Thursday, 30 March 2017

Health Conditions and Gum Disease Linked

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Serious Health Conditions

Medical research has surprised many doctors with the evidence that periodontal (gum) disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. Since heart disease is usually fatal, it’s important to treat gum disease is a serious matter. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 of 10 Americans have periodontal disease. If this were a medical affliction such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be considered an epidemic! Most dentists treat it that way. They knew gum disease would never be labeled epidemic because “no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not ideal – but certainly not life threatening. But that’s all changed. 

The American Academy of Periodontology reports, “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” Periodontal disease is characterized by bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can travel into the bloodstream – straight to the heart.


Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Friday, 24 March 2017

Travel Tips for Your Teeth: Emergencies

In Case of Emergency...
Have your dentist’s contact info handy in your cell phone or keep a business card in your wallet. “If you think you need to talk to somebody, you probably do,” Dr. Messina says. In fact, more dental emergencies can be resolved over the phone than you might think (especially if you keep up regular visits). “As a patient, it’s hard to know the difference between something that needs to be treated right away and something that can wait until you get home,” he says. “That’s what we are here for.”


In Case of Emergency Overseas...
If you are out of the country and absolutely in need of a dentist, Dr. Messina recommends getting in touch with the local consulate or U.S. embassy. “While talking to the concierge at the hotel is OK, ask the consulate and their employees for a recommendation,” he says. “It’s an independent recommendation and not someone who may be driving business because of a contract or to a relative.”

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Monday, 20 March 2017

Custom Mouth-guards

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about custom mouth-guards.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Friday, 17 March 2017

Travel Tips for Your Teeth: Toothbrush

Forget Your Toothbrush?
Sunscreen? Check. Phone charger? Check. Toothbrush? Oops. If you find yourself temporarily without a toothbrush, Dr. Messina says you can rinse vigorously with water to wash away some of that cavity-causing bacteria. You could also put some toothpaste on a clean washcloth or your clean finger in a pinch. When you finally get to the nearest drugstore, look for a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If there aren’t any Seal products, buy the softest brush you can find.

Proper Toothbrush Transport
Letting your toothbrush air dry is how you keep your toothbrush clean at home, but that’s not always possible on vacation. What’s a traveling toothbrush to do? “I’m a big fan of resealable plastic bags. Keeping your toothbrush clean and out of contact with other things is more important that making sure it’s dry on vacation,” Dr. Messina says. “A bag keeps your toothbrush separate from everything else in your luggage. When you get there, pop it open and let your brush air dry.”

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Intra-Oral Dental Cameras

Intra-Oral Camera Makes You a Part of the Team

An intra-oral camera is a high-tech miniature video camera that allows you to see the inside of your mouth on a display screen. Now you can see what Dr. Paulson sees, and together you can make informed decisions about your dental care. You'll love your ability to become an active participant in the process of improving your dental health.

Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Monday, 13 March 2017

Smile, It's Important

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about smiling and healthy teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Friday, 10 March 2017

Travel Tips for Your Teeth

Pack an ADA-Accepted Pack of Gum 
Chewing sugarless gum can help relieve ear pressure during a flight - and help keep cavities at bay on vacay. Research shows that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent cavities. That’s because it gets saliva flowing, which helps wash away cavity-causing bacteria. Sugarless gum with the ADA Seal is guaranteed to do the trick.

When In Doubt, Brush with Bottled Water 
If you are in a country where the water supply is compromised - or you’re on a wilderness adventure but aren’t sure how clean the stream is - always use bottled water to brush. “Don’t use the local water to brush your teeth,” Dr. Messina says. What happens if you accidentally get local water on your toothbrush? “Get a new one if you can,” he says. “If that isn’t possible, rinse your brush well with bottled water to reduce the risk of getting sick.”

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Sedation Dentistry

A Selection of Sedation Dentistry Options

Dr. Paulson is skilled at painless anesthesia delivery, but some people still suffer intense anxiety at even the thought of a needle or the actual treatment process. At Grand Traverse Smile Center, we offer oral conscious sedation. A small pill that we’ve provided to you is taken about one hour before your visit. You'll relax to a level of relaxation that allows you to respond to questions but mostly sleep through your entire visit. This is ideal for people suffering from dental anxiety or those who have a busy schedule and want to get all their treatment done in one visit. 

Oral conscious sedation doesn’t “knock” you out like you would be for general surgery. The level of sedation is just deep enough so that you feel nothing but are still conscious. Some patients may have anxiety about dental work but also a fear that centers on losing control or not being able to perceive what’s going on around them. Conscious sedation provides a happy medium, allowing comfort and relaxation while maintaining control and understanding what’s happening. 

For some people, anxiety isn’t an issue but they are highly resistant to anesthetic. They just can’t get numb. Also, when someone has extensive dental work needed but can’t spare the time to make repeated visits to the dentist, oral conscious sedation lets them get their work done in one longer visit. Years of treatment can be accomplished in just a single visit!


Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Monday, 6 March 2017

Aging & Your Oral Health

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about aging and your oral health.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS   
928 S. Garfield Avenue  
Traverse City, MI 49686   
(231) 935-4872  
GTSmileCenter.com

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Single Visit Dental Crowns

Natural-Looking Crowns Made While You Wait

You have a tooth that needs a crown. So, you visit the dentist. They take a tooth impression and place a temporary crown. Then, you wait about two weeks for the permanent crown to be made before you return to the dentist; if the fit isn't perfect, the crown goes back to the lab and you wait some more.

At Grand Traverse Smile Center, we've changed that practice. We can reduce that two-week waiting period and the two or three office visits down to just a single visit, using a new technology called CEREC™.

CEREC is a computer-aided design and milling device. It allows us to create a permanent crown in just minutes. No more waiting for a lab and no return trips to the dentist. The entire process to repair a damaged tooth takes about an hour. Our patients love it!

To make the restoration, we use a special camera to take an accurate picture of the tooth. The picture is then displayed on a computer screen, enabling us to design the restoration. The CEREC device then automatically creates the crown, inlay, or onlay. Finally, we bond the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth.

All this makes going to the dentist much easier and faster, and who really wants to spend more time in the dental chair?

Grand Traverse Smile Center  
Ryan Paulson, DDS  
928 S. Garfield Avenue 
Traverse City, MI 49686  
(231) 935-4872 
GTSmileCenter.com