Your mouth and body are connected. Let us tell you how!

Here at Brighton Family Dental Group, we are dedicated to keeping your mouth healthy, but this is actually more important than you may have thought. A number of recent studies have proven that a direct correlation between oral health and overall health exists. My team and I want to educate you and your family on how good oral health paves the way for a long, healthy life.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a prime example of how connected oral health and overall health is. The mouth is more or less the portal to the body, and through it, our bodies are exposed to countless bacteria and germs. Bacteria from gum disease enters through the mouth, gets into the bloodstream, and increases a person’s risk for heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia, not to mention the common cold and other mainstream sicknesses.

About 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease, and many don’t know it. In the early stages, most people probably won’t notice any symptoms or anything out of the ordinary. The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing and flossing daily. Gum disease, however, is just one example of how strong the connection between the mouth and the rest of the body is.

Here at Brighton Family Dental Group, we are proud to offer our patients information about the mouth/body connection. The protection and insurance to having a healthy mouth is to attend regular six-month cleanings and appointments. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.

Durable Fillings Without the Metal

Thanks to today’s technological advances, we have durable, safe dental materials that imitate nature. Here at Brighton Family Dental, we are proud to offer them to you.

Filling cavities has been a duty of dentists for quite some time. My team and I offer an equally strong, natural-looking alternative to traditional metal fillings: Composite dental fillings.

Composite fillings are made with composite resin, a strong plastic, rather than dark amalgam. These fillings repair dental cavities in the same way traditional fillings do, but without the harsh look of heavy metals. As they are placed, each filling is custom tinted to blend in with the surrounding tooth structure and color. This gives you a beautiful, white, healthy, and natural-looking smile without all of the metal. (more…)

Getting Your Gums Healthy

Do you have red, swollen, tender gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?  How about bad breath and hardened plaque build-up at the gum line?  If so, you might suffer from gum disease and not even know it.

If you have gum disease, be assured that you are not alone.  Eighty percent of Americans have gum disease, resulting from the emission of bacteria from plaque and tarter build up at the gum line. The bacteria irritate sensitive gum tissue and promote infection.

Once gum disease sets in, the bacteria eat away at the bonds between the teeth and gums.  The human mouth is moist, dark, and warm, making it the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.

Here at Brighton Family Dental Group, we make your health our top priority.  If left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious overall health problems, such as increased risk of heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and respiratory disease.  Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults, as well.

We don’t want you to suffer now and have long-term effects later, so my team and I will design a custom treatment plan to fit your particular needs.  At each appointment, I’ll screen for signs of gum disease.  In the moderate to mild stage, gum disease can be treated with antibiotics and procedures such as scaling (removal of tartar from below the gum line) and root planing (smoothing teeth roots to eliminate areas of high plaque concentration).  This process is called deep cleaning.  After your deep cleaning appointment, frequent follow-up visits are required to monitor progress and prevent a recurrence.

If the disease progresses, specialist treatment may be required.  Dr. Richard M. Kondrat is a partner in Brighton Family Dental Group, and he is our on-staff periodontist.  Dr. Kondrat will evaluate your case and, if needed, perform special procedures, such as gum surgery, right here in our office.

Gum disease is not curable. However, with frequent dental cleanings and diligent oral care, your oral health can be restored.  It is our goal to get you there.

To schedule an appointment, please contact my office

Welcome to Brighton Family Dental Group!

We have been welcoming and treating our patients with skilled dental care, reasonable prices, and a comfortable atmosphere since 1994.  Recently, however, we decided to extend our reach by starting a blog!  We hope this tool offers our patients, both current and potential, in-depth information and a closer look into our practice.

Our mission here at Brighton Family Dental Group is to provide excellent care to the families of Brighton and surrounding communities.  I, Dr. Thomas M. Villani, have put together a top-notch team of dental professionals to ensure your dental health and personal satisfaction during every interaction you have with us.

In addition to general appointments and consultations, we offer gum disease treatment, endodontic and root canals, porcelain veneers, composite dental fillings, porcelain dental crowns, dental bridges, and oral cancer screening.  We are also proud to offer mouth and body connection services because it is proven that dental health is a key component to your overall health.  We do offer dental implants and Invisalign clear braces, as well.

Brighton Family Dental Group wants to be your home for your family’s dental care.  We are constantly welcoming new patients to our practice and we enjoy seeing the familiar faces of long-time patients.  We hope to welcome you and your family soon, as well!

If you would like to schedule your initial appointment or want more information please call, email, or visit our newly renovated office.