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By Gregory A. Rosecrans, DDS, PC
April 27, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Smoking  

The National Cancer Institute says that smoking adversely affects every bodily organ system--heart, lung, skin, brain and of course, your teeth, gums and other soft tissues of the mouth and throat. Dr. Gregory A. Rosecrans, your Bay City, MI dentist, joins with his colleagues in the dental and medical professions in asking you to "Kick the Habit."Smoking

Smoking Changes Your Smile

Your smile says a lot about your personality and self-image. It also tells people whether or not you smoke. That's right. Many smokers reveal their tobacco habit by simply smiling or laughing because tobacco smoke stains both teeth AND tongue. Your naturally white teeth and pink tongue take on a brownish, yellowed hue.n From the office of your Bay City, MI dentist, Dr. Gregory Rosecrans, learn more about this habit affects your smile.

As far as what goes on inside your mouth, smoking burns delicate oral mucosa. The heat from cigarette--and cigar/pipe--smoke changes the top layer of gums, cheeks, tongue and roof of the mouth through a destructive process called keratosis. The result is conditions such as xerostomia, or dry mouth, a leading contributor to dental decay and gum disease.

In turn, dry mouth and gum disease lead to tooth loss and to failure of one of today's most successful tooth replacement options--the dental implant. While dentists in Bay City and across the country place implants in the mouths of patients who smoke, they will follow these individuals more carefully than their non-smoking counterparts because of the toxins in cigarette smoke. In Spain, medical researchers find that out of 100 implant patients, 1.5 non-smokers will experience implant failure as opposed to 15.8 smokers.

Additional Problems

Typically, smokers have bad breath and reduced senses of taste and smell. Additionally, when they have dental work done by Bay City, MI dentist, Dr. Rosecrans, the sites take longer to heal--for example, when gums are sutured after tooth extraction.

Additionally, smoking correlates with an increased incidence of oral cancers. The Oral Cancer Foundation cites one study by the University of California at San Francisco. It says that more than 8 out of 10 oral cancers are found in people who smoke.

Just Stop Smoking

You can kick the habit with the help of your Bay City. He, in conjunction with your primary care physician, can suggest several paths to smoking cessation, better overall health and a smoke-free smile. Your doctor is the go-to person for smoking cessation medications, and resources from the American Cancer Society and will direct you toward:

  • online, telephone and local support groups
  • step-by-step quit plans
  • testimonials from people who have quit once and for all

Are you ready? Call Dr. Rosecrans at his office for a one-on-one consultation on your oral health and smoking cessation at (989) 892-7832 today!

By Gregory A. Rosecrans, DDS, PC
June 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat:

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

By Gregory A. Rosecrans, DDS, PC
June 03, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Summer Produce  

Summer is almost upon us here in Bay City, MI. Do your summer plans include any gardening, trips to the farmer's market or even trips to your local grocery store? If so, summer teeth whitening may be more achievable than you'd think! A visit to your favorite dentist, Gregory A. Produce Rosecrans, DDS, PC, isn't the only way to get a beautiful, white smile. Eating summer produce can help as well!

How Summer Produce Can Help Your Smile

Depending on which type of produce your choose, you can actually whiten your teeth and prevent cavities naturally, just by enjoying your favorite healthy treats.

Fruit and vegetables can help your teeth in a number of ways. They generally contain a high water content and make you salivate, both of which help wash away the bacteria and food particles clinging to your teeth and gums. This helps prevent cavities.

Some produce is abrasive, so it can help scrub your teeth as you eat it. Other types even contain bacteria-fighting components that help prevent the germs from ruining your oral health and vitamins to help your overall health.

Produce to Choose and Avoid

The next time you find yourself contemplating which type of produce to buy, consider picking up apples, pears, carrots or celery for their scrubbing effects or citrus fruits for their immune system boosting properties. Consider watermelon, banana, cucumber, pineapple and strawberries. All of these delicious foods can actually help your oral health!

On the other hand, there are a few foods you will want to eat only in moderation if you want to avoid extra trips to your Bay City, MI dentist. For example, foods like blueberries can actually stain your teeth, while eating too many citrus fruits can gradually break down your tooth enamel over time. Avoid eating too many dried fruits, such as raisins, which can stick to your teeth, and avoid drinking too much fruit juice, which often contains large amounts of sugar and can lead to further decay.

This summer, why not enjoy your favorite fruits and vegetables and get the added dental health benefits as well? The next time you visit your dentist, Dr. Rosecrans in Bay City, MI, you'll be glad you did.

By Gregory A. Rosecrans, DDS, PC
May 31, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   tmj disorders   tmd  

Have you noticed a clicking, popping, or grating sound when you open or close your jaw? As many as 36 million U.S. adults experience this phenomenon in one or both of the joints that connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull.

While the sounds may be disconcerting, there’s generally no cause for concern in the absence of other symptoms. They’re most likely caused by a harmless shift in the position of the disk inside each temporomandibular (jaw) joint, and it can diminish or disappear entirely over time. But, if you’re also experiencing persistent discomfort, severe pain, or limited function in your jaw (which can include getting it “stuck” in an opened or closed position), then you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder — part of a complex set of conditions affecting one or both jaw joints, muscles and/or other surrounding tissues. (You may have heard the condition called TMJ, which is actually the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint itself. Health care professionals prefer TMJD or TMD.)

Depending on the severity, TMD can interfere with your ability to speak, chew and even make facial expressions. The cause is unclear, but genes, gender, environment, stress and behavior are believed to play a role. It can also be symptomatic of a larger medical problem, such as fibromyalgia, which can produce pain all over the body.

Management Options for TMD

TMD traditionally was viewed as a bite problem (malocclusion) requiring mechanical correction — e.g., through orthodontic braces or surgery. But the current therapeutic model approaches TMD as an orthopedic problem (joint inflammation, muscle soreness, strained tendons and ligaments, and disk damage) and favors a sequence of conservative, reversible procedures — hot or cold compresses in the jaw area, soft foods, physical therapy/massage, medication, and/or a bite guard to decrease pressure on jaw joints from tooth clenching and grinding — prior to more aggressive, irreversible treatment alternatives.

If you would like more information about TMD, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Seeking Relief from TMD” and “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”

By Gregory A. Rosecrans, DDS, PC
April 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Florence Henderson, star of one of television's most beloved situation comedies, is still actively engaged in a variety of projects at 75-plus years of age. Her bright smile was part of her character as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, a popular sitcom that played for five seasons from 1969 to 1974. Though the show was discontinued, syndicated episodes continue to play in the U.S. and 122 other countries.

“I played Carol as the mother I always wished I had,” she told Dear Doctor magazine. Her portrayal of mother and wife in a blended family with six children won her the Smithsonian Institution's TV Land Pop Culture Icon Award, which is on display in the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

After her successes on Broadway and in television, she was selected for numerous product endorsements, and The Wall Street Journal ranked her #5 in their top ten television endorsers based on viewer satisfaction. One of the products she endorsed was Polident, a brand of denture cleaners and adhesives. However, Henderson has revealed that she has her own natural teeth and does not wear dentures. Her advice to others who want to keep their natural teeth is to pay attention to prevention. “I think the most important thing one can do as with any health issue is prevention,” she said. “Flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups are vitally important if you want to keep your natural teeth.”

When she was 22, she says, she had four impacted wisdom teeth removed at the same time. This experience made her aware of the importance of dental care, and since then she has had a checkup every six months. Wherever she travels, she says that she always has mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, and a toothbrush on the set.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about tooth care. You can learn more about Florence Henderson by reading the Dear Doctor magazine interview “Florence Henderson, America's Favorite TV Mom Has Many Reasons to Smile.”