Bad Breath Q & A

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I’m Greg & Joanne Szalai of Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care. Today’s post offers some answers to common questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is awful, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can propagate and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can examine other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not get rid of food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and exudes a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can lead to stinky breath. Antihistamines can reduce post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth moist, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production, and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can bring about bad breath?
A. As considered before, any condition that lessens saliva production frequently causes halitosis. It is also a common side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my wife’s breath became offensive when she went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were possibly the culprit. Ketones are produced when the body digests fat – which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, she was probably not cheating!

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

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Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These celebrations usually involve a lot of photographs and, of course, you want to look pleasing. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can significantly beautify your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

Here are five cosmetic dental procedures that can usually be performed in one office visit.

1. Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a popular treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the terrific results they provide. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or fix a misshapen tooth.

2. Gum Contouring
Perhaps your teeth are stunning and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and transform your smile. Book a consultation with Drs. Szalai today for an intensive examination and experienced guidance regarding your gumline.

3. Enamel Shaping
Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the characteristics of a smile even if all the other teeth have an attractive appearance. (Your mouth is no place for a sore thumb, right?) Let Drs. Szalai reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.

4. Bonding
Dental bonding just gets better and better as additional revolutionary materials are developed. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to correct teeth with cosmetic and structural issues. The newest prep methods are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.

5. Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like a terrific white smile to give you ultimate confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment that will bless you with increased morale every day. We look forward to getting your smile ready for all those hugs, laughs, and, of course, pictures.

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Are you proud to flash a wide, happy grin? Let’s talk about your smile.

Regular checkups prevent runaway decay and costly corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral health problems.

For information about veneers, bridges, dental implants, Invisalign braces and more, visit https://www.allenparkdentists.com/.

If you are not content with the appearance or condition of your teeth, gums, or bite, call 313-928-2323 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

We have years of experience providing our patients with cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers and more. We repair bite issues, seal children’s molars, remove decay, contour gums, mend cracks, bridge gaps, and reconstruct after tooth injury.

We are your local, experienced dental practice and provide quality service and products. We are dedicated to creating the best dental experience possible. With a little help, you can get through your treatment with minimal anxiety and be at peace with your smile for years to come.

Our caring and competent staff will answer any question you have about our most popular services, such as CEREC one-day crowns, teeth whitening, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers.

Gentle Hands, Caring Hearts, Beautiful Smiles- Greg & Joanne Szalai

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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In 1987, Dr. Greg & Joanne Szalai established Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care in Allen Park. Dr. Szalai is a distinctive dental professional enthusiastic about preventative dentistry.

The goal of preventative dentistry is to preserve oral health so that no restorative dental work ever becomes needed. In other words, preventing cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. Dr. Szalai says, “Brushing your teeth and flossing is a good beginning to preventative dentistry. It is also imperative that you get bi-annual exams and dental cleanings. With little ones, dental sealants might be a good option.

Dental sealants are a thin plastic covering, usually used on the very back teeth. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and at the same time tend to be the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to safeguard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.

Despite efforts to keep children’s teeth healthy, many Allen Park youth develop several cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay typically declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.

Fillings, inlays/onlays and crowns do a great job at saving teeth from extraction, but they don’t last forever. When a 10 year-old gets a cavity in a brand-new permanent tooth, that tooth will probably need periodic attention throughout his life – even if no additional decay ensues. Once the enamel has been eaten away by acids, the tooth is forever weakened.

Sealants act as a barrier between food particles, plaque, and the teeth. The good news is that sealants are easy to apply and last for years. After Dr. Szalai applies the sealants, they will be checked with each visit and re-applied as needed. If you are interested in sealants for your child (or yourself), check your dental insurance policy – they may be a covered benefit. Even if not covered by your dental insurance, sealants are a wise investment.

Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings help ensure that teeth are strong and clean and will last a lifetime. Changing your toothbrush every few months and using a toothpaste with fluoride are also essential components of proper oral care.

Children should be taught how to properly brush while young. However, parents should still supervise brushing and go over the teeth after the child brushes. If your child struggles with flossing, a water irrigation tool may be useful. Floss picks can also be easier to handle than a string of floss. Traditional flossing done correctly, however, is the most effective way to clean between teeth.

Don’t believe that dentures are an inevitably for people when they reach their golden years. We have some patients in their seventies with all teeth intact. Call Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care for an appointment. We can help you develop a plan to keep your teeth in top shape. Healthy, white, strong teeth are the foundation for a lifelong, remarkable smile.

If your teeth and gums are healthy, but you don’t like your smile because of cosmetic issues, call 313-928-2323 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. Dr. Szalai offers cosmetic dentistry, along with teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Come learn about revolutionary cosmetic dentistry available at Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care.

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

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Schedule Your Coronation

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We treat all of our patients royally here at Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care, but some of them receive actual crowns. We’re not talking about crowns a king or queen wears, but crowns for your teeth! If you live near Detroit, Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care is the best place to get your teeth looking better than ever. And putting a crown on a tooth with problems could be just what you need to obtain a dazzling smile.

Crowns are a remedy for a multitude of problems:

  • To guard a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth.
  • To cover and provide strength to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To upgrade a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • To cover a tooth with acute discoloration.
  • To add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

If you feel like you have a need for a crown, don’t look any further than Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care. Our dentists and lab techs have the experience, training, and know-how to make sure your crowns are constructed and placed perfectly. There are many different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We carry out a thorough examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

We then prepare your tooth so that the crown will fit the way that it should. Once the tooth is prepared and ready, we use state-of-the-art tools to fit the crown on your tooth. When done properly, crowns can last many years. Crowns are marvelous way to guard and beautify your smile. Schedule a coronation today!

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

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Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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Approximately 5 million teeth are knocked out every year, and a significant portion of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth requires several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration expenses. Not to mention pain!

We’re Drs. Greg & Joanne Szalai of Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care, and we want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. We advise our patients to think of mouthguards as an essential part of their protective gear. Most parents require their children to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. WE encourage parents to emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5 year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.

You are probably aware of the main types of mouthguards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed but are definitely not one-size-fits all and probably provide the least amount of protection. (Though they are better than nothing.)

You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at Allen Park sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

Some dentists offer custom sports mouthguards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard.

Mouth protection is extremely critical for patients with braces or fixed bridge work. Some orthodontists recommend mouth protectors for lower teeth as well.

If you or your child has a sports-related dental emergency, call our office immediately at 313-928-2323. We will do everything in my power to save the tooth but every second counts. Make sure you save all pieces of the tooth and bring them with you.

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

Posted in Family Dentistry

Think You May Have A Cavity?

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Hello, friends of Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care! 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 dental caries – the common cold of oral health. At Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care, we have been filling cavities for years and would be happy to take care of any cavities or other dental issues you are experiencing.

Few people go their entire life without getting a cavity. Unfortunately for some children, a cavity is the first health problem they go through in childhood.

Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque.

Plaque then clings to your teeth and the acid in the plaque starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth which can also be accompanied by a pain.

Because of how quick and effective dental fillings are, they are one of the best options to correct a cavity. At Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care, Drs. Szalai uses top-of-the-line instruments to examine the size and severity of the cavity and then ascertain exactly what type of filling is necessary. We offer white fillings that are as durable as old-school metal fillings and match your teeth precisely.

Once a decision is made on what filling you’ll need, Drs. Szalai will carry out the needed preparations for the procedure. When a filling is performed the right way, it can last for decades! That’s why we make sure the procedure is done with precision.

A filling isn’t a “set it and forget it” treatment. A tooth that has received a filling still needs to be properly cared for because cavities can occur in the surrounding tooth structure if bacteria is allowed to flourish.

Checkups are an important part of caring for your teeth and there’s no better place to receive checkups than at Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care. We have a comfortable, state-of-the-art office and a friendly, professional staff! That’s why so many people in Allen Park have trusted us with their teeth since 1987.

 

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush. We’ve all been there.

We are committed to helping patients maintain balanced hygiene and restoring their confidence through cosmetic dentistry procedures.

On our blog today we are offering two fabulously wise ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that easy.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and manageable approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will curtail buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with CEREC one-day crowns, Six Month Smiles, teeth whitening, Invisalign, or porcelain veneers. Come see our comfortable office at 5329 Allen Rd in Allen Park, Michigan 48101 and we’ll help with any dental problems we can.

Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation with Drs. Szalai can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your sensational smile. Contact us at 313-928-2323 for an appointment or visit our website http://www.allenparkdentists.com/.

If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

Posted in Dental Health

Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, We’re Drs. Greg & Joanne Szalai of Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care. Thanks for visiting our blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their dentist.

Let us set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional troubles. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with extreme decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these problems need to be addressed before the cosmetic dental smile makeover is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to fix all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 313-928-2323. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

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Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care patients who wait to have a sore tooth checked end up saying “I wish I had come sooner.” Even with all the various causes of mouth problems, a toothache sends a simple, clear message: “See your dentist!”

If you wait, the cost to treat it may get more expensive as the pain gets more acute. Affordable dental care is available at Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care in Allen Park.

Mouth pain is never “normal.” Drs. Greg & Joanne Szalai will determine the cause of the pain so proper treatment can begin. Possible causes of pain include cavities, gum disease, a broken crown, mouth sores, bite issues, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Let Drs. Szalai take care of you and you will quickly be back to pain-free eating, grimace-free speaking and better sleeping.

Our staff is also well-versed in the latest cosmetic dental procedures and remains committed to transforming smiles. Smile makeovers can boost your confidence. Patients who have invested in a smile makeover feel that their personal and professional relationships have benefited.

Book a consultation if you have question about dental implants, Invisalign or veneers. Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care offers consumate care when it comes to porcelain veneers, CEREC one-day crowns, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, and teeth whitening.

Don’t wait to come to Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care if a tooth demands your attention.

Contact Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care:

313-928-2323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5329 Allen Rd
Allen Park, Michigan
48101

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