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Dr. Andrea Beth Monkman, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Andrea Beth Monkman DDS is a top Dentist in Madison Heights, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Andrea Beth Monkman DDS is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Andrea Beth Monkman DDS is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Andrea Beth Monkman DDS is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Madison Heights, MI, Dr. Andrea Beth Monkman DDS is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
12 years Experience
Dr. Andrea Beth Monkman, DDS
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Accepting new patients

Why are my 5 year old son's teeth rotting?

Sometimes its not only the food choices, but timing of choices. These can include drinks as well. We tell adults not to sip on soda and energy drinks. We tell kids the same thing. READ MORE
Sometimes its not only the food choices, but timing of choices. These can include drinks as well. We tell adults not to sip on soda and energy drinks. We tell kids the same thing. Milk should be made available at meals only. Juice has no nutritional value and should be given sparingly if at all. My kids are constantly thirsty, so we keep a sippy cup in the fridge with water that they are free to use whenever they wish. The other issue is fluoride. Sometimes kids won't use the normal toothpastes because of taste or whatever. We need to make sure that the toothpaste has fluoride in it. At five years old, we let the kids brush themselves and then we go back and take our turn as well twice a day. Any issues or questions with their dental health should be directed to the dentist. The first professional cleaning usually happens around 3 years old.

My daughter is 8 years old and her baby teeth have still not fallen out. Is it normal?

It can be. Everyone loses teeth at different ages. The “norms” are simply averages. If your daughter got her teeth late, she will most likely lose them late as well. If there is READ MORE
It can be. Everyone loses teeth at different ages. The “norms” are simply averages. If your daughter got her teeth late, she will most likely lose them late as well. If there is any concern however, X-rays can determine which adult teeth are forming and where they are in development.

What is the importance of using dental floss?

Brushing your teeth is only part of keeping a clean and healthy mouth. Flossing removes all of the food and bacteria that accumulate in between your teeth. Not flossing is like READ MORE
Brushing your teeth is only part of keeping a clean and healthy mouth. Flossing removes all of the food and bacteria that accumulate in between your teeth. Not flossing is like washing a window but skipping the edges. It will look clean for the most part, but still has a layer of dirt that hasn’t been cleaned.

I have had 3 teeth chip in the past year. Is this normal?

Teeth chip for a multitude of reasons. Maybe the tooth was bumped or injured. Maybe you used your teeth to open a package or chew a pencil or ice. Maybe it was banged by a glass READ MORE
Teeth chip for a multitude of reasons. Maybe the tooth was bumped or injured. Maybe you used your teeth to open a package or chew a pencil or ice. Maybe it was banged by a glass bottle or you bit into something very hard like a fork. Using when something like that happens, you realize what caused the chip. Frequently, what people call a chip is actually a cavity that “fell in”. Anytime there is a change in your oral cavity, please get it checked out by a dentist.

What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?

There are three basic options for tooth replacement. The first and cheapest is a removable partial denture. It comes in and out but looks just like a tooth. The second is a fixed READ MORE
There are three basic options for tooth replacement. The first and cheapest is a removable partial denture. It comes in and out but looks just like a tooth. The second is a fixed bridge. It is cemented in and does not come out, but is anchored to the two adjacent teeth. The third option is a dental implant that is again cemented in place and doesn’t affect other teeth. It consists of a surgery and takes the longest time to complete.

What are sealants? Are they really advisable?

Yes!!!! They are a protective coating that goes into the pits and grooves of the permanent molars. They make the teeth “flatter” so that kids that may not brush as well as they READ MORE
Yes!!!! They are a protective coating that goes into the pits and grooves of the permanent molars. They make the teeth “flatter” so that kids that may not brush as well as they should can still effectively clean their teeth. Sealants do not harm the teeth in any way and will eventually wear off. The goal is to keep them in place until the child learns how to brush effectively.

What can be done for chipped tooth?

The most reasonable option is a bonding. It is a white filling material that “glues” onto the tooth. It blends with natural tooth structure and fills in the space. The more expensive READ MORE
The most reasonable option is a bonding. It is a white filling material that “glues” onto the tooth. It blends with natural tooth structure and fills in the space. The more expensive but definitive option is either a crown or veneer, both of which go to the lab. The bonding is done chairside in the office.

Is a root canal safe for a 3 year old?

Yes! We save baby teeth for several reasons. They help with speech, chewing, aesthetics. They also guide the growth of the permanent teeth. Taking out the nerve will preserve the READ MORE
Yes! We save baby teeth for several reasons. They help with speech, chewing, aesthetics. They also guide the growth of the permanent teeth. Taking out the nerve will preserve the life of the baby tooth, helping with all those things.

Can a cavity spread to the next tooth?

Cavities do not spread to neighboring teeth. However, the bacteria that caused the cavity can “jump” to the next tooth. So I guess the easy answer is yes, cavities do spread. When READ MORE
Cavities do not spread to neighboring teeth. However, the bacteria that caused the cavity can “jump” to the next tooth. So I guess the easy answer is yes, cavities do spread. When you get that cavity filled, you also remove the bacteria which decreases the likelihood of cavities on other teeth.