- Tyra Banks – According to the New York Times, Tyra Banks has 275 different smiles. She boasts that she crafted her different smiles for many years, and it’s easy for her to switch grins.
- Sofìa Vergara – When she lived in Columbia, the Modern Family actress went to school to be a dentist, but she decided her true passion was to be an actress. She is a funny lady, and we appreciate her dedication to oral health. Plus, she has a beautiful set of straight, pearly whites.
- Halle Berry – Many fans admire Berry’s infectious smile. Apparently, many patients are getting press-on veneers that are identical to Halle Barry’s grin.
Family Dentist Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo family dentist, Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate, values and cares for the dental needs of the whole family.
Have you ever wondered what family dentistry is exactly? Well, simply put, it addresses most if not all of the common dental concerns of families, including children, their adult parents and even the parents of those adult parents (seniors). The goal is to ensure that the whole household has and maintains clean, healthy teeth and gums.
It's ideal for a parent to go to the same office as his child not just for matters of convenience, but also to help children conquer dental fears before it becomes a problem later on in life. A parent can teach Junior how to be brave while sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Kalamazoo teeth whitening and family dentist Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate of Gentle Dentistry has designed her practice to meet all of these needs and more for families. Her services include cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, restore implants and dentures for senior citizens.
One of the main concerns of family dentists like Dr. Busch-Abbate is gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by bad bacteria that can cause tooth loss, or even certain health problems like heart disease if it goes untreated. In some cases this problem runs in families.
One of the best pieces of advice for families to keep in mind is the importance of both brushing and flossing daily. When you fail to properly remove food from between the teeth, it can turn into the bacteria that cause gum disease.
When looking for a family dentist, Kalamazoo residents can have every need met at Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate’s Gentle Dentistry office. Visit her website and click “Request an Appointment” to schedule a consultation.
Kalamazoo Family Dentist Helps Patients Quit Smoking
The lengths that some comedians will go to for a laugh! Actor Ed Helms, as dentist Stu Price, pulled out his own tooth in the movie The Hangover. Or did he? Turns out Helms really is missing a tooth, which never grew in. When he was in his late teens, he received a dental implant to make his smile look completely natural.
Helms told People magazine he wasn't exactly eager to remove the implant crown that had served him so well for almost 20 years, but there was no better way to do the famous tooth-pulling scene.
“We started to do different tests with prosthetics and blacking it out and nothing worked,” Helms told the magazine. Helms' dentist said it would be okay to take the implant crown out. “My dentist was really into it,” Helms said. The rest is movie history!
Congenitally missing (“con” – together with; “genital” – relating to birth) teeth are inherited and actually quite common. More than 20% of people lack one or more wisdom teeth, for example. These would not usually be replaced if missing (in fact, wisdom teeth are often removed) but it's a more serious issue when the missing tooth is in the front of the mouth — and not just for aesthetic reasons.
When a particular type of tooth is missing, it disrupts the pattern and function of the teeth. If left alone, sometimes the existing teeth will shift to close the gap. It's like removing a brick from an arch — the rest of the bricks would fall together in a different formation (or collapse entirely). And when upper and lower teeth don't come together properly, they can't function well.
The best treatment for this type of situation is the one Ed Helms had: a dental implant. They look and function like real teeth and do not attach to or damage adjacent teeth as other tooth-replacement options might.
It is important that a child with a congenitally missing tooth wait until jaw growth is complete — different for every person but usually in the late teens — before getting an implant. Otherwise, the artificial tooth might eventually appear too short when the person has stopped growing. In the meantime, there are temporary tooth replacements that can be made.
If you would like more information about options for congenitally missing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Teenagers & Dental Implants.”
You may get a laugh out of jokes about snoring, but in fact snoring and “Sleep Apnea” (“a” – without; “pnea” – breath) is no laughing matter. Nights of chronically disturbed sleep results in accidents, lost productivity and even depression, as well as problems at work and with relationships. Chronic snoring as a result of sleep apnea, results in sleep deprivation and health problems such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, brain damage and strokes.
What causes snoring?
Snoring results when soft tissue structures block the airway (windpipe) in the back of the throat. These structures include tonsils, soft palate, the uvula (the little punch-bag shaped structure at the back of the throat), and fat deposits. As you relax in sleep these tissues collapse onto themselves and the tongue drops back, causing a blockage in the air passage to the lungs. These obstacles to airflow create the familiar sound that we know as snoring.
What is Sleep Apnea?
When the obstruction is severe, it can block airflow completely. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when your upper airway is so seriously obstructed that there is significant loss of airflow, or even a complete arrest of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Reduced airflow into the lungs causes low levels of oxygen in the blood reaching the brain. Your brain, saving itself from suffocation, wakes you briefly out of deep sleep, followed by a loud gasp as the flow of air starts again. This can happen more than 50 times an hour. Low oxygen levels and fragmented sleep cause most of the dangers of sleep apnea.
What can be done to combat sleep apnea?
Medical and dental treatment includes:
- Staying physically healthy: Being overweight contributes to OSA, so start by losing weight and exercising.
- Oral Appliance Therapy: Specially designed (retainer-like) appliances are designed to maintain an open, unobstructed, upper airway during sleep.
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): CPAP bedside machines send pressurized air through a tube connected to a mask (covering the nose and sometimes mouth), keeping your airway open.
How can we help you combat your snoring and sleep apnea?
The first step is assessment and diagnosis. Dentists, specially trained in sleep medicine, are in a unique position to help diagnose and help treat snoring and sleep apnea as part of a medical team. Contact us today to schedule an appointment if you think you have a problem with snoring and OSA — or if your spouse thinks you do. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Snoring and Sleep Apnea.”
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