the condition of your teeth. At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry we recognize that your teeth help you both eat and speak. You use your teeth to tear, scrape, and chew food, as well as to form words with your tongue.

Healthy teeth and gums are a key component of complete physical and mental health. An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrassment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The team of dental professionals at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park, Michigan, wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your health in any way.

We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which many people often call ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. An average healthy mouth for a Comstock Park resident has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.

Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth known as ‘permanent teeth’ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6 for most Comstock Park residents, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.

Many adults in Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI have their wisdom teeth pulled out because these teeth can be problematic to your oral health, such as crowding a mouth. Other adults keep these teeth because they are not causing problems. If you are concerned about the state of your wisdom teeth you can visit Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry and we can help you make this important decision.

Caring for all of your teeth – whether you are young and have 20 primary teeth or are an adult and have 28 to 32 permanent teeth – is necessary for total strength. Let your Comstock Park dentist help keep you healthy and happy.


Grand Rapids Children’s Dental Care And Thumb Sucking

Open Bite

For years, Grand Rapids parents have been warned that thumb-sucking can cause future dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of these problems is a type of malocclusion called an open bite.

An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward; often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite is caused by thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.

Tongue thrusting refers to an abnormal swallowing action in which the tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed completely when swallowing. A tongue-thrusting habit can develop due to factors other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats, and anything that makes swallowing difficult can result in a tongue-thrusting habit.

At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we diagnose bite problems in young Rockford MI dental patients such as underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites. If dental treatment is started early in a child’s life, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented.

Call Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry at (616) 828-0410 to schedule a dental examination for your toddler or child. If you need dental treatment for your child and do not have dental plan insurance, talk to us about financing options.

Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry offer comprehensive dental care in the Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford MI area. Because our friendly staff puts our youngest patients at ease, your child can grow up without fearing visits to their Grand Rapids family dentist.

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull
Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry
769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan 49321
(616) 828-0410
https://www.greatmismiles.com/meet-dr-eric-hull/


Has Your Toddler Had A Dental Exam?

If you have a toddler who has not been to a dentist, we urge you to consider making an appointment today by calling Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry at 616-827-7019.

The best time to start dental checkups for young children is near their third birthday.  This may seem a bit early; however, it’s a great time to become acquainted with preventative dentistry options such as sealants and fluoride supplements. Your dentist can assess the health of your child’s teeth before problems begin, and it’s also helpful for parents to get a refresher course on proper oral hygiene for young children. If you have questions about pediatric dentistry, please call our office at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry.

Children with an increased risk of dental problems should receive a dental examination as early as possible. Here are some of the risk factors:

  • Sleeping with a bottle
  • Drinking juice continually during the day
  • Abnormal tooth development
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tooth grinding
  • A mother with significant tooth decay
  • Other health problems

Bring your questions to our friendly and thorough staff at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry. We are located at 769 York Creek Dr NW in Comstock Park, Michigan. You can reach us at 616-827-7019. We want your child to have a healthy smile right from the start and enjoy a lifetime of oral health.

We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!


Overbites And Underbites In Comstock Park

Overbites And Underbites in Comstock Park

Have you heard of overbites and underbites? Bite problems can occur when the upper and lower parts of the jaw are different sizes. When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite.

Another related alignment disorder is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when the lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward, or backward.

Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all types of bite problems, including overbites, underbites and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders can cause a range of problems and often prohibit proper chewing and/or swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing even more discomfort or difficulty. Gum disease and tooth decay are also harder to prevent because proper oral hygiene can be difficult with a malocclusion. TMJ disorder can develop over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for those affected.

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined by Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull, your Grand Rapids dentist, as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Call Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry at 616-827-7019. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull are experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in patients of all ages. We can create a successful treatment plan for you. We also offer cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign for our Belmont, Grand Rapids, Comstock Park, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI area dental patients.

See you soon!

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull
Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry
769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan 49321
(616) 365-5216
https://www.greatmismiles.com/meet-dr-eric-hull/

 

 

 


Excellence In Family Dentistry At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Excellence In Family Dentistry At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. If you are looking for a family dentist in Comstock Park, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker or Rockford MI,  we invite you to visit us at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry.

We provide the following dental services: cosmetic, general, implant, periodontal and orthodontic.

We create a pleasant dental experience for our youngest patients at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry. We want to make sure they look forward to visits and never develop dental anxiety. If you have toddlers and young children, we can guide you in pediatric oral care, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

Hundreds of Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry patients have dramatically improved their smile with the marvels of cosmetic dentistry. Smile makeover techniques and materials are better than ever and some procedures can be completed in just one or two visits!

At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry, we treat you like family. To schedule a free cosmetic consultation or an exam and cleaning, please call our office at 616-827-7019.


Tooth Ache Pain

Tooth Ache Pain and General Dentistry in Comstock Park

Tooth ache pain for anyone in Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta and Rockford, MI can be unbearable.  At the very least, toothache pain can cause you to avoid certain foods, temperatures, and even talking.  Severe toothache pain can be downright debilitating, forcing patients to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.

The most common causes of a tooth ache include tooth infection, decay, injury, and loss of a tooth. Tooth pain can also occur after a tooth has been extracted, or after an oral surgery involving anything from a tooth or your jawbone.

We can help you better understand the source of your tooth ache pain, and in most cases we can provide a nearly immediate remedy.  In more severe cases, we will council you on a variety of resolutions.

Of course, professional dental cleanings and thorough examinations by Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull are the best way to avoid tooth ache pain followed with a regular regimen of brushing and flossing.

If you are experiencing tooth ache pain please call our office.  Our team is eager to ease your discomfort.

-Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull, DDS

616-827-7019


3 Additional Cavity Fighters For Sparta Kids

Rockford MI Family Dentistry

Most Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Belmont, Walker, Sparta and Rockford, MI parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

Sealants
Fluoride supplements
Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied to natural unrestored teeth. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the tooth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your pediatrician or call Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull.  There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, you may need to have your water tested to see what strength of fluoride is recommended for your family.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no.  Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Belmont, Walker, Sparta or Rockford, MI grocery store.  Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

We recommend children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, children can enjoy healthy teeth for life
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Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull
Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry
769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
616-827-7019

Meet Dr. Bruce Stewart


Visit Your Dentist At Least Twice A Year And Save Money

Visit Your Grand Rapids Dentist At Least Twice A Year And Save MoneyVisiting your family dentist regularly is a great way to save money. You may initially think that avoiding your local dentist will save money in the fees that are charged for x-rays and cleanings, but in reality, these simple procedures will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This will save you money in the long run. Just think how much more expensive a root canal and crown can be.

Find A Dental Home: Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull have a convenient location and hours to fit your schedule. Call for an appointment and to establish yourself and your family as one of our valued patients.

Get A Professional Cleaning At Least Twice A Year: This is a time for you to get a 360-degree examination of your teeth and gums.  In some cases the doctor may diagnose the need for a filling, but left untreated, a root canal and crown may be necessary.  A cleaning will help prevent gum disease, and it is a great time for you to review your oral hygiene habits.

Follow The Dental Professional’s Advice: When your dentist and hygienist examine and clean your mouth, they are able to see what you cannot, and offer insightful tips to help prevent cavities and gum disease.