Posts for: July, 2015

By Craig L Blogin, DDS, PLC
July 09, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Scaling and Root PlaningGum disease tends to affect patients who have neglected their dental hygiene for an extended period of time. It develops below and around the gumline, attacking the bone tissue and threatening the stability of affected teeth. The best way to clear up the infection is to immediately have your Ann Arbor dentist remove the bad bacteria and plaque that’s causing it to progress. Learn how a scaling and root planing treatment by Dr. Craig L. Blogin can save you from gum disease.

Gum Disease Affects Millions
Gum disease is a problem that affects millions of adult Americans. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as half of all adults over 30 have this problem. There are various degrees of this condition, ranging from the early stages of gingivitis to the advanced stages of periodontitis. Early symptoms of gum disease include bleeding, red gums and pain. In later stages, pockets begin to develop around the base of the teeth as the gums detach and the infection gets worse.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
When you go to your Ann Arbor dentist for a basic cleaning, it normally includes brushing, polishing and scraping plaque from the visible surfaces of the teeth. Scaling and root planing is a deeper cleaning treatment that involves scraping plaque from areas beneath the gums and along the root of each tooth where infections develop. The goal is to remove bad tissue and stop the infection so that good tissue has a chance to regenerate.

When Should You Have this Treatment?
It’s important to have a scaling and root planing treatment at the first sign of gum disease. The sooner the problem is caught and treated, the better the chance of reversing the infection before it becomes a serious issue. If it’s allowed to progress to the advanced stages of periodontitis, gum surgery may be required.

See Dr. Blogin for Treatment
If you're having any of the aforementioned symptoms of gum disease, see Dr. Blogin as soon as possible for a checkup. The likely solution will be a thorough scaling and root planing treatment. Call his Ann Arbor dentist office at (734) 975-6700 today to schedule a visit.

By Craig L Blogin, DDS, PLC
July 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sweet Treats  

Summer Treats and TeethSummer is here, and with it come vacations, summer sports and big changes in day-to-day routines. While it's a great time of year, it poses certain dangers to oral health - especially regarding what we eat. Picnics, weddings and graduation inundate us with many food and beverage choices - some healthy and frankly, some not. The question is how can we protect our teeth from sweet treats this summer?

Be Proactive

It's no surprise that sugar and carbs cause cavities and gum disease. They encourage the growth of plaque, the sticky stuff that accumulates on tooth surfaces and at the gum line. The more plaque there is, the greater the danger of cavities and periodontal disease.

So the office of your Ann Arbor dentist Craig Blogin DDS PLC recommend their patients be proactive in the keeping teeth and gums healthy with these easy tips:

  1. Eat fewer sugary treats. While this seems easier said than done, keeping fewer cookies, candies and so on in the house limits the opportunity for both kids and adults to indulge. Take control of the cupboard and refrigerator by buying less junk food. Also, nutrient-dense food has great staying power, providing the whole family with fuel for the increased physical activity warm weather brings.
  2. Have healthy, good-tasting food readily available. When families are on the go in the summer, the temptation is to simply get fast food. However, packing a cooler with fruit, water, squeezable yogurt and whole grain crackers saves time on the road and avoids sugar-laden offerings at the convenience store. Drinks like fruit smoothies and frozen fruit juice bars are a great alternative to the empty calories of soda pop and popsicles.
  3. Rinse with water. It's not always possible to brush and floss. So, swishing the mouth thoroughly with water after meals and treats poolside or on the soccer field washes away food particles.
  4. Keep dental appointments. Because the kids are off from school, getting them to Dr. Blogin for routine exams, x-rays and cleanings can be a bit easier. Take advantage of that extra time. Preventive dental care keeps small problems from becoming big ones.
  5. Brush and floss. The American Dental Association recommends 2 minutes of brushing 2 times a day. Use a quality fluoride toothpaste and soft brush, gently cleaning all tooth surfaces and soft tissues such as gums, tongue and roof of the mouth. Floss daily, too. Interdental brushes - they resemble tiny bottle brushes - work great to remove plaque and food residues from between the teeth, and these little appliances are super portable, too.

Talk to Your Ann Arbor Dentist

Dr. Craig Blogin and his team love to talk to their patients about ways to have healthier teeth and gums. Why not consult them now about ways to eat healthier this summer? Call (734) 975-6700.

By Craig Blogin, D.D.S.
July 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothaches  

Oh, no, that little twinge in a back molar has turned into a full-blown toothache. You wonder what's going on, and what you should do? You don't want to bother going to the dentist, but should you?

In most cases of toothache, the answer is yes, get to Ann Arbor, MI dentist, Dr. Craig Blogin. He can examine your mouth and pinpoint Toothache the exact cause of your dental pain. Small dental problems can become big, complicated ones if ignored.

What Causes a Toothache

Sometimes a tooth and surrounding soft tissue hurt simply because a piece of food, such as a popcorn hull, is stuck between the tooth enamel and gums. If the individual can visualize it and dislodge it with dental floss or a toothpick, all may be well.

Other causes of tooth pain are far more serious. These problems include:

  • cavities This decaying of tooth enamel can cause extreme sensitivity to hot, cold and sugary foods. Additionally, cavities may extend deep into the inner pulp of a tooth where sensitive nerves and blood supply reside. Dr. Blogin employs various diagnostic techniques and imaging to pinpoint decay and can treat it with tooth-colored fillings, crowns or root canal therapy as needed.
  • dental abscesses When bacteria infects a cavity, a dental abscess results in toothache, redness of the surrounding gum and sometimes swelling of the jaw.
  • periodontitis This advanced stage of gum disease results from tartar and plaque build up below the gum line. The resulting infection causes discomfort, red and swollen gums, loose teeth and ultimately, tooth loss and gum and bone recession. The American Dental Associations says that regular exams and cleanings help keep gum disease at bay.
  • sinus infection Those hurting back molars are probably healthy, but a bacterial infection in the sinuses directly above them can cause teeth to ache.
  • impacted wisdom teeth Adolescents suffer tooth and jaw pain when these nuisance molars stay below the gumline and push on the roots of their neighbors. Infection is common, and extraction is usually the rule.
  • TMJ dysfunction and bruxism Jaw joint misalignment and nighttime tooth grinding cause tooth pain. Left untreated, pain continues, and teeth wear down. Often simple, custom-made mouth guards realign the joint and prevent grinding, too.
  • chips and fractures Dental injuries that break teeth not only hurt, they cause cosmetic issues and compromise the health of the tooth. Restorations such as porcelain crowns or simple bonding or veneers can repair the tooth structure and restore aesthetics, too.

Don't Wait on a Toothache

Craig Blogin, DDS, PLC urges you to contact his Ann Arbor office at the first sign of a toothache. That's the best course of action to preserve good oral health and overall well-being, too. Call his dedicated team for an appointment: (734) 975-6700.

By Craig Blogin, D.D.S.
July 06, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Fighting gum disease - it sounds a little dramatic, doesn't it? But it is a battle because advanced gum disease not only destroys gums, teeth and bones, but it has devastating systemic effects, too. Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, cardiovascular disease, heart Gum Disease attack, stroke, diabetes, and complications in pregnancy and childbirth can all originate in periodontitis. So what's to be done? Experienced Ann Arbor dentists such as Craig Blogin DDS highly recommend preventive at-home hygiene and in-office exams and cleanings beginning at an early age.

Why Early Prevention

Research published in a September 2014 edition of Science Daily states that advanced gum disease is the 6th most prevalent health condition, affecting 743 million individuals globally. Beyond that, the study showed that gum disease peaked at the age of 38. So how can you fight gum disease?

Dr. Blogin's office recommends some simple strategies to keep gums, teeth and supporting jaw bone healthy and functional. The first is to recognize the symptoms, which are:

  • red, puffy, bleeding gums
  • loose teeth
  • pus at the gum line
  • bad breath
  • a change in bite or spacing between the teeth

Many factors contribute to periodontitis, including a hereditary tendency toward the condition. While people can't help the genetics they come with, other factors are preventable, including:

  • poor dental hygiene
  • tobacco usage
  • illegal drug use

Poor diet, hormonal fluctuations and underlying conditions such as diabetes set the stage for gum disease as well. With so many things contributing to this difficult oral health problem, what can prevent it?

Preventive Measures

  1. Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes with a quality fluoride toothpaste. Some dental professionals suggest an electric toothbrush because of its many brush strokes per minute.
  2. Floss daily, or use small interdental brushes to remove food particles and sticky plaque from between the teeth.
  3. Get semi-annual exams and cleanings with Craig Blogin DDS and his staff. Cleanings remove bacteria-harboring plaque and tartar, the main culprit in infecting and destroying gums.
  4. Avoid smoking, and eat a healthy diet.

Combating Advanced Gum Disease

Your Ann Arbor dentist can perform a deep tooth cleaning when he discovers periodontitis. This scraping procedure removes tartar at and below the gum line. He may also use antimicrobial medication to arrest the infection. The most difficult cases may require oral surgery to graft gum and bone tissue onto badly damaged areas of the mouth and jaw.

Don't Put Off Dental Care

Make a healthy smile a priority. Call Dr. Blogin's staff today to schedule an exam and dental cleaning. With excellent preventive care, you can have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Phone (734) 975-6700.

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Craig L Blogin, DDS, PLC
2715 Packard, Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 975-6700
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