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By David J. Campbell DDS
June 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When you have a cavity, you will need a filling. Most people get at least one cavity in their lifetimes, especially before the age of 17. With fillingsthe help of dental fillings, cavities can be removed quite easily and the space removed can be filled effectively. Your White Lake, MI, family dentist, Dr. David Campbell, can thoroughly examine each patient’s teeth to determine whether or not fillings are a viable option for them.

More about Dental Fillings

Fillings seal a small hole within the tooth caused by decay. This prevents the decay from spreading further. If this decay isn’t treated, it can continue to the pulp tissue of the tooth in the root canal requiring that treatment.

First, x-rays are done by your White Lake family dentist in order to determine the extent of the decay in the tooth. Next, the decayed area is removed with a dental drill. Next, the remaining tooth structure is etched with an acidic solution before a cement is applied in order to bond the tooth and the filling material together effectively.

There are tooth-coloring fillings. Composite or tooth-colored fillings are a popular choice because they are undetectable in the mouth. Also, less drilling of the tooth itself is required with this filling type.

After receiving a filling, it’s best to avoid drinking hot or cold items. Sensitivity may remain for a couple of days after your filling. If you have actual pain when you bite, it might signal the need for an adjustment. In terms of how long fillings last, this depends on your oral hygiene routine. Regular brushing and flossing will elongate the lifetime of your fillings. To schedule an appointment with our White Lake family dentist, Dr. Campbell, call our office today at 248-887-8387.

By David J. Campbell DDS
June 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ExpertAdviceVivicaAFoxonKissingandOralhealth

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.

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After months of wearing braces it's time for the big reveal: your new and improved smile! Your once crooked teeth are now straight and uniform.

But a look in the mirror at your straighter teeth might still reveal something out of place: small chalky-white spots dotting the enamel. These are most likely white spot lesions (WSLs), points on the enamel that have incurred mineral loss. It happens because mouth acid shielded by your braces contacted the teeth at those points for too long.

Most mouth acid is the waste product of bacteria that thrive in dental plaque, a thin film of food particles that can build up on tooth surfaces. High levels of acid are a definite sign that plaque hasn't been removed effectively through brushing and flossing.

But normal hygiene can be difficult while wearing braces: it's not easy to maneuver around brackets and wires to reach every area of tooth surface. Specialized tooth brushes can help, as well as floss threaders that help maneuver floss more easily through the wires. A water irrigator that uses pulsating water to remove plaque between teeth is another option.

However, if in spite of stepped-up hygiene efforts WSLs still develop, we can treat them when we've removed your braces. One way is to help re-mineralize the affected tooth surfaces through over-the-counter or prescription fluoride pastes or gels. It's also possible re-mineralization will occur naturally without external help.

While your teeth are sound, their appearance might be diminished by WSLs. We can improve this by injecting a liquid tooth-colored resin below the enamel surface. After hardening with a curing light, the spot will appear less opaque and more like a normal translucent tooth surface. In extreme cases we may need to consider porcelain veneers to cosmetically improve the tooth appearance.

In the meantime while wearing braces, practice thorough dental hygiene and keep up your regular cleaning visits with your general dentist. If you do notice any unusual white spots around your braces, be sure to see your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible.

If you would like more information on dental care during orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “White Spots on Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”

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Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.

“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavities. How did this happen?

Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.

While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.  Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.

This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”

Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:

  • Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
  • Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
  • Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.

Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.

“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”

If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”

By David J. Campbell DDS
May 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

If you experience any of these dental symptoms it’s time to give us a call.root canal

In many cases, people don’t even experience symptoms if they are having an oral health problem. This is why it’s so very important to take time out of your schedule twice a year to visit our White Lake, MI, family dentist Dr. David Campbell. Dealing with a tooth that has an infected or inflamed dental pulp is nothing to mess around with.

While you might not notice that all signs are pointing to a problem, you may start to notice some dental pain or sensitivity. This is often the very first symptom that there is something wrong. While dental pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need a root canal, pain doesn’t typically go away on its own and will require immediate care from our White Lake, MI, dentist. When you come into our office we will ask you questions regarding the symptoms you’ve been experiencing.

Of course, coming in every six months for regular dental care is very important. As we mentioned before, not everyone experiences symptoms, so the only way you will find out if there is an issue is when you come in for routine cleanings and exams every six months. We have the specialized training to detect certain issues such as tooth discolorations or changes to the soft tissue that you may not see or notice but are telltale signs to us that there is an issue. We will also perform some tests to determine if the dental pulp, the inner structure of the tooth, is infected or irritated.

If we determine that there is damage to the pulp and it needs to be removed, the best way to do this is through root canal treatment. This procedure is performed right here in our office. By removing the pulp we could potentially save the rest of the tooth from needing an extraction. Once the pulp is removed we will also need to fit the tooth with a dental crown to protect it and restore its appearance.

At the first sign of dental pain, you need to call our White Lake, MI, family dental office today. We will get you in to see Dr. Campbell right away for treatment so that we can get your oral health back on track.





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