Category: Patient Education

FAQs About Bruxing

Most people do not have a perfect bite, but there bite is close enough not to cause problems. During the resting position for a perfect bite your lips are together but your upper and lower teeth do not touch. Your teeth should only touch when you are talking, chewing, or swallowing. However, have you ever… Read more »

Toothpaste FAQs

People tend to take things like toothbrushes and toothpastes for granted. They have been around since you were born. You never gave a thought to when they were invented, how they are made, or what they consist of. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, shares some interesting FAQS about toothpaste.

Coffee and Dental Health

There have been mixed reviews when it comes to how coffee affects your dental health. Is it good for your teeth or bad for your teeth? Are you a coffee drinker? How much do you know about its effects on your teeth? Take your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart’s true and false quiz to… Read more »

Eating Disorders and Oral Health

According to the National Eating Disorder Association 10 million American women suffer from some type of eating disorder. Men suffer from eating disorders, too. According to a Newsweek survey, 40 percent of 131 Cornell University football players engaged in bingeing and purging, in order to help stay in shape.  Eating disorders can last from one… Read more »

Tooth Stains: Intrinsic vs Extrinsic

The definition of intrinsic is “lying within,” and the definition of extrinsic is “outward or external,” and so it is with tooth stains. Some tooth stains can be removed using over-the-counter whiteners while others cannot. The determining factor is usually whether or not the stains are intrinsic or extrinsic, or internal or external. Today your… Read more »

What Is Tongue Thrusting?

Have you ever heard of tongue thrusting or is this condition new to you? The term “tongue thrust” can be found in dental literature as far back as 1958. Tongue thrusting is also referred to as infantile swallow, reverse swallow, reverse infantile swallow, anterior resting tongue position, and anterior tongue position. It is an involuntary… Read more »

Prickly Ash: A.K.A. The Toothache Tree

Would you ever have thought that a tree could soothe your toothache pain? We’ve become so far removed from nature that we’ve forgotten that Native Americans didn’t have painkillers or antibiotics. Nature was their pharmacy. They sought medicinal properties in trees, plants, and weeds.  Read on to learn more as your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James… Read more »

Dry Socket

Visiting the dentist can be stressful especially if you need a tooth extracted. While most extractions are performed without complication, once in a great while something unexpected may occur. Today, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, explains the occurrence of dry socket.

Diabetes: An Oral-Systemic Connection

Have you heard of the oral-systemic connection? It means your oral health is connected to the overall health of your body. Research shows that your oral health is influenced by other health issues such as diabetes and heart disease, among others, and vice versa. Your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses the connection between diabetes and… Read more »

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

There have been many theories as to what causes crooked teeth, from ridiculous ideas such as inter-racial breeding to the consumption of soft foods. Research has even been done by examining the skulls of hunters and gatherers and comparing them with those of agriculturalists. Other research indicates that the increase in crooked teeth is nutritional… Read more »