Category: Preventive Dentistry

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Electric Toothbrush or Manual: Which Should You Use?

Did you know the electric toothbrush was invented in Switzerland in 1939?  It wasn’t introduced to the U.S. until the1960s.  Some of you reading this were probably born in that decade. Today, electric toothbrushes have risen in popularity. They are affordable and easy to use. Children tend to enjoy brushing with electric toothbrushes over manual… Read more »

What to Do if You’ve Been Told You Have Gum Disease

Your reaction to learning that you have gum disease would depend largely on how much you know about the condition. If all you’ve heard is what’s mentioned frequently in mouthrinse commercials, you might just think it’s time to start using mouthrinse. If Dr. Stewart diagnoses your condition, then you’ll know that gum disease warrants more… Read more »

Dental Sealants vs. Cavities

Protecting your children’s teeth from trouble, like cavities, is similar to protecting your own teeth. Brushing and flossing them every day helps remove the bacteria responsible for cavities, and attending a checkup every six months (at least) ensures that your smile stays healthy. Like your teeth, Dr. Stewart can tell when your children’s teeth are… Read more »