Waterford, MI Dentist
Lloyd H. Alpert, D.D.S.
4025 Highland Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 682-6010

Posts for: April, 2013

April 24, 2013
Tags: gum  

Dental Tip of the day:- Chewing 'Xylitol' containing sugar free chewing gums help reduce cavityies in your mouth. 

From Daily Dental tips - Is your family sharing too much?!-------- How to maintain your tooth brush?
*Toothbrushes harbor hidden germs
during cold and flu seasons.

1.  Remember to rinse the bristles of your toothbrush

 2. Shake any extra moisture from the brush

3.  Storing it upright
place a cover over the toothbrush head

4.  Wash your hands before and after brushing

5.  Soak unused brushes in antiseptic mouthwash

6  .Don't keep all the toothbrushes of your family in common toothbrush holder.See More

April 10, 2013
Category: Dental News
Tags: X-rays  

While we share your concerns about potential risks from too much exposure to radiation, x-rays [radiographs] are a necessary part of the dental health process.

Our philosophy is that x-rays should not be routine but utilized when they will contribute to diagnosis or treatment of oral disease. Of course, we will cover you with appropriate body shielding prior to taking any x-rays.

Radiographs allow us to see and interpret signs of disease or potential problems that are not visible through direct observation. X-rays can be used to discover abscesses [pus-pocket], cysts, and/or tumors. They help us locate impacted, unerupted or extra teeth or determine congenitally missing teeth. Radiographs can demonstrate the presence or degree of periodontal [gum] disease. They can pinpoint the location and severity of cavities that are not visible to the naked eye. Basically, radiographs provide us with a view of the underlying structure and condition of your teeth, soft tissue and bone. Foregoing x-rays could result in an inaccurate diagnosis or incomplete treatment.

Usually, new adult patients will be given a full series of x-rays that will serve as a frame of reference for future changes or problems. The time frame between [6-18 months], type and number of follow-up x-rays will be determined by our assessment of your individual needs and the condition of your mouth. Growth and development are additional factors taken into account with young children. Certain situations such as root canal treatment necessitate several x-rays as part of the procedure. Patient with periodontal disease or implants will require radiographs at specific intervals to monitor their condition. As we are sensitive to your concerns, our office continues to keep abreast of ongoing radiological advances, and we utilize techniques and x-ray films that will minimize your exposure and maximize your excellent oral health.  

While Cholesterol is necessary for certain biochemical reactions in the human body, it can also wreck havoc with your circulatory system contributing to atherosclerosis or a thickening of the arteries from a build up of plaque. This in turn can lead to heart disease and/or strokes.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work the right way, and it makes all the cholesterol you need. You use cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat.

Blood is watery and cholesterol is fatty, and just like oil and water, the two do not mix. In order to travel in the bloodstream, cholesterol is carried in small packages called lipoproteins. The small packages are made of fat (lipid) on the inside and proteins on the outside. Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body. It is important to have healthy levels of both.

Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is sometimes called "bad" cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol leads to a buildup of cholesterol in arteries. The higher the LDL level in your blood, the greater chance you have for getting heart disease.

High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is sometimes called "good" cholesterol. HDL carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. The liver removes the cholesterol from your body. The higher your HDL cholesterol level, the lower your chance of getting heart disease. 



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