January 20, 2017
The waiter places your steak in front of you, and as your friends start to dig in, you feel a tightness in your chest. You usually get together with them at least once a month for a nice dinner, but now that you’re here, you’re unsure that you’ll be able to actually eat it. You see, your missing teeth have made it nearly impossible for you to eat a variety of foods, particularly steak. As you sit there, one of your friends asks, “Is it alright?” You don’t know whether to send it back or vainly chew it, so you just mumble something, hoping they don’t notice the gap in your smile. Problems like this are common for people with missing teeth, and they can greatly impact both your appearance and self-confidence. What should you do about it? How can you avoid this feeling of inadequacy? The right solution for you may just be dental implants in Flint from Dr. Chitra Naik. (more…)
July 22, 2015
A dentist can only do so much when it comes to maintaining your dental health. At the end of the day, you’re the one who is responsible for keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Keeping periodontal disease at bay is very important, and maintaining good dental habits will go a long way in fighting off signs of periodontal disease. Flint dentist, Dr. Chitra Naik, is a lot more than just a dentist; she’s an educator for good dental health and how to obtain the cleanest and most healthy mouth possible. Our dental office in Flint, MI cares about how your smile looks and feels. Here are some tips on how to keep your smile as bright and beautiful as it can possibly be.
Dental Health At Home
It all starts at home. Don’t believe us? Richard H. Price, DMD, spokesperson for the American Dental Association and a former clinical instructor at the Boston University Henry H. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (a.k.a. this guy knows what he’s talking about), says regular home care should include daily brushing and flossing. His advice? “Brush thoroughly, at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. Be sure to floss at least once a day. I do it after every meal when I can.” Practicing good dental hygiene isn’t rocket science; it’s really easy.
Here are some basic principles to follow:
- Spend at least three minutes brushing your teeth twice a day. To ensure you’re spending enough time on your oral care routine, try using a timer.
- Use floss at least once a day every day to clean between your teeth. Food particles love setting up camp in between your teeth, and bacteria can run roughshod over your teeth.
- Buy ADA-approved dental cleaning tools and toothpaste.
Poor Oral Health Consequences
Think of your body like a machine; every part is important. If one fails, the system as a whole will suffer. Your mouth is the same way and affects more of your overall health than you’d think. Not practicing good dental hygiene can drastically affect your oral health, but your wellbeing is put at risk as well.
Possible risks include:
- Heart disease/stroke
- Respiratory problems
- Premature birth
We’re not here to scare you, we just want you to realize how important maintaining good oral health is for your overall health. Practicing good dental habits will work out in the long run.
Schedule Your Appointment with Your Dentist in 48532
Our Flint dental office would be honored to serve you for all your dental needs. Keeping infection and bacteria at bay is what we do best, and we can help you, too. Schedule an appointment – we serve everyone in Flint, MI as well as Burton, Flushing, Mt Morris, Swartz Creek, Goodrich and beyond.
May 25, 2015
Endodontics restores failing teeth to healthy function. Always aiming to preserve natural tooth structure, Chitra P. Naik DMD PLC performs root canal therapy in her Flint, MI office with a high rate of success.
Root canal therapy is not scary.
Over the years, root canal therapy has gotten a bad reputation as being the worst of all dental procedures. General dentist Dr. Chitra P. Naik, however, has years of experience providing therapy in Endodontics, the branch of dentistry which treats infected teeth and roots. She performs this restorative procedure comfortably and efficiently in her Flint, Michigan office with great success.
March 15, 2015
For the majority of men and women who wear dentures, dietary restrictions negatively impact daily life. Biting into a fresh, crisp apple has become a thing of the past, and a buttery ear of corn on the cob is nigh impossible to manage. Even your favorite cut of juicy steak is too tough to chew with traditional dentures, leaving you feeling limited and unsatisfied with the available options. Fortunately, Dr. Chitra Naik offers implant-retained dentures at her Flint, MI dental office.
Why Choose Implant-Retained Dentures?
Dental implants are the most sophisticated and versatile restorative dentistry solution available today. These tiny, titanium posts are secured within the bone of your jaw, replacing the roots of the teeth you have lost due to decay, damage, or disease. The posts serve as sturdy anchors for your implant-retained dentures, custom prosthetics that are designed just for you for a perfect fit and a natural look.
With implant-retained dentures, you can feel confident in the appearance of your smile as well as your ability to speak, laugh, and eat whatever you like. There’s no more fear of slipping dentures or the worry that food will become lodged between your restoration and your gums. You’ll love the freedom you feel with implant-retained dentures, and your body will thank you for the wider variety of nutritious foods that you are now able to enjoy.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you currently wear dentures and you’d like to learn more about the possibilities afforded by implant-retained dentures, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your visit with Dr. Naik and her caring, experienced team. We genuinely look forward to helping you achieve a better quality of life and a more varied diet with our state-of-the-art restorative dentistry services. Our cutting-edge dental practice in Flint, MI warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Fenton, Flushing, Davison, Ortonville, and beyond.
February 15, 2015
While your teeth may be the last things on your mind when you gear up to hit the gym, a recent study has uncovered a vital connection between oral health and strenuous exercise. At the Flint, MI dental practice of Dr. Chitra P. Naik, Dr. Naik and her team are committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health, and today we’d like to talk about how exercising – particularly running – impacts the health of your teeth and gums.
Why Do Athletes Have More Cavities?
A 2014 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports found that athletes –especially those who engaged in distance running on a regular basis – had a higher incidence of enamel erosion and tooth decay than their peers who were non-athletic. This was found to be directly related to pH levels in their mouths; a decreased pH level (one that falls below 5.5) has been linked to a higher risk for cavities and gum disease. It is believed that the lower pH levels were caused by a diet high in carbohydrates, including sports drinks and energy bars frequently consumed before and during workouts.
In addition, breathing through the mouth – a habit of many runners – decreases saliva levels. Saliva is necessary for good oral health; it actively protects the enamel from acidic bacteria. While the study certainly offers insight into why athletes tend to suffer from more tooth decay, the results should not be used to deter anyone from pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle. They simply further support the belief that runners and other athletes should visit the dentist often for routine checkups and cleanings to ensure continued oral health.
Schedule Your Next Visit Today
If you or someone in your family exercises regularly, it’s important to remember that your teeth and gums require special care to stay healthy. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Naik, and learn more about how our general and preventive dentistry solutions can help you avoid cavities, periodontal disease, and more. Our family-friendly dental practice in Flint, MI warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding communities in Flushing, Davison, Fenton, Ortonville, and beyond. We look forward to seeing your smile!