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Patient Says Mindy’s the Best Dentist in Sterling Heights MI

November 22, 2015

At Smiles by Mindy, Dr. Siegel knows that each patient has their own unique needs. For some, it’s comfort. A fear of the dentist, a bad back or a painful neck can all make dental work a thing to dread. Or, as in Nancy’s case, sometimes it’s all three.

“I’ve never been fond of the dentist,” Nancy says, explaining that as a child is was about her fear, and as she got older it was that combined with a bad back and neck that just made it impossible to sit in the dental chair. (more…)

Powerful Story From the Implant Dentist Macomb Township Loves

September 28, 2015

 

When it came time for Linda, a fellow Macomb Township resident, to make some real changes to her smile, she was worried she wouldn’t be able to find a dentist she could trust. She’d been suffering from the painful, embarrassing side effects of missing teeth for too long, but, as she puts it, all the dentists she’d had in the past had been “ready to see her go” once their job was over.

With Mindy, though, it was different. She knew she’d found the implant dentist so many in Macomb Township trust — someone who would really care about her, and her unique dental needs.
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A Cosmetic Dentist You Can Trust in Sterling Heights MI

August 27, 2015

Back in 2007, Bonnie had a lot going on in her life. She didn’t think she’d have time for a long dental treatment–but it was also around that time that she started to notice a problem with one of her lower teeth. It began when she noticed that she’d often accidentally bite her bottom lip while she was chewing. Then she slowly started noticing other little problems with the position of her teeth.
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What is Your Gum Disease Risk? Protect Yourself from Periodontal Disease with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel

March 20, 2015

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, a chronic infection of the gums that has been linked to problems like heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes, and more. Knowing your risks and understanding methods of prevention are your greatest resources in protecting your smile and your body from the hazards of periodontal disease. At the Clinton Township, MI dental office of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, you’ll find everything that you and your family need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, including screenings and treatment for gum disease.

Symptoms & Complications of Gum Disease

The most common symptom associated with periodontal disease is tenderness and swelling of the gingival tissues. You may notice that your gums bleed during or after brushing and/or flossing. Other symptoms include:

  • Recession of the gums (exposed roots at the gum line)
  • Increased sensitivity to cold foods and beverages
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Pain while chewing
  • Reddening of the gums, particularly near the roots of teeth
  • Widening gaps between teeth close to the gum line

In many patients, mild to moderate gum disease may develop without any noticeable symptoms. This is the primary reason that routine periodontal hygiene visits with your dentist are so important. Only a comprehensive exam and cleaning will definitively determine the presence of infection within the gums.

Assessing Your Gum Disease Risk

There are a variety of risk factors for the development of periodontal disease. Understanding how your lifestyle choices and systemic health affect your gums is critical to prevention and effective treatment. The most commonly gum disease risk factors include the following:

  • Poor oral hygiene. The accumulation of plaque at and beneath the gum line is the primary cause of gum disease.
  • Tobacco use. Using tobacco in any form – including smoking and chewing tobacco – greatly increases your risk of developing irritation of the gingival tissues.
  • Many over-the-counter and prescription medications cause a reduction in saliva production. Saliva helps to protect your teeth and gums from the bacteria that cause decay and disease.
  • Individuals with a family history of gum disease are more susceptible to the condition.
  • Studies indicate that stress makes it more difficult for your body to fight off infection, including gum disease.
  • Teeth grinding or clenching. Patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) or jaw clenching – both of which accelerate the rate at which connective tissues deteriorate – are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease.

Schedule Your Gum Disease Assessment Today

If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease or if it has been more than one year since your last professional dental cleaning, contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and her experienced, caring team. You can also complete your own gum disease risk assessment at SelfScreen.net and present your findings at your next appointment. Working together, you and Dr. Salzberg-Siegel can effectively reduce your risk of complications associated with this condition. Our Clinton Township, MI dental practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the nearby areas of Shelby, Fraser, Sterling Heights, Mount Clemens, Saint Clair Shores, and beyond.

Understanding Your Sleep Apnea Risk with Intelligent Screening from Dr. Salzberg-Siegel

February 24, 2015

At the Clinton Township, MI dental practice of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, our team genuinely cares not only about your oral health, but about your overall wellness, too. That’s why we specialize in offering comprehensive screening and treatment for serious health conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that prevents proper airflow to the lungs while the affected patient is sleeping. With our sleep apnea assessment, screening, and proven treatments, we can help you prevent the serious health effects associated with this widespread condition.

Knowing the Symptoms & Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea (OSA)

While excessively loud snoring is among the most noticeable symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, there are other signs that you and your loved ones should keep in mind as well. These lesser known effects may help in the ultimate assessment of your risk and should be brought up in the next conversation you have with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel. Common symptoms include:

  • Morning fatigue and headaches
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Inability to concentrate on daily tasks
  • In children, failure to grow or gain weight as expected for age group
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Waking up with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
  • Sudden awakenings with chest pain, shortness of breath, or rapid heartbeat

Risk factors for the development of sleep apnea include:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use before bedtime
  • Being overweight
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Narrowed airway, usually due to enlarged glands or a large neck

In addition to these factors, individuals who have a family history of sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from this condition.

The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea

When left untreated or when insufficiently managed, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to a wide variety of potentially life-threatening health complications, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure and cardiac arrest
  • Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
  • Disorders of thee eyes, including glaucoma, conjunctivitis, optic neuropathy
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive daytime fatigue, which may lead to accidents at work, at home, and behind the wheel
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Nerve disorders, seizures, and epilepsy
  • Increased risk of severe asthma attacks
  • Risk to the health of pregnant women and their unborn babies
  • Chronic depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems

Another pertinent side effect of sleep apnea is substantial memory loss. If you often find yourself at a loss for a specific word or phrase, or if you frequently forget names, you may be unwittingly suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. The majority of people affected by this common sleep disorder do not recall waking up throughout the night, though they do typically feel extremely tired upon waking and even throughout the day. This is another reason that screening for sleep apnea is so integral to your overall health and well-being.

Sleep Apnea Screening in Clinton Township, MI

It is estimated that more than 18 million men and women in America suffer from sleep apnea. Take control of your health and your life with a sleep apnea assessment at SelfScreen.net and a consultation with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your symptoms as well as the underlying cause of your OSA so that you can finally enjoy restful sleep and improved health. Conveniently located in Clinton Township, MI, our state-of-the-art practice is privileged to serve the needs of families from throughout the surrounding communities, including Saint Clair Shores, Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights, Shelby, Fraser, and beyond.

Tooth Decay Risk Assessment: Keeping Your Family’s Smiles Safe from Cavities

January 20, 2015

Though dental decay is 100 percent preventable, it is still the most prevalent disease affecting children in the United States today. In fact, dental disease results in approximately 51 million hours of lost school work every year in children 18 and under. American adults lose an estimated 164 million hours of work each year due to the same problem. At the office of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel in Clinton Township, MI, our team works with families from throughout our community to ensure healthy smiles at every stage of life. We accomplish this by offering an all-encompassing range of risk assessments and screening procedures, including those specifically designed to identify risk factors for dental cavities.

Understanding Your Tooth Decay Risk

There are a number of reasons that children and adults develop dental caries, more commonly known as cavities. The most common risk factors include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent snacking
  • Drinking beverages other than water between meals
  • Eating or drinking right before bed (after brushing teeth)
  • Improper brushing techniques
  • Insufficient fluoride intake
  • Too much sugar, starch, or carbonated beverages in daily diet
  • Tooth crowding
  • Eating disorders
  • Poor oral hygiene (specifically failure to floss regularly or properly)

Tooth decay isn’t always easily detected in its earliest stages. In fact, incipient interproximal caries (early decay that occurs between teeth) are incredibly difficult to see without the proper technology and an experienced dental professional’s expertise. That is why our office incorporates state-of-the-art dental tools, equipment, and technology, giving you the greatest advantage in the fight against dental cavities.

Protect Your Smile: Schedule Your Visit Today

With the most advanced technology in the industry combined with a caring and gentle approach, Dr. Salzberg-Siegel helps the families of Clinton Township, MI and the surrounding communities keep their smiles free of cavities and looking their best. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with our team, and learn how to assess your own risk of dental caries with the free screening application at SelfScreen.net. We genuinely look forward to helping you keep your smile safe from decay and disease, always utilizing the latest in state-of-the-art methods, equipment, and treatments. Our family-friendly, patient-centric office proudly serves patients from throughout Clinton Township, Shelby, Saint Clair Shores, Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights, Fraser, and beyond.

Acid Reflux and Your Oral-Systemic Health: Our Commitment to You

September 13, 2014

Acid reflux – also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD – is a condition that affects approximately 60 percent of the adult population in America at least once per year. An estimated 20 to 30 percent will experience weekly symptoms. The number of hospitalizations due to acid reflux continues to grow each year, making it a serious health condition worthy of close consideration and attention. At the Clinton Township, MI dental office of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, our team is committed to helping patients understand their risk factors for acid reflux to improve outcomes and overall health. Our unique approach to this widespread condition gives our patients a clear advantage in the fight against GERD’s oral health and systemic effects.

Understanding Acid Reflux

The term “acid reflux” refers to the recurring upward movement of stomach acid into the esophagus. While the stomach’s protective lining is adapted to this harsh hydrochloric acid, the tissues in the esophagus and oral cavity are easily irritated by its abrasive composition. With repeated instances of reflux, patients may experience a variety of symptoms and complications, including:

  • Frequent heartburn, often severe in nature
  • Regurgitation (a bitter or sour taste in the mouth and burning in the throat)
  • Recurring hoarseness or cough
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Nausea
  • Erosion of tooth enamel (exacerbated by bruxism)
  • Excessive production of mucus; post-nasal drip
  • Increased risk of esophageal cancer
  • Indigestion, hiccups, burping, and bloating after eating
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing

Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and Your Doctor: Partnering for Your Health

The link between oral health and systemic wellness has been well established for years. Correlations have been discovered between periodontal disease and a wide range of serious health conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, pulmonary hypertension, and even some forms of cancer. Targeting oral health concerns in conjunction with systemic conditions is one way that we help our patients live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. This is of particular importance in the case of acid reflux.

In order to best serve our patients from Clinton Township, MI and the surrounding areas, Dr. Salzberg-Siegel has elected to partner with general practitioners in our community. By providing our patients and their doctors with the proper tools for prescreening for acid reflux, we can help mitigate and even prevent the harmful effects of this condition. We are able to actively contact your primary care provider with information specific to your unique case, further enhancing your care and reducing your risk of potentially serious health conditions related to acid reflux.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Working together, Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and local general practitioners can help safeguard and improve the health of our mutual patients. Find us on Selfscreen.net to take a free assessment to evaluate your potential risks for acid reflux, periodontal disease, and other conditions that may affect your systemic health. As always, Dr. Salzberg-Siegel is always here to answer any questions you may have and to address your concerns in a way that is clear and easy to understand. Your ongoing oral wellness and overall health are our top priorities.

Contact us at our Clinton Township, MI dental office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and our caring, highly educated staff. Our state-of-the-art practice is privileged to serve families from throughout the surrounding communities of Mount Clemens, Saint Clair Shores, Shelby, Sterling Heights, Fraser, and more.

Cavity Detection, Prevention & Treatment with the CAMBRA System

July 21, 2014

Tooth decay (also known as dental caries) is the most widespread chronic disease in children, adolescents, and adults in the U.S. Left untreated, dental caries can lead to an entire host of potentially more serious oral health issues, making it one of the primary concerns for both dentists and their patients. At Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, DDS, PC in Clinton Township, MI, Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and her team utilize advanced technology and a proven anti-cavity hygiene approach called CAMBRA (Caries Management By Risk Assessment). In conjunction with this system, we offer products from CariFree that specifically target the underlying issues behind recurrent tooth decay.

Benefits of CAMBRA and CariFree Technology

The primary advantage of the CAMBRA model is that it essentially emphasizes the need to consider all contributing factors in the case of dental caries as a state of disease. The patient’s individual level of risk – as well as the appropriate methods of treatment and prevention – is paramount to successful recovery from dental caries and the complications they may cause. The proven CAMBRA approach, utilized every day by Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and her team, takes into account the disease of dental caries in its entirety. It focuses on healing and reversing damage caused by chronic decay problems in a way that simultaneously aids in the prevention of further harm.

At Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, DDS, PC, we strive every day to help patients with recurrent decay overcome their condition in a way that actually suits their lifestyle. This is why we incorporate CariFree professional grade products into our patients’ oral hygiene regimens. This revolutionary line of anti-cavity products effectively alters and improves the oral environment to promote a healthier pH balance and to encourage the development of beneficial bacteria. CariFree rinses, tooth gels, oral wipes, sprays, and gum are especially beneficial to patients who:

  • Experience chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Suffer from gum disease
  • Have cavities
  • Have xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • Experience difficulty properly brushing their teeth
  • Simply want to ensure the long-term health of their teeth and gums

Tooth Decay Checklist: When is it Time for Concern?

When it comes to your risk of developing tooth decay, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you ever notice plaque buildup on your teeth?
  2. Have you had a cavity in the past 24 months?
  3. Do you ever notice that your mouth is dry?
  4. Do you snack in between meals?
  5. Do you wear any type of oral appliance?
  6. Do you smoke?
  7. Do you have acid reflux?
  8. Are you diabetic?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it would be a good idea to contact Dr. Salzberg-Siegel’s office for a CariFree assessment. It might just be your key to success in decreasing your risk of cavities and improving your oral health. To learn more, read about CariFree and CAMBRA here.

Experience the difference that a genuine commitment to your oral health can make for you. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Clinton Township, MI proudly serves families from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Shelby, Fraser, Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights, and more.

We Hope All Our Patients from Clinton Township and beyond are Enjoying the Holiday Season

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is behind us, but the holiday season is far from over. From now until the end of the year, you can look forward to plenty of twinkling lights, decorated Christmas trees, and the joy that comes with sharing your time, and more, with family and friends.

Food is of course a major part of the holiday season. Everyone has a favorite holiday dish, that one special recipe that you have to have for Thanksgiving or for Christmas dinner. You’ll also find plenty of delicious desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth this time of year.

From all of us at Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel’s office, we want you to enjoy everything December has to offer, including those holiday favorites. There are many times throughout the year when it’s good to pass on seconds, but when you’re spending time with loved ones, you should enjoy the moment and who you’re with. Just for these few remaining weeks, give yourself permission to splurge a little.

Of course, splurging on seconds doesn’t mean putting aside your normal brushing and flossing routine. If anything, we need to be more vigilant during December when it comes to great home care. That’s especially true for parents of young children.

To help you and your little ones enjoy good oral health this month, see what the knowledgeable folks at Oral B have to say about caring for teeth when sweets are in abundance. Some of those tips include:

  • Make flossing more fun with special flossers decorated with a character your little one loves.
  • Limit how often and when your child consumes sweets.
  • Take advantage of the oral health benefits of dairy by serving your little one milk or cheese alongside treats.

Additionally, if you’ll be doing any baking this month, try substituting sugar for xylitol, a natural sweetener found in plant fibers. Xylitol reacts to the bacteria in our mouths differently than sugar does.

Do you want to schedule an early 2014 visit with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel? Call our Clinton Township office for an appointment. We’re happy to serve families from Sterling Heights, Macomb, Shelby Township, and nearby communities with excellent general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.

Spring Has Sprung and the Bacteria Are Blooming

May 10, 2013

Every year, the warmer temperatures of spring signal the start of something new—fresh flowers, green grass, and refreshing rainfall. Not everything comes just once a year though.

When it comes to your smile, the bacteria in your mouth are always blooming (which the ADA talks about here). Two kinds in particular are responsible for a common dental problem like cavities: Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus. Fueled by sugar and other carbs, these bacteria multiply, triggering the demineralization of tooth enamel and causing cavities.

Keep Your Smile Healthy with a Regular Home Care Routine

To control these bacteria, and the resulting decay, one of the best things you can do is maintain a regular home care routine.  We recommend brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and using a trusted antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.

As effective as this routine can be, though, it can be undermined by not brushing for at least two minutes. Toothbrushes from Sonicare make this easy with a two-minute timer, while some children’s brushes are designed to play a song for two minutes, giving your son or daughter a fun way to brush for the recommended amount of time.

Flossing may not seem that important compared to brushing, but it is. Flossing helps you remove food particles from between teeth. When these particles aren’t removed, they’ll break down over time, leading to an increased risk of gum disease and decay

Regular Visits for Yourself and Your Family

In addition to brushing and flossing at home, regular visits are also important. We recommend seeing Dr. Salzberg-Siegel twice a year for an oral exam and professional cleaning. We can also use products like CariFree and Oxyfresh to provide more comprehensive care. CariFree measures the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth while Oxyfresh targets the sulphur compounds that cause bad breath.

On top of all this, Dr. Salzberg-Siegel can also advise you on how to set a good example for your child at home. One way is by making it a point to brush together until your child is old enough to brush on his or her own.

Is It Time for Your Family’s Next Checkup?

To schedule a routine visit for yourself or your child, call our Clinton Township dental office. During your visit Dr. Salzberg-Siegel can talk to you about your home care routine and can recommend changes or improvements if need be. Our office serves patients from communities all around Clinton Township.

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