Family and    Cosmetic Dentistry

 

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Dentist & Cosmetic Dental Services from new patient exams, dental x-rays, clear braces and teeth whitening, to lumineers, veneers, dentures, crowns and oral surgery. Serving Rochester and Rochester Hills, MI., Troy, Utica, Shelby Twp., Sterling Heights MI., and all other surrounding Oakland & Macomb County communities in Northern Detroit Michigan suburbs.

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Smile Shapers Dentist Office  |  44627 Mound Road  |  Sterling Hts, Michigan

 

 

Dental Hygiene

Dental Home Care
No treatment will be effective unless you follow it up with routine and proper home care. This means you should brush and floss regularly after every meal and at a minimum twice a day. The key is not only to do it regularly but also to do it right. Here's how.

 

Flossing
To properly floss you should wind the floss around both of your index fingers and push it between each of your teeth in your mouth. Make sure to freely move the floss upwards, downwards and even sideways to remove any food particles or plaque that may be lodged between your teeth or under the gums.

 

Brushing
Many people these days use an electric toothbrush such as a Sonicare. Whether you use an electric or still prefer a manual brush you should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Gently but thoroughly rotate the bristles across your teeth and under your gums with a backward and forward motion. Be sure to also get the top surfaces of your teeth where you bite or chew on food. Your tongue can also be cleaned with your toothbrush, which will help reduce bad breath. Lastly it is important to brush the inside surfaces of your teeth with the same rotating motion.

 

 

Dental Office Hours:
Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday

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When brushing, it is important to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps harden the outer layer of the tooth, called enamel, which will prevent cavities and also reduce bacteria in the mouth. It can also reverse the formation of smaller cavities.


Lastly, antibacterial rinses can also help reduce bacteria in the mouth. Please check with your dentist or dental hygienist if you have any additional questions.

 

Cleaning & Prevention
Dental cleaning is the removal of dental plaque (a soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Dental cleanings are necessary to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. If left untreated, severe gum disease can result in tooth loss. Cleaning and polishing of the teeth leaves the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them.


The dental hygienist or dentist will use specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, the dental hygienist will use an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations to knock larger pieces of tartar loose. The ultrasonic device sprays a cooling mist of water while it works to wash away debris and keep the area at a comfortable temperature. Next, hand tools called scalers and curettes are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. These tools are curved and shaped to match the curves of the teeth. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished using a slow speed hand piece with a soft rubber cup that spins on the end. Prophylaxis paste which is a special gritty toothpaste-like material - is applied to the teeth to make them shiny and smooth. Your dental hygienist or dentist may also apply fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen the tooth enamel.

 

Home Care
Practicing good oral hygiene at home is important for maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. Home dental care should include the following:


  Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  Clean between teeth daily with floss. Decay causing bacteria lingers between teeth where toothbrush bristles can reach. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
 

Your dentist can also recommend specific oral care products that are the most effective for you. Don't forget to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush will not clean your teeth well. Children's toothbrushes should be replaced more frequently than adults as they tend to wear out sooner.
 

Professional Cleanings
Dental cleaning is the removal of dental plaque (a soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Dental cleanings are necessary to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. If left untreated, severe gum disease can result in tooth loss. Cleaning and polishing of the teeth leaves the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them.


The dental hygienist or dentist will use specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. A First, the dental hygienist will use an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations to knock larger pieces of tartar loose. The ultrasonic device sprays a cooling mist of water while it works to wash away debris and keep the area at a comfortable temperature. Next, hand tools called scalers and curettes are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. These tools are curved and shaped to match the curves of the teeth. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished using a slow speed hand piece with a soft rubber cup that spins on the end. Prophylaxis paste which is a special gritty toothpaste-like material - is applied to the teeth to make them shiny and smooth. Your dental hygienist or dentist may also apply fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen the tooth enamel.

 

 

 

 

 

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