Posts for category: Oral Health

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
May 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that it’s important to have a proper oral hygiene routine to help keep your teeth looking bright and healthy. Most people know that it’s important to brush and floss regularly, but you may not know that it is just as important to visit your dentist regularly. Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, is here to let you know why it is so important to visit your dentist regularly to strengthen your smile.

Why You Should Visit Your Dentist

It’s common knowledge that you should be brushing your teeth twice daily as well as flossing daily to keep your teeth free of plaque and tartar. You may not have realized that plaque can hide in hard-to-reach places in your smile that you can’t reach on your own. Your dentist in Holland, MI, can help keep your teeth and gums healthy by cleaning up any plaque or tartar that you may have missed. Getting professional teeth cleanings from your dentist can help stop build-up from happening and can help stop bacteria from spreading throughout the mouth and bloodstream.

While your dentist is cleaning your teeth, they can also be on the lookout for any other conditions that need to be treated. Your dentist may be able to spot any symptoms of a more serious dental issue that you may not have noticed. When you see your dentist for regular checkups, it’s more likely that you’ll catch any issues early on, which will make them easier to treat and care for.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

It’s important that you see your dentist more than once this year to help take care of your beautiful smile. Contact Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, today to set up your next appointment. Call (616) 399-3600 as soon as possible!

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist Visit  

At Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Todd Brower and his team work hard to help you keep your smile for life. As such, he wants to see you regularly for preventive care or any time you have an urgent problem. Here are five signs which tell you it's time to visit your dentist in his Holland, MI, office.
 

Why is it time to see the dentist?

1. Six months have gone by. This is the recommended interval for routine professional cleanings and exams. Dr. Brower and his hygienist will clean and inspect your teeth, ensuring small problems don't grow into big ones, and keeping that mouth squeaky clean. The American Dental Association (ADA) says six months is right for most people. Patients who struggle with decay and gum disease may need to come in more frequently.

2. You have tooth or gum pain. Typically, the pain only escalates and becomes associated with other symptoms such as gum or jaw swelling, enamel discoloration, discharge, and more. As soon as you feel discomfort anywhere in your mouth, see Dr. Brower for an exam.

3. You chip or knock out a tooth. These are dental emergencies. Call our Holland, MI, office for a first-aid recommendation and appointment. Your dentist can repair many fractures with composite resin bonding, a veneer, or a crown. A knocked-out tooth may be saved--and thrive-- if replanted quickly.

4. You dislike how your smile looks. You have deep dental stains, a narrow gap between two teeth, or excess gum tissue (a gummy smile). At Ottawa Smile Dental, Dr. Brower will review your aesthetic concerns and recommend treatments that work for your facial features and your budget, too.

5. You have sore, red gums. This may indicate gum disease. Highly treatable in its earliest stages (gingivitis), gum disease does great harm if ignored. Not only does it lead to tooth loss, but periodontitis also hurts your overall health with inflammatory changes that cause diabetes, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and more.
 

We can help

At Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, your dentist comes alongside patients of all ages so they have their best possible smiles for life. Be alert to changes in your oral health, and come see Dr. Todd Brower and his staff twice a year for that all-important preventive care. Call us today, won't you? (616) 399-3600.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal procedure is designed to get rid of bacteria due to an infected root canal, save the infected tooth, and prevent reinfection. You don’t really have to worry if your dentist recommends that you undergo root canal therapy for treating your diseased or damaged tooth, as millions of teeth worldwide are saved through this procedure every year.

Here at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, your dentist, Dr. Todd Brewer, treats and saves infected teeth via root canal treatment to keep our patients’ smiles whole and healthy.

The Root Canal Treatment Explained

Underneath your tooth enamel and dentin, inside the tooth, is where the pulp lies. This soft tissue contains connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels that help grow the tooth root while it’s developing. If the pulp gets infected, it will result in all sorts of symptoms that will put your tooth at risk for extraction if not treated in time.

When you undergo root canal therapy, the infected or inflamed pulp will be removed and your tooth’s interior will be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned, filled up, and then sealed. It’s actually quite similar to a routine dental filling treatment and can typically be completed in just one or two sessions with your dentist.

Because you’ll be given an anesthetic, the procedure will be painless. Additionally, you’ll find yourself smiling, chewing, and biting without pain in just a couple of days. Do note though that it’s normal to feel some numbness and soreness after root canal treatment as well as some tolerable discomfort for several days while the treated tooth is healing.

How to Know If You Need Root Canal Therapy

In general, your dentist in Holland, MI, may recommend root canal therapy if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A pimple on the gum that may or may not be oozing foul discharge
  • Extremely tender, swollen, and/or reddish gums
  • Intense pain when biting or chewing
  • A significant crack or chip on a tooth
  • Darkened gums or deep decay
  • Lingering and severe sensitivity to cold and hot

To Determine If You Need Root Canal Treatment, Call Us

Book your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Todd Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental here in Holland, MI, by calling (616) 399-3600‎.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
August 13, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Have your gums started to look a bit different? Have you noticed that your teeth don’t feel like they properly fit together when you bite down? Even subtle smile changes like these could be warning signs of gum disease, alerting you that should turn to our Holland, MI, dentist, Dr. Todd Brower, as soon as possible. Read on to learn more about gum disease, its symptoms, and how Dr. Bower can help.

What is gum disease?

Also referred to as periodontal disease, this bacterial infection can evolve from solely affecting the gums to harming both the jawbone and teeth if left untreated. Gum disease isn’t noticeable at first, causing very subtle and often missed changes in your smile; however, as the infection progresses, you may start to notice issues.

What are the different stages of gum disease?

Gum disease ranges from gingivitis (the early stage) to necrotizing periodontitis (the advanced and most serious stage). Gingivitis is usually the mildest form, and it can often be reversed with proper at-home dental care and by turning to our Holland, MI, family dentist every six months for professional dental cleanings. By keeping the gums free from plaque and bacteria, we can prevent gingivitis from turning into full-blown gum disease.

The next stage of gum disease development, chronic periodontitis, is the most common form of the condition and is usually when symptoms start to surface (which we will discuss further below). Adults over the age of 35 are especially at risk of this chronic periodontitis.

The final manifestation, necrotizing periodontitis, is the most serious form of gum disease, as it can destroy ligaments, tissue, bone, and teeth. This condition is more common in those who smoke as well as those who are malnourished or have compromised immune systems.

What are the warning signs?

In the initial stages, the only changes you may notice are red, puffy gums or gums that bleed when you floss/brush. Bleeding gums are a telltale sign that should not go ignored. If gingivitis is not treated, it will lead to receding gums, exposure of tooth roots (which often leads to sudden tooth sensitivity), loose teeth, and eventually, tooth loss. A dental professional should evaluate any of these symptoms no matter how minor they may seem.

How can I protect myself against gum disease?

Gum disease might be scary, but it is 100% preventable with proper care. Along with visiting your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups (which also include gum disease screenings), you should also be brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Eating a smile-friendly diet can also reduce your risk for gum disease.

Concerned? Give us a call

Is it time to schedule your six-month dental cleaning? If so, call Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, today at (616) 399-3600 to book your next visit. These simple cleanings could protect your gums and teeth from cavities and gum disease!

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
August 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Good Oral Hygiene HabitKeeping good habits to benefit your smile is an important aspect of your oral health. Knowing which oral care routine is best for you can help you keep your teeth free from teeth decay and gum disease. Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits? Find out more about keeping your teeth healthy with a good oral hygiene routine with Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI.

Am I keeping good oral hygiene habits? 
To ensure the health of your smile, the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Use a soft toothbrush and short, back-and-forth motions to scrub the front and back of every tooth, including the backside of your last molar. Floss between each tooth and reach the floss all the way up the tooth under the gums to remove any trapped plaque or tartar. Your at-home oral care routine is crucial to your oral health, but only half of what the ADA considers a strong oral hygiene routine. In addition to brushing and flossing, you should also see your dentist regularly.

How often should I see my dentist? 
The ADA recommends seeing your dentist at least twice a year. Depending on your dental situation and condition, you may need to see your dentist even more often for examinations or treatments. These biannual examinations and cleanings give your dentist the opportunity to inspect all your teeth and oral tissues to find and treat issues like cavities or gum disease early, using the least invasive procedures possible. If left untreated, these issues can advance into much more serious conditions, leaving your dentist with no choice but to use more invasive measures to repair your smile. Additionally, routine cleanings remove any built-up plaque and tartar in the areas your toothbrush’s bristles simply cannot reach. This process gives you a clean smile and stops teeth decay in its track.

Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Holland, MI
For more information on keeping your teeth healthy and clean, please contact Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI. Call (616) 399-3600 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Brower today!