5 Cavity Basics For Our Dental Patients

Categories: General Dentistry

Rockford MI General Dentistry - Cavity Basics

Some of the most popular dental topics discussed in Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI  relate to cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants. However, the desire to avoid cavities is still the main reason Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI residents visit Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull, so today our blog is going to highlight the 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Teeth that haven’t been cleaned well

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, stain, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull today for an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Preventing cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right and avoid snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Comstock Park area, Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry is the office for you. We have been treating dental patients in Comstock Park, MI since 1974. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as gum contouring and smile makeovers.

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull
Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry
769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan

Rockford MI Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

Rockford MI Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

With all the talk in Rockford MI of multi-procedure smile makeovers involving veneers, porcelain crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked. If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, Michigan cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.

Most dental patients in the Rockford MI and Comstock Park area have a few fillings in their mouth. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way Michigan family dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.

Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us in the Grand Rapids, Comstock Park, and Rockford MI areas remember.

Rockford MI cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their Michigan patients.

Today, the filling material of choice in Comstock Park and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, Comstock Park dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many Rockford MI dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.

We’re Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull, Comstock Park cosmetic dentists and we work hard to make sure our clients enjoy their dental visits and love their smile. We’ve practiced dentistry since 1974, and we find it especially rewarding when Grand Rapids, Comstock Park, and Rockford MI residents find renewed confidence after a smile makeover. So whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Call 616-827-7019 today to schedule an appointment with Stewart & Hull!

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull
Stewart & Hull
769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan

Summer Is Here…Make Those Back-to-School Appointments Now!

Categories: Oral Health

School is finally out! Now we can begin to enjoy the pleasures and special events of summer, the vacations, trips to the beach, camping, gardening, golf, and more relaxed and longer days. Each year new memories are made during this summer break.

From a dental perspective, there are a few things associated with summer that should be on your “To Do” list. One is to make sure the athletes in your family have proper safety equipment, which in addition to knee pads and helmets, includes mouth guards. You can purchase the “Boil and Bite” mouth guards at many locations. An even better alternative is to have us make a custom fitted mouth guard.

As crazy as it sounds, another thing on your early summer “To Do” list should be to call our office and schedule those back to school cleaning appointments, as well as any sealant and restorative (filling) appointments you have been waiting to schedule. Our hygiene schedule fills up quickly and every year we get many parents and teachers calling in August hoping to schedule hygiene appointments before school starts. Now is the time to get that done!!! You have a greater chance to get the time you want and beat the beginning of school if you call now.

We hope you all have a safe and memorable summer. We’ll look forward to seeing you in the office.