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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Time for Braces! Can I Handle This?

Between cost and stress on your child, potential discomfort, and appointments, yeah, it can be a lot… But, yes, you can handle it!

We can work with you to get you a referral to a great orthodontist that will take care of you and your child.

Worried about stressing your child out? We recommend including them in the conversation and decision-making. If they’re not excited about braces at first, give them a little time to adjust and keep talking through it.

Worried about causing your child discomfort? There can be some discomfort with braces and getting a dental exam, but our team of dental professionals prides itself in gentle, family-friendly care. We want to see your child smile as much as you do!

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Worried about all the appointments? We make it a priority to stick to a strict schedule, which minimizes your wait time and your time in office. And once you get started, adjustment appoints are quick, quick, quick!

Come see us for pediatric dentistry in Howell, Michigan. Give us a call today at (517) 546-8983. Get your questions answered and make your whole family smile brighter.

Monday, July 18, 2016

5 Tips To Help Your Family Cut Back on Sugar

Are you trying to improve your family’s health this summer?

Are you looking for a way to cut back on the amount of sugary treats your family consumes?

Imagine how much healthier you’ll be and how much money you’ll save when you cut sugar out of your diet!

At Dr. DiStefano & Associates, we pride ourselves on being the experts not only in pediatric dentistry in Howell, Michigan, but also in overall family dentistry. We care about you and your family’s health!

Since sugar is such a huge part of our daily diets, it can be tough to figure out how to crack the addiction and cut back. We’ve gathered some tips to help you and your family get healthier this summer.

  1. Start small: According to the American Heart Association, cutting back on the amount of sugar that we eat and drink regularly can help you cut down on your sugar intake. Start putting less sugar in your coffee or tea, and also cut back on the table sugar that you use on foods.
  2. Swap out soda: Starting small is the key here, too! Cutting down on soda can be hard, so start by buying sugar-free versions of your favorite drinks as you work on cutting them out of your diet altogether.
  3. Cut back on serving sizes: Moderation is the key. When making treats like cookies or brownies for you and your family, start cutting back on the sugar in the recipe. Often, you won’t notice the difference if you cut back the sugar by one-third. 
  4. Add fruit instead of sugar: When you would usually add sugar to something, like cereal or oatmeal, try adding fresh fruit or dried fruit instead for some added sweetness.
  5. Try non-nutritive sweeteners: According to the American Heart Association, “sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose or saccharin in moderation may be a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding more calories to your diet.”

We know that cutting back on sugar, especially for kids, can be tough! However, getting sugar out of your diet can have great benefits on your overall health, and the health of your teeth! Less sugar means fewer cavities, longer lasting enamel, and lower risks of diabetes.

If you want more information about how to cut down on sugar and the health benefits of doing so, contact us today!