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!

What Happens if You Don't Treat a Cavity?

Cavity might as well be a four letter word. Cavities have been a bad word for as long as they have had a name. It is no secret that the very thought of one may make your teeth clench in opposition to treatment. The majority of people are...

My Tooth Hurts - What Should I Do?

Pain is no fun. No matter how old you are or where your pain is, hurting is no good. If you have ever had a toothache, you know what we are talking about. Whether it is from an injury, an infection, gum disease, or another reason, tooth pain can...

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Imagine listening to a joke. The story builds slowly, then the punchline hits, and the corners of your lips start to shoot up. Flashing a smile is natural at this point. For those who aren’t confident in their smile, a moment of natural joy...

The top 4 Teeth Whitening Options for a Brighter Smile

Getting that movie star smile is a tough goal to reach. Each smile and mouth is unique, but there are some steps you can take to help give yourself the whitest smile while also improving your dental hygiene. Read on to learn more about what you can...

Avoid Dental Injuries During Summer Sports

Summer is the time to get out and enjoy yourself. A lot of adults and children break out of the house to be active while enjoying some fun in the sun. Make sure to be careful while playing sports this summer. Many people injure themselves,...

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

If you can see your toes poke through your socks, it is time to get a new pair. When the milk jug is empty, you might want to grab another one. The right time for a toothbrush replacement is not always so easy to know. Check out the following...

Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out

With age comes bodily changes. The development and changes in your mouth are no different than every other part of your growing body. Teeth go through many stages. People also develop at different rates; each mouth is unique! From...

What Should You Do If a Permanent Tooth Feels Loose?

After we lose all of our baby teeth, our adult teeth have to last us for the rest of our lives. That’s a lot to ask, given the amount of work and abuse that our teeth have to withstand daily. Thankfully our molars and incisors are up to...

Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?

From how to exercise to what foods to avoid, everyone seems to have a perspective on the “right way” to go through a pregnancy. Pregnancy can bring all sorts of advice. Some of this advice can be very helpful while other times the...

Common Diseases That Cause Tooth Decay

Tooth decay happens when the enamel on your tooth is destroyed. Enamel is the outer layer of your teeth that you can see. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is always on your teeth. Sugar in the food you eat and drink and the bacteria produce...

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?

Choosing the right toothbrush is important for not only dental health but also your overall well being. There are certain characteristics you should look for when you are choosing a manual brush or an electric one. Size: For adults, a toothbrush...

What Can Cause Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth hurt when they get into contact with cold things like ice cream or something hot like coffee. Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that sometimes becomes a hindrance to the person. Here are some of the factors that can make your...

What To Expect During Your First Dental Visit

Are you nervous about going to the dentist, especially when it’s your first time seeing a new dentist? There’s no need to worry, the dentist and the staff are there to help you get the care you need — and feel as comfortable as...

3 Symptoms of Gingivitis

Oral health and care of our teeth become more important as we age, especially for people who develop diabetes and those who take certain medications like channel blockers and anti-convulsants. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, it...

Recovery Time For Dental Implants

The recovery times from dental implant surgery varies depending on a patient’s case. For instance, the complexity of the surgery done (procedures that involve grafting take longer to heal), the patient’s lifestyle (smokers will have a...

When Are Dental Implants Needed?

If you have missing or cracked teeth, investing in dental implants could be the right choice for you. This is a great alternative to get your smile back, boost your self-esteem and lower the risk of digestive problems due to chewing...

I Have A Dental Emergency- What Do I Do?

When you knock out a tooth or are suffering from tooth pain, you need answers: "What should I do with the tooth?” and “Can it be reattached?” and "How long will I be in pain?” While conditions like a small...

Oral Effects of Chewing Gum

We’ve all heard of chewing gum after meals. With that being said, it’s often a double-edged sword; is it beneficial for your teeth or is it a type of candy that can damage them? At Southfield Family Dental, we’re all about being...

The Top Three Misconceptions About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening. For some it’s a scary topic, for others it’s essential. A bright, white smile is the epitome of a healthy mouth. However, some may have misconceptions about teeth whitening. Is it permanent? Are all whitening products...

Broken Teeth and Teeth Injuries- What To Do?

Among many dental emergencies, one of the most frightening is a broken front tooth. A front tooth that is broken impairs your ability to eat or drink anything without discomfort. A broken tooth can happen for a variety of reasons, but we focus on...

How Can a Dentist Repair a Chipped Tooth?

If you’ve chipped a tooth, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible so it doesn’t result in further issues. A chipped tooth can both cause pain and make you insecure about your smile. Bonding If the chip is...

How Many Times a Day Should I Floss?

Most people should brush and floss twice a day. There are a number of advantages that come along with flossing your teeth regularly, including:  Reduced Bleeding From the Gums Bleeding gums may be an indicator of periodontal...

Choosing The Right Toothpaste

Many Options Make Choosing A Toothpaste More Difficult When you shop for toothpaste, you will encounter a wide range of choices that can be confusing. Do you want whitening, breath-freshening, gum care or tooth strengthening? What flavor?...

5 Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth

Do you want your teeth to last a lifetime? Here are five foods to be cautious of: Sweet Sticky Foods This category includes everything from caramel to more healthy options such as dried plums and raisins. In both cases, the sugars that stick...

The Pros and Cons of Veneers. Are They Worth It?

A person with blemished teeth, in which they might experience issues such as them being crooked, discolored, broken off or have spaces in between them, might consider veneers. However, are they worth it? What are the advantages and disadvantages...

What Is A Dental Crown?

Did your dentist inform you that you need a dental crown? Some individuals likely have no idea what a dental crown is or the purpose for the crown. Learn what a dental crown is and why you may need one. Why do I need a dental crown? Dental...

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

You've probably heard stories of people struggling with pain and several dentist visits to deal with their wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that people usually get as teenagers or young adults. Unfortunately, most people experience some...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

3 Common Reasons for Needing Dentures

Those with dentures have likely felt significant pain over the years as their teeth have slowly experienced problem after problem. Dentures are a relatively inexpensive way to restore one’s appearance, and they allow those with significant...

How Can a Dentist Repair a Chipped Tooth?

Chipping a tooth is a uniquely starling experience. If it happens while you’re eating something like hard candy or crackers, you might not realize it happened until you feel something on your tongue that doesn’t feel like food. If it...

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve Oral Health?

Often, people hear the term “cosmetic dentistry” and automatically associate it with vanity. This is most likely because the term “cosmetic surgery” is often linked with celebrities and wealthy socialites spending...

3 Common Types of Dentures

When you think about dentures, you might picture a full set of teeth sitting in a tall glass of water on your grandmother’s nightstand. But while dentures of the past were clunky, uncomfortable, and easily spotted, today’s dentures...

Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

If you’re standing in a crowd of people at a party, one fun thing to do is to bring up the dental industry. People always have dental stories to tell, so it’s a great ice breaker. One sure fire way to spark up a dental conversation...

Common Causes of Stained Teeth

They say that your smile is the first thing someone notices about you, and if you’re like many Americans who are ashamed of their stained teeth, you probably feel very self-conscious and, perhaps, embarrassed when you meet someone new. You...

3 Reasons to Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year

If you stopped a person on the street and asked, “Hey, how often are you supposed to go to the dentist?” the odds are good that he/she will say, “Twice a year.” But if you ask that same person, “How often do...

When Does Someone Need a Dental Implant?

These days, it’s not uncommon to hear or see an advertisement for dental implants, and because they can be used to treat a number of oral health issues, many people are not sure if or when they will ever need them. Put simply, a dental implant...

Reasons You May Need a Dental Crown

A dental crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and appearance. Repairing a damaged tooth with a dental crown takes place every day in dentist offices across the country. Here are the most common...

5 Signs That You Might Need Dentures

In years past, many people assumed that those who wore dentures needed them because they took such poor care of their teeth. This is hardly the case today, as dentures are used to remedy a number of oral health problems. And unlike dentures of...

3 Benefits of Dental Veneers

It's difficult not to notice another person's teeth. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say that when meeting someone new, they are more likely to remember attractive features than unpleasant ones - so leave them with a...

How to Handle a Dental Emergency

A dental emergency is something that everyone dreads. It’s inconvenient, usually painful, and can cost a lot of money. While every dental emergency should be handled by a dentist, there are steps you can take in the moments after the...

Refresh Your Smile With a Visit to the Dentist

We all know that we’re supposed to visit the dentist twice a year to have our teeth properly cleaned. Even so, many of us put off going to the dentist for a variety of reasons, and before we know it, years have passed by and our teeth show...

How Dental Implants Can Change Your Life

Every day, dental implants are changing the lives of millions of people. The increased confidence and self-esteem that come from having a perfect smile will affect every aspect of your life from your career, to dating, to everyday...

Signs You Need to See A Dentist

Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important. Did you know that 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease? Here are some frequently...

Teach Kids to Brush Teeth Daily

By starting to talk to your children about oral health and hygiene at an early age, you can help them avoid emergency dentist trips later in life.  A good teeth cleaning is so important! GETTING STARTED Get an Early...

5 Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them

In many ways, your mouth is a window into your health, and when it’s not healthy, it’s devastating. We use our mouths to smile and signal friendliness, to chew food and to speak. For such a small space, the mouth is hugely...

Invisalign in Michigan: Your Clear Choice

Very few people are born with a red-carpet smile. That’s where Southfield Family Dental Center comes in! We offer Zoom Whitening, and we can help you learn more about braces and teeth straightening for children and adults. Some people...

All About Zoom Teeth Whitening

What is Zoom? The Zoom Chairside Whitening System is a light assisted tooth whitening procedure for use in teeth whitening. It is the sole property of Discuss Dental, LLC How does Zoom work? The Zoom Whitening Gel’s active ingredient is...

Diabetic? Insurance Might Cover Additional Cleanings

More than 20 million adults and children in the United States have some form of diabetes. About 14 million having been diagnosed with the disease, and 6 million are completely unaware they have it. There are different types of the disease; most...

Use Your Dental Insurance Before Dec 31st!

During the holidays, there's an especially good reason to carve out time to see us at Southfield Family Dental Center: If you have insurance, your dental benefits expire at the end of the calendar year! Give yourself the gift of good...

Periodontal Dentists Warn: Your Heart is at Stake

We all know taking care of our teeth by brushing and flossing keeps the dentist happy, but believe it or not it also pleases cardiologists. The American Academy of Periodontology and the American Heart Association both support research suggesting...

Athletics Protectors for Your Teeth

Every sport has specialized equipment like helmets, shoes, gloves, uniforms, pads, balls, bats and sticks. Not just for children, mouthguards are intended to protect your teeth and dental work if you are involved in a contact sport. The American...

Oral Cancer Screening: Be aware!

Did you know almost 42,000 Americans are diagnosed with an oral or pharyngeal cancer every year?  And that over the past five years oral cancer has been on the rise? The Oral Cancer Foundation notes that “mouth cancer will be newly...

Adult Braces Orthodontist

Adult Braces – No Kidding! A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. - Phyllis Diller Are you one of the millions of adults looking for ways to improve your appearance? Are you considering braces? If so, join the...

Dental Implants - More Than A Nice Smile

If you are missing a tooth or teeth, dental implants may be the answer. A solution that can last a lifetime, an endosteal (in-the-bone dental implant) is a titanium screw placed into the jawbone. The implant acts like a root to hold a crown,...

Pediatric Dental Advice for Halloween

Halloween is scary in more ways than one. Not only do all the ghosts and goblins come out, it’s the single biggest candy day of the year. Between the sugar overload, the tricky costumes and the treat filled parties, there’s no easy way...

See Our New CT Scanner

Our revolutionary i-CAT scanner allows us to quickly and accurately diagnose your dental problem by utilizing cutting-edge imaging technology. With i-CAT, we’re able to get a comprehensive, three-dimensional view of your jaw in less than 5 seconds!

Why You Shouldn't Wait To Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissue that supports and surrounds the teeth. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease can affect one or several teeth and should be diagnosed by a dentist. If left untreated, the effects of gum...

The Benefits of Zoom! Teeth Whitening

There are significant benefits to seeing your cosmetic dentist for tooth whitening, including the use of the professional Zoom! tooth whitening system. This method is among the most popular whitening systems used by cosmetic dentists to achieve...

The Benefit of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular dental restoration option designed to create a natural and healthy smile. Read the following information to find out what benefits you can expect after completing your dental implant procedure at Southfield Family...

About Bone Resorption

The roots of natural teeth are anchored in the jawbone, creating a stable foundation for every tooth. When a tooth is lost, this supportive bone can quickly become compromised by a natural occurrence known as bone resorption. Watch this video to...

Why Do Some Wisdom Teeth Require Extraction?

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that nine of every 10 individuals have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Correcting this painful condition is just one of the many benefits of this common procedure. Southfield...

Understanding the Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

Like any type of cancer, oral cancer begins with a change in a healthy cell that causes it to grow out of control. Unlike healthy cells, these cancerous cells have the ability to infect other healthy tissue in the body through a process called...

Three Teeth Whitening Options

Despite the best dental hygiene efforts, sometimes it can be difficult to keep the sparkle in your smile. With coffee, red wine, tea, and other foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, it can be quite easy for the shine to dim to an...

Spring Cleaning for Health

Spring has sprung and now that the holidays have passed we can focus on the rest of that spring cleaning.  Now that your curtains are washed and you’ve aired out the house, it’s time to think about you.  Spring is a time for...

What do Dentists look for in Xrays?

When you go to the dentist’s office for a routine examination and cleaning, it’s likely that X-rays will be part of the procedure. But why exactly do dentists take X-rays? The reason is that they enable dentists to spot potential health...

Ten Healthy Eating Tips - by Elissa Bluth MS RD CDN

The new year has rung in, bringing with it the promise of change and a better tomorrow.  Everyone is looking for ways to stick to resolutions of healthy eating and behaviors.  Here are ten tips to help make that happen. Eat breakfast...

2012 New Years Resolutions!

How does one start a New Year’s Resolution? For Southfield Family Dental Center it all started with a conversation. Dr. Levi and Dr. Oleg were commiserating about gaining weight over the past year and through the holidays and had a brain...

More Resources

Find out more about general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as information on periodontitis, here: Read dental facts for kids on this page from ADHA.org To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, read this article from...

Managing Dental Phobia

Dentist Fears Does the thought of coming to the dentist fill you with a terrible dread,  like when you were a little kid and your mom told you to go get something in the basement but you knew a giant and very hungry monster was waiting...

Have a major toothache with throbbing pain?

Abscessed Teeth Do you have a major toothache with throbbing pain? It could be an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is one that is infected, usually the result of severe tooth decay. The infection, usually in the form of a pus-filled...

Total Body Health Starts With Good Oral Hygiene

The signs and symptoms of many potentially life-threatening diseases appear in the mouth first.  Some of these diseases include heart disease, diabetes, and oral cancer. Heart Disease - Numerous research studies have shown a connection...

Braces Friendly Recipes

Below are a few recipes that are "braces friendly" - Start cooking and enjoy! Orthodontic Orange Sherbet Salad 2 pkg. orange Jell-O Topping: 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sour cream 1-cup fruit juice (from pineapple/oranges) 1 pint...

Are you a candidate for teeth whitening?

Not everyone can use tooth whitening solution. Circumstances that may prevent the use of tooth whitening product are: People with hypersensitive teeth should avoid tooth whitening, because this process may enhance the level of...

Possible Treatments For Bad Breath

Bad breath is sometimes caused by obvious factors such as eating certain foods. However, there are a number of hidden and non-obvious conditions that can lead to bad breath; poor oral hygiene and the insufficient removal of plaque from the teeth,...

ASK THE DENTIST

Do you have a question for Dr. Levi or Dr. Oleg? If you have a question for one of our dentists, please let us know and we will answer within a few days. No question is off limits, but please refrain from asking about billing as we cannot...
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