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    Southfield dentist: dental screenings lower risk of heart disease and stroke

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Going to the dentist can be stressful, frightening and painful -- but it may also help your heart.

    Research presented Sunday at the American Heart Association's (AHA) annual conference in Orlando, Fla., suggests that not only do frequent dental cleanings ward off plaque and gum disease, but they can also reduce risk of heart disease and stroke.

    "Periodontal, or gum health, as a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, has been looked at several times over the past 10 years," said Dr. Thomas Gerber, an AHA spokesman and a professor of medicine and radiology at the Mayo Clinic. "Some prior studies found a relationship between gum disease and heart or other disease, whereas others didn't."

    The exact mechanism of how gum disease may be linked to heart disease and stroke is unclear.

    One thought is that poor dental hygiene leads to an overgrowth of oral bacteria. These organisms, fairly benign in the mouth, can get into the bloodstream through the gums and, once there, they can clump on blood vessel walls and grow into plaques that clog arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, because these bacteria are foreign to the body, once they infiltrate the bloodstream, blood vessels think they are being attacked and try to kill them, just as they would an infection. This results in inflammation and swelling that narrows blood vessels and prevents adequate blood flow to vital organs like the brain and heart.

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    How to Clean Your Invisalign Retainers

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Just like your teeth and gums, your Invisalign retainers require daily cleaning. A primary benefit of Invisalign retainers is the ability to remove them when you want to eat, but food particles and bacteria can still find their way into the crevices of your aligners. To ensure that these contaminants don’t make it easier for cavities to form, regular Invisalign retainer care is essential. Before beginning any cleaning regimen, ask your dentist for care recommendations. He might have a special Invisalign solution that can clean your retainers without compromising their structure. You can otherwise use your toothbrush and toothpaste to thoroughly wash your Invisalign retainers. A quick scrubbing at least once a day can keep away food debris that may harm your teeth and gums.

    Southfield Family Dental Center offers orthodontic care for patients in the Southfield community. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Levi or Dr. Oleg of Southfield Family Dental Center, call (248) 327-0313. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry services. 

    The Importance of Seeking Treatment for Gum Disease Sooner Rather Than Later

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Do you think that a little gum tenderness is nothing to worry about? If you experience mild discomfort when you brush your teeth now, consider the pain and frustration that future tooth loss can bring. Without professional periodontal care, that’s exactly what you may suffer. Unchecked gum disease will develop a range of additional problems, including red and swollen gums, reduced gum tissue, and missing teeth. Consider the following reasons why you should speak to a dentist about your periodontal health:

    You Can Stop Gum Recession
    Gum disease often begins with sensitive gums. It can then progress to bleeding gum tissue. As plaque continues to accumulate on the tooth surface and irritate the gums, the gums may move away from the affected enamel. Gum recession not only impacts the appearance of your teeth; it can also negatively affect their strength.

    You Can Prevent Tooth Loss
    Healthy teeth need a strong gum presence to remain stable in the jawbone. As the gums recede, teeth may become loose. In some cases, a tooth may fall out or require extraction. Once tooth loss occurs, only dentures or dental implants can remedy the situation. Seeking early periodontal treatment can stop gum recession and the tooth loss that may result from it.

    You Can Avoid Cardiovascular Damage
    The plaque that causes gum disease forms from bacteria in the mouth. The inflammation that develops from chronic plaque induces gum recession, which makes it easier for bacteria to access blood vessels under the gumline. The inflammation that triggers gum recession can also incite arterial inflammation. Once these bacteria get into the bloodstream, they may heighten the risk for cardiovascular issues.

    Are you suffering from gum disease? Southfield Family Dental Center can help. Our general dentistry services offer comprehensive periodontal treatment for patients in the greater Southfield region. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Zeevi, call (248) 327-0313.

    The Health Risks of Crooked Teeth

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Could your crooked teeth be more than a cosmetic concern? This video details how misaligned teeth can affect your oral health.

    Proper upper and lower teeth placement allows for healthy jaw movement when eating. If the teeth suffer from overbite, underbite, or crossbite issues, they can inadvertently cause harm as you bite down and chew your food. Over time, teeth may suffer from premature tear and wear, including enamel deterioration, tooth chipping, and even tooth cracking. Crooked teeth may also prevent proper oral hygiene. When the teeth become crowded in the mouth, you might not have easy access to all tooth surfaces. The resulting plaque buildup can lead to gum disease.

    Southfield Family Dental Center can remedy crooked teeth. To speak to Dr. Levi or Dr. Oleg about our orthodontic options, call our Southfield office at (248) 327-0313.

    A Look at the Benefits of the Invisalign System

    Last updated 6 months ago

    In the past, people had one choice for orthodontic care: braces. While braces continue to be a popular treatment method for misaligned teeth, they no longer are the only option for people who want a straighter smile. Invisalign can correct a range of orthodontic issues, including overbites, crossbites, and gapped teeth. The following highlights several benefits that the Invisalign system offers eligible patients. To find out if you make a good candidate for Invisalign, consult your dentist.

    Undetectable Treatment
    Though Invisalign care offers many advantages, most people are initially drawn to its inconspicuous appearance. Individuals who choose to get orthodontic treatment later in life greatly appreciate this feature of the Invisalign system. Instead of getting fitted with metal braces, Invisalign patients receive clear retainers that fit perfectly over their teeth. Unless you say so, friends and family may never know that you are undergoing teeth-straightening care.

    Easy Oral Care
    Upon researching their orthodontic treatment options, many people are happy to find out that Invisalign care doesn’t require any change to their oral hygiene routine. Invisalign retainers can come out when you eat and brush your teeth, which means that the occurrence of getting food stuck in your orthodontic appliance is greatly reduced. Being able to brush and floss as normal can also ensure that your orthodontic treatment does not compromise your dental health.

    Beautifully Aligned Teeth
    The end goal of Invisalign care is a gorgeous smile. Given the diversity of problems that this treatment method can address, Invisalign is effective on even the most crooked smiles. In just a matter of months, you can enjoy aligned teeth that encourage both a greater sense of self-confidence and better oral wellbeing. Don’t wait another day to contact your dentist about getting started with Invisalign treatment.

    Dr. Oleg and Dr. Levi of Southfield Family Dental Center want you to have a healthy smile. Our Southfield dental practice offers a comprehensive array of services, including general, cosmetic, and orthodontic care. For more information, call (248) 327-0313 or visit our website

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