Dr. Monica Assad's Dental Blog - Answers, Tips & Reviews

8/30/2014 - The Surprising Benefits Of Chewing Gum After Eating
Is chewing gum bad for my teeth? Surprisingly enough, no! In fact, there are a lot of benefits that come from chewing gum after eating a meal that could cause you to see gum in a new light. The key is to chew the right gum under the right circumstances so you don't fill your mouth with harmful sugars. Read onto learn how chewing gum could help your teeth and which gum is right for you. (Read More...)

8/27/2014 - Are Bad Teeth Hereditary?
Are bad teeth hereditary? Can I inherit dental problems from my parents? We get these kinds of questions all the time. While there is some merit to the idea that you inherit oral health issues from your parents, the fact is that you have a lot of say over how your mouth turns out. In the information below, we will look over the factors that lead to dental problems to determine how much of a role your genes play in your smile's success. (Read More...)

7/24/2014 - Soda Alternatives That Won't Hurt Your Teeth
Soda tastes great and gives you a small burst of caffeine, but it can lead to serious damage to your teeth over time. Drinking soda is one of the main causes of dental staining, and the sugars in the cola can rot your enamel away. If you want to quench your thirst without hurting your smile, consider these soda alternatives. (Read More...)

7/21/2014 - How To Pick The Right Toothbrush
Choosing the right toothbrush is an essential part of maintaining good oral care. It holds the same merit as choosing the right sneakers to jog in or the right car to drive. In the tips below, we will show you different factors to think about when selecting a toothbrush so you can find the perfect one for you. (Read More...)

7/18/2014 - How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
Using an old toothbrush is sort of like washing your dishes with an old sponge. Everything may look clean on the surface, but there is a ton of hidden grim in the crevices that you can't get out without something new. In this article, we will address the question of "How often should I replace my toothbrush?" so you don't have to worry about the state of your oral health. (Read More...)

7/15/2014 - Make Your Own Emergency Dental Kit
Dental emergencies happen more often than you might think, and they are not always easy to respond to. You might have a first aid kit in your home, but do you have an emergency dental kit set aside as well? We didn't think so. While you can buy pre-made dental emergency kits, you can just as easily put one together on your own. Here are some tips to help you make your own emergency dental kit. (Read More...)

7/7/2014 - Ways To Pass The Time While Brushing Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth should take a minimum of two minutes, and there is nothing you can do to speed that up. You have to devote enough time to your oral hygiene to make sure your smile is clean and healthy. With this in mind, there are some things you can do while you brush your teeth to pass the time. This will make the act seem like less of a hassle. (Read More...)

7/1/2014 - Bad Foods For Work Lunches
Most working adults eat whatever they can for lunch as long as it is fast and easy. This could be anything from a McDonald's burger to a bowl of Instant Noodles. If you don't have time to brush your teeth after you eat, you might end up with bad breath that lingers with you for the rest of the day. You could also get stuck with food between your teeth, which may not be good for your overall image. Here is a list of bad food for work lunches that you should avoid at all costs. (Read More...)

6/10/2014 - At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits Or Office Visits?
Busy schedules and tight budgets make at-home whitening an attractive option. Dentists are increasingly offering clinical strength treatment that patients can do on their own time. DETROIT (May 28, 2014) – Having a sparkling white smile isn’t just for movie stars, with it becoming the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the United States. With a couple of visits to your dentist, you can have teeth several shades whiter and brighter. (Read More...)

6/6/2014 - How Are You Going To Pull That Loose Tooth?
When your child is getting ready to lose a tooth, you may be inclined to pull it out. Most teeth will eventually fall out on their own, but some are fairly stubborn. Luckily, there are a lot of different techniques you can potentially use on your child's teeth. Be sure to talk to your pediatric dentist about your concerns and for their diagnosis of the loose tooth. Here are 4 creative ways to pull loose teeth. (Read More...)

6/2/2014 - Is Your Child Scared of the Dentist?
Children are known for being scared of the dentist. There is something about the loud machines and the big chairs that makes the dentist office seem like a scary place to be. If you are struggling to get your child excited about his dental exams, the tips below may help you conquer his fears. (Read More...)

5/29/2014 - 4 Signs You May Have A Cavity
Cavities aren't always easy to notice, no matter how obvious you think they may be. You could go a long time with a cavity and not even know it, assuming you don't go through regular cleanings with your dentist. The sooner you can take care of a cavity, the smaller it will be. Here are four signs you may have a cavity. (Read More...)

5/22/2014 - Easy To Eat Foods After Getting Your Braces Tightened
One of the most painful parts of having braces is getting them tightened. This is necessary for traditional metal braces because it guides your teeth where they need to go. Invisible braces can have similarly painful moments when you change out your trays, but that pain usually isn't as bad. No matter what the case may be, you may soon find yourself dreading food because of your braces. (Read More...)

5/13/2014 - Cosmetic Dentists Finding Increase In Whitening Addiction Among Patients
The quest for stark white teeth has patients doing more harm than good to their oral health. Sensitive teeth, enamel damage and gum recession most common. Teeth whitening treatments are the number one requested cosmetic dental treatment in the United States. People are dazzled by smiles they see on the big screens and are going too far to get their teeth the whitest shade of white possible. (Read More...)

4/23/2014 - Fun Ways to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth
Kids are stubborn creatures who seem to fight everything that's good for them in life. Healthy foods and baths are considered icky and annoying, but your child needs them to grow healthy and strong. If you are having a hard time getting your child to brush his or her teeth, the tips below may help you convince your kids that clean teeth are good to have. Here are some fun ways to get your kids to brush their teeth. (Read More...)

4/22/2014 - Oral Health Tips for Summer
Changes in the weather can lead to changes in your oral health. With the summer quickly approaching, it is important to adjust your routines to reflect the food, drinks, dry lips, and activities to come. Check out these oral health tips for summer to keep your smile and breath as brilliant as possible. (Read More...)

4/21/2014 - Avoid Staining Your Teeth After Teeth Whitening
In order to make your teeth whitening last as long as possible, you need to stay away from food, drinks, and activities that can stain your teeth over time. Some bleaching practices last for years before they need to be refreshed, but that's only true if you take good care of your teeth. Here are some quick tips to help you avoid staining after teeth whitening. (Read More...)

4/20/2014 - How A Dental Procedure Can Restore A Battered Life
Recently, a patient came to my dental office for a dental check-up and told me she hated her smile.  When I looked at her, I saw a beautiful woman with 4 fractured teeth in the front of her mouth.  I asked if any tooth trauma had occurred and she told me she went in to see an emergency dentist seeking help 6 years ago because she had fractured all of her teeth.  I asked her how she broke her front teeth and if she has ever had tooth pain since they were broken down to near the nerve from what the dental x-rays revealed.  Then she broke down in tears and told me her story. (Read More...)

4/18/2014 - 5 Foods That Fight Bad Breath
If you think bad breath is unavoidable, think again. The foods you eat and the beverages you drink have a lot to do with how your breath smells. If you want to make your breath smell good, all you may have to do is change your diet a little bit. As always, proper teeth cleaning and dental maintenance are very important, as well as scheduling your next dental appointment with Sparkle Dental, PLC. Here are five foods that fight bad breath naturally: (Read More...)

4/9/2014 - "Straighten Your Teeth Discreetly"
Sparkle Dental in Warren MI gives patients another reason to smile by offering Clear Correct, a comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing alternative to traditional metal braces.(Read More...)

4/7/2014 - "Chairside Screenings Reduced Health Care Costs"
Screenings by dentists for common chronic medical conditions can save the United States health care system hundreds of millions of dollars each year, according to a new study conducted by the American Dental Association. This study estimates that substantial short-term health care cost savings would result when dentists and other oral health professionals perform chronic disease screenings.(Read More...)

4/4/2014 - "Is Teeth Whitening Permanent"
Many people are under the impression that one round of dental bleaching will whiten their teeth for life. While there are some whitening products that will last for a long time, the fact is that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. Before you pay for a whitening procedure with high expectations, you need to know the truth about how it works. Here is some information to keep in mind. (Read More...)

4/2/2014 - "How To Clean Your Braces"
Braces can do wonders for your overall appearance, but they can be a nightmare to clean when you're wearing them. Patients with invisible braces do not have to worry about this because they can simply take out a try and brush like normal. For metal braces though, the cleaning process is far more complex. Here are the top 5 braces cleaning tips to keep your teeth looking their best. (Read More...)

3/27/2014 - "Dr. Assad Gave Me Free Dental Care"
Dr. Assad believes that the opportunity for free dental care couldn’t have come at a better time for this local child. This young girl recently came to Sparkle Dental without dental insurance. She was suffering severe pain as a result of several cavities and a severe tooth infection. Her mother is stuggling to make ends meet with 3 children to support and a diagnosis of terminal cancer. (Read More...)

3/20/2014 - "I'm So Happy With My New Smile"
A patient walked into the office today and told me she was referred by her neighbor who brings her whole family here. She was married off when she was very young and started a family. The 48 year old woman went on to tell me that her son’s wedding is coming up and she hates her smile. Her and her husband devoted their lives to their children and rarely took care of themselves. They had them in private schools, and in their teens had to buy them cars and of course the very expensive college tuition came along thereafter. Through the years, expenses for the home and children added up and she was never able to invest in her own self and smile. (Read More...)

3/18/2014 - Dr. Monica Assad Answers Your Common Questions
The most common question I'm asked by patients is how can I get whiter teeth? Teeth whitening is probably one of the most requested cosmetic dental procedures that people ask me for.  Looks are perceived to be exceptionally important in today’s day and age.  Teeth bleaching is for almost everybody. It is extremely important to determine the cause of tooth discoloration, as it varies with every patient.

Most patients will have a yellow tint to their teeth, which is most responsive to tooth bleaching. Others can have gray, brown, yellow, and even red tinted teeth. Teeth can be discolored by pigmented liquids such as sodas, wine, coffee, tea, juices etc. Developmental disturbances of dental enamel can be caused by excessive fluoride intake (fluorosis) and deficiency in the amount of enamel (enamel hypoplasia) can cause tooth discoloration as well. (Read More...)