August 4, 2015
The big day is finally here. You’ve been looking forward to this day and dreading it in equal measure. Well, maybe you’ve dreaded it more. Your pulse races, your head spins, “I can’t do this,” you think. You change your mind, you can do it. Just breathe in and out; in and out. Finally, you muster up the courage to leave your house. You’re halfway down the street when you realize you’ve forgotten your wallet. You turn your car around, and head back home. Checking your watch, you decide you’ll never make it in time. With that, you call Dr. David G. Banda’s office and let us know you can’t make it. Sinking into a chair, you feel an overwhelming sense of relief because you don’t have to see the dentist. Then, the sharp pain in your tooth reminds you why you made the appointment in the first place, and you ask to reschedule.
If this sounds like you, you may be one of the nearly 40 million people in the US who suffer from dental anxiety or phobia. At Cranbrook Dental Care, we know how you feel, and strive to put every patient at ease. Our office provides a calming atmosphere, and our attentive staff are always willing to accommodate your concerns. If you still fear coming to see us, we can offer you sedation dentistry. This option allows you to relax while receiving the dental care that you need. Call our Bloomfield Hills, MI practice to schedule an appointment today.
May 15, 2015
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December 15, 2014
If it’s been a long while since you’ve visited the dentist, you might be apprehensive about making an appointment for a dental checkup. Dr. Banda wants to help you overcome your dental anxiety so that you can get the preventive dental care you need. To help do this, we have outlined what you can expect during your first dental visit at Cranbrook Dental Care. You can make an appointment with Dr. Banda today for your next dental check up. Cranbrook Dental Care helps families stay healthy throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
Your First Dental Visit May Include:
- Tooth-by-tooth Exam
o Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
o Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
o Check your bite and jaw for problems
o Remove any stains or deposits on your teeth
- Digital X-rays
o Less radiation
o High quality images
- Oral Cancer Screening
o Check for red or white patches or mouth sores
o Check the tissues in your mouth for lumps or other abnormalities
- Periodontal Analysis
o Pocket depth
o Bleeding points
o Gum recession
o Furcation involvement
- Bite Assessment
o Check for excessive tooth wear, tooth breakage, tooth sensitivity, jaw joint pain, and joint noises
The information gathered during your first dental visit will serve as the basis for the treatment your dentist recommends. Remember that regular dental examinations are essential to maintain good oral health and protect your overall health. Don’t delay the dental care you need any longer. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda today for your routine dental checkup. The experienced and compassionate dentists of Cranbrook Dental Care proudly restore smiles throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
November 15, 2014
Unlike other cancers, oral cancer can easily go undetected if you don’t visit the dentist for a regular check-up. An early oral cancer diagnoses could save your life. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda today for your oral cancer screening. The experienced dentists of Cranbrook Dental Care use Vizilite, the leading oral cancer screening system, to check for early signs of oral cancer. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves families throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
- Mouth sore that lasts longer than two weeks (most common symptom)
- Persistent mouth pain
- Lump in the cheek
- White or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
- Sore throat or constant feeling that something is caught in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
- Numbness anywhere in the mouth
- Jaw swelling
- Loose teeth
- Severe toothaches
- Voice change
- Lump in the neck
- Rapid unexplained weight loss
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
- Tobacco and Alcohol– Including cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use, or the use of both tobacco and alcohol together. Using tobacco plus alcohol poses a much greater risk than using either substance alone.
- HPV Infection – The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (specifically the HPV 16 type) has been linked to a subset of oral cancers.
- Age– Risk increases with age. Especially people over 40.
- Prolonged Sun Exposure– Cancer of the lip can be caused by sun exposure.
- Diet– A diet low in fruits and vegetables may also play a role in oral cancer development.
Oral Cancer Screening in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Regular dental visits are not only essential to maintaining good oral health they can literally save your life. Don’t take a chance with your health; make an appointment with Dr. Banda and the experienced dentists of Cranbrook Dental Care to get the oral cancer screening you need. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves families throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
May 23, 2014
Brushing and flossing are two of the most important daily activities you can do. With regular brushing and flossing, you can remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth and your gumline, protecting it from common oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. What’s more, because studies have linked gum disease with health problems in other parts of the body, caring for your smile is another way of caring for your overall health.
So, now that you know how important brushing and flossing are, ask yourself: Are you brushing and flossing correctly?
To give your smile the help it needs, you should brush for about 120 seconds, or two minutes. You should also be sure that you’re dividing your time equally between not only your upper and lower teeth but also the inner surfaces and outer surfaces of your teeth. Hold your brush at about a 45 degree angle and apply gentle pressure as your scrub. To prevent bad breath, gently brush the surface of your tongue.
As for frequency, we recommend brushing at least twice a day, but it’s even better if you can do it after every meal. You should also floss at least once a day to get any leftover pieces of food away from your smile. And for extra protection from gum disease and tooth decay, we recommend using either an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.
Do you still have questions about how to brush and floss correctly? Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Banda’s office in Bloomfield Hills with your questions or to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Clarkston, Troy, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and the entire metropolitan Detroit area.