Posts for: April, 2018

By Sean Stannard, DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

What your dentists in Waterford, Michigan want you to knowroot canal

If you have tooth pain, do you need a root canal? That’s a good question, and one you can’t answer by yourself. Drs. Sean Stannard and David Studt at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, Michigan want to tell you about a few important signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal.

You may need a root canal if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Tooth pain that gets worse if you consume hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Tooth pain that gets worse after a filling or crown is placed
  • Tooth pain that radiates into your jaws, ears or face
  • Throbbing, aching pain that doesn’t go away

There are also visible changes you may see in your gums or teeth. You may need a root canal if you notice:

  • A small red or white bump in your gums near the tooth root
  • Bleeding or drainage coming from your gums near the tooth root
  • Teeth can also begin to die with no pain or symptoms. All you may notice is the tooth darkening or graying when you compare it to your other teeth.

If you have tooth pain, your dentist may only need to remove decay and place a filling. That’s a great solution if the decay has only penetrated the top layers of your tooth, the enamel  and  dentin. If the decay has penetrated to the innermost layer of tooth structure, an area known as the pulp, your tooth needs a root canal to relieve pain and allow you to keep your tooth.

The way to find out for sure if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist. By taking state-of-the-art digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing, your dentist will know for sure if a root canal is the right choice to make.

Root canal therapy is the state-of-the-art way to eliminate tooth pain without removing the tooth. For more information about root canal treatment and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call Drs. Sean Stannard and David Studt at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, Michigan today!

By Sean Stannard, DDS
April 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  

The classic movie Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, still brings back sweet memories of childhood to people everywhere. Recently, the news broke that a remake of the beloved 1971 film is in now development in Hollywood. But at a reunion of the original cast members a few years ago, child star Denise Nickerson revealed that her role as gum-chewing Violet Beauregard caused a problem: she ended up with 13 cavities as a result of having to chew gum constantly during the filming!

It should come as no surprise that indulging in sugary treats can lead to cavities: The sugar in your diet feeds harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and other dental problems. Yet lots of kids (not to mention the child inside many adults) still crave the satisfaction that gum, candy and other sweets can bring. Is there any way to enjoy sweet treats and minimize the consequences to your oral health?

First, let’s point out that there are lots of healthy alternatives to sugary snacks. Fresh vegetables, fruits and cheeses are delicious options that are far healthier for you and your kids. Presenting a variety of appealing choices—like colorful cut-up carrots, bite-sized cheese bits and luscious-looking fruits and berries can make it easier (and more fun) to eat healthy foods. And getting kids off the sugar habit is a great way to help them avoid many health problems in the future.

For those who enjoy chewing gum, sugarless gum is a good option. In fact, chewing sugarless gum increases the flow of healthful saliva in the mouth, which can help neutralize the bacteria-produced acids that cause cavities. Gums that have the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance have passed clinical tests for safety and effectiveness.

But if you do allow sugary snacks, there are still a few ways to minimize the potential damage. Restrict the consumption of sweets to around mealtimes, so the mouth isn’t constantly inundated with sugar. Drink plenty of water to encourage saliva flow, and avoid sugary and acidic beverages like soda (even diet soda) and “sports” or “energy” drinks. Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. And don’t forget to visit our office regularly for routine checkups and cleanings. It’s the best way to get a “golden ticket” to good oral health.

If you would like more information about sugar, cavities and oral health, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Nutrition & Oral Health” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”


Your baby will grow into an adult so rapidly it will seem like they're changing right before your eyes. And some of the biggest changes will happen with their teeth, gums and jaw structure.

Unfortunately, disease or a traumatic accident could short-circuit this natural process and potentially create future dental problems. Here are 4 things you should be doing now to protect your baby's long-term dental health.

Start oral hygiene now. Even if your baby has no visible teeth, there may still be something else in their mouth—bacteria, which could trigger future tooth decay. To reduce bacteria clean their gums with a clean, wet cloth after each feeding. When teeth begin to appear switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste on the brush to minimize what they swallow.

Make your baby's first dental appointment. Beginning dental visits around your baby's first birthday will not only give us a head start on preventing or treating tooth decay, but could also give us a better chance of detecting other developing issues like a poor bite (malocclusion). Early dental visits also help get your child used to them as routine and increase the likelihood they'll continue the habit as adults.

Watch their sugar. Bacteria love sugar. So much so, they'll multiply—and more bacteria mean an increase in one of their by-products, mouth acid. Increased mouth acid can erode tooth enamel and open the way for decay. So, limit sugary snacks to only meal time and don't give them sugary drinks (including juices, breast milk or formula) in a bottle immediately before or while they sleep.

Childproof your home. A number of studies have shown that half of all accidents to teeth in children younger than 7 happen from falling on home furniture. So, take precautions by covering sharp edges or hard surfaces on chairs, tables or sofas, or situate your child's play areas away from furniture. And when they get older and wish to participate in sports activities purchase a custom mouthguard to protect their teeth from hard knocks—an investment well worth the cost.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”

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