By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
February 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
ShaquilleONealsSlamDunkAgainstSleepApnea

You may think snoring is a minor problem, but it can be a lot more than that. Just ask hoops star Shaquille O'Neal, whose rambunctious snoring bothered his girlfriend enough for her to suspect a health problem. Her observations eventually led to Shaq's diagnosis of moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which occurs when the soft tissue structures at the back of a person's throat, including the tongue, partially close off the upper airway and prevent air from moving into the lungs during sleep. Sometimes airflow can be blocked completely for 10 or more seconds.

When air flow is reduced, blood oxygen levels drop. This leads to brief waking episodes known as “micro-arousals,” which can happen sometimes more than 50 times an hour. The sleeper might not even be aware of this, even while gasping for air. Micro-arousals prevent the person from ever reaching deep, restful sleep.

Besides suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness, studies show sleep apnea patients are at higher risks of heart attacks, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, brain damage and strokes. People with sleep apnea also have a higher incidence of work and driving-related accidents.

OSA can be treated in a few different ways. On the advice of his doctor, Shaq opted for a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which generates pressurized air delivered through a face mask worn while sleeping. The force of the pressurized air opens the airway (windpipe) in the same way as blowing into a balloon does.

For people with milder OSA, or who find they can't tolerate wearing a mask during sleep, an oral appliance supplied by a dental professional might be the answer. Oral appliances are worn in the mouth and are designed to gently reposition the jaw and move the tongue forward away from the back of the throat. Success rates of 80% or more have been reported using oral appliances, depending on the severity of the OSA.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about sleep apnea by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Snoring & Sleep Apnea.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
February 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Have you got unsightly teeth covered with stains and discoloration? How about teeth that have uneven chips or cracks on their surfaces? Or perhaps you're one of the many Americans with large gaps between your teeth that make each smile a chore?

At Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC, you'll find the answers you've been looking for for shoring up all your dental dilemmas, as the trusted Veneersdental hygienists on site make it their mission to make sure you leave showing off your smile - rather than hiding it like when you came in! Fortunately, all of the aforementioned dental issues with one's smile have a common solution: veneers.

A veneer is a thin, dental covering that brightens up your teeth and fills in any unsightly gaps they may have, serving as the premier way for reversing your bad dental fortunes so that your mouth brightens up the whole neighborhood! Typically made from porcelain, veneers have even been used to improve the smiles of celebrities like Catherine Zeta-Jones and Denzel Washington, further giving proof to the idea that these simple, safe answers to your dental dilemma is as highly-touted as it is successful!

Veneers are extremely simple to maintain once you've got them placed on the front of your teeth, as maintaining normal dental hygiene consisting of flossing daily and brushing at least twice each day will assuredly keep them looking bright and white for years to come!

For more information on how veneers can turn your smile into the biggest and brightest thing around, give one of the helpful dental experts at Carey & Aylward a call today at (734) 425-9130 and find out for yourself why a winning smile doesn't have to stay with the celebs. That's because you can find your award-winning smile right here in Westland, MI

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
February 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health
TestingYourKnowledgeWhatDoYouKnowAboutBadBreath

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis (“halitus” – breath; “osis” – disorder) is an unpleasant condition that can negatively impact your personal and business relationships. It's more than just embarrassing! In fact, one recent survey found that three out of five people would rather work with someone who talks too loudly than with someone who has bad breath! Gum, mints and mouth rinses can temporarily remedy the situation, but not cure it permanently. So how much do you know about the underlying causes of bad breath?

The following true/false quiz will help you discover, while learning more about bad breath.

Questions

  1. The most common orally related sites associated with bad breath are the tongue and gums.
  2. Systemic (general body) medical conditions can't cause bad breath.
  3. Bad breath is always worse in the morning.
  4. Effective treatment depends on the underlying cause of the disease.
  5. Dentists can do very little to diagnose the cause of bad breath.

Answers

  1. True. The back of the tongue and diseased gums can become repositories for bacteria. In the case of the tongue they are from left over food deposits and even post-nasal drip. Bad breath that emanates from the tongue has a “rotten egg” odor caused by volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs).
  2. False. Medical conditions can cause bad breath including lung infections, liver disease, diabetes, kidney infections and cancer.
  3. True. Saliva flow decreases during the night making the mouth feel dry, and giving you that typical “morning breath” taste and odor upon wakening.
  4. True. As with any medical condition, uncovering the origin will dictate appropriate treatment. For example, tongue scraping or brushing can help eliminate odor that originate from the tongue. If the cause is disease related, the disease will need to be treated to control associated bad breath.
  5. False. There are several things dentists can do starting with a thorough medical history and oral examination. For example, decayed or abscessed teeth, diseased gums, coated tongue or infected tonsils are all common oral causes. We can also conduct breath tests to determine if the odor is emanating from the mouth or lungs, and test to determine the level of VSCs in the mouth.

Learn More

Worried about bad breath? Are you ready to trade your breath mints for a more permanent solution? Call our office today to schedule an oral examination. For more information about the causes of bad breath, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More Than Just Embarrassing.”

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Medicad  

Get your child the preventive dental care he or she needs to live a healthy, cavity-free life.

Did you know that the most common chronic illness in children is actually tooth decay? This might be rather shocking, but because Children-futureover 17 million children in America go without the proper dental care it’s not surprising that pediatric dental decay is so common. However, your Westland, MI dentist doesn’t like to see children go without the dental care they need. Therefore, we recommend that families who don’t have health insurance and are going through financial struggles look into the Medicaid Healthy Kids Program.

What is the Medicaid Healthy Kids Program?

Run by the Michigan Department of Community Health, this program ensures that children under the age of 19 receive the health care coverage they deserve, including dental care.

What benefits will my child receive under this program?

This program covers most necessary medical care including mental health, medications, hospital care, immunizations, ambulatory services, vision and dental. This means your child can receive the proper six-month cleanings and dental exams, as well as X-rays to ensure that your child’s smile is developing as it should and is free of cavities and gum disease. Only through preventive care can we guarantee that your child continues to have a healthy smile.

This program will also help you and your child find the proper transportation to get to and from our dental office in Westland, MI.

How do I find out more about the Medicaid Healthy Kids Program?

You can find out more about the program, or enroll your child in the program by visiting the Michigan Department of Community Health website or by calling (888) 988-6300. When you apply for the Medicaid Healthy Kids Program you will need to declare your monthly or annual income, have proof of Michigan residence and tell them whether you already have medical insurance. Every case is different, so the best way to find out whether your child qualifies is by calling the toll-free number.

If your child is eligible and receives health benefits through Medicaid we would be happy to schedule his or her next preventive dental appointment. Through X-rays and cleanings your Westland, MI dentist can protect your child against gum disease and dental cavity. Nothing is more important than your child’s health, and we are here to make their smiles a priority.

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
AvoidingtheJimCarreyChipped-ToothLook

Fans of the classic bumbling-buddies comic film “Dumb and Dumber” will surely remember the chipped front tooth that Jim Carrey sported as simpleminded former limo driver Lloyd Christmas. Carrey reportedly came up with the idea for this look when considering ways to make his character appear more “deranged.” He didn't need help from the make-up department, however… He simply had his dentist remove the dental bonding material on his left front tooth to reveal the chip he sustained in grade school!

Creating a Bond
A dental cosmetic bonding involves application of a composite filling material that our office can color and shape to match the original tooth. Bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion of tooth or to seamlessly reattach the lost portion if it has been preserved and is otherwise undamaged. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed. This is the quickest and lowest-cost option to repair a chip.

Alternatives
When a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown is often the better choice. It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. It can be made of tooth-colored porcelain fused to metal crowns or all-ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas). A small amount of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it.

A veneer can be used to hide smaller areas of missing tooth. This is a thin, custom-made shell placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new “face.” Some removal of existing tooth surface also may be necessary to fit a veneer.

A chipped tooth makes an impression, but generally not a flattering one. Nearly 20 years after “Dumb and Dumber” hit the theaters, the only thing Jim Carrey had to do recently to hint at a sequel for his nitwitted character was tweet a photo of that goofy grin!

If you would like more information about repairing a chipped tooth, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”





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