Posts for: July, 2017

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
July 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ExpertAdviceVivicaAFoxonKissingandOralhealth

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.


By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
July 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Would you like to improve the color and alignment of your smile? Would you like to make cracks, chips, and gaps disappear? Do you wish veneersto avoid braces or dental crowns? Then, tooth-shaped porcelain veneers from Westland, MI's own Carey & Aylward DDS may be your path to the smile of your dreams. Custom-made to cover the front of teeth with deep discolorations, hairline cracks or crowded spacing, veneers are a beautiful, permanent enhancement to a healthy smile. Drs. Dennis Aylward, Brent Carey, and Allison Carey recommend this cosmetic treatment for people free of decay and gum disease. They may work well for you!

The details on porcelain veneers in Westland

Porcelain veneers in Westland are crafted from high-quality ceramic. They are super-thin shells that your dentist bonds in place with a special adhesive and hardening light.

To ensure veneers fit comfortably inside your mouth, Dr. Aylward or Dr. Carey first removes a thin portion of enamel from the front of the tooth. This resurfacing allows a good bond and makes the refurbishment permanent. The dentist then places temporary veneers and sends oral impressions and a care plan to the dental lab.

At the lab, a ceramist crafts the veneers one by one. He or she ensures that the shape and color of the veneers blend in with the rest of your smile. The idea is to make you look like you only better!

During the next dental visit, the doctor removes the temporaries and glues the new veneers in place. He uses the bonding cement to adjust the veneer color, and he adjusts the fit and bite, too.

After a few days, patients grow accustomed to how their porcelain veneers feel. The team at Carey & Aylward DDS encourage patients to brush twice a day with a soft brush and to floss carefully around their veneers. Also, the dentists like all their patients to come to the office twice a year for cleanings and check-ups so those refurbished smiles stay bright and healthy. With routine care and gentle eating habits (don't chew ice cubes or peanut brittle), porcelain veneers last 10 to 15 years or even longer says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Are you interested?

Then come to Carey & Aylward DDS for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. You'll get all your questions about porcelain veneers and the other available aesthetic treatments answered by our team of experts. Call (734) 425-9130 for an appointment today.


PeriodontalSurgeryAllowsustoAccessDeepSurfacesforPlaqueRemoval

All treatments for periodontal (gum) disease focus on one goal — to remove any bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that are at the heart of the infection. Plaque is a thin surface film of food particles and bacteria that cause gum disease.

Plaque builds up on tooth surfaces due to inadequate oral hygiene. And as the disease progresses brushing and flossing won’t be enough — you’ll need our services and specialized equipment to fully remove the plaque and calculus. The basic technique is called scaling in which we remove plaque and calculus manually from tooth surfaces above and just a few millimeters below the gum line.

As the disease develops, though, the slight natural gap between teeth and gums may begin to increase to form voids known as periodontal pockets. Filled with infection, these pockets can extend below the gum line onto the roots of the tooth. If the pocket extends more than 4 millimeters, basic scaling may not be able to remove all of the plaque and calculus.

Periodontists (dentists who specialize in the treatment and care of gum tissues) can perform a surgical method to access these deeper areas. Known as flap surgery, this procedure aims not only to reach and disinfect periodontal pockets and root surfaces, but also repair damaged gum tissue and create a better environment for future hygiene and treatment.

As the name implies, we create an opening in the gum tissue with one side remaining attached to the gum structure — much like the flap of a paper envelope. Through this opening we’re able to reach areas to remove plaque and calculus, as well as install both bone grafts to regenerate lost bone and growth factors to stimulate tissue growth. Once finished, we stitch the flap back into place with sutures and, in many cases, place a moldable dressing to protect and hold the flap secure while the incision heals.

This relatively minor procedure can be performed with local anesthesia and requires only a few days of recuperation. The results, though, can provide long-term benefits — reduced infection, better bone and gum health, and a more conducive environment for future maintenance of health — that could save your teeth and your smile for many years to come.

If you would like more information on treatments for gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Flap Surgery.”