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

Posts for: June, 2013

The average woman smiles about 62 times a day!  A man?  Only 8!

Kids laugh around 400 times a day. Grown-ups just 15.

 Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers and marriages than poker faced peers.


June 19, 2013
Category: Dental News
Tags: Cavities  
Most of us have had at least one. Some of us have quite a few. So what makes cavities so persistent, keeping more children out of school than any other disease? Usually, the answer is simple: not enough brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting the dentist. Snacking on sweets and slurping sodas doesn't help either. But rather than feel guilty, get informed.
 
Q: What's the difference between tooth decay and tooth cavity?
A: Good question! Most people think tooth decay and tooth cavity are the same thing. But they're not. Tooth decay refers to a gradual process during which bacteria in the mouth produce acids that destroy the surfaces of teeth. Over time, tooth decay can erode enamel to the point that a hole, or cavity, forms.
 
Q: How do I know if I have cavities?
A: Cavities are one of the first things your dentist looks for during a regular dental exam. X-rays allow your dentist to diagnose whether you have dental cavities and how extensive they are. Sometimes a tooth cavity is visible to the naked eye; if you see black holes in your teeth, those could be signs. Another cavity red flag is a toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks.
 
Q: How do dentists treat dental cavities?
A: Treatment depends on the size of the cavity and the degree of damage. Although many dental cavities are treated with fillings, onlays may be necessary to treat large cavities affecting the cusps of teeth, while cavities affecting the areas in between the cusps may be treated with inlays. In some cases, dental crowns are used to protect a tooth from further tooth cavity damage. Dental sealants are often applied to children's teeth as a preventative measure against cavities.
 
Still have questions about cavities or other dental problems? Your dentist will be happy to answer them during your next checkup.

Don’t wait until a tooth ache is unbearable before going to the dentist. If the pain lasts for more then a day call your dentist and make an appointment. The earlier something is looked at the less work will need to be done.  

 


June 05, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
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1. Prehistoric kids almost never had cavities because they didn't eat sugar.

2. One in every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth.

3. Babies and toddlers through age 5 or 6 have 20 primary or baby teeth. Grown ups have 32 permanent (including 4 wisdom) teeth. Cats have 30 teeth and dogs have 42.

4. The Statue of Liberty's mouth is three feet wide.

5. An elephant's tooth can weigh more than six pounds!

6. George Washington’s teeth were not made of wood. His dentures were made of elephant and hippopotamus ivory.

7. George Washington had only one tooth left in his mouth when he was inaugurated president as the first President of the United States. in 1789.

8. Your mouth produces an average of 1 to 2 quarts of saliva (spit) each day, or over 25,000 quarts of in a lifetime - enough to fill two swimming pools.

9. Teeth are as unique as fingerprints! Even identical twins have different dental patterns.

10. Before the invention of minty cream (toothpaste) about a hundred years ago, people used ground-up chalk or charcoal, lemon juice, ashes (fire leftovers), and tobacco and honey mixed together. Eewww! 




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