View it in your browser JANUARY Newsletter 2020
Helpful Dental Health Tips from Metropolitan Dental Center in Waterford Twp, MI
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums takes consistent care over the course of a patient’s lifetime. Dr. Jason Ingber and his associates at Metropolitan Dental Center in Waterford Township, MI want nothing more than for their patients to have teeth and gums that are in excellent condition. Dr. Ingber will work with you in the pursuit of this goal, but there are several dental health tips you should know that will help you do your part in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Most of us make brushing our teeth a morning and evening priority that we don’t think much about, but there are brushing basics that we need to make sure we are following to get all the benefits that regular brushing offers. Here are some tips you should be following:

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Quit smoking for better oral health this year
While we have already launched ourselves into January, it’s still not too late to think about New Year Resolutions. One resolution which the smokers among us can make, which will do everyone loads of good, is to eliminate the bad habit of smoking, which harms our oral and overall health, emotional well-being and personal relationships, and our wallets too.

While diseases like lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema come to mind when we think of smoking and tobacco use, they have a huge bearing on our oral health too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking is the main cause of preventable deaths and disease in the USA. Whether your smoke comes from cigarettes, cigars, ‘smokeless tobacco products’ or second hand, you stand the risk of being affected by these diseases; with the deciding factors being how long you have been smoking and the numbers smoked per day.

Some of the oral diseases which are prominent among smokers:
  • Oral cancer - Eight out of 10 patients with oral cancer were smokers, according to a University of California study.
  • Periodontal disease - Smokers face twice the risk for gum disease over non-smokers, says the CDC. Smoking interferes with the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight off disease and heal.
  • Bad breath and stained teeth – Are caused by the tar in cigarette smoke. It also discolors the tongue, affects the sense of taste and smell and delays recovery from dental procedures like tooth extractions.
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Wisdom teeth: Removing them is best
Wisdom teeth, which comprise molars, start appearing during a person’s late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth are healthy and properly aligned, but most often, they are not; they erupt crooked or misaligned and need to be removed to maintain overall oral health as otherwise, they may impact on adjacent teeth, nerves or the jawbone.

Wisdom teeth themselves can run into problems, for instance, if they erupt partially or appear through the gum. These could lead to the proliferation of bacteria around the tooth, causing infections, which could lead to pain, stiffness in the jaw, swelling, and general illnesses. Partially erupted teeth also face a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay because abnormal positioning may make proper dental hygiene more difficult. Most dentists recommend that people have these teeth extracted before problems occur and before the roots and bones are fully developed, and also because healing is easier when a person is younger.

Wisdom teeth can be easily extracted if they have fully erupted through the gum. However, if they are inside the gums or embedded in the jawbone, an incision into the gums will be required before removing the part of bone lying over the tooth. Most often, in such a situation, a tooth will be removed in small parts rather than as a whole.

Your dentist will generally use a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding tissues before pulling out a tooth. A sedative may be used if you feel the need for it.

If you can check all of these things off the list, chances are your oral hygiene is pretty good! If not, you might want to schedule an early dental cleaning at
Metropolitan Dental Center
New Patients Call: +1 248-365-7737  |  Existing Patients Call: (248) 674-0418
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