Posts Categorized: General Dentistry

Sealants Prevent Cavities For Kids

Your child’s first dental exam at Gary Sasaki DDS, MS should occur when the first teeth are in, usually between six months and one year of age. During your child’s first check-up at our office, we can discuss sealants, a clear layer of plastic applied to the grooved surfaces of the teeth. Sealants protect the… Read more »

When Mommy Is Scared Of The Dentist

If you are dreading some upcoming dental treatment, you may want to consider oral conscious sedation. First off, oral conscious sedation or sleep dentistry is perfectly safe. At Gary Sasaki DDS, MS, we have been providing sedation since 1971. We offer different levels of sedation and a choice of medication including oral analgesics, nitrous oxide,… 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 »

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 »

Super Smiles Have Strong Enamel

Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it. Here are some useful tips for keeping enamel… Read more »

Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease For Saline

Here is some vital news for Ann Arbor residents: periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Fortunately, this problem is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages. So, what warning signs should people be looking for? 1. Gums that bleed very easily 2. Gums… Read more »

If Only I Had Taken Care Of My Teeth…

Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will sound so simple when you have dentures. How many times have you said, “If only!” “If only I had changed my oil,” “If only I had stayed in college,” ‘If only I had worn sunscreen.” We hope you don’t ever say, “If only I had taken care of… Read more »

Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home. The answer is that both processes are essential because they work in tandem to maintain oral health. Dr. Gary Sasaki encourages patients to practice preventive dentistry by: Brushing Flossing… Read more »

Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

Most Plymouth people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some Saline dental patients may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But few Michigan residents probably know that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. Today’s post looks at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the… Read more »