Welcome to the Blog of Dr. Michael C. Hutchison!

At the office of your expert Traverse City, MI dentist, Michael Hutchison, DDS, our entire team is passionate about healthy, beautiful smiles! In order to create and maintain these ideal smiles, we believe in treating each patient as a member of our family. Through striving for excellence in preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, we exceed the dental needs of all of our patients. Some of the dental services we provide include:

Contact us today to learn more about how your Traverse City dentist, Dr. Michael Hutchison, is giving patients a real reason to smile! We invite you to check back here regularly for pertinent information on dental services, office news, and tips for a healthier, more beautiful mouth. Find us on Facebook too!

Supporting our heros…

To show our support for Law Enforcement, Active Military and First Responders, Associates in Family Dentistry is extending a courtesy discount to those members and their families. A small way to say THANK YOU for their outstanding commitment.

Help us spread the word! Refer a new patient to our practice and gain an entry into our drawing for a brand new SONICARE DIAMOND CLEAN electric toothbrush! (retail value $180.00) Make sure they remember to mention your name when calling to schedule! You will automatically be entered once they are seen for their appointment.

**Unlimited entries – refer a family of 4, gain 4 entries! Drawing to be held every two months. Next drawing will be held on 03/27/2012!

We appreciate your continued loyalty and look forward to welcoming more patients like you!

Welcome, VELscope! AACD annual session return

Our entire Traverse City team joined Dr Michael Hutchison this year and attended the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) annual session in Washington DC. The information learned always proves invaluable in helping us continue to provide our patients with the absolute best in dental healthcare in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Our mission? To continue to partner with our patients in achieving their ideal oral-healthcare goals.

In other news, we are happy to be welcoming the VELscope to our practice!

Introducing… INVISALIGN!

Associates in Family Dentistry is thrilled to now offer Invisalign to our patients in the Traverse City and surrounding areas!  Invisalign is an alternative to braces and provides incredible results!  Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are custom-molded to fit you. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you’ll be proud of.

  • Remove your aligners to eat, brush and floss
  • Change aligners every two weeks
  • Your teeth move little by little
  • Regular progress checks with your dentist
  • Results often in 6 months to 1 year

Why people prefer Invisalign

The convenience and ease of use of the Invisalign system have made it the choice of over half a million people. In fact, Invisalign has been effective in giving hundreds of thousands of people amazing new smiles.

  • Most people won’t notice you’re in treatment
  • Won’t disrupt your lifestyle
  • Free initial consultation

No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth, and best of all, most people won’t notice you’re in treatment. Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, has been chosen by over 500,000 people who want amazing results.

Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sleep Disorders & TAP3 Appliance

Did you know that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders?

Although snoring can be harmless, it can also be a sign of sleep apnea which occurs when the tongue falls back into the throat during sleep and blocks the airway. Untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness as well as an increased risk from high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and driving accidents. This life-threatening condition can be treated in the dental office with a custom-fitted oral appliance.

Oral Health Tips

At Associates in Family Dentistry, we are committed to achieving a healthy oral state for all of our patients.  We partner with our patients and develop a plan that best fits their lifestyle to achieve this goal.  There is an undeniable connection between having a healthy mouth and healthy body.  Making sure to brush at least twice a day and floss is a great place to start.

With more than 75% of the population having some form of gum disease, here are a couple questions to ask yourself:

Is there bleeding present when you brush and floss your teeth? Are your gums red, swollen and tender?  If so, you may be experiencing the early stages of periodontal disease, or gingivitis.  The good thing is if caught early enough it IS reversible!   Call us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon! (231) 946-9644

Better to Floss Before or After Brushing?

Did you know that taking good care of your teeth and gums can not only add years to your life, but also lowers risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes—and even memory-robbing disorders like Alzheimer’s disease? A new study of nearly 5,000 older adults found that those who brushed their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily.

And here’s even more motivation to brush and floss: A new CDC study reports that nearly 65 million Americans—one out every two adults ages 30 and older—have gum disease, a far higher rate than has previously been reported. That’s dangerous, since a 2012 American Heart Association scientific statement reports that periodontal (gum) disease is a strong, independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and stroke).

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A Surprising Dental Controversy

What’s the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy? While everyone agrees that brushing at least twice a day is crucial, there’s hot debate online right now about whether it’s preferable to floss before you brush (as I do) or afterwards. Here’s a look at surprising flossing recommendations from five leading dentists:

“I’ve always advised patients to floss before they brush to break up and remove the plaque matrix between the teeth before going in with the toothbrush to sweep away the bacteria and debris they’ve dislodged with flossing.”–Mark Barry, DDS, associate dean for clinical affairs and professor, division of oral medicine, Medical University of South Carolina.

“It makes more sense, particularly for kids, to floss after brushing so you can see what you’ve missed with the toothbrush. Also, if you floss first, debris might get pushed back between the gums when you brush. It’s also important to use the right flossing technique: make a C-shape with the floss and wrap it around each tooth to clean the surface, rather than just snapping the floss up and down, which doesn’t clean the structures properly.”–Mary Hayes, DDS, American Dental Association spokesperson.

“It doesn’t matter whether you floss first or brush first, because you are cleaning different surfaces of the teeth. That’s why flossing is crucial: It’s the only way to clean between the teeth, since a toothbrush can’t reach these crevices.”–Ruchi Sahala, DDS, American Dental Association spokesperson and general dentist in Freemont, CA

“The biggest thing is to remember to brush twice a day and floss once, spending several minutes removing plaque and debris between the teeth. It takes 24 to 48 hours for oral bacteria to organize into plaque, so as long as you dislodge the plaque at least once a day by flossing, you’re protecting your oral health.”–Ron Burakoff, DDM, MPH, DMD, MPH, Chair & Professor, Department of Dental Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

“Either order is OK. My recommendation is to floss at night, before you go to bed. When you’re sleeping, you produce less saliva to clean your teeth and gums, so oral bacteria are free to do more damage. Therefore, it’s important to brush, floss and scrape your tongue every night to get rid of bacteria and go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible.”–Ronald M. Goodlin, DDS, President, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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What’s the Bottom Line on Flossing?

The American Dental Association reports brushing or flossing first are both fine, as long as you do a thorough job. However, the ADA adds that a benefit of flossing first is that fluoride from toothpaste is more likely to reach between your teeth when you brush, which may help reduce cavities.

As all of the dentists interviewed for this article agree, flossing once a day is crucial to avoid having the film of bacteria between the teeth harden into plaque and then tartar, a hard mineral deposit that can cause gums to become swollen and inflamed, leading to the earliest stage of gum disease: gingivitis.

For more tips on flossing—including a how-to video from the ADA—click here.

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Article website found here: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/better-floss-or-after-brushing