A Leading Provider in Affordable Dental Care

A Leading Provider in Affordable Dental Care

Though most folks would like to think they are doing their best to get to the dentist every six months (or when a dental issue arises), the truth is, it can be tough for a variety of reasons.

At Redwood Dental, we want to see everyone receive the dental care they need. But we know that it can be tough for families to find both the time and the money to cover dental costs. Read more about how we are making it easier.

Cost concerns

As you know, early detection is the key to catching any potential dental problems as well as keeping dental costs down. However, we do understand that dental costs can be a concern. A recent survey noted that a whopping 44 percent of folks actually avoid the dentist because they don’t have dental insurance. What’s more, some 114 million Americans have no dental coverage, with over 67 million being under the age of 65 (twice the amount of people who are medically uninsured).

This is an alarming statistic, as those without dental insurance are more likely to have heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.

At Redwood Dental Group, we understand. That’s why are proud to offer flexible financing to patients who may not have dental insurance. We’ve partnered with Wells Fargo Health Advantage to offer patients a credit card option that allows them to pay for treatment over a period of time, from six months to 18 months. This allows you to get the dental care you need right away. Additionally, we accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.

If you are concerned about dental costs, please call us so that we can help find a plan that is right for you.

The convenience you need

Today, more than ever, families are busy with little time to spare. And when you do have spare time, it’s likely not ideal to be spending it driving. We understand and we respect your time. That’s why we are proud to offer eight dentist offices in metro Detroit.

With dentist office locations in Madison Heights, Shelby Township, Troy, Warren, St. Clair Shores, Westland, Canton and Woodhaven, there’s a dentist office close enough for nearly anyone living in the metro Detroit area. Further, we offer weekend and evening hours, as well as early morning hours so that you don’t have to take time off of work or school to get to the dentist.

Your metro Detroit dentist

If you’re looking for a caring and well-respected dentist in southeast Michigan, look no further than Redwood Dental.

For over 50 years, our highly experienced and skilled dental team has been caring for the dental needs of metro Detroit families. From cosmetic dentistry to pediatric dentistry and everything in between, Redwood Dental sets the standard for high-quality dentistry in the area.

As a premier southeast Michigan dentist, we take our reputation — and our patients’ satisfaction — seriously. Are you due for your dental cleaning? Call us now to schedule an appointment. We are eager to provide you with the very best in dental care.

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How to Keep Braces Pain at Bay

How to Keep Braces Pain at Bay

Getting braces on initially is painful for children and adults alike, then that discomfort is renewed with every six-week adjustment by the orthodontist. Braces pain is temporary, but it can certainly be very real when it’s happening. What can you do to reduce that discomfort? Here are some suggestions.

  • Ice pack/cold food and beverages: Apply a cold pack to the area of your mouth that feels sore, in order to reduce inflammation. Ice cream and ice pops are also good choices. Try to avoid eating or biting on ice, as this could damage your braces.
  • Gargle with salt water: Sometimes wires can poke into the insides of your cheeks, leaving cuts and sores. To reduce the irritation and keep bacteria from infecting the area, swish some warm salt water in your mouth for one minute at a time, then spit it out.
  • Wax: One way to keep those wires from poking you in the first place is to place a bit of orthodontic wax on the ends until your next visit when your Michigan orthodontist can clip them off.
  • Warm wash cloth or heating pad: Apply to the affected area if the ice pack hasn’t been helping. Use it as needed on your jaw.
  • Massage the gums: Just like a massage can relieve muscle pain, it can also relieve swollen jaws and mouth pain. Massage will relax gum tissue so you’re not in as much pain.
  • Local anesthetic: OTC gels like Orajel can numb your gums and keep pain at bay. The same gels are often used on babies to relieve their teething pain. You may even sleep better without the constant throbbing.
  • Soft foods: After an adjustment, avoid hard foods. Instead, treat yourself to a fruit smoothie, some ice cream, or mashed potatoes. Gelatin and yogurt are also good ideas.
  • Mouth guard: While you definitely want to wear a mouth guard to participate in sports, you could also wear one to prevent wires from causing sores in your mouth.
  • OTC pain killers: Ask your Metro Detroit orthodontist which kind of OTC pain killer you should take, if any. Medications like ibuprofen can alleviate pain very well. Be sure to take the proper dosage and avoid taking it for several days in a row.

Post-braces adjustments can be painful. However, it’s good to know there are so many ways to alleviate the discomfort. It will fade over time as your mouth adjusts. Till then, heed the above tips. Ask for more suggestions at your next visit. Call Redwood Dental today in Southeast Michigan at 800-462-2222.

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3 Fun Yet Practical Ways to Make Braces More Enjoyable for Kids 

3 Fun Yet Practical Ways to Make Braces More Enjoyable for Kids 

As a parent, you don’t want you kids to suffer. When they get braces, this can translate to some big changes on their part: at first, their teeth are very sore and they can’t eat much, then they realize they can’t eat all their favorite foods anymore. Add on more complex brushing and flossing routines every day and you can have one miserable child on your hands.

Here are some ways you can lessen the burden on them and make braces more fun and less uncomfortable for them in Southeast Michigan.

  1. Reward them after every trip to the orthodontist. Since these visits can occur every six weeks or so, you don’t want to make the reward too big, like a video game or cash. However, a trip to the local ice cream parlor afterwards to soothe their aching teeth after an adjustment is a great idea. Not only does it make them feel better (and you!), it motivates them to go to the appointment in the first place. Other ideas include hitting the mall afterwards or treating them to lunch. A little bonding time is never a bad thing.
  2. Get your kid’s braces customized. This is the best part about braces in the 21st century. Rather than suffer with plain metal braces, kids these days have their pick of bands in any color of the rainbow. There are also gold-color braces out there, as well as ceramic or tooth-colored braces. If they’re an older teen and they qualify, Invisalign may be great for them. Some orthodontists offer brackets in a variety of fun shapes, such as soccer balls or hearts. Let them customize their own braces and they’ll feel like they are an integral part of the process.
  3. Come up with a shopping list. You were likely given a list of foods from the orthodontist that your child must avoid, like gummy candies, popcorn, nuts, gum and ice. Reinforce this list with your child so that they know what they have to do to avoid breaking their braces or getting food stuck in them. That said, this doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy treats. Come up with a list of fun things they CAN have, such as:
  • Gelatin with whipped topping
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soup
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Baked cinnamon apples
  • Soft cheese cubes

Go shopping together for the items on the list and make sure those foods are readily available when they want them. Don’t keep tempting foods in the house, like popcorn or candy. No one’s perfect!

Making braces fun in simple ways can lessen their discomfort and give them something to look forward to. For more suggestions, call Redwood Dental in Metro Detroit at 800-462-2222 or ask at your child’s next visit.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Teeth Safe This Summer 

5 Tips to Keep Your Teeth Safe This Summer 

 With the warm weather upon us, it’s natural to want to get outside, enjoy nature, swimming, camping and a number of other outdoor pursuits. However, keeping your teeth safe this summer may be a challenge, especially if you just got teeth whitening treatments or your braces were recently removed. How can you protect them to maintain your brilliant smile? We will tell you how.  

 Use your mouth guard: If you were fitted for a mouth guard as part of your orthodontic treatment, it’s important to use it as directed. Summer poses many more opportunities to hurt your teeth than winter. You’re outside more, you’re playing sports you usually may not play, and you may be taking more risks. Using a customized mouth guard will minimize the risk of sustaining dental injuries that can set back your treatment or cause extensive damage. This is particularly important if you participate in a school or town wide team sport.  

  1. Nix the sports drinks: Because sports drinks contain a lot of sugar – sometimes as much as a soda – cutting them out will help you protect your teeth against the formation of cavities. It’s best to just drink water when you’re dehydrated. Sports drinks are also high in acid, which damages your tooth enamel, not to mention, they can cause staining to those pearly whites you worked so hard to get.  
  2. Hit the dentist before traveling: Prior to heading out on a vacation this summer, try to schedule your regular dental or orthodontic checkup. This will ensure a clean mouth as well as address any issues you may face that could pose a problem while away, such as wires poking your cheeks. It costs far more to visit an emergency dentist while on your trip than it does to just get the OK from your regular dentist. 
  3. Keep up with your oral hygiene routine: It can be tempting to neglect your teeth in the summer. After all, you’re spending a lot of time away from home, you’re eating foods you don’t normally eat such as candy and ice cream, and you may be staying up a lot later at night. It’s important to keep up with your brushing and flossing routine throughout the summer, especially if you have braces. Brush after every meal and floss once at night before bed. Don’t forget to wear your retainer, too. 
  4. Put together an emergency dental care kit: Stock it with anything you will need for an overnight stay, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, wax, ibuprofen and gauze, as well as the contact information for your dentist should you need to ask questions. 

 Call Redwood Dental 

 To learn more tips for summertime dental safety, contact Redwood Dental in Metro Detroit at 800-462-2222 or one of the eight Southeast Michigan locations we offer near you.  

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Here Comes the Bride! Are Your Teeth Shiny and White?

Here Comes the Bride! Are Your Teeth Shiny and White

With wedding season in full swing, brides everywhere are gearing up for that all-important walk down the aisle. You’ve bought the dress, booked your hair appointment, and chose the cutest shoes to go with your gown. But have you given any thought to your smile? Even if you have straight teeth, take a look in the mirror. Are your teeth yellow? You don’t want your smile to be in direct contrast to your bright white dress, so make sure to get your pearly whites treated before the big day.

Teeth whitening in Southeast Michigan is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures. You may have tried those over the counter kits but found that the results weren’t quite what you were looking for. If you need more dramatic results that last longer, consider in-office or take-home teeth whitening kit from your dentist.

Staining happens to everyone over time. Things that can compound this yellowing of the teeth include smoking, and consuming red or white wine, soda, coffee and tea, as well as eating berries like blueberries and black berries. You don’t have to live with it; in fact, there’s no better time to get your teeth back to their former glory than right before your wedding day.

In-office or at-home whitening kits are safe, effective ways prescribed by your dentist to remove those surface stains and enjoy a prettier smile.

If you opt for in-office treatments, also called chair-side whitening, you can expect this visit to take about a half hour, whereby a chemical solution is applied to the teeth. You may have to go back for one more session if you don’t see the results you desire.

For at-home treatments, a specially formulated bleaching agent specific to the shade you desire is crafted by your dentist. The bleaching agent is placed in custom trays that you can wear at home for convenience. Just be sure to wear them as prescribed (usually a few hours a day or at night) so you can remove stains effectively while still protecting your tooth enamel from damage.

There are many benefits to using an at-home bleaching treatment over strips bought at the store:

  • Faster process and longer lasting results
  • Lower long-term cost
  • Less invasive, with trays that are lightweight and portable
  • More effective at ridding the teeth of stains originating from things like coffee, smoking, red wine and berries, as well as medications and certain health conditions

Your wedding day is one of the most important – and most photographed – days of your life. Make it count. Show off that radiant smile that will be captured for all to enjoy for many years to come. Teeth whitening also has the great side effect of boosting your self-esteem, so go ahead and enjoy your wedding day with confidence.

Contact Redwood Dental

Book now to have white teeth for your summer wedding. Call Redwood Dental in Metro Detroit at 800-462-2222 now for an appointment.

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Seniors Need Special Dental Care

Seniors Need Special Dental Care

We often talk about the importance of good dental care starting from a young age. However, it is equally as important to maintain these practices throughout life, particularly as we age.

Seniors oftentimes face unique dental and dental care challenges. 

Poor dental hygiene linked to poor overall health

Just as folks are usually good about ensuring their kids receive proper dental care and checkup, it is equally important to be sure that your older loved ones are, too.

Statistics have shown that only about 60 percent of seniors went to their dentist in 2013…and with insurance costs on the rise, that number could be even lower today. What’s more, one out of four senior citizens has periodontal disease.

This is alarming on several levels: Of course, when left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. But gum disease is also linked to serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Challenges seniors face

So what’s keeping senior citizens from seeing the dentist? It could be a number of factors, including lack of dental insurance (some studies say that a mere two percent of seniors have dental coverage) and a lack of transportation to and from the dentist.

Further, seniors often struggle with preventing dental issues and then treating those issues in a timely manner, resulting in serious dental issues.

At Redwood Dental, your entire family’s oral health is our top priority. As such, our dentists encourage you to check in on older family members to learn if they are experiencing challenges with their dental health or getting to and paying for the dentist.

We take dental health seriously and are proud to offer flexible financing so that everyone can get the dental care they need at a price they can afford.

Dentists serving southeast Michigan

Redwood Dental is known as a premier dentist office in metro Detroit offering affordable and painless dentistry in southeast Michigan. We have been caring for families in the area for decades and our reputation speaks for itself.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is the reason we are a leading provider of dental care in the Detroit area. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of locations so that getting to the dentist is easy for everyone.

Does someone you know need a visit to the dentist? Call Redwood Dental today for help. We are eager to serve you.

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In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits 

In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits 

To get the best results from teeth whitening, you need to see a dentist. Over-the-counter whitening kits are not strong enough to provide truly jaw-dropping results, and in the end, they often cost more money than professional dental bleaching. Redwood Dental offers a variety of teeth whitening services in Metro Detroit, MI, using the latest in cosmetic dentistry technology. In this discussion, we will compare in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments so you can decide which one is best for you.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening delivers the best results in the fastest way possible. After a thorough teeth cleaning, we will apply special sealants to your gums to protect them during the whitening process. Then we will apply a thin layer of gel to the front of your teeth. We use a special light that reacts with the gel, instantly taking years of stains off the surface.

In-office whitening treatment is more expensive than take-home kits, but it provides faster, longer-lasting results. Your teeth will look much brighter right after treatment, and they will continue to brighten over the next two days. You may experience some sensitivity after treatment, but that will go away by the next morning.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Take-home teeth whitening kits are more affordable than in-office whitening programs, but they do take longer to get results from. Depending on how often you whitening your teeth at home, it may take a couple weeks to get the results you are looking for. Nevertheless, this is a highly effective way to brighten your smile, and it is much more powerful than the kits you can buy in stores.

For your take-home kit, your dentist office will take a mold of your smile. This will be used to create special trays specifically designed for your teeth. Once the trays are ready, you will use them at night to whiten your smile. You cannot eat or drink anything for 6-8 hours after using the at-home whitening kit, which is why we recommend completing the treatment right before bed.

You will get a small syringe of bleach to use in your trays. Place a tiny amount on the front portion of your six middle teeth in each tray. Do not apply this directly to the teeth, and do not worry about spreading it across the tray. The bleaching solution will naturally cover your teeth when you slide the trays in.

Place the trays in your mouth so they hug your teeth snugly. Wear them for up to one hour and then take them out. Gently swish some water in your mouth to get rid of the excess bleach, and wash your trays with cold water. Leave them out to dry and then put them in their storage case for safe keeping.

Getting The Right Teeth Whitening Treatment For Your Needs

To learn more about teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry solutions, contact Redwood Dental to schedule a consultation. We will go over all of your options with you so you can find the best one for your goals and your budget.

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How A Dentist Can Help Your Headaches: TMJ Treatment

How A Dentist Can Help Your Headaches TMJ Treatment

Most people don’t think about seeing a dentist to treat headaches, but this could be the ideal treatment option for you. Many oral-related issues can lead to headaches, depending on what your symptoms are and how your face is structured as a whole. Let’s take a closer look at how dental care can reduce headaches so you understand your treatment options.

Dental-Related Headache Causes

There are many different causes of headaches, from staring at a computer for too long to not getting enough sleep at night. When it comes to your oral health though, the main issues are teeth clenching and TMJ pain (temporomandibular joint disorder). Teeth clenching is a habit, not a condition, but it is something your dentist can help you fix. TMJ pain is the result of misalignment in your teeth or jaws, which can also be fixed with a neuromuscular specialized dentist.

Finding The Cause Of Your Headaches

In order to determine what is specifically causing your headaches, you will need to go in for an oral exam. Your dentist will evaluate your symptoms and jaw structure to determine if you have TMD, a clenching/grinding habit, or something unrelated to your oral health. Your dentist will then go over your treatment options with you to find the best solution for your unique needs.

How To Treat Grinding Habits

If your headaches are caused by nighttime teeth grinding, your dentist can create a mouth guard for you to wear at night. This will prevent you from rubbing your teeth against each other while you sleep. If you clench your teeth in stressful situations, you may want to work on reducing your stress levels as a whole. Your dentist will prevent unconscious teeth grinding, but you should also be aware of clenching you do throughout the day.

How To Treat TMJ Disorder

If your headaches come from TMJ disorder, your dentist will create a plan to align your teeth and improve your jaw joint structure. TMJ Treatments vary from patient to patient based on their symptoms. You may need to go through an orthodontics program to align your teeth, or you may need to wear a night guard as described above.

The best way to find out how a dentist can help your headaches is to contact Redwood Dental. We have eight convenient offices in Metro Detroit, MI, and our specialists would be happy to assist you.

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Treating Chronic Bad Breath 

Treating Chronic Bad Breath

Bad breath can be a social taboo. And illustrating this is the fact that American spend over a billion dollars per year on mouthwashes to treat bad breath.

It’s estimated that anywhere from 6-50 percent of the population suffers from bad breath. Further, bad breath is ranked as the third most common reason folks seek out dental care, just after tooth decay and gum disease.

However, bad breath (also known as halitosis) can oftentimes be more than just an unpleasant odor that can affect your confidence.

Underlying culprits

Bad breath is known to be associated with a mouth that is not clean — from germs on the tongue to dry mouth to poor dental hygiene. But, sometimes, more serious conditions are to blame.

What you eat can have an effect on your breath and certain pungent food can affect the air that comes out of your mouth, while, of course, tobacco is also a top offender. Further, those on diets could experience bad breath that stems from infrequent eating. Truth be told, some folks who have bad breath aren’t even aware they have it.

However, bad breath could be a signal of other disorders of the respiratory tract, sinuses, stomach, liver or kidneys. If you are concerned about bad breath, it is important to see your dentist to help identify the cause and eliminate the issue.

Banishing bad breath

The treatment of bad breath depends on the underlying cause. However, some treatments may be as simple as ensuring you see your dentist every six months for your cleaning, along with maintaining excellent dental hygiene at home. This includes cleaning your tongue, flossing and using mouthwash, in addition to regular brushing.

If your dentist suspects that the bad breath is a result of some other medical issue, you may be referred to your family doctor for additional treatment.

Staying adequately hydrated can also help fend off bad breath. When your mouth lacks the moisture to produce saliva, bacteria can grow. And while you don’t have to give up all of your favorite foods, strong-smelling foods like garlic and onions may be best consumed in moderation.

Your southeast Michigan dental professionals

Whether you’re suffering with bad breath, a painful tooth or simply in need of a new dentist, Redwood Dental is here for you.

We are pleased to have been serving metro Detroit families’ dental needs for decades. As some of the longest-standing dentists in southeast Michigan, we know that putting patients’ safety and comfort first is key. With a highly trained staff along with welcoming, comfortable office environments, our goal is to make your experience pleasant from the moment you step into our office right up until the moment you leave

We know your time is valuable. That’s why we offer eight convenient dentist office locations in Detroit’s suburbs, including dentist offices in Troy, Madison Heights, Warren, Shelby Township, St. Clair Shores, Westland, Canton and Woodhaven.

Let us help you get your mouth it’s healthiest! Call us today for your appointment.

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Preparing Your Child for the Dentist 

Preparing Your Child for the Dentist

As many parents know, the dentist often isn’t on the top of the list of places your child wishes to go. However, good dental health begins at the infant stage and setting the right precedent early on can help your child maintain good dental habits long through adulthood.

If you are getting ready to take your child to the dentist for the first time or even a return visit, there are steps you can take to help make his or her experience an enjoyable and stress-free one. Read on for some best practices.

Dental health starts early

Did you know that as young as infancy is when your child’s dental health regimen should begin? In fact, your baby’s teeth are at risk for decay from the time they come in. Though many infants experience tooth decay in the upper front teeth from bottle drinking, decay can affect other teeth, as well.

At Redwood Dental of metro Detroit, we believe it’s never too soon to start caring for your child’s teeth. In fact, as early as just a few days old! When babies are toothless, parents should wipe their gums twice a day to keep them clean. And as soon as teeth develop, brushing should begin (as recommended based on age).

The ADA also recommends scheduling your child’s first dental visit within six months of when his or her first tooth comes in and no later than a year old.

How to prepare for your child’s dental visit

The staff at Redwood Dental understands that toddlers and kids alike can experience some level of apprehensiveness at the dentist. That is why we strive to make your child’s experience fun, educational and comfortable.

In order to set your child up for the best possible experience, take note of the following:

1) Prepare with positivity
Parents can ease their child’s fears of the dentist by drumming up excitement around going to the dentist. Referring to the dentist as dental “friends” or even reading your child books about going to the dentist can help them begin to look forward to their appointment. Always speak positively about going to the dentist (no use of words like pain, hurt, etc.) and talk about the importance of a healthy mouth.

2) Consider the appointment time
It is wise to schedule your child’s dental appointments on a day and time when he or she is well rested so that they are less likely to be cranky.

3) Let your child share their thoughts
It’s also important to listen to your child and encourage him or her to share any thoughts or fears about going to the dentist so that you can address them prior to the appointment. You may also wish to explain ahead of time what will happen during their dental visit.

Pediatric dentistry is our specialty

Redwood Dental is proud to be a pediatric dentist of choice in southeast Michigan. Our skilled and caring staff have a reputation not only for their knowledge, but also their gentle touch. It is our goal that all patients — kids especially — have a comfortable, pain-free experience at Redwood Dental.

We believe that when patients are at ease, they will come to look forward to seeing their friends at Redwood Dental each and every visit!

Whether you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in Michigan or a dentist to handle a dental emergency, cosmetic dentistry or oral surgery, look no further than Redwood Dental. Having served metro Detroit families’ dental needs for over 50 years, Redwood Dental employs trusted dentists throughout southeast Michigan who genuinely care about your family’s dental health. And with many locations and flexible financing, we make it easy for your family to get the dental treatment they need.

Pain-free, pleasant and proactive…that’s our approach at Redwood Dental!

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