Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is important news for anyone who cares about their dental health: gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is associated with heart disease. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, gum disease is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages.

What warning signs should you  look for?

  1. Gums that bleed often
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

Even if you aren’t seeing any of these symptoms, keep brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis. We recommend twice each day along with regular dental check-ups in our office. It’s the best way to maintain dental health and prevent gum disease.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park gum disease is a treatable condition. We’ve treated people from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI, who also come to our practice for cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign clear braces. Please 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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Get Those Teeth In Shape!

Regular exercise is essential to good health. When you’re physically fit then you look better, and more important, you feel better! And as we remind our patients here at Stewart & Hull General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Comstock Park, that goes for keeping your teeth in good shape, too!

If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your mouth may well be the window to your overall health. Research has shown there is a clear link between your dental health and your general health. It is safe to say that good dental health is necessary to your physical well-being throughout your life.

Here’s just one example: bacteria that starts in the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body, especially if your immune system has been weakened by illness.

When you take good care of your teeth, you’re doing more for your well-being than you may ever have realized. So brush and floss every day, without fail, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.

At Stewart & Hull General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Comstock Park we want you take keep yourself in shape with plenty of exercise. But never underestimate the importance of good dental health! People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our office for family and cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and much more. Call 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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Let’s Make a Plan

If you’re like most of us, you’d like to have the best smile possible. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we want to help! Cosmetic dentistry can make a huge difference, but a great smile comes down to exploring your options and making a plan.

How can cosmetic dentistry help? Cosmetic dentistry is all about using sound dental techniques to make positive changes to your teeth and smile. The most popular techniques include:

  • Teeth whitening. Sure, there are plenty of whitening products available at any grocery store. None of them can match the power of professional whitening.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that we attach to the fronts of your teeth. They’ll cover chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections. The difference is startling!
  • Dental Implants. Implants are the ultimate improvement and should be on the plan of anyone missing one or more teeth. One or more titanium posts inserted in your jaw can support a single replacement tooth, a dental bridge, and even dentures.

One of the best things you can do for your smile is to brush and floss your teeth twice a day! Excellent homecare will help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy and it will shine through every time you smile.

And don’t forget regular checkups at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park! That is a sure-fire way to maintain excellent dental health. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for cosmetic and family dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and much more. Call 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 Sealants Q & A

Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry Sealants Prevent Cavities For Comstock Park KidsMost people know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal oral health. However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where dental sealants from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park can be invaluable.

  1. What are dental sealants?
  2. Dental sealants are barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They help prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove.
  3. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
  4. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.
  5. When should sealants be applied?
  6. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. It is best to seek advice from a dental professional.
  7.  Are sealants just for kids?
  8. Not necessarily. Ask us about whether sealants could benefit you.
  9. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
  10. Yes. Dental sealants are not a substitute for daily oral care. They should be considered a supplement to brushing and flossing.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we offer complete family dentistry services. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI   come to our office to improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign clear braces. Call for 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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If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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If your gums bleed when you floss your teeth, should you drop flossing from your dental health routine? We’re asked about this from time to time at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.

Our answer is short and sweet: “No!”

Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is all but impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never made flossing a habit, your gums might bleed the first few times you do it. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Gum disease is extremely common, and is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for good dental health.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we want all our patients to brush and floss twice a day and see us for regular checkups. We treat gum disease, and offer a wide range of family and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Please 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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A Noteworthy Dental Experience

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we make each appointment a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park we want every checkup to be a noteworthy experience, and for all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for family dentistry, clear braces from Invisalign, and much more. 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

 

Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we urge all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. This very good habit is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your dental health.

What kind of toothpaste should you use? There is no one-size-fits-all product on the market.  There’s a huge selection of toothpastes in any grocery store. You want to make the best choice for your teeth, but it isn’t always easy to make up your mind.

Different types of toothpastes have specific active ingredients that make them work. Fluoride is by far the most important thing to look for. But there are many other ingredients; what follows is a rundown of the more common ones.

  • Detergents. Sodium lauryl sulfate is nearly ubiquitous, not only in toothpaste, but in other personal care products like shampoo. Sometimes it’s called Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate. It’s the stuff that makes products foamy. Some people are sensitive to it, and some consumer advocacy groups say it can be hazardous. There are toothpastes that don’t have it.
  • Whiteners. The most common toothpaste whitener is hydrogen peroxide, but there are others, like polyphosphates. While they do a modest job whitening teeth, many experts agree that the whitening agents aren’t strong enough, or in contact with the teeth long enough, to do a really good job and can be abrasive. To get really white teeth, try professional whitening from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry.
  • Desensitizers. Some people’s teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold foods than others. And some are more tactile-sensitive. Used on a regular basis, desensitizing toothpastes can be very effective, but it’s a good idea to get a dentist’s recommendation first.
  • Plaque fighters. A toothpaste ingredient called triclosan is believed to fight plaque and gum inflammation. While it seemed promising at first, more recent studies indicate triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance, disrupt hormones and the immune system and can be abrasive.

Always read the label, and make sure the toothpaste you’re considering has the American Dental Association seal. If you see it, it means the ADA considers it safe and effective. Whatever you choose, brush and floss twice each day!

Feel free to ask us for a recommendation, and what might be best for your particular set of teeth. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we offer complete general and family dentistry. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford MI also come to us for Invisalign clear braces and dental implants. 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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Do Kids Get Periodontal Disease?

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Most parents are concerned about cavities, and rightly so. Tooth decay in children is serious and widespread. But as we remind parents at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, kids are at risk for all the same oral ailments as grownups.

That includes gum disease. Let’s discuss it.

Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup. Food particles mixed with saliva generate a sticky film called plaque. Plaque produces bacteria. If not removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria multiply and plaque builds up on the teeth.

The gums respond by becoming sore and inflamed. Plaque buildup hardens into calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss. Calculus can be removed during a professional dental cleaning.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we treat every member of your household with our complete family dentistry. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI see us for cosmeticrestorative, implant and Invisalign orthodontics. Call for 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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Flossing For Health And Happiness

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Most people know that flossing is an important part of oral health. As we like to remind our patients at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General in Comstock Park, the value of this  exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again.

Flossing is your chance to remove the food debris that a toothbrush can’t reach.

WHICH KIND IS BEST?

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 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 handy, but not as effective as string floss. They’re okay when you’re on the go, but 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.

People from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry  for familycosmeticand 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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Dental X-rays Help Us Provide Quality Care

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Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This post from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park takes a look at the various types of dental X-rays.

PANORAMIC

These pictures help us see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit and renewed every five years. They are useful for evaluating cysts/tumors, jaw injuries, calcification in the carotid artery and seeing emerging teeth in children.

BITEWING

Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.

PERIAPICAL

These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more detailed picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are generally used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.

FULL-MOUTH SERIES

This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford MI come to our office for familycosmeticand restorative dentistry, and much more. 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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