October 14, 2014

Don’t Give Teeth Too Much Space

Gap in TeethThe clinical term for a large gap between two of your teeth is a diastema. This is most noticeable (and for some, most disconcerting) when it happens between the top two front teeth. Famous model/actress Lauren Hutton was one of the first public figures to flaunt her gap proudly back in the 1970s. You may have noticed other celebrities with diastemas as well. If you feel proud about your gaps, then living with them will generally not cause too much trouble, unless they are spaced so widely that the spaces cause misalignment. If your gaps do bother you, treatment options are if you are certainly available from Lake Orion family dentist, Dr. Brad Greenfield.

Why Do I Have a Diastema?

Many kids present with diastemas in their primary teeth, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. As their larger permanent teeth come in, those spaces keep their teeth from being overcrowded. However, in some cases, the space is too big (or their teeth are too small, depending on how you look at it). There may also possibly be an oversized labial frenulum (the skin flap between your upper lip and two front teeth) that keeps the teeth from closing Continue reading

October 9, 2014

A Germ’s Journey Inside your Mouth

Couple WavingCavities are explained in different ways to teach children and adults how to avoid them. Many people simplify the story by saying that if you avoid sugar and brush your teeth, you can avoid tooth decay. Like any matter inside your complex body, however, there is more to rotting teeth than just eating too much sugar and skipping out on your preventive dental care. The whole process begins with germs – Streptococcus mutans, to be exact. Join Dr. Brad Greenfield of  Lake Orion Family Dentistry on this particular germ’s journey towards creating tooth decay.

Sugar Bugs

Streptococcus mutans are quite commonly found in the human mouth, though we aren’t born with the germs. S. mutans are able to grow best in temperatures between 18 and 40 degrees Celsius. The temperature of a “normal” mouth averages at 37 degrees Celsius, making your oral cavity the perfect home for these crafty bacteria. Streptococcus mutans have something in common with you:  they break down sugar in order to have the energy to live their lives. The by-product of their sugary diet is acid. A deluge of lactic acid on your teeth will demineralizes tooth enamel, which is Continue reading

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