Why You Should See Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental visits can help detect oral health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable, or even help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place.

And don’t forget that some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth, so your dentist may be the first to notice a condition you or your doctor may not yet be aware of.

If you are experiencing any of the following, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Feucht at Plymouth Dentistry:

  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away

Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Be sure to tell Dr. Feucht if there have been any changes in your overall health, since many medical conditions can affect your oral health too.

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How Beavers Avoid Tooth Decay

We often joke about the prominent front teeth of beavers, but these large rodents actually have an edge over humans when it comes to avoiding cavities.

Tooth decay, or dental caries, is the breakdown of teeth due to bacteria. (“Caries” is Latin for “rottenness.”) It is one of the most common chronic diseases and a major public health problem, despite strides made with fluoride treatments.

beaver1To obtain food and building materials, beavers are well known for their ability to topple large trees using nothing but their specially adapted incisor teeth and powerful lower jaw muscles. While they don’t brush their teeth or drink fluoridated water, according to a recent study, beavers don’t have to worry about cavities because they have protection against tooth decay built into the chemical structure of their teeth. The secret ingredient here is iron.

Northwestern University researchers found that the hard, orange-colored tooth enamel of beavers, which contains iron, is both harder and more resistant to acid than regular enamel, including that treated with fluoride.

This discovery is among others that could lead to a better understanding of human tooth decay, earlier detection of the disease and improving on current fluoride treatments.

A staggering 60 to 90 percent of children and nearly 100 percent of adults worldwide have or have had cavities, according to the World Health Organization. According to the American Dental Association, $111 billion a year is spent on dental services in the U.S., a significant part of that on cavities and other tooth decay issues.

At Plymouth Dentistry, we don’t recommend that you use your front teeth to chew wood like beavers do, but we can sure help you keep all of your teeth cavity-free with routine dental hygiene visits. So be sure to call us to schedule your next appointment.

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Reminder: Smoking Is Not Mouth Friendly

Smoking1It’s been 51 years since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964. If you are a smoker, you already know smoking is bad for your health, But we also hope you will appreciate this reminder that cigarettes and chewing tobacco are also harmful to your oral health.

Following are some of the oral health impacts resulting from the use of tobacco products:

  • Bad breath
  • Stained teeth and tongue
  • Dulled sense of taste and smell
  • Slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery
  • Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
  • Gum disease
  • Oral cancer

The statistics are grim—More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since that first Surgeon General’s report. Some 2.5 million of these deaths were of nonsmokers who died because they breathed secondhand smoke.

Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems. Start by creating a plan and developing a support network to help you stick to your plan. Write down your reasons for quitting. Exercising, chewing gum and keeping yourself occupied can help you quit.

Please feel free to call Plymouth Dentistry and talk to us about getting help to kick the habit. We can help you determine if which medications available today might work for you and find other helpful resources.

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Update: Red Wine Not Shown to Prevent Cavities

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), contrary to numerous reports that red wine has cavity-fighting powers, it now seems that the research does not actually prove this.

The stories were based on a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry which found that red wine with or without alcohol had no effect on the growth of S. mutans, the bacteria that causes cavities.

What the researchers actually reported was that red wine and dealcoholized red wine were effective in limiting growth of F. nucleatum and S. oralis—two bacteria that are closely associated with gum disease.

So, does this mean red wine may be good for gum health? Maybe—if you hold it in your mouth for two minutes every seven hours for seven days like the researchers did.

For the time being, whether you drink red wine or not, the ADA recommends that you stick to a cavity-prevention routine that includes brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily for good dental health. And be sure to call Plymouth Dentistry to schedule your twice yearly dental hygiene appointments.

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Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) technology has been used in various types of medical procedures for years. In dentistry, the use of lasers continues to grow as the technology improves and its cost decreases. Basically, laser technology allows dentists to treat a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.

lasertech1Plymouth Dentistry currently uses laser technology for: reshaping gums and removing bacteria during root canals; performing biopsies, removing lesions and relieving the pain of canker sores; and for low-level pain therapy. Our low intensity soft tissue dental laser is also used to speed up the bleaching process associated with teeth whitening.

Other benefits associated with laser dentistry include the following:

  • Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require stitches
  • Anesthesia may not be needed for some laser procedures
  • Bleeding is minimized because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting of exposed blood vessels, inhibiting blood loss
  • The high-energy laser beam sterilizes the area being worked on, which minimizes bacterial infections
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated

Dr. Gary Feucht feels that laser technology is a way to help our patients feel more comfortable and less anxious during treatment. Feel free to ask us about our new Biolase EPIC 10 Diode Laser at your next visit.

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Plymouth Dentistry’s “Mr. Chuckles” Promotes Good Oral Care

Dr. Feucht and the staff at Plymouth Dentistry believe that it’s never too early to get on the path to good oral hygiene.

Chuckles2So we’ve created “Mr. Chuckles,” our healthy teeth ambassador. Mr. Chuckles and two members of our staff are now available for presentations on dental hygiene tailored specifically to young audiences—from nursery school to elementary grades.

Mr. Chuckles recently made appearances at area daycare facilities, including: Tutor Time in Plymouth and Canton, Beginner’s Inn in Canton and Little Tots in Livonia.

Dr. Feucht has been tending to the dental needs of patients of all ages for over 35 years. “I’m convinced that starting early is critical to success in preserving a healthy smile for a lifetime,” he says. “In keeping with my mission of providing dental education for all age groups, I think that Mr. Chuckles is a great way to get the right message to young children.”

For more information, or to have Mr. Chuckles talk to your group about good oral care, call Laura at  Plymouth Dentistry–(734) 459-7110. We’ll tailor a program to fit your schedule, length of time and age group.

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Plymouth Dentistry Adds New Diode Laser

EpicDiodeLaser1In our ongoing effort to bring you the latest dental technology, Plymouth Dentistry recently acquired the Biolase EPIC 10 Diode Laser. Dr. Feucht will be using the laser for a number of procedures, including:

  • Reshaping gums and removing bacteria during root canals
  • Doing biopsies, removing lesions and relieving the pain of canker sores
  • Whitening teeth
  • Low-level pain therapy

The EPIC’s proprietary ComfortPulse functionality allows us to do more with less anesthetic and less damage to the tissue. Precisely controlled micropulses of diode energy are sent to the tissue, followed by “down” time which allows tissue to relax and respond positively to laser treatment. For patients, this means less pain and inflammation and faster wound healing.

If you ever require any of the procedures mentioned above, we hope you will benefit from Plymouth Dentistry’s new diode laser in terms of greater comfort and more effective treatment.

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