Trust Stewart and Hull For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before, and much of their knowledge about dentistry comes from online sources. This can be a good thing. But at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we recommend, strongly, that you not rely exclusively on the Internet.

Misconceptions about dentistry began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous. But for all its virtues, the Internet has accelerated the speed and distance misinformation can travel.

Some of the most common dental myths have to do with the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we are dedicated to the dental health of each of our patients. People from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI rely on us for complete family and cosmetic dentistry and come to us for services like Invisalign clear braces. 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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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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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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Hi, Comstock Park!

At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park we are committed to providing the best possible dental care for our patients. We want each one to be well-informed about their dental health and the services we provide.

We view ourselves as your first line of defense against dental issues. When you come in for your checkup, you can count on several things.

  • Teeth cleaning. One of our hygienists will clean your teeth with special tools, and make an initial inspection before the dentist comes in to do a thorough examination. The hygienist can also review your brushing and flossing, and answer any questions you may have.
  • A thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums with the doctor.
  • X-rays.  X-rays are the best way to identify any abnormalities in the teeth, gums and bone.

We may also perform any minor procedures, such as filling a cavity. It may require a follow-up appointment. Like most issues, the sooner a cavity is discovered and filled, the better.

A cleaning and checkup at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park is the best way to stay on top of your dental health. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI trust us with their smiles. Our services include general, implant, and cosmetic dentistry, including Invisalign clear braces. Please 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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Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth by Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry

Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing them, which is why we always remind our patients to floss at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. We’re using this short blog post to review the best reasons to floss.

  • Flossing and gum disease. Since dental floss gets into areas your toothbrush cannot reach, it is an important part of preventing gum disease. Just as filmy plaque forms on the surfaces of teeth, it gets between them, too. It hardens into tarter, and in time can result in gum disease. By removing it daily with dental floss, you go a long way toward heading off gum disease.
  • Flossing and systemic diseases. Your dental health is linked to your overall health, and flossing plays an important role. It has a positive impact on such potentially deadly diseases as diabetes, respiratory diseases, and heart disease.
  • Flossing and bad breath. This may seem like small potatoes compared to the above, but bad breath afflicts a lot of people. Brushing your teeth isn’t enough to eliminate it. Flossing will get the gunk that builds up between your teeth and contributes to bad breath.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we recommend flossing your teeth at least once every day, and brushing at least twice. Flossing before bedtime is best. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our practice to maintain good dental health with general and restorative dentistry, and to improve their smiles with cosmetic 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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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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Help! My Crown Came Off!

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You are chewing an apple and hear an odd sound, then something in your mouth feels wrong. One of your crowns has come loose. Don’t panic! Chances are the crown can be re-cemented at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.

What do you do when your dental crown comes off? It’s critical that you take the following steps:

Don’t Swallow It!
This sounds obvious enough, but we mention it because it can (and does) happen. Carefully take it out of your mouth.

Look Carefully
Inspect the crown and your tooth. If there is damage to either, we will need that information. Which brings us to number 3:

Clean Gently
Use a toothbrush to carefully clean the crown and the exposed partial tooth.

Handle With Care
While waiting for the crown to be re-cemented, skip substances that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we see patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI for family, cosmetic dentistry and a complete range of other services. 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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Dental Questions? We Have Answers

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it’s really necessary to have regular cleanings and checkups. Our short answer is, yes! But a better answer would include the time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist and a thorough exam by the dentist. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull will examine your teeth and gums, looking for any dental concerns or signs of gum disease/oral cancer.

MORE QUESTIONS

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problems. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth. To really get between the teeth, we recommend daily flossing. You can use string floss or a water pik.

AND MORE!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Find out why patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our office for general, cosmetic and Invisalign orthodontic dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup with us today, and remember your dental health questions!

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: Early Diagnosis Makes A Big Difference

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Oral cancer claims some fifty thousand lives in the United States every year. That’s a scary number and one of the reasons why we perform oral cancer screenings at every checkup at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.

Oral cancer refers to cancer in not just the mouth, but also the face, neck and lips. Each of those areas is part of a screening.

During an oral cancer screening we look for anything out of the ordinary: swellings, bumps, patches of color, lesions, or any other irregularities. This is one of those times we’ll ask you to say “Ahh,” because making that sound exposes parts of the throat that are hard to see.

Oral cancer screening also includes a physical exam. We’ll feel your head and cheeks, around your jaw, under your chin, and in your mouth to see if there are any masses or unusual nodules.

Also available is a device called the VELscope. This non-invasive device stimulates cells with a blue light, with which we can better see changes in tissue. It won’t diagnose cancer, but helps us identify abnormalities we might not see with a simple visual exam.

Early diagnosis of oral cancer increases the odds of successful treatment. Patients come to Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI for general and cosmetic dentistry. Please call to 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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Schedule Your Coronation

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Dental crowns are one of the best ways to restore a tooth that has been damaged or broken. They are one of most common restorations we perform at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.

The word “crown” is sometimes referred to a “cap”. Dental crowns are fixed restorations that are made to cover the tooth. Once they are in place, they protect the tooth and restore its appearance and function.

There is a difference between a crown used for a restoration and a crown used in a dental implant, even though they have the same name. In a restoration, they cover a tooth that has had work done on it, such as removing decay or a root canal. The crown completely covers the dental work and is cemented in place.

A dental implant is actually a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A connecting piece fits into the post and a crown is attached to that.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we use restorative crowns to repair teeth that have been damaged, cracked, or broken. Our patients come from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI for complete family 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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