Posts for: July, 2014

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
July 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health
TheSecretsBehindVannaWhitesSmile

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”


By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
July 08, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Our dental practice at Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC, is proud to participate in Michigan’s Healthy Kids Dental program. The Michigan Department of Community Health administers this program that ensures children qualifying for Medicaid who are younger than age 21 receive dental care. Medicaid Healthy Kids Program
 
The program is a partnership through Delta Dental and provides dental care to more than 506,000 Michigan children. To enroll, parents can call 1-800-482-8915. They can also visit www.deltadentalmi.com to find out more information about the program.
 
To enroll in the program, children must have parents that qualify as low income. Upon enrollment, parents do not have to pay a monthly premium. In addition to dental care, the Healthy Kids Program also provides vision and mental health services.
 
Healthy Kids Dental covers a number of services Drs. Carey and Aylward provide at their Westland office. These include, but are not limited to, oral exams, screenings, X-rays, teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments. Other preventive services include dental sealants and space maintainers. Treatments for cavities include filings, crowns and root canals. While there are always exceptions, some procedures that are not covered include bite guards, removal of healthy wisdom teeth and braces.
 
Dr. Carey and Dr. Aylward are proud to participate in this program as part of their commitment to helping kids maintain healthy teeth and prevent and treat cavities before they worsen. By starting needy children on the right track with routine dental care, they are less likely to miss school days and experience the pain, discomfort and tooth loss that can come with decay.
 
For more information on the Healthy Kids Dental program or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carey or Dr. Aylward, please call (734) 425-9130. To learn about additional services offered at Westland’s Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC.