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By North Park Family Dental
July 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

How your dentist in Grand Rapids can restore your smile

A great smile is a wonderful confidence builder. If you have damaged, broken or missing teeth, you may feel self-conscious in social dental crownssituations . It’s time to get your confidence back by restoring your smile with dental crowns and bridgework. Dr. Robert S. Dame at North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids, Michigan wants to help you explore what crowns and bridges can do for you and your smile.

Today’s crowns and bridges will restore complete chewing function, allowing you to eat the foods you love. They will also give you a cosmetically beautiful smile.

Your dentist in Grand Rapids wants you to know crowns provide a strong, protective armor around your teeth, preventing breakage when you eat hard foods. In contrast, a large filling can actually weaken a tooth, so that when you bite hard foods, your filling may break, taking vital tooth structure with it.

You can choose from a full range of materials for your new crown. Each material has its own benefits. Consider:

  • Full gold crowns
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal, if you want strength and cosmetic beauty
  • Full porcelain, if you want the most natural-looking crown available

If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, a dental bridge from your Grand Rapids dentist is the perfect solution to fill in the gaps. Today’s dental bridges are strong, restoring full chewing function, and cosmetically beautiful, looking like a natural part of your smile. Your dental bridge from Grand Rapids will be completely stable, restoring your confidence when you speak and eat.

It’s time to discover how crowns and bridges can keep your smile whole. You deserve a complete smile and the confidence that comes with it. Don’t wait to get the smile you want and the look you deserve. Call Dr. Robert S. Dame at North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids, Michigan to find out how crowns and bridges can restore your smile. 


By North Park Family Dental
July 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”


By North Park Family Dental
July 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
PatientswithHIVMustPayCloseAttentiontoTheirOralHealth

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) jolted our collective consciousness in the 1980s. The deadly disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) had no known cure and, at the time, no effective treatment.

HIV is a retrovirus, a virus with a genetic makeup and reproduction system differing from other kinds. After taking up permanent residency in the body, HIV begins “hijacking” the replication process of cells in the body's immune system and replacing it with a copy of its own. This destroys the cells' ability to protect the body from hostile organisms. As the virus affects more and more cells, the patient's condition ultimately develops into AIDS.

An estimated 35 million people worldwide (1.2 million in the U.S.) are currently infected with the virus. Thanks to new antiretroviral drugs, though, HIV can be kept from accelerating into AIDS. While their condition remains serious, many HIV positive patients can now live long and relatively normal lives. Even so, having the virus requires them to pay close attention to their health, including their mouth.

Even while stalled from becoming AIDS, HIV can still cause oral problems for 30 to 80% of patients. The fungal infection candidiasis (also known as thrush) is the most common of these problems, which appears as lesions, cracking skin or creamy white patches on the tongue or palate that easily bleed. Patients also have higher risks for dry mouth, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease.

HIV positive patients must practice diligent daily oral care and see their dentist for checkups regularly. Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment can keep gum disease and other damaging conditions under control. Monitoring oral health is also important because certain mouth conditions could be an early sign the infection is entering a new advanced stage in the body that requires additional attention.

Keeping vigilant in all aspects of health is a way of life for someone with HIV. Such vigilance, though, can help them maintain a healthy mouth and even prolong their life.

If you would like more information on how to manage oral care with HIV, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.