Dentist Blog
By Malouf Family Dentistry
September 19, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  

A Healthy Smile Starts with Good Communication

Effective dental care requires a healthy balance of communication and trust in order for appropriate and quality treatment to be administered for your specific dental needs. Start by talking to your dentist in St. Clair Shores about your fears. Be honest about pain and other medical conditions that may affect your oral health and treatment. And discover the many communication tools and educational resources available through your St. Clair Shores dentist’s website. 
 

Reveal Medical History

Like any medical office, it’s vital that you share important health history information with your St. Clair Shores dentist in order to ensure you are provided with the safest, most appropriate care. This includes medications, medical conditions and any other health-related information. Many health conditions, including allergies and heart problems require special treatment before dental work can be administered, so it’s critical that you reveal all of this information when you go in for your first appointment. Failing to provide this important medical history with your dental professional could result in other severe health problems or complications during treatment. 
 

Express Your Fears

It’s not unusual to be afraid of the dentist or dental procedures. In fact, many Americans share in this same apprehension. But when your fear of the dentist prevents you from expressing dental pain, symptoms and concerns, this makes it difficult for your dentist to deliver the best dental care for your specific needs. Does the smell of the dentist make you panic? Do you cringe at the sound of the drill? Open up to your dentist in St. Clair Shores about your misgivings. Once he is aware of your particular concerns, he can modify each procedure so that you are comfortable and confident. In fact, there are many pain medications, relaxation techniques and distraction methods to help you feel relaxed in the dental chair. 
 
An experienced and understanding dentist will exhibit the following traits in order to better communicate with a patient and ease dental fears:
 
  • Demonstrate good communication, patience and understanding towards fearful patients 
  • Thoroughly explain each procedure so that the patient will know what to expect
  • Allow the patient to stop the procedure at any time, usually with a hand signal
  • Review appropriate relaxation techniques and sedatives, including anesthetics and advanced technology
 

Improved Technology for Improved Communication

Today, there are a number of ways a patient can communicate with a dentist. In addition to traditional communication, like phone calls and mailers, many dentists have established practice websites, making obtaining dental information and practice details easier than ever for patients. Visit your St. Clair Shores dentist’s site and access an array of valuable dental information including office details, new patient forms, service descriptions and a patient education library. Not to mention that you can easily make an appointment via the practice’s website.
 
Going to the dentist in St. Clair Shores doesn’t have to be intimidating. Be honest with your dentist about your fears and misgivings. Reveal any and all medical information, and take advantage of new communication technology, including your dentist’s comprehensive website. Once you learn to communicate effectively, you’ll be able to better understand your dental treatment options, ease your dental anxiety and achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.
By Malouf Family Dentistry
August 16, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  

When to Visit Your Dentist

Visiting your dentist in St. Clair Shores for regular check ups and cleanings can help to prevent many dental problems.  These visits are also essential for helping you maintain a healthy, glowing smile.  Don’t wait until your tooth aches to visit your dentist, schedule a routine check up now. 
 
Some reasons to visit your St. Clair Shores dentist include:
 
  • To prevent gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss.  If diagnosed in its early stages, gum disease can be easily treated and reversed.  However, if you wait for treatment, gum disease will advance to a more serious stage called periodontitis.  
  • To prevent oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation informs us that someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone—that’s a lot. Visiting your dentist in St. Clair Shores will help you to prevent this deadly disease because as your teeth are cleaned, your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening. 
  • To prevent tooth loss. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, which means regular visits are vital to keeping your teeth.  Your dentist will help clean your teeth and make sure gum disease is kept at bay.
  • To prevent dental emergencies. Most toothaches and dental emergencies can be easily avoided just by regular visits to your dentist.  Your dentist maintains the ability to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth and gums, which helps to prevent emergencies later on.  However, if you do encounter an emergency due to an injury, etc. then your dentist is available for emergency visits, as well. 
 
Take the next step toward optimal oral health by visiting your dentist in St. Clair Shores at least twice a year.  Your dentist can also inform you of important times to visit their office for further care in the maintenance of your smile.
By MALOUF FAMILY DENTISTRY
July 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

When you think about straightening your teeth, you probably imagine wires attached to your upper and lower teeth. Although metal braces invisalignare a good orthodontic option, Invisalign can be a better choice if you prefer a more subtle straightening approach. St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry offers Invisalign and other services you need for a healthy smile.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign doesn't use wires or brackets to re-position your teeth but relies on a series of clear aligner trays molded to fit your teeth perfectly. The trays exert constant pressure on the teeth and gradually realign your teeth over the months or years you wear them. Unlike traditional braces, no adjustments are needed. You'll still visit your St. Clair Shores dentist regularly, but adjustments will be made simply by inserting a new set of aligner trays at the end of the two-week wear period.

Why should I choose Invisalign?

Invisalign doesn't affect your appearance, which is an important benefit if the thought of wearing metal braces has kept you from straightening your teeth. The aligners are made of clear plastic to ensure that your friends and family only notice your bright smile and not your braces.

Invisalign aligner trays are more comfortable than traditional braces. You won't have to worry that a stray wire will cut your lip, and you'll never have to deal with the discomfort that can occur after an adjustment.

You also won't leave the dentist's office with a long list of restricted foods. With no wires or brackets to trap food, nothing is off-limits. Oral hygiene is also easier with Invisalign. After you remove your trays, you'll be able to brush and floss normally.

Although trays must normally be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, you can leave your aligners at home for a little while if you're planning a special night or need to wear a mouthguard to play sports.

Invisalign offers special benefits for adults, many of whom only need to wear the aligners for about a year. If you're a teenager, you can expect to wear your trays for the same amount of time you would have worn metal braces.

Are you ready to realign your smile with Invisalign? Call Dr. Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, and serving residents of St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.

By MALOUF FAMILY DENTISTRY
February 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

The perfect smile can be yours when you get dental veneers.

Getting a beautiful smile doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you hate that small gap between teeth or you have stains that even veneersprofessional whitening can’t seem to tackle, there are many reasons people are turning to our St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf for veneers.

Veneers are thin tooth-colored layers made of porcelain that are designed to mimic the look of natural tooth enamel. Each veneer is custom-made and bonded to the front of a tooth to improve its overall appearance and to hide common imperfections. Furthermore, veneers can also offer additional resiliency and durability.

Veneers can be used for a myriad of cosmetic issues. If you have small gaps in your smile but don’t want to undergo orthodontic treatment, getting veneers could give you the straighter smile you want without having to wear braces. Veneers can also be used to:

  • Brighten your smile
  • Hide stains and discolorations
  • Cover chips, cracks and fractures
  • Close gaps
  • Improve misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Lengthen teeth that are too short or worn down

In order to get veneers, our St. Clair Shores, MI, cosmetic dentist will first need to make sure your teeth are healthy, free of decay and strong enough to support veneers. If you are deemed a good candidate for treatment the next step will be to prepare your teeth.

Impressions will also be taken of the tooth. These impressions will help a dental lab create veneers that offer an ideal and precise fit. While your veneers are being made we will apply temporary ones. Once the lab has sent us your veneers, we will remove the temporary ones and then check the fit of your new veneers before bonding them to the front of your teeth.

If you are thinking about revamping your smile then let’s talk about what this simple restoration could do for you. Contact Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, and serving residents of St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.

By MALOUF FAMILY DENTISTRY
January 02, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, whether you’re a teen playing sports in school or an adult who has a bad fall. It’s important todental emergency be prepared and not panic. Dr. Sam Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI wants to share what you need to do when you need an emergency dentist.

You probably have a first aid kit at home, so the first thing you should do is create a dental first aid kit containing a few important items to help you deal with a dental emergency. Place these items in your kit:

  • Tylenol tablets or other medication for pain
  • Sterile saline solution for rinsing
  • Sterile gauze patches or tissue
  • A small container with a lid
  • Your emergency dentist's office address, phone number, and after-hours numbers

Some of the most common dental emergencies can occur while playing sports or doing activities involving contact. It’s easy to fracture a tooth, injure your gums, cheeks, face, or even knock a tooth completely out. It’s also easy to experience a dental emergency if you fall on a hard surface and hit your jaws or face. There are a few tips you should know to cope with a dental emergency. Remember to:

  • Clean away any debris or blood from open wounds
  • Press gauze to an injured area to stop bleeding
  • Rinse your mouth out if you have chipped or broken a tooth
  • Apply ice to keep swelling to a minimum
  • Gently try to put a loose tooth back into position

If you knock a tooth out completely, rinse the tooth off. Place it either between your gum and cheek or in the container with the saline solution to keep it wet. Remember to avoid touching the roots of the tooth so you don’t contaminate it with bacteria.

Call Dr. Malouf’s office or after-hours numbers and schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Early treatment of a dental emergency means a better outcome. To learn more about emergency dentistry call Dr. Sam Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, and serving residents of St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas today at (586) 772-9020!





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