Posts for category: Oral Health

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: crowns   Single Visit Crowns  

Up until two or so decades ago, fitting a tooth with a dental crown usually required several dental appointments. Nowadays, however, with CEREC technology, people can reap all the benefits of dental crowns with the extra benefit of having them installed in just one visit to the dentist. Here at Cohrs Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, Dr. Keith Cohrs utilizes single visit dental crowns to give users all the benefits that crowns offer in the shortest time possible.

What Exactly is CEREC?

The terms CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. Essentially, it’s a system that utilizes CAD/CAM, or computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, for producing chairside dental restorations. Aside from crowns, it can likewise be used for bridges, onlays, and inlays, dentures, dental implants, and other orthodontic devices.

The Difference Between Traditional Crowns and Single Visit Crowns

The traditional way of fabricating crowns starts with reducing the tooth’s width and height. Next, a putty impression of the tooth is made to help ensure proper fit and size. A temporary dental crown will then be installed on the treated tooth until the permanent crown is ready.

In most cases, it can take up to a week or more for the permanent crown to be crafted. When the crown is ready, you’ll come back to your dentist’s office again to have the temporary crown removed. Finally, your dentist will place the permanent crown on your tooth.

Using CEREC technology, on the other hand, will enable your dentist in Portage, MI, to provide single visit dental crowns that only require one dental visit. With this system, your dentist will take digital impressions of the treated tooth with the use of an intraoral scanner following the tooth prep step. The scan enables the CAD/CAM tech to accurately match your natural teeth’s likeness and color to ensure that your ceramic crown will easily blend in and look as real as possible.

For Questions or More Details on Single Visit Dental Crowns, Contact Us

Dial (269) 382-3125 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Keith Cohrs of Cohrs Family Dentistry in Portage, MI.

TheHowieMandelEffectAvoidDentalDiseaseThroughDailyBrushingandFlossing

Howie Mandel, one of America’s premier television personalities, rarely takes it easy. Whether performing a standup comedy gig or shooting episodes of America’s Got Talent or Deal or No Deal, Mandel gives it all he’s got. And that intense drive isn’t reserved only for his career pursuits–he also brings his A-game to boosting his dental health.

Mandel is up front about his various dental issues, including multiple root canal treatments and the crowns on his two damaged front teeth. But he’s most jazzed about keeping his teeth clean (yep, he brushes and flosses daily) and visiting his dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

To say Howie Mandel is keen on taking care of his teeth and gums is an understatement. And you can be, too: Just five minutes a day could keep your smile healthy and attractive for a lifetime.

You’ll be using that time—less than one percent of your 1,440 daily minutes—brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque buildup. This sticky, bacterial film is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Daily hygiene drastically reduces your risk for these tooth-damaging diseases.

But just because these tasks don’t take long, that’s not saying it’s a quick once-over for your teeth: You want to be as thorough as possible. Any leftover plaque can interact with saliva and become a calcified form known as calculus (tartar). Calculus triggers infection just as much as softer plaque—and you can’t dislodge it with brushing and flossing.

When you brush, then, be sure to go over all tooth areas, including biting surfaces and the gum line. A thorough brushing should take about two minutes. And don’t forget to floss! Your toothbrush can’t adequately reach areas between teeth, but flossing can. If you find regular flossing too difficult, try using a floss threader. If that is still problematic, an oral irrigator is a device that loosens and flushes away plaque with a pressurized water stream.

To fully close the gate against plaque, see us at least every six months. Even with the most diligent efforts, you might still miss some plaque and calculus. We can remove those lingering deposits, as well as let you know how well you’re succeeding with your daily hygiene habit.

Few people could keep up with Howie Mandel and his whirlwind career schedule, but you can certainly emulate his commitment to everyday dental care—and your teeth and gums will be the healthier for it.

If you would like more information about daily dental care, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Daily Oral Hygiene: Easy Habits for Maintaining Oral Health” and “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home.”

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

You could keep your kids from developing tooth decay and a host of other oral health problems by starting them on proper dental care as early as possible. Besides regular visits to Dr. Keith Cohrs, your dentist here at Cohrs Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Portage, MI, you can follow these simple tips to help prevent tooth damage and keep your kids’ smiles healthy.

Teach Your Kids Proper Oral Care Practices Early

Cleaning the mouth is immensely vital, even for babies. Even before your baby’s teeth come in, you can clean their mouth with a washcloth or a baby toothbrush. Once the teeth appear, brush them two times daily. Ask your dentist in Portage, MI, when your child should use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, but in general, you will have to wait until they can spit properly.

Get Your Kids a Dental Checkup Before Their First Birthday

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that dental healthcare costs are approximately 40% lower for kids who regularly visit their dentist by five years old. Basically, early preventive dental care will save you more money over the long term.

Beware of Baby Bottle Decay

Refrain from putting your children down for naps with a sugary drink such as milk or juice in a bottle. These sugary drinks can cling to their teeth and feed bacteria that cause decay. If your children need to take a bottle to bed, stick to plain water.

Do Away with The Pacifier As Early As Possible

Letting your children use a pacific is perfectly fine, just don’t let them use it past two or three years old. Long-term use of pacifiers could negatively impact how your kids’ teeth line up and the shape of their mouths.

Control Sippy Cup Use

Sippy cups help children transition from feeding bottles to glass. However, using them too much, especially when drinking milk, juices, and other sugary beverages could increase the risk of cavities.

Be Firm When It Comes to Regular Toothbrushing and Flossing

As early on as possible, make it clear to your kids that brushing and flossing are non-negotiable, and that they should do these oral hygiene practices every single day.

For More Tips on Proper Oral Hygiene Habits for Kids, Call Us

Book an appointment with your dentist here at Cohrs Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Portage, MI, Dr. Keith Cohrs, by dialing (269) 382-3125.

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
April 02, 2020
Category: Oral Health
StartEarlywithYourBabysDentalCare

You can't go wrong with an early start caring for your child's teeth and gums. In fact, dental care should begin in earnest when their first tooth appears.

You should begin by gently cleaning your infant's gums and new teeth after each feeding with a clean, water-soaked washcloth or gauze pad. Once they start eating solid food, you should transition to a soft-bristled brush with just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Around age 2, you can increase that to a pea-sized amount and begin teach them to brush for themselves.

The next important element in your child's dental care is beginning regular dental visits around their first birthday. There are good reasons to begin visits at this time. There primary teeth should now be erupting in earnest and you'll want to begin prevention measures against tooth decay if needed. You'll also want to get them used to going to the dentist early in life: if you wait a year or two later, they may not respond well to the unfamiliar surroundings of a dental office.

There are also a number of things you can do to support hygiene and dental visits. You should not allow your child to sleep with a pacifier covered or a bottle filled with anything but water. Milk, juices and other sugar-containing liquids will raise the risk of tooth decay. And speaking of sugar, limit their consumption to meal times: snacking constantly on sugar can create an environment ripe for decay.

Of course, dental disease isn't the only hazard your child's teeth may face. Accidents can happen and your child's otherwise healthy teeth could be injured. So, make sure they don't play too close to hard furniture or other features around the house they could fall on. If they should begin playing contact sports, invest in a custom mouth guard — avoiding an injury is well worth the cost.

Getting into dental care with your children as soon as possible will set the foundation for good oral health. And the example you set will stick with them as they take on their own dental care when they're older.

If you would like more information on caring for your child's teeth, 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.”

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
March 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  
StopGumDiseaseBeforeitHarmsYourHealth

If you're over 30 your chances for developing periodontal (gum) disease are better than half. And it's not a minor matter—untreated gum disease can lead not only to tooth loss, but to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other inflammatory conditions.

Fortunately, we have effective ways to treat gum disease, even in advanced stages. But the best approach by far in avoiding a devastating outcome for your teeth is to prevent gum disease from developing in the first place.

It helps first to know how gum disease begins. The most common cause is dental plaque, a thin biofilm of food particles on tooth surfaces that harbors the bacteria that triggers the disease. If you keep your teeth clean of built-up plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings, you'll minimize the growth of disease-causing bacteria.

If you don't practice effective oral hygiene, however, within a few days you could develop an initial infection called gingivitis. This form affects the outermost layers of the gums and triggers a defensive response from the body known as inflammation. Ordinarily, inflammation helps protect surrounding tissues from infection spread, but it can damage your gums if it becomes chronic. Your weakened gums may begin to detach from the teeth, forming voids filled with inflammation known as periodontal pockets. Eventually, the infection can spread to the supporting bone and lead to tooth loss.

In addition to a dedicated oral hygiene and dental care program, you should also be on the lookout for early signs of gingivitis. Infected gums can become red, swollen and tender to the touch. You may notice they bleed easily while brushing and flossing, or a foul taste or breath that won't go away even after brushing. And if some of your teeth feel loose or don't seem to bite together as they used to, this is a sign of advanced gum disease that deserves your dentist's immediate attention.

Practicing preventive hygiene is the best way to stop gum disease before it starts. But if gum disease does happen, catching it early can be a game-changer, both for your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on preventing and treating gum disease, 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 “How Gum Disease Gets Started.”