Blog Archive

Top Reasons You May Need Your Tooth Extracted Jun 1st, 2022

As a leading dentist in Waterford, Michigan, Marvin Taylor, DDS, makes it his priority to help patients at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center enjoy healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. That means he has extensive experience in an array of state-of-the-art treatments aimed at preserving teeth and preventing tooth loss. Sometimes, though, having a...

I'm Really Nervous About My Upcoming Root Canal May 1st, 2022

Roughly 15 million root canals are performed each year in the United States, helping women and men avoid tooth loss and preserve their beautiful smiles. Still, despite that large number, plenty of people are anxious about having this time-tested, tooth-saving treatment. Marvin Taylor, DDS, and the team at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center work...

6 Reasons You May Need an Extraction Apr 7th, 2022

You might not think a tooth extraction is something to look forward to. But extractions are only recommended when a tooth can’t be saved — and that means that having an extraction can actually be very beneficial for your overall oral health. At Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center, Marvin Taylor, DDS, uses crowns, fillings, and...

8 of the Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Mar 7th, 2022

The way your smile looks has a big influence on the impression you make on other people. Worn teeth, deep stains, and gaps in your smile can leave you looking older, more fatigued, and less attractive overall. There’s nothing shameful about having a smile flaw (or even several) — in...

What to Expect When You're Getting a Dental Implant Feb 1st, 2022

Every year in the United States, about a half million people get dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are rapidly becoming a popular alternative to traditional dentures, mainly because implants are designed to look, feel, and function more like your own natural teeth. Implants are comprised of three...

Do You Know the Difference Between Lumineers® and Veneers? Jan 1st, 2022

The popularity of smile makeovers is soaring as more Americans than ever before realize the true value of having a beautiful, confident, healthy-looking smile. Your smile says a lot about you, helping you make your best impression at work, at school, in your social life, and in your social feeds,...

Help! My Teeth Are Yellow Dec 1st, 2021

Few things can destroy your confidence more quickly than yellow, dingy, stained teeth. Fortunately, teeth whitening can help. In fact, every year, millions of Americans turn to tooth whitening to restore whiter, brighter teeth. Led by Marvin Taylor, DDS, our team at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center in Waterford, Michigan,...

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Nov 14th, 2021

About 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, resulting in nights of unrestful sleep. But that’s not all — every one of them is also at an increased risk for serious health problems. Even worse, as many as 80% of people with sleep apnea don’t know they have it —...

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extracted? Oct 13th, 2021

About 120 million men and women in the United States are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. While some of those teeth may have been lost due to trauma, many are “intentionally” missing, extracted in an effort to improve overall oral health.  At his...

6 Problems That Veneers Resolve Sep 1st, 2021

Dental veneers have soared in popularity in recent years, due largely to their versatility in correcting a lot of different smile flaws. Typically placed in just a couple of office visits, veneers give an almost instant improvement in your smile aesthetics and your confidence, too. At Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental...

4 Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening Aug 26th, 2021

Everybody knows teeth whitening treatments can dramatically improve your smile. In fact, about 37 million Americans opt for teeth whitening every year. But what a lot of people don’t know is why professional teeth whitening is a better choice than over-the-counter whitening products from drugstores and grocery stores. As a...

When to See Your Dentist About Tooth Pain Jul 12th, 2021

Tooth pain can cause a lot of alarm, especially if you’re nervous about seeing the dentist. But ignoring the pain could make things worse — which would mean more extensive treatment and cost. How do you know when it’s time to schedule a dental visit? Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center...

What Can I Do About a Cracked Tooth? Jun 24th, 2021

When most of us have tooth pain, a cavity is typically the first issue that springs to mind. But cavities are just one cause of tooth pain. Sometimes, those painful symptoms can be due to a crack in your tooth, and without the right care, you might be setting yourself...

5 Habits That Can Bolster Your Dental Health May 20th, 2021

Nothing is more attractive than a beautiful, healthy-looking smile — and it all starts with good oral health habits.  Not only do healthy teeth and gums help you feel more confident about your appearance, but good oral health can also reduce your risk of other serious health problems, like cardiovascular...

How Veneers Can Transform Your Smile Apr 14th, 2021

Perfect smiles rarely happen naturally. Most people have at least one or two flaws they’d love to correct.  But for most of us, the thought of extensive dental work keeps us from fixing those problems — and prevents us from having the beautiful smile we really want.  With dental veneers,...

What Your Child Can Expect When Seeing the Dentist Mar 10th, 2021

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends every child have their first dental visit by the time they reach their first birthday. Starting regular dental care at a young age helps the dentist spot potential problems early on, and it helps parents and kids learn the routines and habits that can...

Solutions for Your Snoring Feb 12th, 2021

Nearly half of all Americans snore from time to time. It’s annoying, but not necessarily something to worry about. A quarter of Americans snore on a regular basis — and that’s when it’s time to take action. Regular snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition...

What Can I Do About My Discolored Teeth? Jan 1st, 2021

An attractive smile is one of your best assets, socially, at work, and even around your friends and family. When your teeth are dingy or yellowed, it can have a big impact on your appearance and your self-confidence.  Plenty of people understand that — in fact, last year nearly half...

The Amazing Versatility of Dental Veneers Dec 6th, 2020

Wouldn’t you love a picture-perfect smile? Of course! We all would. But unfortunately, Mother Nature often has other plans, and few of us wind up with a smile that’s naturally flawless.  Or maybe your teeth always looked great — until recently. Now, deep stains, chips, cracks, and other imperfections have...

How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth Nov 11th, 2020

More than 15 million root canal treatments are performed each year in the United States, helping men, women, and even teens preserve their teeth and avoid extraction. Even though they’re relatively common, a lot of people don’t know how root canals work to save teeth and prevent additional tooth problems. ...

Signs of Early Gum Disease Oct 20th, 2020

Did you know gum disease is the top cause of adult tooth loss in the United States? The good news is that treating gum disease in its early stages can help you avoid tooth loss and maintain a beautiful smile for years to come.  The key is to learn to...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Tooth Trauma Sep 23rd, 2020

There are two kinds of dental emergencies — the kind that’s somewhat expected and the kind that isn’t expected at all. A long-standing infection that flares into a severe toothache may be predictable, for example, but an accidental injury that causes tooth trauma is usually a surprise.   Emergency dentistry specialist...

How to Relieve a Toothache at Home Sep 4th, 2020

Let’s be clear. If you have a toothache, you need to schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. That way, our dentist will be able to treat the underlying cause of your pain. In the meantime, here are some ways for you to temporarily relieve a toothache at...

How to Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer Sep 4th, 2020

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 53,000 people in the U.S. will get oral and throat cancer this year. This is why it’s more important than ever that you don’t skip your next oral cancer screening. You should also take steps to reduce your risk of developing oral cancer later in life....

Can I Treat Gum Disease At Home? Sep 4th, 2020

Suspect you might have gum disease? Your first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marvin Taylor. Our Waterford dentist will then examine your gums to determine if you have gum disease. While you can treat gingivitis at home, only a dentist can treat periodontitis. If you're diagnosed with gum disease, we'll...

Your Child’s First Dental Appointment Sep 4th, 2020

Your child should see our dentist at least every 6 months for their routine teeth cleaning and oral examination. That way, we’ll be able to catch oral health issues (like cavities) in their early stages. Seeing our dentist at an early age will also help your child avoid dental anxiety later in life....

Are Dental Sealants Worth It? Sep 4th, 2020

Dental sealants help prevent cavities for up to 10 years. In our opinion, that makes dental sealants well worth the cost. Here's how dental sealants protect your smile and oral health. HOW DENTAL SEALANTS WORK Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings we paint on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth....

Do You Need to See a Dentist if You Have Dentures? Sep 4th, 2020

Yes! Even if all your natural teeth are gone, it’s important you continue seeing our dentures dentist every 6 months. Wearing full or partial dentures doesn’t make you immune to gum disease, oral cancer, and other health issues. During your appointment, we’ll be able to monitor your health after tooth loss so...

Do I Need Emergency Dental Care? Sep 4th, 2020

Not all accidents need emergency dental care, but those that do depend on you finding a dentist in time to repair your tooth. Fortunately, our emergency dentist understands that toothaches or abscesses can’t always wait. Continue reading to learn what your dentist considers urgent and non-urgent emergencies. If you have an...

3 Benefits of Zoom! Teeth Whitening Sep 4th, 2020

Not getting the results you want from over-the-counter whitening strips, toothpaste, and trays? Ask your teeth whitening dentist if Zoom whitening is right for you. Zoom teeth whitening gives you noticeably brighter teeth in as little as one appointment. If you want a white smile that looks natural, continue reading to learn...

Why You Need Oral Cancer Screenings Sep 4th, 2020

Oral cancer affects more than just your mouth: it can develop in the throat, sinuses, lips, tongue, or cheeks. It can be fatal, but it’s treatable if it’s diagnosed early on. The best way to spot early signs of oral cancer is to come into our office for an oral...

How are Dental Crowns and Fillings Different? Sep 4th, 2020

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown or filling depending on the level of damage to your tooth. Our dentist and the American Dental Association recommend you have a teeth cleaning every 6 months, so we’re able to catch small cavities or cracks before they grow bigger. The longer you wait to...

Electric Toothbrush vs. Traditional Toothbrush Sep 4th, 2020

When it comes to brushing your teeth, the question of whether electric toothbrushes or traditional brushes are better comes up a lot. As your local family dental center, we want you to know the pros and cons of both so that your teeth get the best cleaning possible. The next time you’re with...

How to Avoid Grinding Your Teeth at Night Sep 4th, 2020

The term “bruxism” is what dentists refer to as grinding your teeth at night. Over 8% of adults suffer from it and it can cause future pains like headaches and tooth damage. As your local family dentist, we don’t want you to have to battle bruxism alone. If you’re looking for ways to avoid...

What Are Common Teeth Replacement Options? Sep 4th, 2020

When it comes to your teeth, you may have a lot of questions about what replacement option is right for you or a loved one. As your Waterford dentist, Marvin Taylor, DDS, wants you to know what’s available so you can make the best decision. Dental implants and dental crowns are different just like dental bridges and dentures are different....

What to Do if Your Dental Crown Falls Off Sep 4th, 2020

Losing your crown isn't a dental emergency, but you still need to schedule an appointment with our office to get your crown replaced on your tooth. While you wait to see our dentist, it's important to protect your tooth so it stays intact. Continue reading to learn what you'll need to...

Is My Tooth Infected? Sep 4th, 2020

Are your teeth sensitive to hot and cold foods? Does it hurt to bite down when you chew? If so, you'll want to schedule an appointment with our root canal dentist in Waterford, MI. The longer you wait to seek emergency dental care, the more the problem will grow. Continue reading to...

Snap-On Smiles® Guide Sep 4th, 2020

When it comes to Snap-On Smiles®, you may have ideas about what they are and if they really work. As your Bloomfield Hills cosmetic dentist, we want you to understand your oral health options. As incredible as it may sound, a Snap-On Smile can yield amazing results that people testify to loving time and...

Advantages of Cosmetic Bonding Sep 4th, 2020

Are you unhappy with the current shade of your teeth? A common question our dental hygienists get from our patients is how they can whiten their teeth so that they can look their absolute best and feel most comfortable with their natural smile. Take a look at some of the advantages of cosmetic bonding below. FIXES MANY...

How to Avoid Gum (Periodontal) Disease Sep 4th, 2020

Gum (or periodontal) disease can strike the best of us. It only takes a small amount of plaque on the surface of your teeth to set it off. As with most dental problems, however, the best way to avoid gum disease involves daily brushing and flossing. SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE: Sore gums Bleeding...

Regain Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry Sep 4th, 2020

Do you feel self conscious about laughing or smiling in front of other people? Do you try to hide your mouth’s problem areas from others? If you have stained, crooked, gapped, decaying or missing teeth, it’s easy to lose your confidence. The side effects of poor dental health have negative consequences...

Dental Bridges: Types & Advantages Sep 3rd, 2020

A lot of our confidence stems from our appearance. So it makes sense that we don't feel confident when our teeth aren't looking their best. Having missing teeth can make you feel insecure, but thankfully dental bridges can restore your confidence in no time! Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by missing...

Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening Sep 3rd, 2020

Our smiles play a large role in our overall appearance, so it’s no surprise that in-office professional teeth whitening is one of the most common dental procedures in the world. Having your teeth whitened will effectively remove surface stains and also improve discolored teeth. Chairside whitening uses a peroxide-based formula similar to the at-home...

Ten Reasons to Keep Smiling Sep 3rd, 2020

Your smile is the ultimate expression of you. It dictates how you feel about yourself and your emotions in any situation. One slight flaw in your smile can adversely affect your self-confidence and prevent you from looking and feeling your best. An experienced cosmetic dentist can help create an amazing smile for you. Below...

What Can I Expect During Zoom Whitening? Sep 3rd, 2020

Many of our patients whiten their teeth to improve their self-esteem and/or look their best for a special occasion. Either way, we can help you achieve a beautiful white smile in as little as one appointment with Zoom. Zoom whitening can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades in...

4 Reasons You Need Dental Implants Sep 3rd, 2020

Our dentist may recommend dental implants after extracting teeth. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made of titanium that supports an abutment and crown. Many of our patients appreciate dental implants because they look and function like natural teeth. If you haven’t considered dental implants before, here are...

5 Benefits of Porcelain Veneers Sep 3rd, 2020

Have you ever been the person to self-consciously hide their smile in a group photo? How about during a job interview or while on a first date? Cosmetic dentistry was designed to help people just like you feel more confident by hiding slight tooth discoloration or damage. If you have cracks or...

What Happens During the Veneers Procedure? Sep 3rd, 2020

Interested in chipped tooth repair? Ask our dentist if porcelain veneers are right for your smile. Veneers are wafer-thin slices of porcelain your dentist can bond to the fronts of your teeth that show when you smile and talk. Continue reading to learn what happens during the veneers process. We are...

Should I Get Dentures or Dental Implants? Sep 3rd, 2020

Our dentist in Waterford, MI offers both dentures and dental implants. Yet, it can be difficult choosing between these tooth replacement options. While dentures cost less than dental implants, they don't prevent jawbone deterioration. If you schedule a consultation, our dentist can help you find the best solution for your smile. Continue reading...

Enjoy More Foods with Dental Implants Sep 3rd, 2020

Do you miss steak? Or corn on the cob? Biting into a nice, sweet apple? Are missing teeth — or bad teeth — preventing you from eating your favorite foods? Our dentists already know the answer — and it’s yes. Eating becomes challenging when your teeth are not prepared to chew food...

How To Choose The Right Cosmetic Dentist Sep 3rd, 2020

A cosmetic dentist, also known as an aesthetic dentist, performs various procedures that produce immediate results in the appearance of your smile. Things like discoloration or chipped teeth are some of the many issues that cosmetic dentists are best for correcting. Since they are going to be doing work on your smile, you...

The Benefits of Regular Dental Visits Sep 3rd, 2020

Visiting us regularly and having your teeth professionally cleaned makes a drastic difference in your overall health. A clean mouth not only reduces cavities, but also can greatly improve the health of your entire body. Healthy teeth allow you to eat the food you need, while also reducing the amount...

Don’t Believe These 3 Myths About Natural Teeth Whitening Sep 3rd, 2020

Not everything you see on Facebook and Instagram is true, especially when it comes to “natural” teeth whitening. One of the biggest misunderstandings we see among patients is the idea that all natural ingredients are good for your smile. In reality, many of the ingredients used for natural teeth whitening are abrasive to...

Avoiding Time In The Dentist Chair Sep 2nd, 2020

There are many people who don't like the dentist and yet, take such little care of their oral health that they end up having to make frequent trips to our offie to repair damage to their teeth. So the very thing they fear becomes something that is now part of their life...