By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
February 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentists in Ann Arbor want you to knoworal hygiene

When you keep good oral hygiene habits, you are protecting more than just your smile. Did you know that an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease? The truth is a healthy mouth is vital to enjoying great health throughout your lifetime. Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI want to share how you can keep good oral hygiene habits to protect your smile and your health.

Tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease all have one thing in common, plaque! The reason why plaque is so damaging is because it contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce poisons which can destroy your teeth, gums, and supporting bone. When you keep good oral hygiene habits, it prevents bacterial plaque from doing damage to your smile and your health.

You can tell which people keep good oral hygiene habits. They are the people with light pink, healthy gums, and white teeth with few or no dental fillings or other restorations. You want to be one of these people, and you can join this lucky club by practicing good oral hygiene.

Every good oral hygiene program consists of:

Brushing your teeth after each meal and before you go to sleep; many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush. If you use a conventional toothbrush, make certain it has soft-bristles to avoid damaging your teeth.

Use a toothpaste containing fluoride; many “natural” types of toothpaste don’t contain fluoride, so they provide no protection against tooth decay. Check to see that your toothpaste has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.

You should also floss your teeth at least once daily because brushing doesn’t get in between your teeth where most cavities and gum disease starts.

Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least once each year for x-rays and a dental exam. Dental exams are the best way to prevent a dental problem before it can start. You should also have professional dental cleanings every six months, more often if you have periodontal disease.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is easier than you think, and well worth your time and effort. A healthy smile looks better and keeps you healthy too! For more information about keeping good oral hygiene habits, call Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
December 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Cancer  

Do you visit the dentist every six months? Regular visits not only ensure that your teeth are healthy but also play a role in protecting your oral cancergeneral health. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, explain how oral cancer screenings can help you stay healthy.

Oral cancer screenings are part of every checkup

Oral cancer screenings only take a few minutes, but are an important part of regular dental visits. Every year, more than 49,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer, according to Cancer.net. As with every form of cancer, early detection increases your chances of a successful outcome if you are diagnosed with oral cancer.

Oral and oropharyngeal cancers affect your gums, cheeks, lips, tongue, the base of your tongue, roof of your mouth, throat, voice box or trachea. The symptoms are often subtle and can be confused with minor mouth issues, such as canker sores. Common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Pain in your mouth, lips, tongue, neck or throat
  • Sores that don't heal after a week or two
  • Red or white spots
  • A lump in your mouth, throat, tongue or neck
  • A change in your bite (the way your teeth fit together)
  • Rough, crusty patches anywhere in your mouth
  • Chronic hoarseness, sore throat or throat irritation
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in the fit of your dentures

These signs and symptoms don't automatically mean you have cancer. Other issues may be responsible for your condition. For example, loose teeth can be caused by a blow to the mouth or gum disease. If we do notice possible signs of cancer during your visit to our Ann Arbor office, we'll recommend a biopsy to determine if there are cancerous cells present. If you do have the disease, a variety of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy or radiation may be needed to eliminate the cancerous cells and protect your health.

Regular oral cancer screenings offer life-saving benefits. Call our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 to schedule your checkup and cancer screening.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you're not happy with the way your teeth look, you don't have to live with a smile that's less than dazzling. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, veneersDr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, explain how veneers can correct a variety of common tooth flaws.

What are veneers?

Veneers provide an excellent way to conceal imperfections that only affect the front of your teeth. The tooth-shaped porcelain shells are cemented on your teeth after a tiny amount of enamel has been improved in our Ann Arbor office. Veneers are extremely durable and available in many shades of white. With proper care, your veneers can last 10 years or longer before they need to be replaced.

Are veneers the right choice for me?

Veneers offer the ideal way to treat many smile issues. They're often used to hide wear and tear and minor damage, including chips and cracks. If your teeth are noticeably bumpy or pitted, concealing these imperfections beneath a thin layer of porcelain is an excellent way to improve your smile.

Crooked and oddly shaped teeth can also be improved with the addition of veneers, as can teeth that are pointed or twisted. Do you have spaces between your teeth? Veneers are ideal for eliminating slight gaps that can spoil your smile. They're just as effective in lengthening teeth, particularly those that have become shorter due to grinding.

Veneers provide a long-term way to conceal discolorations. Whether your discolored tooth occurred due to a large filling or root canal, or even as a result of tetracycline use when you were just a toddler, adding a veneer offers a simple solution to the problem.

Have you tried teeth whitening in the past but were unimpressed with the results? When whitening doesn't deliver the bright smile you'd hoped, veneers provide a better option. You can choose the level of whiteness for your smile and won't need to worry about stains. Veneers won't discolor even if you regularly drink coffee, wine, tea or cola.

Are you ready to enhance your smile with veneers? Call our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 to schedule an appointment.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth extraction  

Tooth extractions aren't as common as they used to be, but there are certain instances where they're still used. Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr.Tooth extraction Brett Walcott, your dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, list a few of the reasons you might need a tooth extracted, or pulled, and what can be done afterward to replace it.

Severe decay

If a tooth - or several teeth - are so damaged by decay that fillings, crowns or root canals are impossible, your Ann Arbor dentist may recommend extractions to stop pain, infection and other problems.

Orthodontic appliances

Major crowding of the teeth may make application of braces difficult or impossible. Extractions of teeth, most often molars, can help make room for the other teeth to straighten out. After your Ann Arbor dentist puts the braces on, the remaining teeth fill in the empty spaces as they move into the guided position.

Wisdom teeth

The third molars, better known as wisdom teeth, cause problems for many of Dr. Walcott's patients due to their size and their tendency to grow in crookedly or unevenly. To avoid infection and prevent alignment problems, wisdom teeth are commonly extracted.‚Äč

Replacing an extracted tooth

After an extraction, your Ann Arbor dentist will discuss restoration options with you, including dentures, crowns and bridges, or dental implants. Replacing extracted teeth not only makes your smile look better, it also protects the health of your remaining teeth by restoring the stability that the missing tooth provided prior to being removed.

If you think you need a tooth extraction, an evaluation from Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor, MI dentists, is the first step. Contact Walcott Dental to set up an appointment today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental problems not only make eating painful or uncomfortable but may also affect the way your teeth look. Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. dental proceduresWayne and Brett Walcott, offer dental services that will improve your smile and may be covered by Delta Dental or other insurers.

Bonding

Whether your tooth is chipped, discolored or strangely shaped, bonding can improve your appearance. Composite resin, a flexible material that quickly hardens when exposed to a curing light, is used to bond teeth. It's also used to lengthen teeth and fill small gaps between them. Composite resin is tinted to ensure that your new dental work blends in with the color of your teeth.

Crowns

Crowns are an excellent option if one of your teeth is damaged or in danger of breaking. Crowns, also called caps, fit over the top of teeth once they've been reduced in size slightly. Whether your tooth has become weak due to aging, a root canal or a large filling, a crown offers a simple way to strengthen and support it. If your tooth has broken, adding a crown will restore its appearance and function. Crowns are also used to cover imperfections and lengthen short teeth.

Invisalign or Clear Correct

Invisalign or Clear Correct straightens teeth using a series of clear aligner trays specially designed for you in our Ann Arbor office. This alternative to metal braces offers the same results with none of the pain or inconvenience. The trays are very unobtrusive and are removed when you eat. Swapping aligners for a new set every two weeks gradually shifts the teeth, moving them into the correct position.

Sealants

Sealants protect molars and pre-molars from tooth decay. The clear coatings cover tiny pits in the surface of teeth that collect plaque. Sealants fill in the pits and help reduce your cavity risk. They're typically used when your child's pre-molars and molars first erupt and may last up to 10 years.

Root canal therapy

An inflammation or infection in your tooth's pulp will lead to tooth loss if you don't have a root canal. The procedure removes the pulp, preserving your tooth. A local anesthetic is used to ensure that the procedure is pain-free.

Protect your smile with one of these dental services. If you're not sure if Delta Dental or another insurer covers a particular service, call Ann Arbor dentists, Drs. Wayne or Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700.





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