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Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS & Associates

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Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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Posts for: December, 2014

By Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS, PC
December 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

A generation ago, hearing the term, “smile makeover,” would most likely have resulted in questions and puzzled looks. However, through the power of both the media and celebrities, today it has become a common household term with over 70% of all inquiries coming from people in the 31 to 50 year old age group, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). While some people seek cosmetic dentistry purely to boost their self-esteem, others pursue it to improve first impressions during business and social interactions, as many studies have revealed that first impressions are the ones that typically last the longest.

The AACD study also revealed other interesting statistics that support why a smile makeover is a wise choice that can yield a life-changing return on your investment — you!

  • 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset.
  • 74% feel an unattractive smile can hurt chances for career success.
  • 50% of all people polled were unsatisfied with their smile.

Another important study recently conducted by Beall Research & Training, Inc., an independent marketing research firm, used before and after photos of smile makeovers for polling purposes. The research found that people who have had a smile makeover are viewed by others as more attractive, intelligent, happy, successful in their career, friendly, interesting, kind, wealthy, and appealing to the opposite sex. This evidence clearly proves just how important a first impression can be as well as what it can silently communicate about you.

Want to learn more?

Contact us today to discuss your smile makeover questions or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting with you to learn about your specific concerns and to show you what we can do for you. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “The Impact Of A Smile Makeover.”

By Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS, PC
December 26, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: celebrity smiles  

Design expert and television celebrity Nate Berkus has definite ideas about how to live. In a recent interview, he explained his ideas on design. He also talked about health, and how he keeps his teeth and mouth healthy.

From an initial design makeover that he did eight years ago on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Berkus has gone on to do 127 such makeovers. He was such a success that he now hosts his own daily talk show. He has also developed a line of home products for the Home Shopping Network and has his own design firm, Nate Berkus Associates. His clients include well-known restaurants and hotels as well as private homes. He has written articles for O Magazine and authored a book on the subject of transforming your home into a place you love.

“I realized many years ago that I wasn't going on Oprah to pick sofa colors and paint chips. I was there to lift people up through the way they live,” he says. His secret to design success is to “go with what you love.” He says, “Don't worry about mixing metals, eras or styles. If you love each item, you'll find a way to make it work.”

His common sense practical attitude continues when it comes to dental health. Berkus is blessed with a healthy mouth and teeth. He doesn't feel anxious when visiting the dentist because he usually has a good report. He has not needed orthodontics or cosmetic dentistry. He thanks his childhood dentist for giving him fluoride treatments and sealants, and for teaching him healthy dental hygiene habits.

Berkus brushes his teeth twice or even three times a day, with a manual or electric toothbrush — depending on whether he is at home or traveling. He also follows his dentist's advice about flossing: “Floss the ones you want to keep!” He says that he tried tooth whitening once, but he felt that the whiteness was “too white.” Now he simply works to maintain his natural tooth color and smile.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about maintaining healthy teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nate Berkus, Helping Others Love the Way They Live.”

By Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS, PC
December 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Baby Teeth  

Even though baby teeth don’t last forever, you still need to properly care for them!

The minute your child’s first teeth come in, it feels like another exciting milestone. While your toddler certainly won’t have his baby Baby Teethteeth forever, this doesn’t mean that you can neglect his oral health. In fact, you should be caring for your child’s smile even before his first teeth come in. After all, healthy gums are just as important as teeth for a healthy mouth. Your Sterling Heights family dentist shares the best ways parents can care for their child’s smiles to prevent cavities and premature tooth loss.

  • Gently wipe your baby’s gums with a moist towel or gauze daily. This should be done at least twice a day, but particularly after feedings and before bedtime. This is the best way to remove bacteria and to keep plaque away.
  • When you notice your baby’s first teeth, it’s time to purchase a small toothbrush. Using fluoride toothpaste, you will only want to use about the size of a grain of rice until your child turns 3 years old. Once they turn 3 years old, you can start using a pea-sized amount when brushing his or her teeth.
  • You should always brush your child’s teeth until he or she is capable of holding a toothbrush. Even once this occurs, you will want to spend time with your child to make sure he or she is brushing properly and thoroughly.
  • Examine your child’s smile for any signs of decay such as brown or white spots on the teeth. If you notice any issues call your Sterling Heights family dentist right away.
  • Keep fruit juices and other sugary drinks out of your baby’s diet, as they can stick to their teeth and cause cavities. If your child needs to sleep with a bottle, only fill it with water and not milk.
  • Also, your child should start seeing his Sterling Heights dentist routinely after his first teeth come in, or by his first birthday. The sooner your child starts seeing the dentist the easier it will be for your child to start adopting good dental habits.

If it’s time to schedule your child’s first visit to see their Sterling Heights family dentist, then call us today. We can’t wait to get to know your little one!

By Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS, PC
December 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

The reason for extracting a tooth may be all too obvious — the tooth is too decayed or damaged to attempt saving. The reason for extracting a wisdom tooth, on the other hand, may not be so apparent: from the perspective of pain or reduced function, you may not notice a thing. Our recommendation to remove a wisdom tooth is based primarily on what may be occurring out of view below the gum line and its potential threat to adjacent teeth.

Teeth grow and develop below the gum line in the jaw, and then push their way through the gums as they appear in the mouth (eruption). After a normal eruption, the enamel-covered crown is visible above the gum line; the remaining tooth root (about two-thirds of the tooth’s length) resides below the gum line. Because wisdom teeth, or third molars, erupt rather late between ages 17 and 25, they may lack the room to erupt properly due to crowding from other teeth that have already erupted. This can cause the wisdom tooth not to erupt fully through the gums, leaving the crown trapped below the gum line, a condition known as impaction. For the tooth, impaction increases the chances of infection, cyst formation and gum disease around it.

An impacted wisdom tooth can also cause problems for the adjacent teeth as well. The impacted tooth may begin to press against the roots of other teeth; the resulting pressure can damage the other roots, increasing the risk for disease or future tooth loss. A person may not even know they have this problem since there’s often little to no noticeable pain or symptoms.

It may seem counterintuitive, but the best time to remove a wisdom tooth is when it’s not causing immediate problems. There will be, however, signs found during examination (particularly x-rays or CT scan) that future problems are in the making. By extracting an impacted wisdom tooth at the appropriate time, we can avoid more serious problems in the future and improve oral health.

If you would like more information on wisdom teeth and your oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS, PC
December 03, 2014
Category: Oral Health

It's no secret that in this day and age, we could all stand to have a bit more free time. With everyone taking on more and more, it can be difficult to squeeze in some of the more important activities. Making check-ups with your dentist is one of them. With that in mind, here are some great suggestions and things to look out for to let you know when it's time to make that appointment.

-Has it been more than six months? Schedule an appointment! It's important to see your dentist at least twice a year for regular Visit the Dentistcleanings to ensure your teeth and gums are in optimal health. This also serves as a great opportunity for you to discuss with your dentist any concerns or problems you've been having while he takes a look around to make sure everything is in perfect working order. This appointment is one of the most overlooked and forgotten about health check-ups. With regular dental visits and the upkeep of your oral health, the health and hygiene benefits only cascade from there!

-Broken, chipped, or knocked out teeth. This may be an obvious indication to most, but often it's not handled with the urgency that could otherwise be the difference between replacing or repairing your natural teeth and costly cosmetic dental work. If one of these instances occurs, you should call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment.

-New or lingering tooth sensitivity. This could be a clear indication that you have developed a cavity. If not treated and filled, both the pain and cost of potential dental procedures becomes exponentially higher. Root canals are one of the last vestiges of hope before a full scale dental surgery is required in most untreated cases. This coupled with the pain and sensitivity leading up to the root canal is hardly worth the minimal cost in time and money of having a twice-yearly check-up.

Hopefully, it should be clear why that short allotted time for a check up with your family dentist is more than worth it. The quicker you can get in and out of the dentist's office, the quicker you can get back to your busy schedule without the stress or worry that you're going to be slowed down by dental issues. If you have any questions, feel free to visit Dr. Sheela Neral either in-office at her Sterling Heights location or on the web at The professionals at Dr. Neral's office would be glad to quickly and effectively get the information and treatment options you need to get you out of the chair and back into your busy days with a healthy, dazzling smile.