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New Research: Bacteria and Yeast Work Together to Cause Cavities in Kids

Children's Dentistry | Royal Oak MI Dentist
Sugar is the number one enemy of your child's teeth! We know it fuels the bacteria that causes tooth decay, but now a new study is showing that it may also be fueling fungi in your child's mouth, which causes more severe decay when it works together with bacteria known as childhood caries. This disease affects around 23% of children in the United States. While fluoride is still effective in fighting bacteria, researchers are working on an agent that can disrupt the development of fungi.Routine Dental VisitsDr. Chalasani welcomes patients of all ages to Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, and she loves to build relationships with children. Your child ...

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Your Top 3 Fluoride Questions Answered

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When it comes to your oral health, you may have questions, and you should! At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we welcome your questions and today we are going to discuss a topic we often hear questions about - fluoride. Here are the top 3 questions we hear about fluoride, if yours aren't answered here, we encourage you to call us.What is Fluoride?Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to strengthen developing teeth and remineralize teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. Many cities across the U.S. have fluoridated their water to help defend against cavities. You can also get fluoride through brushing your teeth or rinsing your ...

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What Is an Occlusal Guard?

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Starting the day with a headache is never a good sign, but it's been happening to you more frequently. Sometimes the headaches go away, but on the days they get progressively worse, you find it hard to focus and complete your tasks at work. An occlusal guard may be the solution you need and Dr. Suchi Chalasani can help!What is an Occlusal Guard?Also known as a mouth guard, an occlusal guard is a custom removable appliance designed much like a retainer to protect your teeth. We make this appliance with impressions taken of your teeth, so it's customized to fit your mouth. It's comfortable to wear at night while ...

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The Tooth-Colored Fillings Process

Tooth-Colored Fillings | Family Dentistry of Royal Oak
It’s inevitable for most people: At some point, they will need to have a cavity filled. Dental decay is quite common, and thankfully with today’s modern dentistry, decay usually means a simple filling will preserve the health of your tooth.At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak we use tooth-colored fillings to prevent decay from growing in your tooth. Let’s take a look at the tooth-colored filling process and what you might expect from your Royal Oak dentist.What Happens When You Get a Tooth-Colored FillingYour dentist will use a numbing gel to numb the site where a needle will deliver a local anesthetic. You should barely feel the needle at all ...

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Need to Replace a Tooth? Consider These Options

Dentures | Implants | Bridges | Royal Oak MI
In spite of their best efforts, sometimes people lose one or more teeth. It’s important to deal with missing teeth for many reasons. If you are missing teeth, speaking and eating can become difficult. If you still have healthy teeth left in your mouth, not replacing missing teeth can compromise them as well.There are a couple of options to choose from for replacing missing teeth, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. For more information on tooth replacement, including these options, contact Family Dentistry of Royal Oak.Dental ImplantsThe best option for replacing missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants integrate with the jawbone permanently so they are immovable. Dental implant patients ...

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Need a Filling? Here's What You Can Expect

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You need a filling, now what?So you have a cavity, an unfortunate, but common problem that most of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. While it can be an inconvenience, a cavity is easy to fill in and you can go on your way with your healthy teeth. So when you realize that you need a filling, what is the next step, and what can you expect?Here at Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, the process is painless and easy and we focus on your oral health and giving you the best experience possible.Steps to getting a fillingHere at Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, the ...

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What Is an Occlusal Guard and Why Did We Recommend It?

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If we recommended an occlusal guard, you might wonder what that even means. In most cases, an occlusal guard is similar to a nightguard, or splint, and we usually recommend that patients wear them at night to protect their teeth or help their jaws relax. In some cases, however, patients can benefit from daytime use.Why We Recommend Occlusal GuardsIf you suffer from painful jaw joints due to TMD (jaw joint dysfunction) or due to bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth), an occlusal guard provides relief – often within a week of starting use.At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we create custom occlusal guards that fit comfortably and provide relief ...

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