Debunking Dental Myths

Today’s blog post focuses on three dental-related myths prevalent in the Ann Arbor area. All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately…. Read more »

Bad Breath Q & A

I’m Gary Sasaki of The Dental Spa. Today’s post offers some answers to frequent questions about bad breath. Q. My wife says my breath is horrible, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough? A. Bacteria can increase and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start… Read more »

How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can affect the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid… Read more »

Relax. It’s Not The End Of The World.

Today’s Gary Sasaki DDS, MS post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal. If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives. A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental-speak) can… Read more »

3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Gary Sasaki DDS, MS, we understand that. But we urge you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list. Twice-yearly dental… Read more »

When It’s Better Not To Brush

Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the critical job of shielding teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also guards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity…. Read more »

Think You May Have A Cavity?

Hello Ypsilanti friends of Gary Sasaki DDS, MS! Teeth take a lot of tender, loving care. And even when we do our best to practice daily dental hygiene, bacteria can still sneak in and cause cavities – the common cold of oral health. At Gary Sasaki DDS, MS, we have been filling cavities for years… Read more »

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the specific location can be hard to discover. Allergies, infections, and… Read more »

Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

You have probably seen ads for brightening products contain terms such as “white brite,” “22 carbamide peroxide” and “peroxide teeth.” How do you separate tooth bleaching fact from fiction? Some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that desires a whiter smile. At Gary Sasaki DDS, MS, we only recommend tooth bleaching… Read more »

When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you think about all the different ways numerous 3-dimensional objects can be positioned, it is not surprising that malocclusion presents itself in multiple forms. The number of configurations may surprise you: When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this condition referred… Read more »