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DR. MARY SUE STONISCH

At Faircourt Dental Smile Studio, Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch wants you to experience the difference modern dentistry has to offer.

Mary Sue Stonisch, D.D.S. runs a general and preventative dental practice with expertise in aesthetics and implant dentistry. She is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a Diplomat with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Stonisch also teaches Dentists as a mentor at the Kois Center in Seattle.

Men – Your Sex Life Can Be Better Because of Your Dentist

While both genders benefits from having a healthy, confident smile, I felt it would be nice to focus on those that apply especially to men.

Most men are aware that the appearance of a smile can enhance facial appearance, it can also reflect their persona positively when it comes to first impressions. And when an individual is confident about how their smile looks, they typically smile more often. This tends to send the message that they are open, friendly, more confident, and happier than those who “hold back” on smiling.

Smiling often can even perk up your overall mood. Studies show that the act of smiling causes the brain to release feel-good chemicals. Some studies even show that the lifespan of frequent smilers can be extended by an average of ten years.  However, when a smile reveals stained, crooked, missing, or chipped teeth, it can relay a very different impression to others. 

As a dentist in Grosse Pointe Woods, my goal is to help all patients achieve a smile they want to share often. The smile that makes each person want to smile, however, is more than just the teeth.

Your best smile is the result of teeth that are properly shaded, sized and ‘framed’ by a balanced arch of gum tissue. In smile makeovers, we also adjust the shape of each tooth to balance out certain facial features while maintaining a properly aligned bite.

For most cosmetic dentistry cases, veneers, bridges, and crowns are made of porcelain for its superiority to resist staining while providing a beautifully natural look and feel. Porcelain also has exceptional durability and provides the best longevity of any dental material.

For men who are missing teeth, we offer exceptional options for tooth replacement, including dental implants and crown-&-bridge combinations. Whether missing tooth areas are visible in a smile or not, replacing a lost tooth is important. A gap in one’s smile not only affects its appearance, not replacing it can lead to bite misalignment. Eventually, this can result in broken, chipped or worn teeth as well as adjacent teeth leaning or turning out of their proper positions.

In addition to the appearance, image and mood advantages of having a terrific smile, a dentist can add to the health and “appeal” for men in ways that they may not realize. These include:


FRESH BREATH

Avoid the “turn off” of bad breath. We’ve all encountered an individual who leaves a lasting poor impression because of their bad breath. While bad breath can occur from some medical issues or “dry mouth” that is noticed upon awakening, it most commonly occurs from over-accumulation of oral bacteria. When too many bacteria in the mouth amass, they cause a sulfuric, putrid odor.

Poor oral hygiene includes not brushing or brushing infrequently or not thoroughly enough (a recommended two minutes twice a day). Not flossing also allows food particles to remain caught between teeth, which begin to rot and add to oral bacteria levels. This leads to the formation of plaque, the sticky film you feel on teeth when you’ve missed brushing or when you wake up. When not removed thoroughly, plaque turns into a cement-hard “chunks” that attach to the base of teeth. Known as tartar, these masses are solid colonies of oral bacteria that can no longer be brushed or flossed away.


HEART HEALTH

Through tears in gum tissues weakened by bacterial overload, inflammatory oral bacteria are able to enter the bloodstream. Research has found that these bacteria can trigger the development or worsen a number of serious health conditions. These include heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, preterm babies, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, impotency, and some cancers.

When it comes to the heart, an article published by Harvard Medical School explains: 

“In people with periodontitis (erosion of tissue and bone that support the teeth), chewing and toothbrushing release bacteria into the bloodstream. Several species of bacteria that cause periodontitis have been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart and elsewhere. This plaque can lead to heart attack.

“Oral bacteria could also harm blood vessels or cause blood clots by releasing toxins that resemble proteins found in artery walls or the bloodstream. The immune system’s response to these toxins could harm vessel walls or make blood clot more easily. It is also possible that inflammation in the mouth revs up inflammation throughout the body, including in the arteries, where it can lead to heart attack and stroke.”


BETTER SLEEP

More than 12 million Americans suffer with Sleep Apnea. This is a sleep disorder that interferes with life in many ways. Disrupted sleep causes daytime fatigue, weight gain, depression, being more accident prone, nodding off easily, lack of energy and complications to a healthy sex life.

Do you snore? Various sources estimate that 40–45% of men are habitual snorers, and that men are more likely to snore than women. 

Frequent loss of sleep can lower necessary REM sleep sessions (4-5 per night are recommended). When these decline, so does the sex hormone that REM sleep is structured to boost.

A study of over 400 men revealed that nearly 70% of those with sleep apnea had erectile dysfunction compared with 34% for men without sleep apnea. In another study 80 women with sleep apnea were compared to 240 women without sleep apnea (both groups being less than age 65). The findings showed dramatically higher rates of sexual dysfunction than those who did not suffer with sleep apnea.

As an experienced dentist, I’ve incorporated advanced imaging technology into our dental office. Cone Beam imaging provides intricate views of craniofacial structures, including those that interfere with proper air flow. In cases where inadequate intake is shown, we can provide custom-made oral appliances that are small, comfortable and FDA approved. These are ideal for helping restore quality sleep for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea or are heavy snorers.


SUPPORTING PROSTATE HEALTH

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is an enzyme created in the prostate that is normally secreted in very small amounts. However, when the prostate becomes inflamed, infected, or affected by cancer, PSA levels rise. Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease such as red, swollen or tender gums  as well as prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of the conditions. This means that prostate health may be associated with periodontal health, and vice versa.


LOWERING IMPOTENCE RISK

Men with periodontal (gum) diseaseespecially those younger than 30 or older than 70 – have an increased risk of developing impotence, according to research. Researchers believe that inflammation may be the link between the two conditions; prolonged chronic inflammation (the same type of inflammation that is associated with periodontal disease) can damage blood vessels leading to impotence.


Men – let our Grosse Pointe dental office add to your life in so many positive ways! Begin with a thorough dental examination along with a dental cleaning. We can discuss options to help your achieve and maintain good oral health and enjoy the benefits of a terrific smile!

Call 313-882-2000 to schedule an appointment. And, if dental fear has been a deterrent to receiving regular dental care, ask about our “sleep dentistry” options, including oral and I.V. sedation (“twilight sleep”).

 

Sources:

https://sleepeducation.org/sleep-disorders/snoring/

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/body/12148-sleep-basics

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/sleep-facts-statistics

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/heart-disease-oral-health

https://www.perio.org/for-patients/gum-disease-information/gum-disease-and-men/

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