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By Rochester Dental
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: family dentist  

Have you made the switch to a family dentist? Selecting one dentist for your entire family can save you time and help you improve yourfamily dentist oral health. Troy, MI, family dentists Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey provide a variety of services you and your family need for healthy smiles.

Family dentists offer the ultimate in convenience

Are you the unofficial chauffeur for your family? If you're the designated driver for dental appointments, you may spend more time than you prefer ferrying your children, parents or other family members to appointments. When everyone sees a different dentist, you'll spend more money on gas, put more miles on your car and quickly deplete your paid time off at work.

Luckily, you can simplify your life by selecting a family dentist. Multiple trips for checkups and cleanings will no longer be needed when the entire family visits the same Troy dentist. In fact, you can even schedule a group checkup to make your life easier.

Family dentists offer important advantages

Family dentists treat oral health problems and conditions that affect the entire family, from toddlers to senior citizens. They're just as skilled at diagnosing a developmental issue in your 7-year-old as they are helping your mother find an effective tooth restoration option.

Some kids love visiting the dentist the first time they step into the office. Others are more reluctant and may find the experience a little frightening. Family dentists and their staff know how to put young patients at ease and make dental appointments a pleasant experience. The positive relationships they forge with your children will help ensure that your kids feel comfortable during their appointments, whether they're visiting for a filling or a checkup.

Your family dentist doesn't just treat cavities but also offers a variety of treatments and services that protect your oral health and enhance your smile, such as:

  • Crowns to restore and protect damaged teeth or improve their appearance
  • Bridges, dentures and dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Bonding to repair damage or conceal imperfections
  • Veneers to hide flaws, cover gaps or change the shape or length of teeth
  • Invisalign, clear removable braces for adults and teenagers
  • Sealants to protect your children from developing cavities in pre-molar and molars

Protect your family's smiles with regular visits to your family dentist. Call Troy, MI, dentists Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey at (248) 528-0700 to schedule an appointment.

By Rochester Dental
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: Oral Care   Habits  

As a parent, you teach your children many important lessons on a daily basis. One very important such lesson is instilling strong oral hygiene habits at an early age. These habits will benefit your child for the rest of their life and build a foundation of the gold standard for caring for their teeth. Learn more about teaching your child's good oral hygiene habits with Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI.

What oral hygiene habits should my child have? 
A strong oral hygiene routine does not need anything more than a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Though many people choose electric brushes, a manual brush will get the job done just as well, as long as it is used correctly. Your child should brush twice daily for at least two minutes, using back-and-forth motions on the fronts and backs of every tooth. Your child should also floss at least once a day to remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth. Flossing, though often overlooked, is crucial to an oral care routine since it reaches the areas of the teeth a toothbrush cannot.

How can I make my child more interested in dental health? 
Children are often stubborn and set in their ways, which means instilling a healthy oral care routine may be difficult. To make them enjoy their oral healthcare routine and continue their interest in it, try to make brushing fun by singing songs, using singing toothbrushes, or inventing a game to pep up the oral care experience. Additionally, committing to seeing their dentist at an early age can help children feel comfortable at their regular dental examinations and cleanings, helping to quell any fears or anxiety over seeing the dentist.

Pediatric Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Troy, MI
Children should see their dentist by the time their first tooth erupts or by the time they turn one, whichever comes first. Most children get by with seeing their dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups, though some may need to come in more or less often, depending on their needs. Cleanings and examinations are a huge part of your child’s oral health, as they keep the teeth clean and healthy, preventing issues like decay or gum disease.

For more information on your child and their teeth, please contact Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI. Call (248) 528-0700 to schedule your child’s appointment with your dentist today!

By Rochester Denta
February 09, 2016
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: dental visits  

Dental examinations and cleanings are crucial to not only your oral health but your general health as well. Having a clean and healthy dental visitssmile boosts confidence and helps prevent major dental problems. Understanding the importance of teeth cleanings and oral hygiene is easy with help from your Troy, MI dentists at Rochester Dental.

Why are cleanings important? 
Regular professional teeth cleanings do more than just shine and polish your pearly whites. Some of the reasons twice-yearly teeth cleanings are important include:

  • Preventing gum disease: Gum disease occurs when bacteria on the teeth turn into plaque. Plaque, in turn, turns into hard tartar, causing irritation to the gums and, eventually, gum disease. Regular dental cleanings allow your dentist to reverse or prevent gum disease like gingivitis by removing plaque and tartar which has formed on the teeth.
  • Preventing oral cancer: Oral cancer, which is treatable and curable if caught early, affects tens of thousands of Americans each year. At your biannual dental examination and cleaning, your dentist screens for oral cancer, allowing it to be caught and treated before it spreads.
  • Catching dental problems early: Cavities, cracked teeth and broken teeth are much easier to treat in their early stages than when they are more advanced. A dental cleaning which reveals one of these problems can result in a simple tooth filling rather than a root canal or even an extraction further down the road.
  • Maintaining good health: A healthy mouth is a key element to having good overall health. Seeing your dentist twice a year helps eliminate and treat tooth decay and other dental problems to keep you healthy.
  • Clean teeth are beautiful teeth: Tooth decay in its earliest form causes white spots on the teeth which eventually turn brown or black once the decay starts eating through your tooth’s enamel. Teeth which are free of these conditions maintain a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Regular cleanings also remove stains from everyday things like coffee, tea or smoking tobacco, keeping your smile bright and white.

For more information on teeth cleanings and dental examinations, please contact Dr. William Carmody, D.D.S. and Dr. Debra Halsey, D.D.S. at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI. Call (248) 528-0700 to schedule your dental examination and cleaning today!

By Rochester Dental
January 27, 2015
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: Toothpaste  

If you're looking for a beautifully white smile, but aren't sure that you can afford to visit a Troy dentist for professional grade tooth whitening, you might be considering a whitening toothpaste as a more affordable and convenient alternative. After all, the commercials often make it sound as though whitening toothpastes work just as well. Do they?

The truth is, the whitening toothpastes that you can purchase over-the-counter at your local grocery or drug store are never going toVeneers work as well the professional whitening treatments you can get when you visit your local Troy dentist, at Rochester Dental.

While some whitening toothpastes can make your teeth appear a little whiter, they do come with several limitations. For example, over-the-counter whitening toothpastes contain ingredients that aren't nearly as strong as the ingredients you'll find in the products your Troy dentist can use. As a result, you often have to use whitening toothpastes for a much longer amount of time in order to see any results. When you visit a dentist for professional tooth whitening, however, you can see impressive results in as little as one visit.

Whitening toothpastes also don't address the cause of the tooth discoloration. While whitening toothpastes are more effective on surface stains caused by poor oral hygiene or consumables that stain, they cannot treat stains that are caused by tooth decay and they are not effective on veneers or bridges. In order to treat these types of stains and surfaces, you will need to visit your dentist for professional whitening.

One thing many people do not realize is that some whitening toothpastes contain ingredients that only make the teeth look whiter. While the shade seems lighter, it really only appears to be lighter, and the results don't last. Furthermore, some whitening toothpastes also contain ingredients that damage and wear away at the enamel.

While whitening toothpastes may seem like a more affordable and convenient choice, the truth is that you get what you pay for. For a beautifully white smile that will last, visit your Troy dentist at Rochester dental.

By Rochester Dental
October 30, 2013
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: Troy   Dentist   Dental Hygiene  
family dentist troy MIDuring the month of October we want to place a stronger emphasis on maintaining proper dental hygiene.  From tips on brushing and flossing to visiting Rochester Dental for bi-annual dental visits, we want to make sure you are caring for your teeth and gums in the right way.
At Rochester Dental we want to be your partner in dental health.  Just as we work with you to create a healthy smile, it is important for you to maintain your part outside of our office in order to keep periodontal disease at bay. By practicing proper dental hygiene at home you will be maintaining your dental health while also preventing periodontal disease from developing. 

Dental Care at Home

While visiting our office twice a year is vital in maintaining optimal oral health, it is also important to perform the following between visits:
  • Spend at least three minutes brushing your teeth twice a day. If you have to, use a timer to ensure that you are spending enough time brushing, or even hum “Happy Birthday” to yourself.
  • Purchase an ADA-approved toothpaste.
  • Use floss at least once a day to clean between your teeth.
Basically, if you brush and floss correctly, you are protecting your teeth and gums even more between dental visits.  As your dentists in Troy, Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. William Carmody are available at Rochester Dental to help you establish a proper oral hygiene regimen.
If you have questions on proper oral hygiene, please contact our Troy family dentists at (248) 528-0700 to schedule an appointment, or simply visit our website for up-to-date dental information.
What do you include in your oral hygiene regimen to ensure your oral health? Share your answers below!