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18540 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
(586) 771-1460

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18540 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, MI 48021

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Dr. Jost has been my family's dentist for the past 25 years. His professionalism and care have been outstanding! I have sent many friends and family to him, and no one has been disappointed. He is gentle, kind, considerate and delivers excellent dental care. -  Bonnie
Clinton Twp, M

Most people say they HAVE to go to the dentist. My husband and I both LIKE to go! After 30 some years, we consider Dr. Jost and his staff part of our family. Whenever we have an "emergency," Dr. Jost makes time for us. To anyone looking for a dentist - give Dr. Jost a try. You won't be disappointed, and your smile will thank you.  Go Red Wings!

- Jeff & Debbie, Centerline, MI

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By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
September 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dry mouth  

A dry mouth not only feels unpleasant but can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Simply drinking more fluids can't remedy dry mouth, so addressing the issue seeking proper care is imperative.

At the family dentistry office of Dr. Peter Jost in Eastpointe and Saint Claire Shores, MI, we can help alleviate your dry mouth so you feel comfortable and maintain your oral health.

What is dry mouth?

The dry mouth develops when your mouth fails to produce the amount of saliva needed to properly lubricate the mouth and throat.

What can cause dry mouth?

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Breathing out of your mouth during sleep
  • Frequent alcohol consumption
  • Medications
  • Air pollution
  • Undergoing radiation treatment

How does dry mouth harm my oral health?

Lack of saliva can lead to throat soreness and irritation, bad breath, and trouble swallowing. A dry mouth can also cause problems for your teeth and gums. Without enough lubrication in your mouth, your teeth can become more susceptible to decay and leave you susceptible to developing sores on the tongue or gums. If you find yourself consuming more sugary beverages to keep your mouth from being too dry, you further increase your risk of cavities.

How is dry mouth treated?

The staff at our family dentistry office in Eastpointe and Saint Claire Shores, MI, will begin by evaluating the cause of your dry mouth. If the cause is prescription medications, you may need to consult with your physician about an alternative or supplemental medicine.

Non-medication-related dry mouth can be alleviated with proper oral hygiene, including brushing and using a non-alcohol-based mouth rinse, staying hydrated, and consuming lubricating foods like sugar-free popsicles, gum, or lozenges. At night, use a humidifier, and avoid salty foods, alcohol, tobacco, and too much caffeine.

Call the family dentistry office of Dr. Jost in Eastpointe and Saint Claire Shores, MI, at 586-771-1460 if you are experiencing dry mouth.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
April 13, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Are you dealing with issues that require your dentist’s help?

Visiting the dentist is certainly not the highlight of anyone’s day, but it's important if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Along with the routine checkups you should be getting from your Eastpointe, MI, dentist, Dr. Peter Jost, every six months, here are some of the top reasons that mean you should come into the office for care.

It’s been more than six months since your last checkup

Everyone needs to visit the dentist regularly, even kids over one year old. So if it’s been more than six months since you last visited our Eastpointe, MI, family dentist for a cleaning and checkup then it’s time to schedule your next appointment. A simple professional cleaning can help to prevent and pinpoint problems early on to protect and preserve your natural smile. These visits are important for your oral health and should not be missed.

Your tooth hurts

A toothache is certainly not something to ignore. If you are dealing with a toothache it’s time to call us right now, as this is considered a dental emergency. A toothache could be a sign of a cavity, infected tooth, or cracked tooth, so it’s important that you get the proper care you need right away. Our dental team can address any and all emergency dental problems right here at our Eastpointe, MI, practice.

Your gums keep bleeding

If you just started flossing again then your gums may be a little tender or may bleed a bit when you first start, however, they shouldn’t continue to bleed. If you keep noticing that your gums bleed this could be a sign of gum disease. About half of American adults have some degree of gum disease, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It’s important not to ignore red, puffy, or bleeding gums because they are signs of gum disease. If you notice this, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

You hate your smile

Feeling self-conscious about your smile? Do you have misshapen, crooked, or yellowing teeth? If so, our dental team can also help. Dr. Jost offers a variety of cosmetic options, from whitening to veneers, to help you achieve your dream smile. We tailor all of your cosmetic options to meet your smile goals. If you want to discuss which cosmetic treatment is right for you, we’d be happy to sit down with you.

If in doubt, call us to find out if the problems you are dealing with require professional dental care. Our dentist Dr. Jost is here to meet all of your needs, whether they are preventive, restorative, or cosmetic in nature. To learn more about the dental services we offer in and around Eastpointe, and St. Clair Shores, MI, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (586) 771-1460.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
November 25, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Family dentistry provides comprehensive oral health care for patients of all ages. If you have a toddler, we are happy to perform her first dental exam. If your mom needs a root canal, we can help her, too. In Eastpointe, MI, Dr. Peter Jost is the family dentist to trust for all the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services you and your loved ones need.

What we can serve you

Basically, your family dentist in Eastpointe, MI, joins with you and yours in keeping smiles healthy and attractive. At the heart of family dentistry is preventive care--routine cleanings, exams, X-rays, fluoride treatments, and more which maintain your well-being and oral function and avoid more complex care in the future. Dr. Peter Jost builds treatment plans to address immediate restorative needs, anticipates possible treatments, such as orthodontics, and sets the cosmetic goals which make healthy smiles sparkling and attractive.

It all happens here

Dr. Jost possesses such a wide skill set that he meets most dental care needs right at his Eastpointe or St. Clair Shores. From tooth-colored fillings to porcelain crowns to dental implant placement and restoration, he and his dependable team do it all. There's never a need to drive all over the area to get your care from one provider and your teen's care at another.

Plus, because we value enduring relationships, we will know your family through years of smile development and treatment planning. Dr. Jost even recognizes oral health trends that run in families. This knowledge is highly prized and can streamline your oral health care.

Our services

Among our customized treatments, we offer:

  • Complete exams, X-rays, and hygienic cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Plastic sealants
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Bio-liner clear orthodontic aligners
  • Conventional orthodontia
  • Root canal therapy
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Composite resin bonding
  • Emergency dental services
  • Sedation dentistry

Plus, you'll feel comfortable at our office. Our treatment rooms are bright and equipped with state of the art equipment. Our staff is friendly and respectful from the time you enter our doors to when you leave with your treatments completed.

Just like your primary care physician...

If you want the best of care for your loved ones, phone Dr. Peter Jost in Eastpointe or St. Clair Shores, MI. He'd be privileged to be your family dentist.

Call (586) 771-1460 for an appointment at either convenient location.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gums  

Factors That Affect the Health of Your Gums

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a dental problem that affects more than half of American adults. If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, it’s important to be aware of different factors that can affect the health of your gums. Dr. Peter Jost has been helping the residents of Eastpointe, MI, with all their dental needs since 1983. Contact him today for an appointment or consultation.

You and Your Gum Health

To reduce your risk of gum disease, there are three things you need to do regularly:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Visit your dentist a least every six months

If you practice this healthy dental hygiene routine, you will minimize your risk of gum disease. When left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth loss and a higher risk of heart disease.

The Stages of Periodontal Disease

If you are experiencing the early signs of gum disease and you get it treated as soon as possible, chances are your Eastpointe, MI, dentist will eliminate it. That's why it's so important to be aware of the stages of gum disease, especially the early ones.

Stage one – gingivitis: Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth and around the gum line. Over time, the bacteria in the plaque damage the teeth and gums, causing the tissue to become inflamed and sensitive. If left untreated, it leads to more serious conditions.

Stage two - periodontitis: This is a much more threatening form of gum disease. As it progresses, it leads to an infection that destroys the bone that holds your teeth in place. The result is tooth loss and bad breath.

Gum Disease FAQ

Can gum disease be cured?

It can be treated if caught in time. It can also be prevented by following a healthy dental hygiene routine.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that are swollen and tender
  • Gums that bled when you brush or floss
  • A receding gum line
  • Loose teeth or teeth that move position
  • Bad breath that won't go away

Will I get gum disease as I get older?

Not necessarily. Although everyone gets plaque, regular brushing, flossing and dental visits can keep your teeth and gums healthy your whole life.

Can I get treatment for gum disease?

In most cases, gum disease can be reversed. The best thing to do is to visit your Eastpointe, MI, dentist as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for an Eastpointe, MI, dentist, call Dr. Peter Jost at (586) 771-1460 today to arrange an appointment.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Learn more about the unique advantages of getting dental implants.

Wondering what dental implants can do for your smile after tooth loss? So many people are turning to our Eastpointe, MI, dentist Dr. Peter Jost to get implants. To help you decide whether dental implants are right for you here are some of the benefits that this tooth replacement option can offer,

Built to Last a Lifetime

One of the reasons adults are turning to dental implants is because they want a tooth replacement that is going to last them a long time. Implants are built to not just be incredibly stable and durable, but also they are designed to last decades. This means that most people who maintain good oral hygiene and have implants can enjoy having this artificial tooth the rest of their life without ever needing to replace it.

Maintain a Healthy Jawbone

The jawbone shrinks after tooth loss and this deterioration will continue to occur over time, affecting the overall shape and structure of the face. Since a dental implant is placed right into the jawbone, it is designed to replace the roots of your teeth and prevents jawbone shrinkage. Since significant jawbone loss can occur in just the first year of tooth loss alone it is important that you see our Eastpointe, MI, family dentist for a consultation to determine the right tooth replacement option to fit your needs.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods

We know how challenging mealtimes can be when you are missing one or more teeth. By getting a tooth replacement that functions and feels just like a real tooth and fully restores your bite not only will you feel confident going out to dinner again but you can also enjoy all those foods that were difficult to enjoy with missing teeth. Sink your teeth into the foods you love; your dental implant is more than up for the challenge.

Protect Neighboring Teeth

Since a dental implant is placed into the jawbone, where it fuses together with bone and tissue, this means that the implant doesn’t need to use neighboring teeth for support. This means that we can preserve the rest of your natural smile without having to alter it to accommodate your artificial tooth. We can leave adjacent teeth exactly as they are, minimizing the amount of dental work you need to receive in order to get implants.

If you want to discuss your candidacy for dental implants you’ve come to the right place. Call our Eastpointe, MI, dental practice today at (586) 771-1460 and let our dentist know that you are ready to get dental implants.

Dr. Jost

Peter Jost, DDS, PC

Dr. Jost is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he received first- rate training in all aspects of general dentistry.  In 1983

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