With summer right around the corner, we want to make sure our pearly whites stay bright and cavity free. To avoid cavities, it’s important to know the main cause of tooth decay and what foods to stay away from. The good thing is, it’s easy! Just simply ask yourself, “is this acidic or sweet?” We’re… — read more
Have you ever had a filling, crown, bridge, or even an implant placed and your bite just hasn’t felt the same? After several appointments of biting on carbon paper, better known as articulating paper, to correct this issue, but your bite still feels a little off? With dentistry constantly advancing, we now have a solution… — read more
SHOULD YOU STILL FLOSS?
A recent circulating report suggests that there is no strong evidence that flossing improves oral health and has patients wondering should I still floss. The answer to this question is neither scientific nor complicated. What this report actually alludes to is the difficulty of conducting a study to provide proof of the effect of flossing…. — read more
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SALIVA
A little known player in oral health is saliva or spit. Saliva provides lubrication for speech and eating and plays a significant role in maintaining healthy teeth by replenishing important minerals after an acid attack by bacteria. Every time we consume a meal with simple sugars the bacteria on our teeth use it for energy… — read more
THE EFFECTS OF SMOKING ON ORAL HEALTH
It is no surprise that smoking is bad for your health, so it goes without saying that smoking has negative consequences for the oral cavity as well. Aside from the obvious fact that tobacco causes bad breath, it causes a litany of problems for the teeth, gums, bone and surrounding tissue. For one, smoking causes… — read more
SPECTRA CAVITY DETECTOR
Over the past several years, dentistry has taken a drastic change with new advances continuing to develop at an exponential rate. One drastic change is the ability to detect caries, or cavities, with the use of a non-invasive, digital imaging instrument called the Spectra. Not only are x-rays crucial in diagnosing cavities, but the use… — read more
What’s the deal with charcoal teeth whitening? The latest trend of DIY teeth whitening has been in the form of activated charcoal. Users claim brushing with this black powdery substance for 3 to 5 minutes has noticeably whitened their teeth. The internet trend has been gaining steady popularity. The cosmetic result may hold true for… — read more
Dr. DiPilla Interview on Opportunity Detroit
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HEART AND GUM DISEASE
The connection between heart and gum disease We all know practicing good oral hygiene daily has huge benefits on preventing decay and gum disease as well as keep our breath fresh. But it is becoming clearer that a healthy mouth can actually lead to a healthy heart. The mouth has been considered the gateway to… — read more
What are Dental Implants
Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dentists used to replace missing teeth with bridges or removable dentures. Many patients do not like the idea having to wear a denture and being able to take it out. Implants provide a solution that is fixed and most closely resembles the tooth it is replacing. An… — read more
GOT A SWEET TOOTH?
Can a sweetener really prevent tooth decay? You bet it can, but not all are created equal. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can actually prevent tooth decay from forming. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in a plaque matrix adhered to our teeth. The bacteria in plaque absorbs sugars from our diet and… — read more
Are Wisdom Teeth Silently Risking Your Health?
At some point we’ve all been told by our dentist that we will need to have our wisdom teeth taken out. If you’re like most of us you were probably thinking “why doc, they don’t bother me, can we just wait?” What we as dentists want our patients to most understand is pain free doesn’t… — read more
Are Digital X-Rays Safer Than Traditional Films?
Pictures of the teeth (x rays) are a very important part of dental diagnosing. They help us clinicians get a better view of what is going on between the teeth and underneath the enamel. We are able to diagnose cavities, gum disease, cysts or tumors, position of wisdom teeth and many other important aids. If… — read more
DO YOUR GUMS BLEED?
When considering oral health and trips to the dentist, the focus can tend to be on preventing cavities. However, our gums and bone support are just as important to achieving overall oral health as preventing decay. Swollen or bleeding gums are not healthy and can be a sign of gum disease. Although this may be… — read more
How much bottled water should we be drinking?
Bottled water is a super convenient way of quenching thirst, but has this convenience helped tooth decay make a comeback? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked water fluoridation among the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century. So we should all be celebrating bottled water and drinking more right? Not… — read more
Natural Remedies for Bad Breath
Ever exhaled into the palm of your hands for a quick “breath check”? It’s hard to smell our own breath, so sometimes we need to rely on others to inform us if we have an issue in that department, but what you want to do is try and fix the problem before it occurs. Bad… — read more
Managing Sensitive Teeth
Dont forget about your appointment
Regular visits to the dental office are essential to properly maintain healthy teeth and gums. Your dentist will check for any tooth decay and see if there is any plaque or tartar build up on your teeth. By the way, tartar cannot be removed by simply brushing! Plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease,… — read more
Brushing your teeth the right way
Brushing your teeth in the morning is just as important as having breakfast! Our parents may have taught us how to brush our teeth years ago, but are you brushing correctly? Time is key when it comes to brushing; you should spend two full minutes brushing your teeth. A mere 30-45 seconds of brushing is… — read more
Bruxism & Night Guards
Many people clench and grind their teeth, but are completely unaware they do it. Why? Most clench and grind while they sleep. Clenching and grinding of teeth, or bruxism, is considered a major cause of tooth problems. Bruxism can cause a multitude of dental problems: temperature sensitivity, pain due to the wear getting down to… — read more
Dry mouth: Xerostomia
Dry mouth, Xerostomia, is a condition where your mouth is unusually dry due to a decrease in saliva production. Signs and symptoms of dry mouth are dryness in your mouth or throat, sticky and stringy saliva, bad breath, difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing, and problems wearing dentures. Having a dry mouth is uncomfortable and also… — read more
Sealants for children
Although cavities are almost entirely preventable, cavities can still form depending on your child’s brushing habits. One way to combat decay is to place sealants on your child’s teeth. The most susceptible teeth to decay are the biting surface of the rear molars because they are the hardest ones to reach with a toothbrush. Sealants… — read more
Manual vs Power Toothbrushes
Many people are curious as to how effective the power toothbrush is. And it’s a very good question! There are three kinds of toothbrushes currently on the market: traditional manual, rechargeable powered, and the battery powered toothbrush. Long story short, manual toothbrushes get the job done. Brushing twice a day for a full two minutes… — read more
A brighter whiter smile
Want to brighten your smile? Many people do! A whiter smile can boost confidence and self-esteem, make you look younger, and help you give a positive first impression. You may just want a whiter smile for an upcoming wedding or job interview. There are numerous ways your teeth can get discolored: wine drinking, coffee and… — read more
No shot no drill no fear
The Waterlase MD is a great piece of equipment we like to use in our office due to its versatility and benefits. It combines water, air, and laser energy for safe procedures on oral tissue. Since the Waterlase does not generate heat, vibration, or pressure (the primary causes of pain), procedures are virtually painless. Decay… — read more