Great Information About Maintaining a Healthy Smile!


Blog - Southfield Family Dental - blog01It’s true. Maintaining great oral health is vital to maintaining your overall health.

At Southfield Family Dental Center, we want to make sure our patients understand how to keep their smiles in great condition for years to come. So, if you want to help ensure great news at your regular dental check-ups, be sure to read our posts!

Dental Bonding Vs. Veneers

Your smile is the first thing others notice about you, so it is important to have the best smile you possibly can. If you have chipped, cracked or stained teeth, you may be considering having dental bonding or veneers installed in order to correct...

The Importance of Flossing Your Teeth

Maintaining a healthy smile not only improves your looks but it also keeps your breath smelling great. Along with brushing your teeth two to three times a day, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you floss once a day. Why is...

Oral Health Best Practices

Taking care of your teeth is a basic necessity. Whether you use a water pick in the suburbs or a whittled twig out in the wilderness, good dental and oral health not only prevents tooth problems, infections, and pain, but also affects your...

Will I Ever Need to Have My Implants Replaced?

If you are considering dental implants or have already had them placed in your mouth, you are likely wondering if they will last forever. There is no concrete answer to this question. You probably won't find a better long-term tooth replacement...

How do Cavities Form in Teeth?

A cavity forms in a tooth through a natural process in the mouth that breaks down the hard surface covering the tooth called enamel. When the enamel weakens, it leaves the tooth vulnerable to decay. The ongoing decay of enamel leads to the formation...

Teeth Whitening FAQ's

What is teeth whitening? Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that removes accumulated stains on the surfaces of the teeth and allows the natural white of the enamel to show through. How do stains form on the teeth? Stains on teeth...

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is the use of a resin material –such as a composite- for cosmetic or therapeutic dental procedures. While not nearly as durable as amalgam fillings or other tooth restoration techniques, composite resin can last up to...

Veneers vs Lumineers, What's The Difference?

These two terms in the dental world have caused confusion for many people, both because they sound alike and because they actually are alike. Both lumineers and veneers are made from porcelain, and they act to fix a variety of flaws on...

How to Be a Better Flosser

Flossing is something that most people have a difficult time keeping up with but knowing how to do it properly may make the frequency of your flossing a little less important. Everyone knows that in order to have a healthy mouth you have to floss...

How Does a Cavity Develop?

Do you remember your parents telling you again and again to brush your teeth every day or else you would get cavities? But what, exactly, are cavities and how do they form? There are many different types of bacteria inside your...

3 Reasons Why You Should Floss Regularly

When your dentist asks you whether or not you are flossing daily, if you are like most American adults, you internally cringe. Everyone knows we should be flossing for our oral health, but a recent survey found that only 50.5% of American adults...

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Just like the name indicates, a dental bridge bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. This type of dental surgery typically yields two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth placed in between. The...

How to Properly Care for Your Dentures

When it comes to caring for your dentures, nothing makes a difference more than consistency. A set of dentures can last between five and seven years. Staying constant with your cleaning routine can greatly reduce the need for further dental...

Common Signs of Gum Disease

The human mouth is full of millions of bacteria, most of which are relatively harmful. These bacteria leave behind plaque on your teeth, which, if left untreated, can harden into tartar that only a professional dental cleaning can remove....

When Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Anyone who has experienced wisdom tooth extraction knows that it’s not exactly something you look forward to. However, when compared to the pain that results from wisdom teeth that have been left in too long and are causing a serious...

How to Extend the Life of Your Dental Crown

Ideally, natural teeth will last a lifetime, but for many people, that is simply not the case. Dentists frequently use dental crowns to fix or replace damaged or lost teeth. A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is a covering that totally...

What Is the Purpose of a Dental Crown?

Out of all the various cosmetic and corrective dental procedures people go through, receiving a dental crown is among the most common. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a damaged tooth to restore its size or shape, as well as...

How Long Should Dentures Last?

Perhaps the term permanent teeth is a bit of a misnomer. Teeth are not permanent, as evidenced by the need for dentures for millions of Americans. While dentures are often necessary and serve as highly effective replacements for actual teeth,...
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