Posts for: April, 2018

By Sood Family Dental
April 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


The primary goal of dental care is to preserve teeth. But there are circumstances in which removing a tooth, even a relatively healthy one, could prove best in the long run.

A malocclusion (poor bite) related to crowding might fit such a circumstance. Crowding occurs when the size of the jaw is too small for the teeth coming in. With not enough space, some teeth could erupt out of their proper positions. Removing certain teeth frees up space to eventually allow braces or other orthodontic devices to re-align the teeth.

The teeth most frequently removed are the first bicuspids, located between the cuspid (the "eyeteeth" directly under the eyes) and the back teeth, and the second premolar. Removing these won't normally affect appearance or functionality once orthodontic or cosmetic treatments are complete.

Because of the mechanics of jaw development it might be necessary to perform these extractions several years before orthodontic treatment. This could create another potential problem: the time lag could adversely affect bone health.

This is because bone, as living tissue, has a life cycle with cells forming, functioning and then dissolving, and new cells taking their place. When teeth are chewing or in contact with each other they generate force that travels through the tooth roots to the bone and stimulates cell growth at a healthy replacement rate.

But when a tooth is missing, so is this stimulation. This slows the replacement rate and eventually leads to decreased bone volume. Too much bone loss could create obstacles for orthodontic treatment or a future dental implant.

To avoid this, the dentist will often place a bone graft with processed bone mineral within the empty tooth socket right after extraction. The graft serves as a scaffold for bone cells to grow upon. The graft (plus any other added growth boosters) can help maintain a healthy level of bone volume to facilitate future orthodontic or restorative treatments.

Since targeted extraction for orthodontics is time-sensitive, you should have your child's bite evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 to see if any action is necessary. The earlier a malocclusion is detected, the more likely a more attractive and healthy smile will be the ultimate outcome.

If you would like more information on correcting poor bites, 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 “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”

By Sood Family Dental
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Thanks to dental implants, it's now possible to replace an entire missing tooth. Shelby, MI, dentist Dr. Shikha Sood of Sood Family Dental dental implantsexplains what you can expect when you receive an implant.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants replace tooth roots, yet look nothing like your natural tooth roots. They consist of small posts that fit in an opening made in your jawbone. Implants are eventually connected to a crown, a porcelain restoration that replaces your missing tooth above the gum line.

What happens during the implant process?

Other types of dental restorations, such as dentures, can shift or wobble, because they only rest on your gums. Because your new crown is actually attached to a replacement root, shifting isn't a problem.

Dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that has a unique capability. Once the titanium implant is placed in your jawbone, it begins to bond to the bone during a process called osseointegration. The osseointegration process usually takes about three to six months. When it's complete, your dental implants are just as strong and secure as your natural tooth roots.

In some cases, it may be possible to add a crown to your implant as soon as it's in place. In other cases, particularly if the implant will replace a molar or a pre-molar, you'll need to wait for osseointegration to finish before you receive your crown. Once we're satisfied that your implant is securely bonded to your jaw, we'll add an abutment to it in our Shelby office. The abutment is a screw-like connector that attaches the implant to the crown. At this point, we'll also make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your crown. You'll return to the office in a few weeks when the crown is ready.

How do I care for dental implants?

Even though your new tooth is artificial, it's still important to keep it clean. If you don't remove plaque regularly from the base of the implant, you can develop an infection that can result in the loss of the implant. Fortunately, this complication is easily avoided simply by brushing and flossing daily.

Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call Shelby, MI, dentist Dr. Shikha Sood of Sood Family Dental at (586) 207-1471 to schedule an appointment.

Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

(586) 207-1471
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