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By Dr. Constance Smith
November 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  

When establishing your daily oral hygiene routine, don’t neglect your flossing. Flossing daily is an important step in maintaining your best flossingoral health. Flossing helps clear away trapped food particles from between the teeth, which is important for preventing excess bacteria from lingering. Bacteria left to linger on the teeth can lead to the development of tooth decay and gum disease. Regular flossing helps prevent these problems. Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz are your Jackson, MI, dentists for helping you maintain good oral health.

Importance of Flossing

Brushing the teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste twice daily is a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, brushing alone does not always remove trapped food particles and bacteria. Dental floss can get in between teeth where a toothbrush cannot always reach and clear out any trapped particles. This is important for removing bacteria that can lead to the development of such oral health concerns as plaque, tartar buildup, gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Flossing helps prevent these problems from developing.

Flossing Correctly

Flossing should be an integral part of your daily oral hygiene routine, but it is important to floss correctly for maximum benefits. When flossing your teeth, work with a piece of dental floss approximately 18 inches long in order to have enough to clean in between all of your teeth. To begin, wrap the ends of the floss around both index fingers. Next, gently slide the dental floss back and forth between your teeth. The gentle back and forth motion helps loosen any trapped food particles.

When flossing, be sure to do so in a gentle manner to protect the gums. Flossing too aggressively can cause the gums to bleed. However, if your gums regularly bleed even when flossing gently, it is possible you have gum disease and should see your Jackson, MI, dentist. If gum disease is present, the dentist can help restore your oral health. In the meantime, continue gently brushing and flossing daily to promote healthy teeth and gums.

For your healthiest teeth and gums, don’t neglect your flossing. Additionally, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for optimal oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith or Dr. Liskiewicz, your Jackson, MI, dentists, call the office at (517) 787-7520.

By Dr. Constance Smith
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants can restore your smile.dental implants

When people lose a permanent tooth they often think that there is no way they will ever get their smile back. Don’t feel defeated just yet. Our Jackson, MI, dentists Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz can get your smile back on track with a restoration known as a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

When you lose a tooth you also lose the roots of the tooth. While it might not seem like it, the roots are actually an important part of your oral health. The roots are what stimulate the jawbone to help preserve it. Without this stimulation, the jawbone will start to deteriorate, which can lead to structural changes in the face and even premature aging. An implant, which is a tiny metal post, is designed to take over the role of your tooth roots to prevent jawbone deterioration and to become a foundation from which to support the artificial tooth.

What makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss then chances are pretty good that implants could be a viable option for you. Of course, here are some factors that will help determine whether this is the right restoration for you:

You’re in good health

This means that both your oral health and general health are excellent. Sure, you may have lost a tooth but if you are dealing with untreated gum disease, this is an issue that needs to be treated beforehand.

You aren’t a smoker

Smokers are far more likely to deal with implant failure than a non-smoker. Therefore, if you are currently a smoker you’ll want to quit the habit for good if you want to be a good candidate for implants. Our Jackson, MI, general dentists can help you determine the best options for quitting smoking for good. Not only will this reduce your risk of implant failure but it will also reduce your risk of other dental problems associated with smoking.

You have a healthy jawbone

Since some bone loss is common in those with tooth loss (particularly those who haven’t sought treatment right away) it’s important that we determine the density of the jawbone to make sure that it can truly support an implant. Taking a series of X-rays will help us determine the health of your jawbone. If there is significant bone loss this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get implants; however, bone grafting surgery may be recommended beforehand to help rebuild the jawbone so that it can support the implant.

Don’t let tooth loss affect your self-esteem and health. Turn to the dental implant experts in Jackson, MI, who can help you regain a healthy smile. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation.

By Dr. Constance Smith
August 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Approximately 120 million people in the US have lost at least one permanent tooth, states the American College of Prosthodontists. Are denturesyou one of them? If so, you have many wonderful options to mitigate the effects tooth loss has on your personal appearance, speech, chewing and self-confidence. Your family dentists in Jackson, MI, Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz, offer state-of-the-art dentures to fill those smile gaps and restore oral function. The great fit and natural look of dentures from Constance E. Smith DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry definitely will make you smile.

Reasons to replace missing teeth

Dentures fill gaps created by one, more or all teeth when they're lost to extensive tooth decay, periodontitis (gum disease) or oral trauma from a fall, car accident or other mishap. The biggest reason to replace missing teeth is not what you may think. Yes, a smile gap is unsightly, but did you know that other facial changes happen when you lose teeth?

It's true. When you lose teeth, your jaw bone and gums deteriorate and shrink. The height of your bite collapses, altering and aging your facial features. Additionally, tooth loss adversely affects your speech and makes foods difficult to bite, chew and digest properly.

So it just makes sense to consult your family dentist about tooth replacement.

Types of dentures

Today's tried and true tooth replacement option is the denture. Either partial, replacing a few teeth, or full, replacing all the teeth, dentures mimic the appearance and performance of natural teeth. They're made from lifelike acrylic according to precise oral impressions and your family dentist's specific instructions in Jackson.

Specifically, partial dentures resemble a jigsaw puzzle piece, filling gaps on the upper or lower arch as needed. The artificial teeth, or pontics, are mounted on a metal frame and held to adjoining teeth with clasps. Dr. Smith does some enamel reduction on the supporting teeth so the clasps fit securely.

Full dentures come in a couple of different styles, and the dentist helps patients decide which kind is best for their particular situations. Immediate dentures, for instance, are placed right after tooth extraction. As gums and bones recede, however, these artificial teeth must be relined or even replaced to fit properly for the long term.

Conventional full dentures are placed after gums and bone have fully healed. These dentures offer the most precise fit and last for years. For selected patients, full dentures may be anchored with dental implants. Placed in multiples right in the jaw bone, implants create a remarkably stable foundation for both fixed or removable dentures.

Do you need dentures?

Whether you are anticipating extraction, have existing smile gaps or are a current denture wearer, consult the expert staff at Constance E. Smith DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for your denture needs. You can optimize your facial appearance and oral function with the best in dental prosthetics from your family dentist in Jackson, MI. Please call the office to arrange your consultation: (517) 787-7520.

By Dr. Constance Smith
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Could your smile use a little help? Jackson, MI, dentists Drs. Constance Smith and Ian Liskiewicz explain the benefits of veneers.veneers

What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They're often made of porcelain, a durable material that's strong enough to endure wear and tear. Porcelain also offers another important advantage. Because it's translucent and reflects light the same way tooth enamel does, your veneers will look completely natural. Porcelain veneers are also incredibly stain resistant. Coffee, tea, cola and other beverages and foods that stain tooth enamel won't stain veneers.

How can veneers improve my smile?

Veneers are an excellent solution if you have chips, cracks or other imperfections on the front surfaces of your teeth. They're also used to hide discolorations, whiten all of your teeth, length short teeth, close small gaps and change the shape of teeth.

What happens when I receive veneers?

In most cases, your teeth will need to be filed slightly before you receive veneers. Removing a very small amount of tooth enamel ensures that the veneers will fit properly. Dental laboratory technicians will create your veneers using impressions from your mouth. Because it will take a few weeks for the lab to finish your veneers, you'll leave our Jackson office wearing temporary veneers. Once your new veneers are ready, they'll be attached to your teeth using dental cement.

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

Dental veneers are a good choice for many people. Veneers may work for you if:

  • You don't have tooth decay, gum disease or other dental issues.
  • Your enamel is strong enough to support the veneers.
  • You don't grind or clench your teeth. Grinding or clenching can damage the veneers. If grinding or clenching is a problem, you may still be able to receive veneers, as long as you wear a night guard while you sleep to prevent damage.
  • You practice good oral hygiene. Regular brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste maintains the appearance of your veneers.

Would you like to transform your smile with veneers? Call Jackson, MI, dentists Drs. Constance Smith and Ian Liskiewicz at (517) 787-7520 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Constance Smith
April 12, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Knowing how to properly care for your child’s smile will be a major asset for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.oral hygiene

You want your child to grow up healthy and strong. You probably also want them to be able to grow up knowing how to do things like tie their shoes or wash their face. The same rules should apply for knowing how to care for their smiles. In the beginning, it will be up to you to set a precedent for how your child will maintain good oral hygiene. Our Jackson, MI, family dentists Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz offer up some advice for teaching your child good oral habits.

Brushing Their Teeth

The sooner you start caring for your child’s oral health the better. Even before teeth erupt you should be wiping the gums with a wet cloth after each feeding. Once teeth start to come in now it’s time to brush. Here are some things to consider:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is designed specifically for a child. Talk to our Jackson, MI, general dentist about what kind of toothpaste to choose based on the age of your child.
  • Make sure to brush your child’s teeth until they are old enough to start doing it on their own (anywhere from six to eight years old). Even once your child is old enough to brush on their own you should still monitor their brushing habits to make sure they are doing a thorough job.
  • Make sure that your child is brushing at least twice a day—in the morning and at night—for at least two minutes each time.
  • Replace your child’s toothbrush once the bristles begin to splay out (usually every three to four months).

Remember to Floss

Once teeth grow in next to each other it’s time to start a flossing regimen. Flossing should be performed daily, and while it’s definitely ideal to have them floss at night right before bedtime, any time that you can get them to floss their teeth is the right time to floss. Make sure they are using a new, clean section of floss for each tooth.

Visit the Dentist

Starting at the age of one, your child should start coming in every six months for routine exams and cleanings. Seeing your Jackson, MI, dentist regularly ensures that your child’s teeth and gums are healthy and that if there is a problem that it’s caught and treated quickly enough to not cause long-term damage. Children who are prone to cavities or gum disease may need to come in more often for teeth cleanings.

Do you have questions about caring for your child’s smile? Need to schedule their next appointment? Then call our Jackson, MI, family dental practice today. We will work with you to find a time that fits into your busy schedule.





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