The mission of Dr. Aziza Askari, DMD, is to focus on providing comfortable, compassionate, and highly effective dental care to every patient. She and every member of Livonia Family Smiles believe every patient deserves the opportunity to achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Helping patients understand the importance of oral health — and the significant effect it has on overall health — is a passion of Dr. Askari’s, and she is committed to educating patients about the vital connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body.
Whether you’re looking to optimize your smile, treat an existing issue, or to ensure that you’re doing all you can to protect your teeth, our multidisciplinary team of experts can help. With that in mind, here are four popular dentistry issues that focus on comprehensive treatments to manage your dental needs and overall health.
Did you know that the condition of your mouth offers clues about the state of your overall health? As the entry point to the body’s respiratory and digestive systems, bacteria that resides in your mouth can cause oral infections and disease if careful and diligent oral hygiene habits aren’t employed. Studies suggest that oral bacteria and inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — have been linked to many health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, endocarditis, Alzheimer’s, asthma, cancer, osteoporosis, pneumonia, and complications related to pregnancy and birth.
According to CDC, Periodontal disease, an infection of the gums, is a condition affecting 47.2% of adults over the age of 30. Left untreated, this condition can destroy bone levels that support and keep teeth in place, eventually causing them to loosen and/or be extracted. Common symptoms include gums that bleed easily, feel tender to the touch, and are continually swollen, as well as bad breath, painful chewing, receding gums, and more. While this serious condition can be controlled and reversed with a variety of treatments and ongoing, diligent daily oral hygiene habits, early intervention is key, especially to prevent bone loss.
A natural-looking way to restore and rejuvenate your smile, dental implants offer more than just aesthetic benefits. Once in place, this screw-like framework takes the place of natural tooth roots, thereby supporting the jaw’s alveolar bone, which begins to disintegrate when a tooth is lost. In addition, implants restore biting function to the affected area, prevent the shifting of surrounding teeth, and reduces the risk of facial structure changes that are caused by tooth extraction. Once topped with a crown, dental implants look and behave like real teeth, and enable patients to eat, speak, smile, and laugh with confidence again.
While having a well-aligned smile ranks high on many patients’ oral health wish lists, the benefits of straight teeth don’t end there. Crowded or misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean, and they’re known to be a breeding ground for bacteria that can accumulate and eventually cause cavities and gum disease. Proper tooth alignment can minimize these issues while also staving off problems associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which can occur as a result of bite issues. Studies have shown that many patients who experience this disorder overcompensate for their existing bite issues by repeatedly using one side of their jaw to chew. Over time, this can lead to overuse and the development of TMD symptoms including jaw pain, ear pain, headaches, and clicking sounds in the jaw.
Wondering if you may require or benefit from treatment for one or more of the issues mentioned above? Call our team today! We’ll happily do all we can to help prevent, treat, or reverse problems and get your oral health back on track.
Livonia Family Smiles
16979 Farmington Rd,
Livonia, MI 48154