General Dentistry

A Healthy Smile is a Happy Smile

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At Northern Trails Dental Care in Gwinn, MI, Dr. Gwendolyn Buck has the clinical skills and the advanced technology to give you a healthy smile, and the compassionate care to make you show it. Our team is happy to provide all of your general dentistry needs in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

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Oral Hygiene

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There’s no question that oral hygiene is the number one factor when it comes to your oral health. While there are other factors involved including your diet, lifestyle and genetics, keeping your teeth clean is the best way to keep them healthy.

Here’s some advice straight from the oral health professionals at Northern Trails Dental Care:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice every day – preferably after eating or drinking.
  • Use an electronic toothbrush – Sonicare® is the #1 recommended by dentists.
  • Floss every night before you brush to remove plaque between teeth.
  • Use mouthwash to kill more germs and bacteria – and bad breath.
  • Swish with water after eating/drinking when brushing is not available.
  • Chew sugarless gum containing xylitol to fight plaque and decay.
  • Come see us regularly for cleanings and exams.

While a good oral homecare routine is an excellent start, we have the tools, techniques and training to get deep into those hard-to-reach places and remove any plaque or tartar you’ve left behind. All of our hygienists are gentle and friendly and won’t make you feel guilty if you haven’t been flossing.

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Gum Disease Treatment

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Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and that it affects nearly half of the American adult population? Did you also know that left untreated, gum disease can increase your risk for serious systemic health problems like heart disease and stroke?

Many patients think that it’s normal for gums to bleed sometimes during regular brushing and flossing. This is false. If your gums are bleeding, it is a sure sign of early stage gum disease or gingivitis and should come see us right away for periodontal care.

Periodontal treatment, depending on the level of infection, may include any of the following treatments:

  • arestin-logoPeriodontal cleaning
  • Scaling & root planing
  • Local antibiotics – ARESTIN®
  • Surgery or extraction (in severe cases)

Come see us at Northern Trails Dental Care for premium periodontal care and gum disease treatment in Gwinn, MI.

Learn more about gum disease from the American Academy of Periodontology.

Tooth Colored Fillings

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If sugar, acid and bacteria have gotten the better of your tooth enamel and a cavity has formed, we will probably have to extract it – JUST KIDDING! Dentistry has come a long way in recent years with materials and technology, including the use of durable, safe, and natural looking tooth colored resin rather than toxic mercury to fill cavities.

At Northern Trails Dental Care, we’re happy to provide tooth colored fillings that fill cavities to stop decay in its tracks – and they blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth so no one will ever know you’ve had a cavity filled.

For your best chance at avoiding cavities all together, you should eat a healthy diet (low sugar and acidity), follow our Oral Hygiene Tips above and come see us regularly for cleanings and exams.

Oral Cancer Screenings

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As your trusted Gwinn dentist and oral health advisors, it is one of our most important jobs to perform regular screenings for abnormalities that could be potential signs of oral cancer or other disease or infection. The earlier oral cancer is detected, the better chance you have at survival and recovery. This is just one of the many reasons regular visits to your Gwinn dentist are so important.

Signs of oral cancer include (can be found on the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, throat, or any surface of the mouth):

  • Swelling, thickening, lumps, rough spots, crusting, or erosion
  • Velvety white, red, or speckled patches
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Numbness or loss of feeling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent sores
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, change in voice
  • Ear pain

Risk factors for developing oral cancer include:

  • Smoking – Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers
  • Chewing – Patients who dip, snuff, or chew are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer
  • Alcohol – Oral cancer is six times more common in drinkers than non-drinkers
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • HPV

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs or symptoms, especially if you fall into any of the high risk categories, you should come see us for an oral cancer screening right away. It might just save your life.

Learn more about oral cancer from the Oral Cancer Foundation.

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Mouth Guards & Nightguards

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If you or your children are involved in any type of contact sports, we recommend protecting their teeth with a custom mouth guard from Northern Trails Dental Care. While, yes, you can buy stock mouth guards from the sporting goods store, a custom mouth guard offers a better fit for optimum comfort (so they are more likely to wear it), and the highest level of protection against oral injuries and concussions.

If you suffer from teeth grinding and clenching or TMJ problems, we also offer nightguards and Splint Therapy to protect your teeth and provide pain relief.

Contact our office and ask about mouth guards today!

Dental Sealants

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If you do your best to follow a strict oral hygiene routine, and you STILL are prone to decay and cavities (or if you refuse to follow our advice), we can offer you another layer of protection with dental sealants. Sealants are a tooth colored resin that is painted over the surface of the teeth to protect against acid and decay. Sealants are great for kids, as well as adults who have problems with decay.

Contact our office and ask about sealants today!

Contact Us

If you have any questions about any of our General Dentistry services at Northern Trails Dental Care, or are ready to schedule a visit, contact your Gwinn dentist, Dr. Gwendolyn Buck today by calling (906) 661-1026 or schedule online!

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