You Are What You Eat. Just Ask Your Mouth.

When you think about the word diet, losing weight may come to mind. Or maybe thoughts of which foods are best, as in a balanced or healthy diet. Most people don’t automatically think about their oral health and how it relates to what we eat. I’m Dr. James Stewart, and I’m one of the few who do think about oral health in relation to diet.

Before food ever reaches your stomach, it affects the balance in your mouth. Sugars and starches are converted into acids when they enter the mouth, and these acids are the main cause of tooth decay (cavities). Many health experts tell us to eat small meals often rather than a few large meals in a day. While this is good for our metabolism, it’s not ideal for our mouths unless – unless you eat foods that are low in starch and sugar, and you rinse your mouth with water after eating.

Best foods for oral health include cheese, meats, milk, and nuts because they contain calcium and phosphorus, minerals necessary for remineralization of teeth. Remineralization is the process of restoring minerals to tooth enamel. Acids eat away the minerals, remineralization replenishes them.

You’ve heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Not only are apples and crunchy fruits and veggies good for your bodily health, they’re also good for your mouth. These foods have a lot of water in them to dilute their sugars. Water also promotes saliva production, and saliva equalizes acids while rinsing away food particles so that they don’t sit on teeth and cause demineralization. (more…)

Operation Gratitude

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You may have read my blog earlier this week about the Halloween Candy Buyback program our office is taking part in.  What you may not know is the bigger picture behind this event — taking part in Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.

Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on expression of thanks.

Halloween Candy Buyback is just a small part of their overall  program and we are proud to be involved.  Visit Operation Gratitude for more information, videos and what you can do to get involved.

Halloween Candy Buy Back at Dr. Stewart’s Dental Office

Have you heard about Halloween Candy Buy Back? We started the annual event last year and had great success, so we’re pleased to host another buy back this year on November 1st and 2nd during regular office hours.

Halloween Candy Buy Back is a great opportunity for our community to recognize American troops overseas. Parents love the event because it involves kids “selling” their Halloween candy to our office for $1 per pound. Kids love the event because of the excitement and cash!

Here’s how it works. On Monday, November 1st or Tuesday, November 2nd, come in to our office with your children and their candy. We’ll weigh the candy, give the kids cash, and send the candy to Operation Gratitude to be shipped to the US troops.

I’m Dr. James Stewart, and my team and I are proud to be a part of the Halloween Candy Buy Back again. If you’d like to learn more about the event, please call our Livonia dental office at 734-425-4400.

If you’d like to help with publicity for this community-wide event, feel free to link to this blog post or call our office for more information! Visit www.HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com for details.

Ann Arbor Antiques Market Final Weekend of the Season

Take a drive over to the Ann Arbor Antiques Market, October 15 & 16, for the last show until spring. 

For 42 years this show has offered a wide range of quality antiques and collectibles to buyers throughout the United States and Canada. Exhibitors have successfully offered for sale every type of antique imaginable from early Americana to Art Deco.  

This is a great excuse to take a scenic drive, enjoy the fall foliage, and do some shopping!

Dr. James Stewart, Livonia Dentist and Dental Sleep Medicine Expert

For a few months now, this blog has been dedicated to dental sleep medicine. We’re shifting gears a bit because I’m more than a sleep apnea doctor. I’m an established general dentist who provides state-of-the-art dental care for families from Livonia, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding communities.

My team and I offer checkups and cleanings, as well as fillings, crowns, dentures, and dental implants. We are always happy to offer children’s dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry for image-conscious adults. As a general and cosmetic dentist, I approach all restorative dental care with attention to esthetics. For instance, I offer white fillings, white crowns, and natural-looking replacement teeth. In addition to esthetic restorations, my team and I have transformed smiles with porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and other popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.

To learn more about dental sleep medicine in my Livonia dental office, visit www.DentalSleepMedicineofMichigan.com.

To learn more about general and family dental care in my Livonia dental office, visit www.JamesStewartDDS.com.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit, please call 734-425-4400 and chat with one of my friendly front desk associates. We’re here to help you enjoy optimal oral health, a beautiful smile, restful sleep, and a high quality of life.

Teeth Whitening from Your Livonia Cosmetic Dentist: Invest a Little, Get a Lot!

What’s one of the easiest, fastest, and most economical ways to improve your smile? Professional teeth whitening! It’s no secret that a brighter smile can make you look better, even younger. And when you look good, you feel better about yourself. Dr. James Stewart has done all the research on teeth whitening products. Now you get to reap the rewards!

The doctor often receives questions about the best way to whiten teeth stained by red wine, coffee, tea, dark sodas, tobacco, and more. Dr. Stewart cares about our patients, and he provides dental services that deliver outstanding results. He feels that tray teeth whitening gives patients the most bang for their hard-earned buck. (more…)

Visit the Detroit Zoo this October!

The Detroit Zoo has two great events this month giving you a great reason to take a trip to the zoo this fall!

The Fall Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10. The event will feature live entertainment, delicious fall inspired food and a children’s activity area. Other attractions include hayrides and pumpkin painting.

Zoo Boo, Detroit Zoo’s annual family-friendly Halloween event, will be held the remaining three weekends of October.  Zoo Boo is a merry-not-scary Halloween celebration with a cleverly decorated half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo. There will also be live entertainment and games for kids of all ages.

Also new for Zoo Boo 2010 – See the limited-release movie “The Curse of Skull Rock” at the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater.

Can Sleep Apnea be Fatal? Yes!

Sleep apnea is behind about 1400 automobile accident fatalities each year. Because sleep apnea patients do not get enough deep, refreshing REM sleep, they are tired during the day. Their responses are delayed, and some tend to fall asleep at inappropriate times, like while driving.

Sleep apnea increases risk of heart attack or death by 30%. It also makes people more prone to stroke. During sleep apnea episodes, the brain and body do not receive sufficient oxygen. This causes significant stress and, studies show, has a direct influence on risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.

Some experts say that the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Challenger space shuttle crash, and Chernobyl Nuclear disaster can be traced back to sleep apnea.

So, untreated sleep apnea not only increases YOUR risk of fatality, it increases your risk for CAUSING deaths.

Don’t let your sleep disorder go undiagnosed and untreated. Sleep apnea was listed by Reader’s Digest as one of the top 10 diseases doctors miss. If you snore, if you awake in the night choking and gasping, if you feel chronically fatigued, irritable, and non-productive, come in and talk with me about a sleep study. I’m Dr. James Stewart, a Livonia dentist, and I’ve also studied dental sleep medicine. A sleep apnea oral appliance could eliminate your symptoms and give you renewed quality of life. It’s helped many of my patients overcome sleep apnea and enjoy refreshing rest. Sleep dentistry also works well for people who’ve tried CPAP and had poor results.

Give me a call to schedule your sleep apnea consultation today. Let’s put this problem to rest, once and for all!

Enjoy the Final Weeks of Livonia’s Farmers Market

Livonia’s Farmers Market offers a wide variety of local fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers.  By buying local products you can improve your health, your community and the environment, all at the same time. Local food doesn’t lose nutrition from long cross country trips. It also puts more money back into Livonia’s economy and saves a whole lot of gas. All three are great reasons to make a trip to the Farmers Market this week!

Be sure to take advantage of the last month of our local Farmers Market. Located at Middlebelt & West Chicago in Livonia, the market is opened every Wednesday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during October.

Reports Say, Sleep Apnea Can Cause Pilots to Fall Asleep at the Controls

Sleep apnea affects approximately 70 million Americans, and the medical expenses, lost productivity, sick leave, and damage cost about $100 billion annually. In addition, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can increase a person’s risk for auto accident by six times. It also increases a person’s risk of heart attack. People with OSA often experience daytime drowsiness, fall asleep at inappropriate times, and suffer from forgetfulness, irritability, depression, and fatigue.

Falling asleep on the job is bad if you work in an office. It’s worse if you drive a truck for work. But if your job is flying a commercial aircraft, even almost falling asleep is potentially catastrophic — but not unheard of. According to anonymously authored responses compiled in the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System reports, there are several dozen instances in which pilots fell asleep at the controls of an aircraft. (Source: USA Today)

In studying pilots and sleep apnea, I came across a Federal Aviation Administration’s brochure on Sleep Apnea that begins with a story about two pilots who fell asleep at the controls and overshot their destination. The 40 passengers and 3 crew members aboard safely deplaned, thank goodness. However,  the National Transportation and Safety Administration (NTSA) determined that obstructive sleep apnea and draining work schedules were to blame.

Now, the FAA requires sleep apnea testing for pilots.

I’m Dr. James Stewart, and I treat obstructive sleep apnea in my Livonia dental office. With conservative oral appliance therapy, my OSA patients have overcome symptoms commonly associated with sleep disorders. (more…)