• January 1, 2016

We want to open 2016 by wishing a happy and healthy new year to all our patients in and around Ortonville, MI. Our team at Brandon Family Dental also looks forward to meeting new patients and their families during the next 12 months.

As you are making your New Year’s resolutions, we encourage you to include some things that will improve your oral health.

A lot of people resolve to get in better shape, and we want all the patients who visit our dentist office in Ortonville, MI, to keep their teeth and gums in good shape, too.

To help, we’ve come up with a few ideas that could give you more reasons to smile in 2016.

► Visit Brandon Family Dental For Routine Cleanings

Everyone knows that they should be brushing their teeth twice each day and flossing every day (and you are doing that, right?), but you also need to visit the dentist a few times each year for a cleaning and a checkup.

Preventive dentistry is the best way to stop problems before they get out of hand. During your cleaning, our hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar that you may have missed. We’ll also take X-rays (so we can see if you teeth have changed), and we offer fluoride treatments, which can reverse tooth decay in the early stages.

We will look for signs of gum disease and other oral health problems. Your treatment is likely to be more effective and less invasive if we detect a problem early.

► Manage Your Dental Anxiety

We completely understand if you have dental anxiety or dental fear. We also understand this makes going to the dentist a difficult experience for many people.

We don’t expect anyone to just “face their fears,” we certainly don’t expect one trip to our office to make your dental anxiety go away. Instead, we want to help make it a little easier for you to receive the dental care that you need.

With our sedation dentistry options, you can relax whether you have moderate or severe dental anxiety. In many cases, you may feel like you slept through your treatment.

As an added incentive, we offer oral sedation for free to our patients.

► Protect Your Teeth

We know that a lot of our patients enjoy high-impact sports — hockey, basketball, football, soccer, and many others. Many of these sports require you to wear protective equipment like helmets and pads.

It’s just as important that you protect your teeth. This is why you should get a custom-made athletic mouthguard, like the ones we can make for you if you come to our office.

While many of our patients who get these are children and teenagers, adults who compete in recreational leagues should wear athletic mouthguards as well. You don’t have to play for the Lions, Red Wings, or Pistons to take an elbow to the jaw or get checked into the wall. Accidents happens, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose a tooth when it does.

Accidents happens, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose a tooth when it does.

► Quit Using Tobacco

By now, everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health. That’s certainly true for your oral health.

Tobacco stains your teeth and can give you a permanent case of bad breath. Tobacco also increases your risk of developing oral cancer. Researchers know that smokers are much more likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease, too.

If you think that smokeless tobacco is somehow better, then you are wrong. A can of snuff can have as much tobacco as 60 cigarettes.

► Remember To Floss

We know that we already mentioned this in passing earlier, but it’s worth repeating. Flossing should be a part of your everyday oral hygiene routine.

The American Dental Hygienists Association has reported that 80 percent of the population has gum disease.

This really isn’t a surprise when you consider that the American Dental Association learned that 60 percent of American don’t floss every day in a 2015 survey. That same survey also showed that 20 percent of Americans never floss.

We can treat your gum disease. However, it’s better for you (and all our patients) if you make the effort to remove the bacteria between your teeth and under your gumline that causes gum disease.

► Improve Your Smile

Lots of people would like to change their smiles. This is why we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry in our practice, along with restorative services

We can whiten your teeth. We can straighten your teeth. We can repair a damaged tooth, and we can replace a missing tooth, missing teeth, and even a complete arch of teeth, if needed.

We Look Forward To Seeing You

Whether you are a long-time patient or you are looking for a new dentist, we are happy to see you at our office in Ortonville. If you would like to make an appointment or you have some questions about our many services, call Brandon Family Dental at 248-469-0218.