Wednesday, September 12, 2012

McMullin Monster Mash!

We have the best staff!  Look at those smiles!

For the month of September we are offering a great special for patients.  You can purchase an electric tooth brush and whitening kit for only $70.00! The kit includes:
·         Oral- B professional Care 3000 Electric toothbrush
·         A one week starter pack of 3D white strips
·         Crest 3D white vivid toothpaste
·         Crest 3D white whitening rinse

This is a sure way to brighten your smile and boost your confidence. If you are interested in purchasing this amazing special please give us a call today!!

On Saturday October 20, 2012 we will be hosting Dr. McMullin’s Monster Mash.
The purpose of the event is to offer parents the opportunity to have their children’s dental records and finger prints recorded for them. To obtain the children’s dental records we have them bite into a soft material that records their teeth imprints, it is a very simple and productive procedure. We have a company called Leep U.S.A coming to record the children’s finger prints which will be added to a cd rom, with child’s height, weight, hair color and current photo. Parents will be able to take the cd rom home for safe keeping if anything should happen. The company is a non-profit organization, so there is no fee, but we will be accepting donations. We will also be having a costume contest for the children to win prizes and music for them to enjoy while at our Monster Mash. The event will be from 12 P.m. – 3 P.M.  We really hope to see all of you attend. Remember you could also bring your grandchildren, niece, nephew or neighbor, if you have no young children yourself.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spring is on it's way!  (was winter ever really here??)     So much has been happening here at McMullin Dental Care.  Our much loved hygienist Kelly recently moved to Florida.  We wish her a wonderful time in the "south"!  Since Kelly has moved, we had the opportunity to welcome Rebecca to our practice!  Rebecca studied hygiene at the University of Detroit Mercy.  She loves helping people look and feel great.  Stop in and meet her anytime!

February is National Children's Dental Health Month and in honor of that we have visited multiple schools to educate children.  It was so much fun!  The kids are excited and so willing to learn and share what they know.  One mother told me that her daughter has been carrying floss with her everywhere since we visited her class at Triumph Academy! 

The office is also gearing up for another Relay for Life.  This event raises funds to support cancer research, prevention, and education.  Participating in this event has been inspiring!  We encourage anyone that wishes to join or support our team to contact us at (734) 241-5115.  

Many of you, adults and children play spring sports.  While playing a sport is a great way to stay in shape, be part of a team, and have a ton of fun, there are also a few risks.  Injury to the mouth and teeth can occur as part of playing any sport.  As part of your gear, make sure to wear a mouthguard and protect your teeth.  Quite often a team will provide mouthguards to its players.  However, if you are in need of a mouthguard, we will gladly make one for you.  Here at McMullin Dental Care we want to see you happy and healthy!  Call the office to find out more. (734) 241-5115.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and you may be getting ready for some big fat kisses to come your way.  So even though at McMullin Dental Care we're concerned about cavities, gum disease, and bad breath, we won't use this blog entry to gross you out about kissing.  But we will give you some tips to make sure you are totally kissable!

Let's face it - No one wants to kiss a person who has poor oral hygiene, bad breath, or just a generally yucky mouth. So let's start with the basics:

  • Make sure you brush at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss once per day - if you have trouble flossing or are not sure how, please ask!  We'll be glad to show you the ropes.
  • Avoid sugary and acid-laden foods such as soft drinks, sports drinks, and candy.  (Ok - we won't tell anyone if you have a tiny bit of candy on Valentine's Day!)
  • Eat a well balanced diet including lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, nuts and fiber.
  • If you need to slip in a piece of gum or a breath mint, make sure it contains Xylitol, which has been proven to reduce tooth decay.
  • Drink plenty of water!  This helps to rinse away food particles, and staying hydrated is good for fresh clean breath!
  • See your dentist on a regular basis and call immediately if you suspect there are problems with your oral condition.
Here at McMullin Dental Care, we want you to have a kissable February 14th and a lifetime of excellent dental health.  If you have any questions or need to set up an appointment, please give us a call at 734-241-5115.  We are here for you!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Why The Heck Do You Need To Know That?

When you come in for your dental visit, you may notice that we do a lot more than examine your teeth and gums.

One of the most important parts of your visit is when we ask you questions about your general health.  Many people have said to us:

"What does that have to do with my dental check-up?"

The answer - "A lot!"

More and more research is being published linking dental health to overall health.  At McMullin Dental Care we are concerned about both!

Did you know that diabetes, especially when it is undiagnosed, can be a huge factor in gum disease, eventually causing tooth loss?

A recent study by Columbia University concluded:

"Gum disease is an early complication of diabetes."  It continues:

"Since 70% of adults see a dentist at lease once per year" this is a perfect opportunity to screen for diabetes and other diseases.

According to a recent article in The British Dental Journal, it works the other way around too, as gum disease can be a contributing factor in heart disease, oral cancer, and other illnesses.

Are you taking any  medications, either prescription or over-the-counter?  Many of these can lead to dry mouth, gum inflammation, and other dental problems.

It's even more complicated for women, as hormonal changes, pregnancy, and oral contraceptives can cause many changes in dental health.

The good news is, unlike a visit to your physician - you get to keep your clothes on and won't be poked and prodded anywhere other than your mouth!  As you can see, it is important that we know about your total physical health and any medications you are taking.  Not only can we save your teeth - we may actually save your life! 

If you want to know more about your dental health and how it relates to your overall health, please let us know.  If you have any questions or want to schedule your next appointment, just give us a call at 734-241-5115.  We are here for you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Football Season Can Be A Penalty For Your Teeth!

Football Season Can Be A Penalty For Your Teeth!

Nothing says football season like a big tub of Gatorade being dumped on the winning coach at the end of a game. But for you and your kids it could be offsides and holding on your dental health.

Originally developed at The University of Florida in 1965 (and named after their sports teams – “The Gators”) Gatorade was intended for athletes such as players who endured rigorous workouts in the hot sun. But somehow this potent drink has become a staple of our popular culture, and its combination of sugars, salt and electrolytes can be anything but healthy for all but the most strenuous exercisers. The fact is, for just about all of us, including children, water remains the healthiest drink either with meals or during and after exercise.

"For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best," said Holly J. Benjamin, M.D., a member of the executive committee of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. "Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don't need, and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay. It's better for children to drink water during and after exercise, and to have the recommended intake of juice and low-fat milk with meals. Sports drinks are not recommended as beverages to have with meals."

Even worse are “energy drinks” –which contain huge amounts of stimulants including caffeine, guarana and taurine.  Some of these drinks contain more than 500 mg of caffeine – the equivalent of 14 cans of soda!! Combine that with huge amounts of tooth rotting and obesity causing sugar, and you’ve got a formula for health disaster. To make things worse, some schools actually have “pouring contracts” where they are paid to promote and serve unhealthy sodas and sports drinks.

Good old fashioned tap water, fortified with fluoride, not only remains the healthiest drink but it's the least expensive as well.

So please enjoy football season, but remember not to let energy drinks and sports drinks blitz the dental and overall health of you and your children.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Why pull a tooth if it doesn't hurt?

Have any of you wondered that very thing?  I hear the question from people - They figure if it doesn't hurt then nothing is wrong, or maybe something is wrong, but it isn't that bad...and they can put off taking care of it.  Who wouldn't want to avoid having a tooth pulled (or other dental work) if they could?  I know you'd rather be out shopping or golfing! 

Well, as a dentist it's my job to help you stay healthy.  It's also my job to save your teeth. So if a tooth needs to come out, that means it is not able to be fixed.  It also means that you are at risk of infection, pain, and swelling.  An untreated infection can spread and put you at great risk. Articles published in the Reader's Digest and Washington Post highlight the potential risk.

Sometimes a tooth is infected and there is no pain.  Go figure.  Teeth and nerves are wierd.  I've had some patients come in with a teeny tiny cavity and they are experiencing a lot of discomfort.  I have also seen patients with a very large cavity and it does not hurt.  The fact of the matter is, pain is only one part of determining if there is a problem.  So if your dentist has recommended that a tooth be removed, don't be shy, ask why, find out the risks and the benefits associated with pulling the tooth or leaving it in, and together with your dentist form a plan that will keep you and your mouth healthy.

Here at McMullin Dental Care your total health is our priority.  Questions?  Give us a call at 734-241-5115.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Battle of the Sexes - Dental Style

Is it a "man's world" or are women "smarter"?  Who has better dental health?

It turns out, one group is more likely to have healthier gums, less plaque and tartar build-up, less bleeding of the gums, and less gum disease.  This group is also twice as likely to schedule regular dental check-ups and is much better at following through with the treatment recommended by their dentist.

To top it off, they have a better understanding of oral health and a more positive attitude about visiting the dentist! So just who are these dental superstars?

According to the Journal of Periodontology, a professional journal which publishes articles on gum disease ~ it's the "fairer sex" that has the upper hand when it comes to dental health. 

So does that mean that females are less likely to have cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and stinky breath?  Sorry guys - the answer is yes.

The good news is, it seems to have nothing to do with genetics.  It is purely because women take better care of their teeth and gums and see their dentists more regularly.

So how about it guys?  It's time to "brush up" on your oral health!  Start taking better care of your teeth and gums and be sure to give us a call at 734-241-5115 to schedule your next appointment!  And women - keep up the good work!

At McMullin Dental Care we care about ALL of our patients - men and women!  We are always here for you to answer any questions you may have about your dental health.  Give us a call today!