Saturday, 26 July 2014

Periodontal Screening

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about Periodontal Screening!





The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.
 
Timothy P. Thomas, DDS, PC
37799 Professional Center Drive, Suite 101

 Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 464-2664
Website: www.MyLivoniaSmiles.com  

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Preventive Care to Help Reduce Cavities

How Does Xylitol Help to Reduce Cavities?
Reduce Dental Cavities XylitolXylitol is a naturally occurring substance found in fruit and vegetables and produced in our own bodies every day. With extensive medical research, it has been found that it is effective in combating tooth decay from foods high in starches and sugars. It is also now widely known to be the best sweetener for teeth as it prevents, not induces, decay. Many dental associations in European nations endorse its use in sweetening products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, tablets, and candy. It also helps to prevent allergies and is available in a nasal spray. We encourage our patients to try xylitol products for better dental and upper respiratory health.


Timothy P. Thomas, DDS, PC
37799 Professional Center Drive, Suite 101

 Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 464-2664
Website: www.MyLivoniaSmiles.com  

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Tooth Cavities

Tooth cavities aren't uncommon - but with the right dental health know-how, you can help prevent them. It all starts with proper brushing, daily flossing, and fluoride. Get the details right here.

What Causes Tooth Cavities?
Cavities are holes in the teeth resulting from acid attack. They generally start in the enamel, but can spread to the softer inner layer of the tooth. Tooth cavities are caused by decay that can occur when foods containing carbohydrates become trapped between teeth, and are not completely removed with brushing and flossing. Bacteria living in the mouth digest these foods, generating acidic byproducts that can eat away at tooth enamel.

Help Prevent Tooth Cavities

Fluoride, which is found in most public drinking supplies, some mouth rinses, and Crest toothpastes, helps prevent tooth cavities by slowing the breakdown of enamel and speeding up the remineralization process. Check with your dental professional to see if your drinking water is fluoridated. If it isn't, he or she may recommend that you use high concentration fluoride treatments.

To help strengthen weak spots in tooth enamel, and help prevent the early stages of tooth decay, brush regularly with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit your dental office regularly for professional cleanings.

Above article from: Crest.com


Timothy P. Thomas, DDS, PC
37799 Professional Center Drive, Suite 101

 Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 464-2664
Website: www.MyLivoniaSmiles.com 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Comfort after Dental Treatment

OraVerse - No Dental Treatment NumbnessNo More Numbness After Treatment!
Your comfort during every procedure is our concern. Often local anesthetics leave a patient numb for several hours after treatment. It can be difficult to eat or talk with the numb feeling in the face and lips. To reverse this issue, we are pleased to have OraVerse™ for those who are uncomfortable with this prolonged numbness. It returns the feeling in your face and mouth to normal in only fifteen minutes! 


Timothy P. Thomas, DDS, PC
37799 Professional Center Drive, Suite 101

 Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 464-2664
Website: www.MyLivoniaSmiles.com  

Saturday, 12 July 2014

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface. Saliva, food and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect where the teeth and gums meet. Plaque buildup is the primary factor in periodontal (gum) disease, including gingivitis.

How to Get Rid of Plaque
To help prevent plaque buildup, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with an anti-plaque toothpaste such as Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste for around the clock protection against plaque buildup, and floss once a day.

Adding a mouth rinse such as Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Rinse to your routine can help against plaque buildup, without the burning sensation of alcohol. Eating well-balanced meals and brushing after snacks will reduce the formation of plaque. Visit your dental office regularly for oral exams and cleanings, during which your dental professional will scrape away any accumulated plaque with a special instrument.

Above article from: Crest.com


Timothy P. Thomas, DDS, PC
37799 Professional Center Drive, Suite 101

 Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 464-2664
Website: www.MyLivoniaSmiles.com 


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Advanced Dental Technology

Digital Dental Xrays Livonia MI75% Reduction in Radiation
As we use the latest techniques in dentistry, we now use digital X-rays.  They have a 75% reduction in radiation over traditional film X-rays. Once the picture is taken with the digital sensor, it is immediately displayed on our computer screen. Your entire mouth can be viewed in just one picture. You no longer have to wait for images to develop and there are no polluting chemicals used in the process. 



State-of-the-Art Sterilization
We use the latest technology for sterilization of instruments after each and every use. We do not take any risks when it comes to your complete health care. We have a special sterilizing unit called an autoclave. It is monitored for the necessary level of cleanliness by an independent lab. We also have single-use tools as they are needed. 


Intra-Oral Dental CameraIntra-Oral Camera Makes You a Part of the Dental Process
Dr. Thomas believes in teamwork and will always work together with patients in each dental decision. With the use of an intra-oral camera, a close-up picture of your mouth lets you see what work needs to be performed. This involves patients, allowing them to play a role in what treatment will be given.


Timothy P. Thomas, DDS, PC
37799 Professional Center Drive, Suite 101

 Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 464-2664
Website: www.MyLivoniaSmiles.com 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Tartar

Tartar is a deposit that forms when plaque hardens on the tooth. Individuals vary greatly in their susceptibility to tartar buildup. For many, these deposits build up faster with age. Tartar is easily noticeable because of its yellow or brown color on teeth.

What Causes Tartar Buildup
When plaque accumulates and is not removed from teeth, it can harden and turn into tartar. Because tartar buildup bonds strongly to enamel, it can only be removed by a dental professional.

Help Prevent Tartar Buildup
While tartar can only be removed by a dental professional, you can avoid tartar buildup by removing plaque. To help prevent tartar, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily, preferably with a tartar-control fluoride toothpaste like many from Crest, and floss once a day with a product like GlideƆ. And visit your dental office regularly for oral exams and cleanings.

Above article from: Crest.com


Timothy P. Thomas, DDS, PC
37799 Professional Center Drive, Suite 101

 Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 464-2664
Website: www.MyLivoniaSmiles.com