Category: Patient Education

Seniors and Dental Health

As you age you notice your body changing. You may become a bit forgetful, your muscles may become sore easier, you may be getting a few aches and pains in your joints, or find that physical activity makes you stiff the next morning. You know your body is going to age. You’ve watched your parents… Read more »

Oral Health and Heart Disease: Is There a Connection?

It has been all over the news that your oral health can affect your overall health. It’s said that periodontal disease (gum disease) can contribute to diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. But how? In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, explains the oral-systemic connection between oral health and heart disease.

Tetracycline Stains

Are you suffering from tetracycline stains? Tetracycline is an antibiotic that has been in use for over 60 years for a variety of infections including UTI’s (urinary tract infections), intra-abdominal infections, and other degenerate bacterial infections. Tetracycline has been associated with adverse side effects including permanent staining of the teeth. One of the first reported… Read more »

Why Extract A Tooth?

With all the dental treatments available today, it seems the need to extract a tooth would be passé. So, why do dentists still extract teeth?  Aside from wisdom teeth which often need to be extracted to prevent future problems, there are reasons dentists choose tooth extraction as the treatment of choice. Today, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr…. Read more »

Oral Health Facts For Seniors

Your bodies change as you age. You lose muscle mass, bone density, strength, balance, memory, and teeth. But, you don’t necessarily have to lose your teeth. The loss of your teeth is something you can help prevent.  According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), nearly 250 million people throughout the US, Japan, and Europe… Read more »

Which Toothpaste Is Right For You?

Oxygenated toothpaste can be beneficial to your oral health. In fact it is often prescribed for patients who have oral health issues such as periodontal disease, chronic bad breath, or other issues. In a previous blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart mentioned using oxygenated toothpaste to brush your tongue and reduce bad breath. Today he discusses… Read more »

Facts About Childhood Caries

It probably wouldn’t come as a surprise if you heard that childhood caries (tooth decay) was a serious problem in third world countries. But what if you were told that it was a serious problem right here in the U.S.? Well it is. Why is tooth decay serious? Because you need your teeth to eat…. Read more »

Soda Is Sad, But Is Red Wine Fine?

Soda is not good for your teeth. It is filled with sugar and also contains acids that eat away at your enamel. But what about wine? Wine contains sugar and it’s acidic. Some say wine is fine for your teeth. Others say wine is bad for your teeth. Today your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, talks… Read more »

What is a Space Maintainer?

The average age that children begin losing their teeth is six. Some begin before, around age four, and other’s maybe not until they turn seven. But losing teeth is a natural occurrence for children between the ages of four and seven. Sometimes, however, a child may lose a tooth or teeth earlier, possibly from an… Read more »

The Importance Of Brushing Your Tongue

Have you ever wondered what that white film on your tongue is? It gets thicker the farther back you look. Sometimes it looks grayish, or brownish. Perhaps you don’t give much thought to it, but you should. It’s putrefying, or rot-causing, bacteria eating leftover food particles in your tongue. Gross, huh? That’s not all. As… Read more »