Soda Spells Double Trouble: Dental Health in Comstock Park

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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to be the dietary villain of choice – and with good reason. At Stewart & Hull in Comstock Park, we remind you that the sweeteners in soft drinks spell trouble for your dental health.

Soft drinks, in fact, deliver a double punch to your teeth with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is harmful to teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes them more prone to cavities. This is especially harmful to kids, because their enamel is not fully developed.

You might think you can avoid issues by choosing diet soda. It isn’t that easy, unfortunately. The acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda, or cut way back on your consumption. Also, keep your kids away from it as much as possible, so their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Best bet? Make water your beverage of choice. If that’s too hard, try to drink some shortly after you have soda. That will rinse away some of the bad stuff. Try to brush more, too – but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it’s soft.

Stewart & Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park provides a full range of cosmetic, general and family dental services.

Call for your appointment today!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Floss Picks Or Regular Floss? Your Comstock Park Dentist Says…

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Floss picks vs regular floss? Is one better than the other? While it’s better to use a floss pick than to not floss at all, ordinary dental floss or tape does a superior cleaning job.

A floss pick holds just a small section of floss stretched in a straight line. A typical tooth, however, is rounded with occasional irregularities. A straight length of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically, since it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth.

Used correctly, traditional dental floss or tape does conform to these contours. By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of the tooth, you can clean the critical area around and just below the gumline much better.

Here is a guide to proper flossing:

  • Cut a section of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  • Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s important to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean segment for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new length.
  • Some people find it easier to start at one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you choose, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, you should. Your gums may bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Stewart & Hull, your Comstock Park dentists, provide a full range of family and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Is Mouthwash A Must? Dental Hygiene in Comstock Park

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There’s a bewildering selection of dental hygiene products on the market, from mouthwashes to rinses to plain old toothpaste. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening breath.

It can make you wonder whether you’re doing enough to keep your mouth clean. Brushing and flossing have the greatest impact on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash necessary?

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we tell our patients that as long as they follow the instructions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash can’t hurt your teeth. Leaving a bit of diluted toothpaste on the surface of your teeth after brushing probably has the same benefit.

Individuals who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the problem. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can make it worse because they can cause dry mouth, which can contribute to bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are generally more effective for freshening breath. These products are commonly called fluoride rinses.

If you have severe bad breath, however, you should have your teeth examined for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to identify the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. If you use mouthwash, pick a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we like to tackle critical issues such as dental hygiene, cosmetic dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

We provide premium dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call our office and a member of our friendly and thorough staff can answer any questions you have. Our services include cosmeticgeneral and family dentistry.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


What’s Your Dental Plan?

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Planning for Success

To achieve the utmost in oral health and a stunning smile, you need a strategy. If you’re in Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker or Rockford, Michigan, are looking for a smile makeover and need cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry.”

We’ve been serving the Comstock Park area since 1974. Our esteemed patients will tell you they can’t get over the way Dr. Bruce Stewart, Dr. Eric Hull and their team repaired and transformed their most essential feature into a remarkable smile. We would love the chance to thrill you as well.

Let us transform your smile into one that will light up the world!

Here’s the strategy you need: Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry!

During your complimentary cosmetic consultation, we will discuss all of the procedures we offer – from Invisalign to crowns to veneers to bridges. Knowledge is power.

We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Ouch! Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

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If you feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or each time you brush and floss, Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry is here for you.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing can result in 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. Our friendly and thorough staff can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity issues and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.

We may recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste to help diminish tooth sensitivity after several applications.  However, some patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride treatments available at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry.

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

 


Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Today, we’re highlighting the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The gadget is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its inception, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry does not necessarily endorse any particular brand.)

A water irrigation device oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out bits of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you put the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you maneuver the stream of shooting water around the gumline, pausing momentarily at each gap between neighboring teeth.

There have been over 65 studies that have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis treatment.

Should I Use a Water Flosser?
First, speak with us to receive an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following circumstances may affect whether or not Drs. Stewart and Dr. Hull counsel you to use an interdental irrigation device.

Braces or other orthodontic appliances
A physical restriction that diminishes ability to brush and/or floss
Periodontitis
Gums that bleed when flossing
Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
Aversion to flossing
Sensitive teeth

The friendly and thorough team at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry would love to help you learn the best suited processes for keeping your gums pink, healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment, call 616-723-8631.

Sources:
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,”
https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017

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

 


Oral Health For Comstock Park Diabetics

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Many people with diabetes have dental problems. However, gum disease, tooth loss, and periodontal disease are avoidable.

Blood sugar is the complicating factor. Diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems. In fact, many dentists have noticed no increased risk of dental disease among diabetics who maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

When blood sugar levels rise, the amount of sugars and starches increase in your mouth. These substances combine with the bacteria naturally present to create enamel-eroding plaque. Untreated plaque creates cavities.

In addition to cavities, dental patients with diabetes need to be vigilant about gum health. Because diabetes can make it harder to control the growth of bacteria, the amount of plaque in your mouth can multiply quicker. Plaque not only causes cavities, it inflames and weakens gum tissue and eventually the bone surrounding teeth.

Untreated gum disease progresses to periodontitis, a more severe infection. Because diabetics have a lower resistance to infection, it can be difficult to reverse periodontitis in people with diabetes. To make matters even worse, the presence of infection can make it harder to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Bottom line? 1: Brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque build-up. 2: See your dentist  2-4 times per year for cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated under the gumline.

Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry is accepting new patients and have helped many patients from the Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Walker, Sparta and Rockford, MI area. We can help diabetic dental patients keep their smile beautiful. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry because of diabetes related decay or gum disease, we can restore your beautiful smile with the latest tooth restoration options. Ask us about crowns, dental implants, implant anchored dentures, porcelain veneers, inlays/onlays, Invisalign and same-day restorations.

Our practice is located at 769 York Creek Dr NW in Comstock Park. Call us at 616-723-8631 to schedule a consultation. Thanks for visiting the Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry Comstock Park dentistry blog!

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that area, the exact location can be hard to pinpoint.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become swollen and infected, it can affect the teeth.

An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most prevalent type of oral abscess begins in the pulp of the tooth and is commonly caused by cavities. When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually cause pain. If an abscess impairs the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option–only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?
Sinus pain usually manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will probably feel a sharp zap of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, so if you have infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both issues – an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

Please call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. If it’s a sinus infection, your doctor can help you. This is a situation where you need advice from both your dental and medical care provider.

 

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Tonsil Questions?

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Today in the Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry dental blog, we are going to focus on the two lumps of soft tissue in the back of the throat: the tonsils.

Your tonsils sit at the base of the tongue, one on each side. They are gland-like masses that function as part of the lymphatic system. Tonsils are made of infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes.

Tonsils have many areas where dead cells, mucous, and bacteria can become trapped. If this debris accumulates and becomes concentrated, white formations can occur in the pockets. In rare cases, it hardens and becomes a tonsil stone, or tonsillolith.

Here are some signs of tonsil infection:

Bad breath
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Ear pain
Swelling of tonsils

Some people (usually children) have persistent tonsil infections that eventually require surgical removal. If your tonsils begin to hurt, it’s important to discuss treatment with your family doctor as well as your dentist.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we’re enthusiastic about the oral health of our patients. If you aren’t happy with your smile, I invite you to look at the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as teeth whitening, veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, dental bonding, and dental implants.

For general or cosmetic dentistry, call 616-723-8631 today to schedule an appointment.

 

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Bad Breath Is No Fun

Bad Breath Is No Fun For Comstock Park Residents

Bad Breath is No Fun

Picture this: You are starting a new job and are going to meet with your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. Your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, but when you open your mouth to exchange greetings, you worry about bad breath.

Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Regular dental checkups at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry can help alleviate your concern over bad breath. We have been addressing bad breath since 1974.

Causes

The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many factors can cause or contribute to halitosis. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent effect on your breath. Other factors to consider include dry mouth, tobacco use, and harmful health concerns such as infections.

Bad breath usually originates in your mouth. Transient bad breath can be resolved through eating or brushing, and is a temporary condition usually associated with a dry mouth. Persistent bad breath can be caused by chronic dry mouth issues. It is made worse when food is not cleared away properly.

Solutions

  • Brushing and flossing daily is a key step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria.
  • Simply observing the foods you eat  can result in a change in your breath.
  • Regular checkups can also reduce or eliminate the progression of bad breath.

Questions?  Give us a call at 616-723-8631 to set up an appointment.

 

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321