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michigan beats national average for adults seeking routine dental care
added on: May 9, 2014

According to new numbers released by Gallup, 69.4 percent of Michigan adults report having visited a dentist at least once in the past 12 months for routine dental care. The national average in this poll was 64.7 percent. At 74.9 percent, Connecticut had the largest number of adults report seeing… Read More…

Posted In: dental hygiene

sleep apnea treatment not limited to cpap; your dentist may be able to help
added on: May 1, 2014

Sleep apnea treatment is often associated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, which require patients to wear masks linked to machines that provide a constant airflow as they sleep; unfortunately, many patients are unable to adjust to CPAP and halt treatment. There are alternatives to CPAP, however. St. Joseph,… Read More…

Posted In: sleep apnea

when should i begin taking my child to the dentist?
added on: April 23, 2014

Your child’s first dental visit and those that follow early in his or her life are an important part of developing good oral health habits. These early visits also allow St. Joseph family dentist Dr. Sven Erickson to evaluate the development of teeth and surrounding structures, helping ensure your child… Read More…


identifying early symptoms of gum disease
added on: April 16, 2014

Gum disease can have a profound impact on the appearance, comfort, and health of your smile. When left untreated it can also increase risks for heart attack, stroke, and respiratory issues, as well as complications with diabetes and pregnancy. Of course, preventing gum disease with a consistent at-home oral care… Read More…

Posted In: gum disease

study links weight loss to improved sleep apnea effects
added on: March 11, 2014

Although anyone—regardless of gender, age or race—can develop obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), those who are overweight face an increased risk for sleep apnea and the potentially life-threatening complications that accompany it. The results of a recent study, however, suggest that moderate weight loss can help prevent the progression of sleep… Read More…

Posted In: sleep apnea

teeth grinding, tmj and how your dentist can help
added on: February 28, 2014

Bruxism—which is often referred to as teeth grinding—is a condition in which a person unconsciously clenches or gnashes his or her teeth. While bruxism may be temporary or mild, it can also lead to painful dental problems, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). St. Joseph, Michigan, dentist Dr. Sven… Read More…

Posted In: tmj

‘state of little teeth report’ indicates tooth decay epidemic among young children
added on: February 5, 2014

The foundation for good, long-term oral health is built in childhood. Yet a new report from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests early childhood tooth decay has become an epidemic problem that poses a threat to children’s general health. St. Joseph, Michigan, dentist Dr. Sven Erickson understands the… Read More…


breaking bad (habits): protect your teeth by halting these behaviors
added on: January 15, 2014

Many people unconsciously engage in bad oral habits, such as pen chewing, that can progressively damage teeth and lead to severe dental problems. St. Joseph dentist Dr. Sven Erickson is dedicated to helping patients from southwest Michigan maintain and restore their smiles through comprehensive general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry care…. Read More…


are you ready for a new smile in the new year?
added on: January 8, 2014

The start of a new year is an ideal time to consider positive change. Many people make new year’s resolutions or otherwise embrace lifestyle modifications. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, the beginning of 2014 may be a good time to consider cosmetic dentistry treatment. St. Joseph,… Read More…


the benefits of professional teeth whitening vs. over-the-counter teeth whiteners
added on: December 20, 2013

Your smile is one of the first things that others notice when they meet you, so it’s natural to feel self-conscious if your teeth are discolored. If you’d like a brighter, whiter smile, you may be considering some of the many over-the-counter teeth whitening options widely available in stores; but… Read More…

Posted In: whitening

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