January 3, 2019
Has your smile been damaged by gum disease? You are not alone. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults suffer from a form on the infection. Although it is easily treatable without invasive procedures during its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, symptoms of the infection often go unnoticed. As a result, it progresses in severity. To save your smile, you may need gum surgery in Canton. Dr. J.D. Robison uses the latest advancements in dentistry to restore your gum health.
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April 23, 2015
Everyone at the Robison Dental Group in Canton, MI, is committed to comprehensive oral health care for you and your entire family. But more than that, Dr. J.D. Robison and his team of dental hygienists and dental assistants want to be your partners in helping you achieve your smile goals. Therefore, the general family dentistry that we offer includes all of the components needed to care for your teeth and improve your smile.
First and foremost, we want you to enjoy a lifetime of quality oral health. Therefore, Dr. Robison recommends scheduling dental checkups at least every six months. At these checkups, we’ll clean your teeth and remove plaque, check for signs of gum disease or tooth decay, conduct a thorough oral cancer screening, and take digital x-rays when necessary. By seeing you twice each year, we can more accurately monitor your oral health and notice any changes that may point to a problem. Naturally, if there is a problem, then Dr. Robison will want to treat as quickly as possible in order to avoid complications that could become painful and expensive.
For the youngest citizens in Canton, Dr. Robison offers the same quality care, but with a healthy dose of added comfort and fun. We understand that the sights and sounds in a dentist’s office may be frightening for young children. That’s why we do our best to make their experience pleasant. As they grow and mature, Dr. Robison will likely want to bolster their ability to fight cavities with fluoride treatments and dental sealants. We know that if we can help your children establish good oral healthcare habits when they are young, then they stand a much better chance of enjoying a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’d like to know more about how general family dentistry at Robison Dental Group can help you and your family, then call us today. We conveniently serve patients in Canton, MI, as well as the surrounding areas of Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth and beyond.
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January 22, 2015
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss; however, the damage doesn’t stop at the mouth. The link between gum health and overall health is well established. That’s why it’s so important to address periodontal disease symptoms, like swollen or bleeding gums, as soon as possible. If your gums are red, puffy, sore, or bleeding, you should make an immediate periodontal therapy appointment with Dr. Robison today. Robison Dental Group delivers quality care daily throughout Canton, MI, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and the surrounding communities.
Periodontal disease stems from the accumulation of plaque and bacteria at the gum line. However, you may be at elevated risk for developing the condition because of:
- Tobacco use
- Hormonal changes (in women)
- Other illnesses and their treatments that affect gum health
- Taking certain medications that reduce saliva flow
- Genetic susceptibility (periodontal disease can run in families)
Researchers have discovered that patients with periodontal disease are actually more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are also more likely to deliver preterm or low birth weight babies. Others studies have found that the presence of periodontal disease actually raises the risk for developing dementia (Alzheimer’s disease) later in life.
Canton Periodontal Therapy Appointments
Untreated periodontal disease can cause significant damage beyond your teeth and gums. Although research has identified several links between periodontal disease and other health problems, it has yet to establish a clear cause and effect. Nevertheless, the list of associated health problems continues to grow. Don’t ignore your periodontal disease symptoms. Make an appointment with Dr. Robison today for the comprehensive periodontal therapy you need to protect your dental and overall health. Robison Dental Group proudly serves families daily throughout Canton, MI, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and the neighboring areas.
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October 15, 2014
What you choose to eat and drink everyday has a significant effect on the health of your teeth and gums. Even with a proper dental care routine, consuming excessive amounts of foods that are bad for your teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Make an appointment with Dr. Robison today to maintain your good dental health. Robison Dental Group proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI and the nearby communities of Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland and Plymouth.
Dental Health Boosters
- Calcium Rich Foods– Consuming at least 1000mg daily of high calcium foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, fish, kale and broccoli can help you maintain strong teeth and jaw bone.
- Vitamin C Rich Foods– Eating one piece of citrus fruit daily like oranges, grapefruits, tangerines or kiwi can help to protect you from developing gingivitis as the vitamin C in these fruits helps the body repair tissues and fight off infection.
- Tea and Tap Water– While drinking too much tea may stain your teeth, studies have shown that chemicals in black tea can reduce the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque. Tap water contains fluoride, the same ingredient we use in our toothpastes to prevent tooth decay.
Dental Health Attackers
- Dried Fruits- They are both full of sugar and sticky. Unlike regular fruits, they don’t help you produce the amount of saliva needed to wash the sugar away from your teeth. They can also get stuck in hard to clean areas of your mouth which promotes bacteria growth and in turn, tooth decay.
- Sugary Drinks- This includes sodas, diet sodas, juices and sports drinks like Gatorade. Consuming these drinks bathes your teeth in acid that wears away the enamel. Consider cutting back on these drinks or at least using a straw to reduce the amount of acid hitting your teeth.
- Alcohol and Coffee- Excessive amounts of alcohol can decrease the natural amount of saliva in your mouth which promotes bacteria growth. Alcohol can also irritate your gum tissues. Coffee can make your teeth sticky, allowing plaque to build up and making them harder to keep clean.
Dental Health Solutions in Canton, MI
Moderation is the key to developing dietary habits that protect your dental health. You can be proactive with your dental care by consciously incorporating foods that promote healthy teeth and gums and cutting back on those that don’t. If you are concerned about how your diet is affecting your dental health, make an appointment with Dr. Robison today to discuss your concerns. Robison Dental Group proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI and the nearby communities of Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland and Plymouth.
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September 15, 2014
If you are suffering from headaches or chronic migraines, a disorder of the jaw joint, or the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), may be the culprit. Dr. Robison offers comprehensive treatment and prevention therapy of TMJ disorders. He can evaluate your symptoms to determine if they are caused by a TMJ disorder. But what exactly causes a TMJ disorder in the first place?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Explained
Imagine the skull as two separate bone parts joined together by a network of joints and muscles. The lower part, or jaw, hinges upon the upper part of the skull through the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). When you open and close your mouth, the jaw bone rotates in its socket as your teeth part and then come back together. It’s at this point that things can go wrong.
When you bite down, your teeth are supposed to come into contact at the same time. However, for some people, their back teeth might come together before their front teeth. To avoid the pain that occurs when a bite is uneven, the brain and jaw muscles compensate. The jaw bone is pulled out of its socket to ensure that your teeth come together evenly. While you’re sleeping, this compensation causes clenching and grinding, and your jawbone stays out of its socket all night. These muscles eventually fatigue and your TMJ deteriorates leading to spasms and inflammation. You might also experience clicking and popping sounds and chronic aches and pains in the head, face and neck.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Early detection can prevent joint deterioration and get rid of the pain and discomfort it causes. Your dentist can customize a special orthotic plate for you to wear a night, which can stabilize the jaw joint relationship, alleviating the symptoms of TMJ disorder and preventing any further deterioration. If you suspect that your headaches and jaw discomfort symptoms could be caused by a TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Robison today to schedule a TMJ disorder consultation. Dr. Robinson proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI community, including Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth and the surrounding areas.
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June 25, 2014
Keeping your smile clean throughout the day will help you enjoy good oral health. It’s not always possible to brush and floss after every meal, though. Maybe you’re at work or you’re out all day doing errands. What can you do to help you keep food and debris away from your teeth and gums?
Try chewing gum in between snacks and meals. Because gum is sticky, chewing a piece of gum after you eat will help you clean your teeth. What’s more, chewing stimulates the production of saliva, which has a neutralizing effect on acid. The one-two punch of cleaning food away from teeth and neutralizing acid will protect your smile from decay and more.
What Kind of Gum Should I Chew?
The brand of gum you choose matters less than choosing a gum that’s sugar free. Sugar spurs the production of decay-causing cavity, while sugar free gum promotes a more stable environment. Some brands of gum use xylitol as the sweetener. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibers of plants and also has a neutralizing effect on acid. That’s why xylitol is also used in some toothpaste brands as well. Support your oral health by chewing sugar free or xylitol gum.
Do you have questions about keeping your smile clean? Call us today with your questions or to schedule an appointment. Robison Dental Group is located in Canton and serves patients from Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.
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June 12, 2014
You already know that smoking cigarettes can damage your lungs and lead to cancer, but did you know it can also lead to a range of oral health issues? The biggest of these is oral cancer. Others include:
- Bad breath
- Increase buildup of bacteria and plaque
- Greater risk of gum disease
Today, many are trusting in e-cigs as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. But given how new e-cigs are, there’s still a lot that’s unknown about them. Are they really safer for your oral and overall health, or do they come with long-term effects of their own?
As explained in this video, there are some reasons to be concerned. First, e-cigs may not contain tobacco, but they do use vaporized nicotine, which contains harmful chemicals that can be absorbed into the bloodstream, in this case through the sensitive soft tissue of the cheeks. Plus, with repeated use, patients may experience gum recession or changes to the lips.
To learn more about the relationship between oral health, smoking, and e-cigs, take a moment to watch the video below or call Robison Dental Group. Our Canton dental office serves patients from Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.
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May 12, 2014
Of all the things you do everyday, brushing and flossing are two of the most important. Through regular oral care, you can protect your smile from common oral health problems by removing bacteria and plaque from around the teeth and gums. And because medical studies have linked a common problem like gum disease to other kinds of health problems, brushing and flossing will also help you support your overall wellbeing.
Now that you know how important brushing and flossing are, it’s time to ask yourself: Are you doing both correctly?
For optimal oral health, we recommend brushing for about 120 seconds, or two minutes, making sure that you spend equal amounts of time on your upper and lower teeth, and on both the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth. Brushing is also more effective when you hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and apply firm but gentle pressure as you scrub. Brushing the surface of your tongue will help you prevent bad breath by cleaning bacteria off of it.
How often should you brush? We tell patients to brush at least twice a day, but preferably after any time you eat. You should also floss at least once a day to remove leftover pieces of food. For extra protection, end your routine with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. Following these steps will help you enjoy good oral health in between visits.
Do you have other questions about brushing and flossing? Don’t hesitate to call Robison Dental Group in Canton. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you. We serve patients from Canton, Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.
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April 16, 2014
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that start coming in during a patient’s teenage years. Unfortunately, our mouths do not have room for them. That means having them removed is crucial. If wisdom teeth become fully developed, as with our other adult teeth, they can cause crowding or impaction. Both come with uncomfortable complications.
In the first instance, your wisdom teeth will push other teeth out of alignment. They may move forwards, backwards, or to one side or another. With misalignment, patients are more vulnerable to problems with the jaw’s temporomandibular joints and to gum disease and decay. In the second instance, your wisdom teeth may become stuck, causing pain, swelling, and possible cysts, tumors, or infection.
At Robison Dental Group, Dr. John Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison will start looking for development before patients hit adolescence, at around the ages of 11 or 12. It is a good idea to have wisdom teeth removed sometime in the following years, preferably before the patient’s teenage years are over. We can do this routine procedure at our Canton dental office, pairing it with a form of sedation dentistry to make your visit comfortable and stress-free.
Do you need to schedule an extraction for someone in your family? Call Robison Dental Group for a consultation. We offer care to patients from Canton, Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.
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April 4, 2014
We think of bad breath as being caused by the foods we eat. But for patients who struggle with frequent bad breath, the cause may be gum disease instead.
The connection between gum disease and frequent bad breath—also known as halitosis—is easy to explain.
The foods we eat cause the bacteria in our mouths to create a sticky substance known as plaque. Brushing and flossing help to control the amount of plaque around teeth. However, poor brushing habits can cause bacteria, plaque, and even pieces of leftover food to accumulate. Over time, this accumulation is what produces the bad breath of halitosis.
Thankfully, treatment for halitosis is possible. Dr. John Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison offer effective gum disease therapy to help you treat your symptoms. Using specialized oral care products at home will also help you enjoy fresher breath and better oral health again.
Has your struggle with halitosis and gum disease made you anxious about socializing with others? Relief for your symptoms is possible. Call Robison Dental Group today for an appointment with our Canton dental team. We offer exceptional care to patients from Canton, Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.
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