Written by: Editor on November 15, 2013 @ 6:49 pm
Do you have multiple flaws on your smile? Are you mortified by chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps, or misalignment? What if there was one procedure that could fix all of those problems at once? If you receive porcelain dental veneers from your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, you are likely to be amazed at how natural, uniform, and symmetrical your new grin will be.
Dental veneers have evolved over the years as technology has dictated. The materials for both the veneer and the dental adhesive have greatly improved. The initial invention of veneers could be compared to faux eyelashes. They only offered a temporary cosmetic appearance alteration originally because of poor quality glue. These days, Dr. Askari takes small wafers of porcelain that are roughly the size of one fingernail. They are affixed directly to your natural teeth with a strong bonding agent. Veneers can be color (more…)
Written by: Editor on November 11, 2013 @ 12:47 pm
We really know how to celebrate in America. For better or for worse, many of our biggest annual celebrations center around food. Dentists tend to offer plenty of advice about nutrition to patients. After all, your teeth are the gateway through which everything you consume passes. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you may be wondering about the positive and negative elements this holiday has on your dental health. Your 48335 general dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, is here to break down the details of your Thanksgiving meal in relation to your teeth. (more…)
Written by: Editor on November 4, 2013 @ 6:54 pm
So you’ve lost a tooth, or maybe more than one. What are you options? There are several. They all have various virtues, as well as a disadvantage or two. However, if you’re looking to replace your teeth in the most natural way possible, there is one option that can’t be beat. Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist, has provided dental implants to many happy patients.
Titanium posts inserted into your jaw? This may have sounded like science fiction at one (more…)
Written by: Editor on November 1, 2013 @ 6:06 pm
With a name like toothpaste, you might be surprised that the minty abrasive we use to clean our teeth has many other practical uses beyond oral hygiene. We rely on the fresh smell of toothpaste to cover up bad breath and leave our mouths feeling tingly and clean. Did you know that toothpaste can actually cover up other odors? Tupperware, lunchboxes, and baby bottles that have begun to emit unpleasant odors can be given a once over with toothpaste to neutralize the smells. You can even wash your hands with toothpaste if pungent smells seem to be sticking to your skin. Michigan cosmetic dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, offers some other unique uses for toothpaste.
Shine up your Rings
Do you have jewelry that has dulled over time? Precious metals and your teeth have that in common. Age may be making (more…)
Written by: Editor on October 28, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
Healthy, attractive smiles should be a right afforded to everyone. This is why Dr. Askari and our team at Comfort Dental Spa dedicate ourselves to providing dream smiles to patients. Your smile represents you, your persona, your mood at any given moment. If you avoid smiling, the impression you’ll give is an unfriendly and unapproachable one. Your Michigan cosmetic dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, is happy to tell you more about the many options we offer to our patients.
Cosmetic Dental Procedures: Easier than you Think
There’s good news: While it’s true that certain cosmetic dental procedures require a certain degree of time commitment and patience, many can be finished within two or three appointments. In the case of whitening teeth, you can achieve (more…)
Written by: Editor on October 18, 2013 @ 6:18 pm
We promise not to stick our tongues out at you if you don’t do well on our fun Friday quiz. Do you know much about your tongue? Your Farmington Hills dentist Dr. Aziza Askari, and the rest of our team at Comfort Dental Spa would like to challenge you to a quiz on the strongest muscle in your entire body.
Written by: Editor on October 14, 2013 @ 4:38 pm
Technology has brought the dental industry a long way, and will continue to arm dentists with new and more efficient tools to help their patients maintain healthy smiles. A relatively new innovation in the dentistry field is something called Diagnodent. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, and our team at Comfort Dental Spa will explain how this tool can help you avoid the invasive procedures that can be required when you develop tooth decay. (more…)
Written by: Editor on October 9, 2013 @ 9:11 am
A straight, healthy, attractive smile is not a guarantee in life. Luckily, though, if you are unhappy with your smile, there are certainly avenues that you can go down to achieve the smile of your dreams. If crooked or misaligned teeth are the issue at hand, solutions might include covering over your teeth with porcelain veneers, or opting for traditional braces. The downside of veneers on crooked teeth can be that simply covering over your smile won’t make your teeth any easier to clean. You can end up with long term dental issues such as severe decay or gum disease, so veneers will only be a temporary fix.
Meanwhile, traditional braces are tried-and-true, but they are conspicuous and can take a long time for treatment to be complete. One great alternative is called Six Month Smiles. For more information, read today’s blog from your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, and our Comfort Dental Spa team. You can also learn more by viewing the video above.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles offer you many advantages over more traditional orthodontic treatments. Focusing on your front teeth that are visible when you smile, these braces require an average half a year of treatment time – much shorter than the average braces (even Invisalign). The brackets and wires of Six Month Smiles are made from a combination of clear and tooth-colored materials. This makes your experience with orthodontics comfortable if you are embarrassed about flashing a mouth full of metal when you smile.
Months of Great Prizes for the Facebook Fans of Comfort Dental Spa
Don’t forget to Like/Share Comfort Dental Spa on Facebook so you have a chance to win all of the fabulous prizes we are offering in the coming months. Remember, you don’t have to be a current patient to win, but we hope you will take the time to peruse our web site and see all of the great amenities we offer to patients. If you have any general dentistry needs, feel free to contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490 for a consultation. We are happy to serve patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.
Written by: Editor on October 7, 2013 @ 2:02 pm
Look around you the next time you’re waiting in line for a cup of coffee, or sitting at your desk in the office, or even hanging out at a family gathering. According to research, one in five people has untreated tooth decay. Could it be you? This U.S. based statistic is thought to be driven by the prevalence of people in low-income neighborhoods going without preventive dental care. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will explain the relevance of the study.
Tooth decay is the result of the bacteria in plaque and tartar breaking through weakened tooth enamel and causing holes that get bigger with time. Demographics in our American population seem to greatly affect cavity rates. Oral health and overall health are connected. By discerning pockets of the population that have poor dental health, we may also be identifying a higher prevalence of other health conditions as well. (more…)
Written by: Editor on October 4, 2013 @ 3:44 pm
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry deems today World Smile Day. Since smiles are our business at Comfort Dental Spa, we wanted to make sure that we shared this with our patients. According to psychologists, even forcing yourself to smile can lift your mood. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to join in the celebration of smiles by give you some interesting facts about this powerful expression we call the smile.
Smiling is Contagious
Normally we don’t want things to be contagious, but smiling is a good one to spread around. According to a research study in Sweden, people have a very hard time frowning when they are looking at someone else who is smiling. (It also takes more effort and muscles to frown than to smile). And while most contagious things (like a cold) mean your (more…)
Written by: Editor on October 2, 2013 @ 12:36 pm
Comfort Dental Spa spent the month of September celebrating oral hygiene. Our end-of-the-month drawing was for an Oral-B Pulsonic Toothbrush. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, recognizes that patients who use electric toothbrushes tend to have an easier time committing to the goal of brushing teeth for two minutes, twice each day. The pleasant vibrations of the Oral-B Pulsonic will make this an effortless endeavor for one lucky patient – contest winner G Perrot. Dr. Askari and our entire staff congratulate him and would like to take today’s blog to educate all of our patients further on the benefits of electric toothbrushes.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush for You
There are many nooks and crannies in your mouth, and it can simply be difficult to reach them with a manual toothbrush. You have probably left your dentist after a cleaning and polishing, enjoying the bliss of a completely tartar free mouth. You (more…)
Written by: Editor on September 30, 2013 @ 8:49 am
Comfort Dental Spa understands that dental health can vary from gender to gender. This generally revolves around hormones. Unfortunately, women succumb to a higher amount of surges and depletions of hormones throughout their lives. This can affect the way your body responds to the toxins from plaque and tartar buildup and can translate into higher rates of periodontal disease (gum disease). Farmington Hills female dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will speak more about this topic in today’s blog.
Highlighting Hormonal Surges
Think of all the times that can mark hormonal imbalances or fluctuations in a woman’s life. There are a variety of health problems and symptoms that can result from hormonal issues, and dental health is no exception. Hormones can trigger an over-reaction to the germs that cause periodontal disease, making the inflammation more likely. Dr. Askari will break it down by some of the most common trigger times in a woman’s life:
Puberty – Surges of progesterone and estrogen cause an increase blood flow to the gums The beginning of menstruation can include swollen gums and salivary glands every month for the entirety of a woman’s child-bearing years. (more…)
Written by: Editor on September 27, 2013 @ 5:59 pm
Dr. Aziza Askari and our entire team at Comfort Dental Spa are very aware about the impact dental health can have on the overall wellbeing of our patients. Not only are we vigilant with your preventive dental care (cleanings and checkups) but we strive to provide a spa-like environment to patients. Today, your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to talk about one of the ways we battle a very pervasive dental health condition – gum disease.
Discovering Gum Disease
Each of your six month checkups will include a thorough cleaning. Dr. Askari will also perform an examination of your teeth and gums to make sure everything looks healthy and no red flags have risen up since your last visit. Gum disease is unfortunately a frequent diagnosis. This inflammatory illness is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. For this reason, our Comfort Dental Spa team, led by Dr. Askari, often provides Perio Protect as a non-invasive, effective, and relatively comfortable therapy for periodontal disease.
What is Perio Protect?
Perio Protect is a gum disease treatment that can be customized specifically for you and each individual patient in need. The purpose of treating gum disease is not to cure it (this has not been made possible yet) but to manage the population of bacteria that tend to grow in the (more…)
Written by: Editor on September 23, 2013 @ 11:24 am
Burning mouth syndrome can be an unpleasant and even painful dental condition. You can take a good guess as to what the sensation feels like based on the name. If you’ve ever burned your mouth by eating or drinking something that was scalding hot, imagine that feeling on a regular basis and for no obvious reason. Sensations of burning in patients with BMS can be felt on the tongue, the roof of the mouth, the gums, inside cheeks, and at the back of the mouth and/or throat. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will tell you more about burning mouth syndrome.
What Causes BMS?
You may also hear BMS referred to as burning tongue syndrome, scalded mouth syndrome, glossodynia, or stomatodynia. While burning is the most common sensation described, some patients report tingling, numbness, a (more…)
Written by: Editor on September 20, 2013 @ 2:09 pm
Have you ever seen someone grimace when you spoke too close to them? If so, you may have had bad breath. This happens to all of us from time-to-time, but for some, it can be a chronic issue. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to challenge you to a quiz on ways to combat bad breath. (more…)
Written by: Editor on September 16, 2013 @ 3:39 pm
When you are a parent of a teenager who requires an atomic explosion to get out of bed, you might not have a whole lot of sympathy for the sleep plight of teens. You might think they should just go to bed earlier, and then they would surely pop out of bed, bright-eyed and ready to do everything they need to in order to get accepted into a prestigious university. In fact, teenagers aren’t necessarily at fault for their propensity for staying up late and sleeping in late. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, offers you some myths and facts about teenage sleep patterns. (more…)
Written by: Editor on September 13, 2013 @ 1:45 pm
The lines between oral health and overall health are fairly blurred. The idea that you go to the dentist just to maintain your smile is somewhat antiquated. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy can translate into staving off much more serious conditions. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, expands upon the concept of oral-systemic health.
Periodontal Disease as a Gateway
When gums become infected, you have a condition called periodontal disease (gum disease). Gum tissue is responsible for holding your teeth securely in place. When bacteria cause inflammation in the gums, they become damaged and recede. Eventually, if not treated, your teeth can become loose and even fall out. Decayed or (more…)
Written by: Editor on September 9, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
We have spoken frequently over the months about various restorative options when your tooth has decay. But what causes the decay in the first place? If you have had a cavity, you are in good company. Over 90% of American adults will hear the words “you have a cavity” at some point in their lives. If you’re under the impression that sugar is the direct cause of rotting teeth, your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to give you a more expanded view of what causes tooth decay.
The Origin of Cavities
Sugar has a reputation for being very problematic to our dental health. This is justified, which is unfortunate if you have a “sweet tooth.” However, to call sugar the direct cause of tooth decay is like saying cheese gives you heart (more…)
Written by: Editor on September 4, 2013 @ 11:53 am
We have been so pleased with all of the action on our Facebook page for the last month or so. The first of our many drawings slated for the coming months has been completed. We are thrilled to announce that the August winner of the take-home whitening kit is Jessica Manville. All that Jessica had to do to earn her prize was to become a Comfort Dental Spa Facebook fan. Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist, would like to encourage you to do the same for September’s drawing. We would also like to tell you more about the whitening options available to all of our patients.
Teeth Whitening in Farmington Hills
Zoom! bleaching is an in-office teeth whitening method that is fast and effective. Patients start by consulting with Dr. Askari to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy enough to sustain teeth whitening chemicals. If at-home (more…)
Written by: Editor on August 30, 2013 @ 7:17 pm
Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, has undergone the additional training to qualify her to provide you with quality endodontic treatment (root canal therapy). Many patients have questions about root canals. Read on to learn more.
Root Canal FAQs
Q1. What is a root canal?
A1. Many people believe that the treatment to fix deep decay in the roots is called a root canal. In fact, you have root canals inside every one of your teeth.
Q2. How many root canals are in each tooth? (more…)
Written by: Editor on August 26, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
Rasheda Kamaria is another one of our wonderful Comfort Dental Spa patients. She has been seeing us for a year and a half, and has been thrilled with the confidence her new smile has given her. As someone with a career in the media, Rasheda was concerned about her public speaking engagements when she was dealing with crooked teeth and gums that were uneven as a result of periodontal disease. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will tell you more about the two procedures that Rasheda has been so happy with: a gingivectomy and Six Month Smiles braces.
When gum disease becomes advanced, you may require a variety of treatments to get the infection under control. Periodontal disease that does not respond to antibiotics or root planing and scaling might require surgical treatment. The purpose of a gingivectomy is to remove and reshape diseased gum tissue that has become loose, forming pockets between the teeth and gums. These (more…)
Written by: Editor on August 23, 2013 @ 8:31 am
Fear is arguably the main reason why anyone would avoid going to the dentist. You can try to reason with yourself, but the biology of fear often seems out of your control. Once your heart starts racing, how are you supposed to stop it? When your muscles tighten, and you feel like you can’t breathe, there’s no talking yourself out of those feelings. Have you ever wondered what causes fear, or do you think you know all about the origins of anxiety? Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, challenges you to a quiz on fear.
Q1. True or false – Fear reactions begin in the nerves.
Q2. True or false – The hypothalamus is a big part of fear responses.
A1. FALSE – The chain reaction of fear begins in your brain. A stressful stimulus is the catalyst that causes your heart to race, your breathing to become more rapid, and tightening in your muscles. The range of causes for a response of fear vary from person-to- (more…)
Written by: Editor on August 19, 2013 @ 11:23 am
Recently, Comfort Dental Spa had the pleasure of hearing testimonials from many of our patients which can be viewed on Facebook. Jeff Stefancin and his wife have been happy patients of Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Askari, ever since they found out about the practice from a local newspaper advertisement. Intrigued by the amenities offered, the couple came in for both routine dental maintenance and more advanced dental needs.
Calming the Nerves of Patients Every Day
When Jeff and his wife walked in to Comfort Dental Spa, the pleasant atmosphere put them at ease. The staff made them feel comfortable, and assuaged their anxious feelings. The experience was such a revelation that the Stefancins recommend our dental office all the time. In fact, they feel so in touch with Comfort Dental Spa, dental appointments feel like coming in to hang out with family.
Sedation Dentistry Options
Patients like Jeff that feel exceptionally anxious about going to the dentist might simply require the attention of an understanding dentist and dental staff. Your Farmington Hills dentist is well versed in calming patients who are nervous about the dentist. For those folks that are so fearful of dental visits that they have a full blown phobia and avoid going to the dentist at all costs, nitrous oxide is a gentle and safe way to get through with a comfortable and relaxed state of mind. If you require something even stronger, oral sedation is administered through a small pill. Finally, IV sedation can be an option when invasive dental work, multiple procedures, or debilitating fear are at hand. (more…)
Written by: Editor on August 11, 2013 @ 8:53 pm
Recently, Comfort Dental Spa had the pleasure of hearing testimonials from many of our patients. Kenettia Taylor has been seeing Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Askari for many years. She says that the education she has received from our staff at Comfort Dental Spa on oral health has helped her take better care of her teeth, and made her happy to recommend our practice to family and friends. The positive experiences Kenettia has had include fillings and root canal procedures. She is currently wearing Six Month Smiles orthodontics on her teeth, and looks forward to unveiling a brand new smile soon.
White fillings are a terrific solution to restore decayed teeth once they’ve been cleaned of remaining infection and germs. Composite resin adheres to your tooth enamel. Not only will the composite material blend in with surrounding teeth, but you won’t have to worry about unnecessary mercury exposure.
Root Canal Procedures
People often dread root canals as if they were the worst possible dental procedure, but root canals are not much more involved than simple fillings. Patients like Kenettia are happy that we are able to avoid extraction of damaged teeth by implementing a root canal treatment. The infected tissue is removed, the canals are disinfected and filled in with a biocompatible material similar to rubber. Your tooth will be protected and restored with either a white filling or a porcelain crown.
Six Month Smile
Written by: Editor on August 9, 2013 @ 5:56 pm
Would you be surprised to know that people in the United States shell out upwards of 1.4 billion dollars each year to take a gamble on over-the-counter teeth whitening kits? Some work, some don’t, and some can cause tooth damage if your teeth are not in healthy shape. The best way to enjoy teeth whitening is to consult with a dentist first. What if you got your teeth whitening for free? Well, one lucky fan of Comfort Dental Spa’s Facebook page will be taking professional quality whitening home with them at the end of August. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will tell you more about the advantages of take-home cosmetic teeth whitening.
What Causes Teeth Stains?
Discoloration of teeth is a natural part of aging. There are in fact two types of teeth stains: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic teeth stains manifest on the surface of your teeth as a result of what you expose them to. People that are heavy users of tobacco products, and/or drink a lot of red wine, coffee, tea, or cola are likely to have more of a propensity toward extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, happen from within your tooth structure. Causes of intrinsic discolorations are usually certain types of drugs (prescription or otherwise) or dental injury that damages the root while the tooth structure remains intact. (more…)
Written by: Editor on August 5, 2013 @ 5:25 pm
Are you a Facebook fan of Comfort Dental Spa? If not, you may want to consider clicking that simple little Like button for the chance to win some fabulous prizes in the coming months. Starting this August, 2013, we will be selecting one of our Facebook fans at the end of each month as the big winner of one of a variety of prizes. Read on to learn more from Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist.
List of Facebook Prizes
As the heat of August lingers on, you might be trying to squeeze in as many beach or pool days as possible. Will your grin match the brightness of the sun? If you are our August 31st winner, you will become the proud owner of a professional take-home teeth whitening kit. This package will include customized trays and dental grade bleaching gel that will provide you with much more potent and safer results than over-the-counter whitening options.
Back to school in September? What’s a better way to renew the school year than a super clean smile? At the end of September, one lucky Facebook fan will become the proud owner of a Sonicare Electric Power Toothbrush. The American Dental Association (along with your Farmington Hills dentist) recommends that you brush your teeth for two minutes at a time, twice-a-day. Sonicare makes this much easier with the effortless sonically vibrating head. (more…)