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By Progressive Dental Group
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Wondering what Invisalign treatment could offer your smile? It’s time you found out.

Are you interested in getting Invisalign to fix your crooked smile? So many teens and adults have turned to our Novi, MI, dentist Dr. David Salah for this nearly invisible treatment that fixes misaligned teeth. Let’s learn more about Invisalign treatment and what it can offer so you know whether it’s right for you.

A Nearly Invisible Treatment

The aligners that help to straighten teeth are made from a thin, fully transparent thermoplastic, which makes it nearly invisible when worn over your teeth. Now you don’t have to worry about feeling embarrassed while wearing your braces or feel like you need to put your straighter smile goals on hold because you’re worried about what wearing braces might do for your appearance.

No Food Restrictions or Dietary Changes

Another major benefit of getting Invisalign treatment is that you get to eat whatever you want! There are no dietary restrictions with this orthodontic treatment. Just remove your aligners before eating or drinking (unless you are drinking water), brush your teeth after your meal and then place your aligners back in. It’s really that simple.

Keeping Teeth Clean is Easy

Since aligners are removable you won’t have to worry about trying to brush and floss around them. Keeping teeth clean is very simple with Invisalign because you can still maintain the same oral care routine that you did prior to braces. It’s often comforting, especially for our adult patients, to know that many of their everyday habits aren’t impacted by Invisalign treatment.

You’ll Get Fast Results

Another reason many adults are turning to our Novi, MI, family dentist for Invisalign is that they’ve heard that Invisalign treatment may actually give them faster results. This may be the case, especially if you are only dealing with minor issues. Everything from crowding and gaps between teeth to overbites, underbites and crossbites can be fixed with Invisalign and the average length of treatment for adults is about one year.

Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, is ready to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. If you want to discuss your candidacy for Invisalign treatment then call our office today at (248) 349-7560.


By Progressive Dental Group
February 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
YouDontHavetoLiveWithUncomfortableCrackedMouthCorners

While a relatively minor health issue, cracked mouth corners (medically known as angular cheilitis) can certainly be irritating. Fortunately, you don't have to live with it—we can help reduce the discomfort and even make it less likely to happen in the future.

 Angular cheilitis is most characterized by redness and fissures (or cracks) in the skin at the corners of the lips. It commonly happens in younger ages (children to younger adults) because of drooling or complications from wearing braces. Older adults can also develop cracked mouth corners due to wrinkling around the mouth. The immediate causes are usually localized to the mouth and lip region, but it can sometimes arise from systemic conditions.

A case of angular cheilitis can also become infected, usually with a strain of yeast known as “candida albicans,” which then intensifies inflammation and discomfort. This is usually due to interaction between saliva and the open fissures, helped along by people's tendency to habitually lick these cracks (hence the other name for cracked mouth corners, perleche, from the French “to lick”).

The best way to treat angular cheilitis is with a series of applications of oral or topical antifungal medication. These may also be combined with steroid ointments that help retard redness and inflammation. If the infection involves the inside of the mouth, you may also need to use an antibacterial rinse until it clears up.

There are also things you can do to minimize future occurrences. Be sure to have missing teeth replaced or loose dentures refitted, and stay vigilant with daily brushing and flossing. You might also consult with a dermatologist about ways to treat wrinkling around the mouth. And easing those wrinkles could not only minimize your chances of developing angular cheilitis, but also give you a more youthful appearance.

Cracked mouth corners can be unnerving. But with a few simple steps we can help relieve any current discomfort and help you reduce the chances of another occurrence.

If you would like more information on cracked mouth corners and other oral irritations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cracked Corners of the Mouth.”


By Progressive Dental Group
February 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
4SupposedHealthDangersinDentalCareThatArentDangerous

Holistic medicine aims to provide healthcare for the “whole” person. While it's a worthy approach, the term has also been used to advance ideas, including in dentistry, at odds with solid scientific evidence.

Here are 4 “holistic” oral health claims and why you should be wary of them.

Root canals are dangerous. It might be shocking to learn that some claim this routine tooth-saving procedure increases the risk of disease. The claim comes from an early 20th Century belief that leaving a “dead” organ like a root-canaled tooth in the body damages the immune system. The idea, though, has been thoroughly disproved, most recently by a 2013 oral cancer study that found not only no evidence of increased cancer, but an actual decrease in cancer risk following root canal treatment.

X-rays are hazardous. X-rays have improved tooth decay treatment by allowing dentists to detect it at earlier stages. Even so, many advise avoiding X-rays because, as a form of radiation, high levels could damage health. But dentists take great care when x-raying patients, performing them only as needed and at the lowest possible exposure. In fact, people receive less radiation through dental X-rays than from their normal background environment.

Silver fillings are toxic. Known for their strength and stability, dentists have used silver fillings for generations. But now many people are leery of them because it includes mercury, which has been linked to several health problems. Research concludes that there's no cause for alarm, or any need to remove existing fillings: The type of mercury used in amalgam is different from the toxic kind and doesn't pose a health danger.

Fluoride contributes to disease. Nothing has been more beneficial in dental care or more controversial than fluoride. A proven weapon against tooth decay, fluoride has nonetheless been associated with ailments like cancer or Alzheimer's disease. But numerous studies have failed to find any substantial disease link with fluoride except fluorosis, heavy tooth staining due to excess fluoride. Fluorosis, though, doesn't harm the teeth otherwise and is easily prevented by keeping fluoride consumption within acceptable limits.

Each of these supposed “dangers” plays a prominent role in preventing or minimizing dental disease. If you have a concern, please talk with your dentist to get the true facts about them.

If you would like more information on best dental practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Holistic Dentistry: Fads vs. Evidence-Based Practices.”