Dentist Blog
April 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

At any given time, our mouth plays host to billions of bacteria that can result in plaque and periodontal disease. Therefore during this oral careCOVID-19 routine dentist care shutdown, it is imperative for all to create and follow a proper oral hygiene routine which is crucial to your health.

Here are some easy tips to help you develop an effective oral care routine.
Proper Oral Hygiene Care

The majority of your oral hygiene routine will center on brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as cleaning your tongue. Your mouth can be divided into quadrants. Proper brushing means spending at least 30 seconds for each quadrant holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle pointing to your gums. All the surfaces of the teeth must be brushed evenly. As part of your routine, brushing must be done at least twice daily.

To follow up on your brushing, you must also floss your teeth at least once every day. Flossing should include all of your teeth up to the back of your mouth. The floss should be long enough so that you can wrap both ends to your fingers and can lower the floss in between your teeth to follow its curve. This prevents you from damaging your gums. Do this for all of your teeth.

Additionally, you should clean your tongue using a circular motion to remove the bacteria present on its surface. You may also utilize floss to scrape the surface of your tongue. Combine this routine with every brushing or flossing activity.
Mouth Rinse

Even if you brush, floss, and clean your tongue, you cannot be 100% certain that you have removed the bacteria from your mouth if you do not rinse properly. How do you rinse properly? The best way to get added protection is to use a mouth rinse with antimicrobial properties. You may likewise opt for a fluoride mouth rinse to combat tooth decay.

We will be soon opening our office again. In the meantime, if you Need More Oral Health Tips? Contact Us
(586) 772-9020. We can also book your appointment starting hopefully for this June with our dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf, here at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI (also serving residents of Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Warren, Roseville, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas).

January 16, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Once decay has reached your tooth’s inner tissue or pulp, it can lead to an infection, as well as various painful and uncomfortable root canalsymptoms, including tooth loss. Fortunately, in many of these situations, your dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, can save your infected tooth through root canal treatment. Read on to learn how this procedure can eliminate infection, ease your pain, and preserve your tooth’s exterior structure.

Can a Root Canal Really Save My Smile?

When dental infection is present, it's inevitable that your smile will suffer from a number of issues, including tooth loss and jawbone atrophy. With root canal treatment, on the other hand, there’s no chance of your smile being affected in these ways because the infected pulp within the compromised tooth will be removed. Once the root canal has been performed, your tooth and entire mouth will return to a healthy state.

What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment?

Aside from its ability to save your smile, the most noteworthy thing about the procedure is that is painless, as it is performed completely under anesthesia. At our St. Clair Shores office, the basic root canal steps include the following:

  1. Anesthesia application
  2. Creation of access point to the pulp
  3. Removal of infected tissue in the root canals and pulp chamber
  4. Disinfection
  5. Finish off the root canal with insertion of the rubber material and sealant inside the canals to seal them.
  6. After the root canal is finished a post/core and crown is recommended on the tooth

Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call

Put simply, root canal treatment will save your smile, prevent tooth loss, and safeguard your overall health. Talk to your dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI, Dr. Sam Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry at (586) 772-9020 to learn more about this smile and tooth-saving procedure.

October 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are missing one or more teeth, our St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf, can provide you with a dental implantsgreat investment in your smile: dental implants.

A tooth replacement which lasts

Unlike partial dentures or conventional bridgework, dental implants can last a lifetime. Made of a titanium screw, metal post and ceramic crown, the single-tooth dental implant provides unparalleled appearance, functionality, and bone-building properties.

Good oral health and sufficient quality bone in the jaw are critical to implant success and retention. An x-ray and imaging scan can tell your dentist exactly where your implant will be placed.

Then, Dr. Malouf will refer you to a dental surgeon who inserts the titanium implants in your jaw, and over the following weeks and months, they fully integrate with the bone. The implants become just like real tooth roots. This biological bonding process is called osseointegration. This bond provides a strong foundation for the implant crown. When the implant is placed and secured 3 months later. You will return to Dr. Malouf where he will have an abutment screwed on and a crown placed to complete the restoration.

Other uses for dental implants

Besides replacing single teeth, dental implants support full and partial dentures, also. These prosthetics:

  • Are easily maintained with daily brushing and flossing and six-month visits at Malouf Family Dentistry
  • Need no support from any remaining natural teeth (conventional bridges require ample enamel resurfacing on adjoining teeth)
  • Build bone in the jaw every time the patient bites and chews
  • Rejuvenate facial appearance
  • Stay in place without messy denture powders or pastes
  • Last longer than other tooth replacements and look natural

A great future with dental implants

For more information, contact Dr. Sam Malouf and his team at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, and serving residents of St. Clair Shores, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Warren, Roseville, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Harrison Township and neighboring areas. Call (586) 772-9020.

By Malouf Family Dentistry
August 21, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Do you want your smile to look great? Your smile is one of the first things other people notice when they meet you. It should stand out. If you want to rejuvenate your smile, porcelain veneers from your St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf could be just what you're looking for.

What are veneers?

Veneers are a wafer-thin covering cemented over natural teeth to hide issues like discoloration, slight gaps, and minor chips and cracks. They are made of strong porcelain and provides a natural-looking, beautiful new surface that is translucent and tough.

The Benefits of Veneers

There are many reasons why your smile may have lost its appeal. Normal aging wreaks havoc on your smile because your enamel becomes thinner, showing the yellow dentin underneath. That’s why your smile gets more yellow as you age. Dental veneers can change that by whitening your smile permanently. Normal wear-and-tear also dramatically affect your smile. Biting on hard objects or grinding your teeth at night can cause small chips that really add up over time. Dental trauma can also cause fracture lines and broken teeth. Dental veneers can change that by covering up the flaws and damage done to your teeth.

Dental veneers are thin laminates of pure porcelain, which looks just like tooth enamel. They are permanently bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, giving you an improved smile. Veneers offer these five great benefits.

1. Fix Dental Problems

Veneers fix many dental problems simultaneously. The shells fit over teeth in order to adjust: length, shape and size. Veneers are also used to fix: slightly misaligned teeth, crooked teeth and worn-down teeth.

2. Strength and Durability

Dental veneers are durable. Although thin, once bonded to the teeth, they become very strong, and their high-quality porcelain makes them resistant to wear and discoloration.

3. Whiten Your Smile

You don't have to live with stained teeth. Porcelain veneers dramatically change the color of teeth and what's also great is that it is immediate.

4. Look Years Younger

Bad teeth can age people. Luckily, porcelain veneers make you look younger.

5. Increased Self-Esteem

Veneers will boost your self-esteem, giving you a better image of yourself and eradicating worries of what you look like when you speak, smile and eat.

If you're ready to make the leap and want veneers, then call 586-772-9020 to schedule a consultation at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI. Also serving residents of Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Warren, Roseville, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Harrison Township and neighboring areas.

April 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

Count on quick and accurate emergency care from Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores. Your dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf, and his dental emergencydedicated team have your best oral health in mind and urge you to call them at the first sign of a pressing problem. From toothaches to knocked out teeth to broken restorations, your needs are their top priority. Learn here what you can do in a dental emergency.


Get help fast

As with any critical medical need, dental emergencies require quick, clear thinking and a plan. Dr. Malouf wants all his patients fully educated on what to do when the unexpected happens. While you wait to see your emergency dentist in St. Clair Shores, here are some immediate strategies to stabilize your problem, reduce your pain, and spare your oral health.

Avulsed tooth is the result of a blow to the mouth, a knocked out tooth can be saved if you act quickly. Tooth avulsion is the complete displacement of a tooth from its socket in alveolar bone due to trauma. Avulsed teeth can be replanted if we see you within an hour of injury. In the meantime, rinse your tooth with cold water for 10 seconds. The avulsed tooth should be placed in milk immediately thereafter. Call the office for further instructions and an appointment.

Toothache Take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain. Place warm compresses on your jaw, and rinse your mouth with salt water to clear drainage and reduce redness and swelling at the gum line. Your dentist will see you as soon as possible to evaluate the decay and/or infection.

Broken denture, filling, or crown Save the pieces and bring them to the office. Some restorations require replacement while others may be bonded back in place with composite resin.

Dislocated or fractured jaw Because this injury affects the airway, get to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.

Oral laceration Apply direct and steady pressure with a clean cloth to quell bleeding. If it does not stop within 15 minutes, go to the hospital ER.

Foreign object in between teeth Attempt to dislodge the material gently with dental floss. If unsuccessful, see Dr. Malouf as soon as you can.


Dealing with the unplanned event

Be sure to have our number in your phone contacts. Stay calm, do what you can to stabilize the condition, and call us. Our compassionate staff will direct you to the right course of action. Remember, at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, we are here to help you when you need us most. Phone any time with your pressing concerns at (586) 772-9020. Also serving the St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.

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