Our Dental Blog
By 1st Choice Dental Care
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Restoring your tired, broken, or incomplete smile is easy with help from your cosmetic dentist and a dental crown or bridge. In fact, these restorative dentistrytwo common and powerful dental restorations can even work together to give your smile the overhaul it needs. Find out more about dental crowns and bridges and what they can do for you with 1st Choice Dental Care with locations in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA.

What are the benefits of a porcelain dental restoration? 
The most visually obvious benefit of a porcelain dental restoration is their natural, tooth-like appearance. A dental laboratory custom makes the restoration to fit seamlessly into your smile. The restoration is made from porcelain, a durable material which can stand up to normal daily use for many years. Aside from being long-lasting and effective, dental restorations like crowns can actually help stabilize a tooth enough to save its structure and prevent it from requiring extraction.

Do I need a crown or a bridge? 
If you have a missing or damaged tooth, you might benefit from dental veneers. Your dentist may recommend crowns if you have a tooth damaged by injury or decay or a tooth with a large filling. A crown also becomes necessary to hold a dental bridge, which replaces a missing tooth, in place. A dental crown can also improve the appearance of a tooth which is misshapen or discolored.

Crowns and Bridges in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA
If you think you can benefit from crowns or bridges, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that a porcelain dental restoration is the best dental procedure for you. In some cases, other restorations like dental implants or other treatments like a root canal may be better suited to your situation.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care with locations in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment today!

By 1st Choice Dental Care
October 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Jaw Pain  

Are you suffering from jaw pain? While many people of all ages have painful or tender jaw joints from arthritis, auto accidents or even sinusjaw pain issues, the biggest cause is TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. These noisy, grating, irritated ball and socket joints at the sides of the head afflict 15 million Americans, says the American Dental Association. Your Woodstock, GA, dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care take a special interest in TMD and offer sensible solutions for this often debilitating problem.

It's something of a mystery

If you present with symptoms of TMD, your dentist in Woodstock, GA, will perform an oral exam and take digital X-rays. Sometimes poor dental bite, repeated tooth grinding (bruxism) or even missing teeth and extensive tooth decay causes the jaw joints to throb, tighten, become stuck open or closed or make odd clicking or popping noises.

Other times, TMD is more nebulous, stemming from problems that really are "all in your head":

  • Chronic stress, anxiety and resulting muscle tension
  • Erosion of the disc-like condyle in the joint
  • Connective tissue disease

Whatever the reason behind your jaw pain, you need relief, and 1st Choice Dental Care can help. Your Woodstock, GA, dentist will sort through your symptoms and possible factors contributing to them.

Helps for TMD

Oral appliance therapy frequently helps people with TMD. Customized according to oral impressions, these thin acrylic mouth guards provide cushioning against the substantial physical stresses which often are placed on top and bottom teeth. Worn at night, oral appliances reduce the effects of bruxism and uneven dental occlusion (how teeth close together).

Additionally, your dentist may recommend dental crowns or other ways to alter the chewing surfaces of teeth so bite improves. More severe cases may require orthodontics. 1st Choice Dental Care offers selected patients clear acrylic aligners from Invisalign.

Finally, your dentist may suggest stress-reducing techniques, physical therapy and exercises which allow the jaws to operate properly. Massage and chiropractic care proves useful for some individuals as well.

Why wait?

If your jaw hurts, please don't suffer. At 1st Choice Dental Care, we can help. Why not contact us today for a consultation on your joint pain? We have three convenient offices: Woodstock, Kennesaw and Marrietta, GA. Call (678) 293-8773.

By 1st Choice Dental Care
October 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  
BestDietaryPracticesforHealthyTeethandGums

Your diet can play as important a role in your dental health as brushing and flossing. What you eat (particularly sugar) could increase your risk of tooth decay despite your hygiene habits. And vice-versa: a nutritious diet may help boost your preventive efforts even more.

Let’s look at two very different approaches to diet and see how your dental health is likely to fare under each.

A High Sugar/Low Fiber Diet. Modern western diets heavy with processed foods are inundated with two particular types of refined sugars. The first is sucrose, which comes mainly from either beets or sugar cane. Foods (and beverages) may also contain a refined sugar from corn known as high fructose corn syrup. Refined sugars are added for taste to thousands of products like cake, candy, soft drinks or even condiments like catsup. These “free” sugars are easily processed by bacteria into acid. Combine that with fewer fibrous vegetables in the diet and you have a recipe not only for obesity and other health issues, but tooth decay as well.

A High Fiber/Low Sugar Diet. Fruits and vegetables make up a large part of this kind of diet, while added free sugars much less so. That doesn’t make this diet sugar-free: all plant products contain simple sugars produced by photosynthesis. The difference, though, is that these sugars — glucose, fructose and sucrose (natural, not the refined versions) — are more slowly absorbed into the bloodstream during digestion because of the fiber content of fruits and vegetables. You’ll also receive other nutrients like vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. Eating this kind of diet will help decrease the risk of tooth decay.

So there you have it: eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and restrict your intake of processed foods and sweets. You may also want to fine-tune a few items to maximize decay prevention: for example, eat starches in their natural form (whole grains, beans or certain fruits) as much as possible rather than refined or in combination with added sugar (cakes, cookies, etc.). And while fresh fruits with their naturally occurring sugars aren’t a significant factor in tooth decay, dried fruits (especially with added sugar) might.

Bon appétit!

If you would like more information on proper diets for better 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 “Nutrition & Oral Health.”

By 1st Choice Dental Care
September 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”

By 1st Choice Dental Care
September 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   oral health  
Back-to-SchoolIsanExcellentTimeforaDentalCheckup

A new school year is right around the corner.  Here's something to add to your back-to-school list: Schedule a dental visit for your child. There are several good reasons for this:

1. Hidden Problems
Nearly 1 of 5 school-age children has untreated tooth decay. If decay progresses, it can interfere with eating, speaking, sleeping and learning. A checkup at the dental office can uncover a small problem before it turns into a much bigger issue.

2. Oral Hygiene
A back-to-school appointment is the ideal opportunity to get a professional cleaning. In addition, we can check on whether your child's oral hygiene efforts are up to par — and give pointers where needed.

3. Mouth Protection
Will your children be playing sports? If so, ask us about a custom mouthguard to help protect their teeth. If your child already has a mouthguard, we can check that the condition and fit are still adequate, given that your child is still growing.

4. Preventive Treatment
Speaking of protecting your child's teeth, an end-of-summer appointment is a good time to ask about preventive measures like tooth-strengthening fluoride treatments or protective dental sealants.

Make sure your child starts the new school year with strong, healthy teeth that will sparkle in school pictures. Please contact us to schedule a back-to-school dental appointment today!





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