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January 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Jaw Pain   TMJ   TMJ Treatment  

Learn more about the different ways to relieve your TMJ pain.

Do you find yourself waking up to yet another headache? Do your jaws pop when you open them to eat? Do your jaws feel overworked, achy or in pain? If so, you could be dealing with a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). While TMJ disorder will often resolve on its own, this doesn’t mean that you simply have to put up with the pain until it goes away. From the office of our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr., here are some effective solutions for alleviating your TMJ-related jaw pain.

Eat Softer Foods

One way to prevent TMJ flare-ups is to eat a diet that is full of soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. Think, antioxidant-rich smoothies, scrambled eggs or a frittata over that huge, overloaded sandwich. Trust us; your jaws will thank you.

Cut Food into Manageable Pieces

Look, we’re not saying that you have to say no to burgers or pizza forever, but you may simply want to cut these foods into bite-sized pieces rather than just tearing a huge bite from it. Yes, we know that cutting your food may not be ideal, but it can ease TMJ-related pain and stiffness and make mealtimes more enjoyable.

Use Heat or Cold

You may wish to apply a towel-wrapped cold compress or moist heat to your jaws for up to 10 minutes at a time throughout the day. Cold compresses can help numb the pain and reduce swelling while heat can also be used to reduce pain and achiness. Test them both out to see which one works best for you and your symptoms.

Perform Self Massages

Do you, like most people, hold tension in your face, jaws and neck? If so, then you could be making your TMJ worse. Along with finding ways to manage your stress and tension, it’s also a good idea to gently massage your jaws and face every day to ease stiffness and discomfort. Talk to our Mt. Pleasant, MI, family dentist about exercises and stretches you can do daily to ease TMJ symptoms.

Are you dealing with jaw pain, stiffness and other symptoms of TMJ here in Mt. Pleasant, MI? If so, turn to our dental team to find out what’s going on and how to best manage your symptoms. To schedule a consultation, call us at (989) 773-9793.

December 29, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Cleaning  

As a parent, you know good oral hygiene and regular pediatric dentistry visits with Dr. Keith Bever Jr. are essential for your child's oral health. Unfortunately, your son or daughter may not feel quite so strongly about oral hygiene. If brushing is a daily struggle, Dr. Bever and the staff of Keith Bever Jr DDS in Mt. Pleasant, MI, can offer a few brushing and flossing tips during your child's next visit. Until then, these suggestions may make it easier to keep your child's teeth clean.

Making brushing fun

Your kids may complain less about brushing if the process is more enjoyable. Buy brushes that light up or play music, or let your son or daughter pick out a toothbrush decorated with a colorful cartoon character.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day, which may seem like an eternity to kids. If you've bought a brush that plays music, encourage your kids to brush until the music stops playing. Play two minutes of a favorite song on your phone if your kids have a standard brush.

Offer a helping hand

Children can generally handle brushing on their own by about age 7, although this varies. If your child has dexterity issues, he or she may need help longer. Daily flossing can still be difficult to manage if your child is 7 or older. Show your kids how to brush and floss and step in to help when needed.

Older children may not need help but might require supervision, particularly if they've been known to stretch the truth about brushing or flossing.

Demonstrate the importance of brushing and flossing

Brushing and flossing remove plaque from teeth and prevent the formation of tartar. When bacteria in plaque combines with sugars and carbohydrates in foods, strong acids are generated. These acids attack tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Of course, if you explain this to your kids, their eyes may glaze over. Keep it simple and mention that brushing and flossing remove germs that cause cavities. You can actually show your kids plaque with plaque disclosing tablets. Spots of plaque on teeth appear red and purple after chewing the tablets. Although you may have a little trouble finding the tablets in Mt. Pleasant stores, they're readily available online.

Pediatric dentistry helps keep your child's smile strong and healthy.

Call your dentist in Mt. Pleasant, MI, Dr. Keith Bever Jr. of Keith Bever Jr. DDS, at (989) 773-9793 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.

December 16, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns offer a simple solution to many tooth issues Dr. Keith Bever, your Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist treats. Could a crown help you?

How crowns work

Crowns, also called caps, cover the top parts of teeth on all four sides. The hollow restorations can be made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin. All of these materials look like natural tooth enamel and are extremely durable.

Your first crown visit to the Mt. Pleasant dental office includes reducing the size of your tooth to allow the crown to fit properly. Your dentist will also make an impression of your mouth and create a temporary crown for you. In about two weeks, you'll return to the office and swap your temporary crown for your permanent restoration.

Dental crowns protect and restore damaged teeth

Broken teeth detract from your appearance, make chewing difficult, and can be painful. Fortunately, a crown will end your pain, restore the normal appearance of your tooth, and make it possible to use your tooth to chew and bite once again.

Crowns also protect teeth that are fragile and in danger of breaking or fracturing. Your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth is cracked, brittle or crumbling. The restorations are often used to strengthen teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy or large fillings.

Don't like the appearance of a tooth? A dental crown can help

Dental flaws can make you feel self-conscious and a little reluctant to smile. Crowns conceal flaws, making your teeth look more uniform. They're often used to change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth, lengthen short teeth, or hide discolorations or other flaws.

Crowns help fill the gaps in your smile

Have you lost one or more teeth? Crowns make it possible to replace your missing teeth. They anchor dental bridges and are also used in dental implants. Implants are tiny titanium posts that serve as the roots for new teeth. After implants bond to your jawbone, they're connected to dental crowns to complete the restoration of your teeth.

Enhance and protect your smile with dental crowns. Call your dentist in Mt. Pleasant, MI, Dr. Bever, at (989) 773-9793 to schedule your appointment.

August 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Dental accidents can happen anytime. Here’s what to do.

From athletic injuries to a toothache, it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to right away for emergency care. Here in Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr. and his team offer same-day, urgent dentistry for those with injuries and problems that require immediate treatment. Wondering whether you’re dealing with a true dental emergency?

What constitutes a dental emergency?

It’s important that you see your dentist here in Mt. Pleasant, MI, right away if you are dealing with any of these problems,

  • Toothache (often a sign of a cavity)
  • Bleeding gums
  • A broken or cracked tooth
  • A knocked-out or dislodged tooth
  • Severe bleeding
  • Abscessed gums
  • Broken crown, filling or bridge
  • Swelling

How can I prevent dental injuries?

There are certain measures you can take to protect your teeth to prevent injuries. Some of these measures include,

  • Making sure the whole family visits the dentist every six months for checkups
  • Wearing a seatbelt when driving in a car
  • Wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports, particularly contact sports
  • Wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth

How should I handle a dental emergency?

Different types of emergencies call for different needs; however, these are some helpful rules to follow when dealing with a dental emergency,

  • If you’ve knocked your tooth out, make sure to always handle the tooth by the crown (do not touch the roots)
  • Rinse your mouth out with saltwater to reduce pain and swelling
  • Take a pain killer such as ibuprofen
  • Apply a cold compress to the side of the face that is in pain or is swollen
  • Come into your dentist’s office as soon as possible (or give us a call first)
  • Try and place a knocked-out tooth back into the socket (if it doesn’t go back in, do not force it; simply place the tooth into a container of milk and come into the office)
  • If bleeding, apply pressure to the area for 10-15 minutes

Don’t let a dental emergency catch you off guard. Our family dentist here in Mt. Pleasant, MI, can provide you with immediate care. Call our office today at (989) 773-9793 to learn more about the dental services we provide.

May 27, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening   DIY  

Find out which teeth whitening method is the best one for your needs.

More and more people are realizing the benefits of having a whiter smile. From promoting better oral health to helping people feel more confident at work or out in the dating world, a vibrant smile can make life just a little easier. Of course, if this is your first foray into teeth whitening then you may be wondering whether you should whiten your teeth yourself or consider turning to our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr. for treatment. Here are some things to consider,

What is your budget?

This is an important question to ask yourself before you decide to get cosmetic dentistry. If you are low on funds right now then you may find it financially easier to try over-the-counter whitening treatments first to see if they give you the results you want. Of course, we would also be happy to talk to you about ways to finance your cosmetic dentistry. We even offer our own custom at-home whitening system.

How severe are your dental stains?

If your smile is just looking a little drab these days then simply adding a whitening toothpaste to your routine and trying an at-home whitening kit may be all you need to see results in 1-2 weeks; however, if you have deep, dark stains then chances are they aren’t going to respond as effectively to DIY options. In this case, you will see better and faster results by turning to our Mt. Pleasant, MI, cosmetic dentist for professional teeth whitening.

How quickly do you want results?

Maybe you’re weeks away from walking down the aisle or you have an anniversary coming up in the next month or so and you want a smile that’s picture-perfect. If the big day is fast approaching then in-office teeth whitening may be your best bet, as our dental team can get your teeth several shades whiter in just one whitening session. If you need results quickly then you won’t see faster results than with professional whitening.

How busy is your schedule?

If you are already fairly busy then you may not have time to come into the office and sit down for professional whitening treatment. Conversely, you may not have time to sit with whitening trays in your mouth for an hour every day. Consider how much time you can invest in your teeth whitening treatment. If you’d rather get results in one hour and be on your way then in-office teeth whitening may be the best option.

Are you interested in turning to our Mt. Pleasant, MI, family dentist to get professional teeth whitening? Have questions about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer? If so, give us a call today at (989) 773-9793.

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