Posts for category: Oral Health

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
August 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Dental VisitDo you, like many others, put off visiting the dentist? No matter your reason, avoiding the dentist can have serious implications for your smile. Untreated dental issues like teeth decay and gum disease can result in pain, discomfort, or even tooth loss. Luckily, routine dental examinations help you keep your teeth healthy and free from the substances which cause decay and help you avoid invasive dental procedures. How often should you visit your dentist? Find out more with Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI.

Why are preventative dental appointments necessary? 
Preventative dental appointments allow you to stop serious dental issues like teeth decay and gum disease in their tracks by keeping your teeth healthy and clean. Both teeth decay and gum disease progress slowly, giving your dentist the opportunity to find and treat these problems in their earliest stages. Preventative dental care includes an examination to search for problems, a professional dental cleaning performed by a dental hygienist, and, if necessary, simple procedures to repair a damaged or decayed tooth, such as a dental filling.

How often should I see my dentist? 
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist twice a year for routine dental examinations and professional cleanings. This is a blanket recommendation regardless of age, dental condition, or existing problems with your smile. Some patients may require more frequent visits with their dentist than others. Work with your dentist to find the best examination and cleaning schedule for your smile.

Routine Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Ann Arbor, MI
Seeing your dentist is only half of a strong oral care routine. The ADA also recommends brushing twice a day and flossing at least once using the proper techniques. Use a soft toothbrush and brush for at least two minutes every brushing session. Floss between each tooth and be sure to reach behind the last molars in each quadrant of your mouth.

For more information on preventative dental care, please contact Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI. Call (734) 994-3700 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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
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
February 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition  

Learn how to keep your smile healthy from your Ann Arbor dentists. nutiriton

Brushing twice a day is important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but so is eating right. In a sense, your smile is what you eat. When you eat right, your teeth will benefit. Consuming unhealthy foods can contribute to the development of gum disease and tooth decay. Healthy foods, on the other hand, can help strengthen your teeth. At Walcott Dental, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott are your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists. They can help you maintain a healthy smile with regular dental checkups.

Sugary Foods & Drinks

Limiting the number of sugary foods and drinks you consume is not only better for your overall health, but for your teeth as well. Sugar mixes with the bacteria in your mouth and creates acid that can break down tooth enamel. When tooth enamel is weakened, the teeth become more susceptible to decay. Additionally, many sugary foods and drinks, such as candy, stick to the teeth, which prolongs exposure of tooth enamel to the damaging acid that forms. It is best to limit consumption of things like soda, candy, donuts, cookies and other similar treats.

Acidic Foods & Drinks

Acidic foods and drinks can be problematic for teeth. Just like sugary items, acidic foods can also damage tooth enamel and increase susceptibility to tooth decay. Unfortunately, even healthy foods, like citrus fruits, are quite acidic and can damage tooth enamel. Other acidic foods include tomatoes and tomato sauces, as well as salad dressings, pickles and other foods containing vinegar. As far as drinks, wine can be quite acidic and potentially problematic for teeth. To best protect the teeth, it is a good idea to limit how often you eat acidic foods.

Caffeine & Alcohol

Beverages containing caffeine or alcohol can cause problems for your teeth and your breath. Both alcohol and caffeine tend to be very drying to the tissues in the mouth. When the mouth is too dry, there is not enough saliva to clear out bacteria. This gives harmful bacteria the opportunity to multiply. Too much bacteria can lead to poor oral health. A dry mouth or bad breath, despite not having eaten anything offensive, can be signs that bacteria is running amuck.

Healthy Foods for Teeth

Even though many foods and beverages can weaken tooth enamel and ultimately adversely affect your smile, there are still plenty of foods that help. Foods and drinks that are rich in vitamins, calcium or phosphorus can promote strong and healthy tooth enamel. Foods that can benefit your smile include fish, meat, eggs, cheese, leafy greens and almonds. Additionally, regular checkups with your Ann Arbor dentist will also keep your teeth their healthiest.

In many ways, your smile really is what you eat. For healthier teeth, limit the amount of sugary, acidic, caffeinated or alcoholic items in your diet. Be sure to visit your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist regularly, as well. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott, call Walcott Dental at (734) 994-3700.