Tuesday, February 7, 2017

3 Quick Tips to Improving Your Dental Routine

Are you looking for a way to improve your dental routine so you can have better checkups?

Do you want to make sure you get a clean bill of health every time you see your dentist, and take care of your teeth in between appointments?

You know how important it is to take care of your teeth, and there are some things you can start doing right away to make your checkups less painful and less stressful for you.


  1. Eat better – A good diet isn’t just good for your waistline – it’s good for your mouth, too! Your diet can have a huge impact on the health of your gums and teeth. Carb-heavy foods usually have high sugars; try switching to more fruits and vegetables.
  2. Switch your toothbrush regularly – Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, make sure you’re changing it every few months or whenever the bristles start to fray. You should also get one sooner if you’re getting over a cold or the flu to prevent re-infection. 
  3. Read the labels on your dental products – Not all products are created equally. When you buy new toothpaste, make sure you take a few seconds to read the label. The American Dental Association has a list of recommended toothpastes. These toothpastes typically contain fluoride, which helps to minimize the oral bacteria that causes cavities, in addition to strengthening tooth enamel.


If you want some more advice on how to amp up your dental routine, call Dr. DiStefano’s office! Our team of friendly, highly trained dental professionals will give you the best care personalized just for you.

We also offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures so you can improve your smile even more.

Visit our website or call us today to get started!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Why Do We Visit the Dentist Every 6 Months?

Do you have trouble remembering to schedule your dental exams?

Do you wonder why you have to go twice a year, even if you’re not experiencing problems with your teeth?

There’s a reason you trust your dentist to take care of your teeth, and it’s because you don’t always do a good enough job, even if you’re diligent about keeping your health top-of-mind.

According to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, “More than 50 years ago, […] few people took good care of their teeth. There were no guidelines for how often you should see a dentist. Many dentists focused on fixing problems rather than preventing them.”

After that, the different dental and health organizations decided there was a need to set standards for preventive dentistry, and came up with the “twice a year” rule that we use today.

However, you should take your own personal health habits and personal hygiene into account when you schedule your appointments. For example, if you’ve recently had a procedure or cosmetic dentistry work done, you might want to see your dentist more than twice a year to make sure you’re staying healthy.

If you’re part of a high-risk group of people that includes smokers, pregnant women, diabetics, people with current gum disease, people with a weak immune system, or people to tend to build up plaque, you should see your dentist more frequently.

To schedule an appointment with a member of our team today, give us a call or visit our website! We provide standard cleanings, x-rays, and a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Your Holiday-Ready, White Smile Guide

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming! Are you ready for the pictures, the smiles, the getting up close and personal with distant relatives? If you’re looking for quick, easy, effective tips to brighten up your smile just in time for the festivities, read on.

As your providers of gentle dental in Howell, Michigan we have the tips for whiter teeth.

As you prepare for and head out to holiday parties, avoid teeth staining agents as much as possible. Things like red wine, dark juices, coffee, and black tea stain your teeth and should be kept to a minimum for a whiter smile.

If it’s snack time or the end of a meal, eat to clean. Crisp, fibrous foods like celery, carrots, apples, and even popcorn actually clean your teeth while you eat so they’re a great way to end a meal.



For a stain fighting, bacteria neutralizing boost, gargle apple cider vinegar before brushing. The vinegar will work to remove stains and kill bacteria for fresher breath and stain prevention.

To prevent staining, do everything you can to get all the bacteria out of your mouth when you’re brushing. That means brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper.

Maintain the peak of effectiveness while brushing by replacing your toothbrush or brush head every three months. Effective brushing means a whiter smile!

And don’t forget our team, practicing gentle dental care in Howell, Michigan. Regular cleanings will keep your teeth whiter and healthier! If you’re looking to kick the whitening up a notch, we have the tools and techniques to help. Give us a call and set up an appointment today.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The DOs and DON’Ts of Holiday Eating

Are you a sucker for a sweet holiday treat? Worried what that plate of grandma’s fudge is going to do to your pearly whites?

Come holiday time, we are basically bombarded by sugar in all shapes in sizes. As the source for gentle dental in Howell, Michigan, we have a few tips to keep your teeth safe this season!


  1. DO treat sugar as the enemy and have a dynamic strategy to defeat it. Try your best to limit the amount of sugar you eat. Spend less time eating sugar by hitting the dessert tray just once and avoiding hard candies you have to suck for a while. Indulge in holiday goodies that aren’t sugar-laden like an extra serving of mashed potatoes, or a savory dip. 
  2. DON’T make your teeth into the family handyman by using them for odd jobs. Nuts? Use a nutcracker and not your teeth. Don’t test your chompers by attempting to open a bottle with them. And don’t use your teeth to tear open the packaging of your kids’ new toys.
  3. DO be prepared, especially if you’re travelling. Make sure you pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss for the whole family if you’re spending the holidays away. Also, keep your dental insurance information handy, just in case. Even if you’re only stepping out for the evening, having travel toothbrushes can help you stick with your brushing habit if you stay out late. 
  4. And DON’T forget about your gentle dental professionals in Howell, Michigan. We’re here for you whether you need a cleaning, regular dental work, or care after a dental emergency.


Remember, if you haven’t got your six month check up scheduled for the new year yet, there’s still time! Pick up the phone and give us a call or visit our website to find out more about our gentle dental procedures.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wearing a Retainer for Snoring

Is your partner’s snoring keeping you awake at night?

Are you the one who gets elbowed and kicked over and over at night because you’ve started snoring?

Snoring is a big problem for many Americans! Snoring can be attributed to a number of health issues such as weight gain, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.

Did you know that wearing a simple mouth guard at night could put a stop to closed airways that lead to snoring and sleep apnea?

Wearing a retainer or mouth guard at night has many benefits including:

  • Keeping your jaw in a comfortable position
  • Opening your upper airways for better breathing at night
  • Helps to prevent wear from teeth grinding
  • Can relieve tension from jaw clenching
  • Helps prevent snoring

If you suffer from one or many of these problems listed above, a mouth guard could change the way you sleep!

Visit your Howell family dentist and ask about how a mouth guard can help you or your partner. Snoring can also be a sign of other health issues, so make sure you speak with your primary physician. Together, your doctor and your dentist can help you stop snoring and get better sleep, making you more energized and productive during the day.

To find out more, visit our website and schedule an appointment at Dr. DiStefano & Associates!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

How To Stop Snoring at Night

Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired and sluggish?

Do you toss and turn during the night because of snoring?

The quality of your sleep can affect all areas of your health – fatigue can slow your metabolism, and increase your appetite, causing weight gain. Untreated sleep apnea is also associated with a higher risk of depression, diabetes, and heart disease.

Once you get into a cycle of interrupted and restless sleep, it can be hard to get out of it, especially when snoring is thrown into the mix!

Building a good sleep routine is important not only to relieving symptoms of sleep apnea, but other areas of your health as well. If you’re having trouble sleeping and other remedies aren’t working, consider oral appliance therapy!

What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?


Oral appliance therapy is a remedy for sleep apnea that is easy to fit into your nighttime routine. A comfortable mouth guard is worn at night to push the jaw forward, opening up the upper airway for easier breathing.

Your Howell family dentist can help you get a custom-fit oral appliance for wearing at night and work with you and your primary physician to ensure you get relief. This appliance can also help with teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which can disturb your sleep.

Contact Your Howell Family Dentist Today!


Schedule an appointment to discuss your options with your dentist. Your dentist can give you advice on how to get more sleep and help you with any oral problems that are keeping you awake.

Call us at 517-546-8983 to get started on your road to recovery today!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Is It the Right Time for Braces?

Has your dentist recommended braces for your child? Are you wondering if it’s the right time or best option? We understand your hesitation! Braces can be a lot for a family to handle. As a team of experienced dental professionals, here is our advice.

Ideal Age

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children see an orthodontist by the time they turn 7. While this may seem like a young age to take your child to an orthodontist, an early evaluation can detect problems at the beginning stages so they can be corrected before they become more serious. Early treatment holds great advantages for your child’s future smiles by creating a healthy, comfortable bite while they are still growing.

Have a Conversation

Talk to your child about the braces. If you hear any concern on their end, try your best to work with it. Some kids will be excited, but if you have a child on the other side, talking can make the process less stressful.

Emphasize the Fun

If your child isn’t excited about braces, there are some built-in perks you can sell! Customizing the colored bands on braces and getting picked up a few minutes early from school for dentist’s appointment might be enough to do the trick.

If you’re thinking it is the right time or if you still have questions, give us a call at (517) 546-8983 today! Come see us for pediatric dentistry in Howell, Michigan. We can refer you to a great orthodontist and get your questions answered.