Posts for: February, 2016
Most people believe that smoking only takes a toll on your lungs and general health. However, that is not true. Smoking has huge effects on your oral health as well. If you are looking to kick your smoking habit, there are many dental reasons to quit. Your Marietta, Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA dentist can help you understand these reasons and get you on your road to a smoke-free life.
Using tobacco causes staining to occur on the teeth’s enamel. While teeth whitening procedures help tremendously to keep your teeth white, continued smoking means reoccurring staining. This results in the need for ongoing whitening treatments within a smaller period of time to keep the appearance you want. Quitting smoking makes whitening treatments last longer and might even eliminate the need for them altogether.
Reduced Infection Fighting
Smoking has the ability to suppress the immune system, making fighting off infections harder for your body. This makes smokers more susceptible to gum infections than non-smokers. Smokers are twice as likely to experience these infections. Irritated gums lead to gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis, which result in tooth loss if left untreated.
Increased Tooth Problems
Smokers experience twice the amount of tooth loss and infected tooth roots than non-smokers. Even if these problems are treated, smokers may also take a longer time to heal. Infected tooth roots require root canal therapy. Depending on the extent of the infection, the tooth may even require extraction.
It is commonly known that smoking causes lung cancer. However, it also causes mouth, esophagus and throat cancer, among others. According to studies by the CDC, 90% of people with lip, mouth, tongue and throat cancers are smokers. Additionally, smokers are six times more likely to develop these cancers than non-smokers.
Dropping your smoking habit is not easy, but with help from your Marietta, Woodstock and Kennesaw dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care, it is an achievable goal. For more information on the risks of smoking to your teeth and getting help to quit, please contact your dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care in Marietta, Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment today!
“That candy will rot your teeth!” is something we have all heard from Grandma at one point or another. Even so, sugary treats like candy or soda are a guilty pleasure for many people. Do you know the real damage these foods do to your teeth? With help from your Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA dentist, you can get the real facts on how sugary treats hurt your smile and what you can do to have the most healthy and happy smile possible.
What do sugary foods do to my smile?
When bacteria and acids found in sugary foods build up on the teeth, they form plaque, a sticky substance which clings to the teeth. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, causing gum disease and tooth decay. Sugary foods increase the instances of these substances in your mouth and on your teeth. Bacteria and plaque are brushed away by brushing and flossing, though removing hard tartar usually requires help from your Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock dentist. Twice yearly dental examinations and cleanings help keep these forms of tooth decay at bay and treat them when necessary.
How can I enjoy sugary foods without hurting my teeth?
Avoid sticky treats and eating sugary foods throughout the whole day rather than all at once. As the saying goes, “everything in moderation”. Limiting the number of times and the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume helps tremendously in preventing cavities and tooth decay. If drinking a soda, try using a straw to limit the soda’s contact with your teeth. Start choosing sugar-free gums over sugary brands. If chocolate is your game, try switching to dark chocolate. As always, be sure to brush away bacteria and acids after you consume a sugary treat or beverage.
For more information on what sugary treats do to your smile, or to schedule a regular dental examination and cleaning, please contact your dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment today!
A large majority of Americans brush their teeth twice daily. However, only about half of those people floss their teeth daily, and 20% of American adults do not floss at all. Flossing, like brushing, is crucial to your oral health, which affects your general health. With help from your Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, GA dentist, you can get the facts on flossing and incorporate this important step into your daily oral hygiene routine.
How often should I be flossing?
Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta dentists recommend flossing at least once a day. Toothbrushes only reach so far into your teeth’s small, hard-to-reach areas. Flossing allows you to clean between the teeth and under the gums to remove food particles and bacteria left behind after the everyday use of your teeth.
What happens if I skip flossing?
Bacteria are found in everyone’s mouth. If left to build up, this bacteria turns to sticky plaque which clings to the teeth. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar. Flossing removes bacteria and plaque and prevents them from forming tartar, which flossing cannot remove. Plaque and tartar cause gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath and breakdown of the enamel of your teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay cause much bigger problems, and can eventually result in tooth loss.
What is the proper way to floss?
It is helpful to floss your teeth in quadrants to ensure you do not miss any areas or spread bacteria. Start with one quarter, either upper/lower left or upper/lower right, and move around the mouth, using a new length of floss with each quadrant. Wrap the ends of the floss around one finger of each hand, pulling it taut. Floss each tooth using an up and down motion, being sure to come high enough up the tooth to grab any plaque or food particles under the gum. Additionally, be sure to floss the front and back of each tooth, again making sure to come up far enough to reach under the gum.
For more information on great oral hygiene and flossing, please contact your dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, GA. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your regular dental examination and cleaning today!
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
1. What is an implant and does it hurt?
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. It is a permanent and stable replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants are usually made out of titanium, used in the replacement of hips and knees. Dental implants have 3 parts: the implant itself, the abutment, and the implant tooth or crown. Implant teeth can either be fixed to the implant root, or attached to a removable partial or denture. Whichever route you decide to take, fixed or removable teeth, pain will not be an issue. Dental implant procedures are positioned a good distance away from any nerve in the bone so, once the tooth is gone, there typically will be no pain as long as you are treated by experienced doctors. Any post-operative discomfort and soreness can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen. Dental implants have revolutionized the dental field, with a 95% success rate, they are without a doubt the best long-term option for missing teeth. If you want to learn more about how dental implants can greatly improve your life, click here or call (678) 293-8773.
2. Why should I get my wisdom teeth out? I heard it's not really necessary.
This is a common sentiment. "If they don't hurt, why take them out?" While it is tempting to think that way, those 4 wisdom teeth can do a lot of damage. Wisdom teeth need to be removed for a variety of reasons, they could be stuck, or impacted, they could be growing at an angle which causes damage to the molars next door, or the particular mouth could just be too small to fit all 32 teeth. So When Is Removal Needed? When wisdom teeth cause problems, or X-rays show they might down the line, they need to come out. Other good reasons to take them out include:
- Inflamed Gums: Tissue around the area can swell and may be hard to clean.
- Cavities: Swollen gums can create pockets between teeth that help bacteria grow and cavities form.
- Alignment: Impacted wisdom teeth can undo the effects of braces, bridges, crowns, partial dentures, or any type of dental work.
- Sinus Issues: Problems with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
- Damage to other teeth: That extra set of molars can push your other teeth around, causing mouth pain and bite problems.
- Jaw damage: Cysts can form around the new teeth. If they aren’t treated, they can hollow out your jaw and damage nerves.
In some cases, it is not necessary to take your wisdom teeth out. This is why it's important and absolutely crucial to have all of your x-rays taken! Discuss with us at your next preventive care appointment what your best option regarding your wisdom teeth is.