Posts for: August, 2016
What your dentists in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Woodstock GA want you to know about dental fillings
Dental fillings restore your teeth, creating beautiful, complete teeth and restoring your chewing function. If you have teeth that are broken, you probably are afraid to chew your food, in case your teeth break further. If you have dental decay, it may be painful to chew, affecting your digestion and overall health. Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care with offices in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Woodstock GA want to help you discover why dental fillings are important for you.
Dental fillings don’t just restore your dental and physical health; they can also restore the beauty and natural appearance of your smile. Your dentists use the latest dental materials, technologies and procedures to give you fillings that are cosmetically beautiful and strong.
You can choose from a variety of materials for your fillings, depending on your personal preferences and the location of the filling. Your dentists want you to consider:
Metal (amalgam) fillings, if you want a strong, durable, relatively inexpensive filling; metal fillings are typically placed on teeth that aren’t visible when you smile.
Gold fillings, if you want a strong filling with the beautiful color of gold; these fillings are manufactured in a dental laboratory so they require more than one appointment.
Tooth-colored (composite) fillings, if you want a cosmetically beautiful, natural-looking filling; these fillings can be matched to the color of your existing teeth, making them virtually invisible.
Porcelain fillings, if you want a strong, cosmetically beautiful filling; these fillings reflect light, just like your natural teeth, making them a sparkling addition to your smile. Porcelain fillings are also created in a dental laboratory, so they require more than one appointment.
Glass ionomer fillings, if you need a filling placed along the gumline; these fillings are also tooth-colored, giving you a completely natural look.
When you are considering dental fillings, there are many factors to think about, so don’t make the decision alone. Talk to the experts, your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care! It’s time to call your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care with offices in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw, Georgia. Call today and find out how fillings help your teeth and restore your smile!
How dental bonding from 1st Choice Dental Care can help your smile
Are you tired of the small chips, cracks or other minor imperfections in your teeth? Do you want to fix your smile, but you’re afraid of how long it will take and how much money it will cost? Well, fear no more! Now you can have a smile you can be proud of, thanks to dental bonding! Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Woodstock GA want to share with you why dental bonding is the perfect choice to fix your smile.
Dental bonding is the modern, easy and quick way to correct minor dental imperfections in your teeth. It is also far less expensive than many cosmetic dental procedures like porcelain veneers. Dental bonding requires considerable skill and artistry, which is why you need to visit the experts, your dentists.
There are many reasons why people choose dental bonding. It is one of the most versatile procedures in dentistry, and can fix dental issues like these:
- Unevenly or excessively worn down teeth
- Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
- Small gaps and spaces between teeth
- Rotated, overlapped or poorly positioned teeth
- Badly discolored or deeply stained teeth
There are many reasons why your teeth may not look as beautiful as they should. Aging and normal wear and tear are really hard on your teeth, causing chips, cracks, yellowing and excessive wear. Don’t worry, no matter what your age, dental bonding is the right procedure to fix your smile!
Your dental bonding treatment from your dentists in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Woodstock is non-invasive, so you won’t need anesthetic. Dental bonding uses composite, a unique liquid resin that your dentists will artfully sculpt to your tooth. The composite comes in many different shades, so you are guaranteed a look that is color matched as closely as possible to your existing teeth. Your smile will look perfectly blended together and seamless.
It’s time to say goodbye to minor dental imperfections with dental bonding. It’s time to say hello to your new smile! Call your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care with offices in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Woodstock, GA. Don’t wait for your new smile, call today!
The market for sugar alternatives has grown exponentially since saccharin was accidentally discovered in 1878. Today, saccharin has been joined by other FDA-approved zero-calorie artificial sweeteners, including aspartame (“Equal®” or “NutraSweet®”), sucralose (“Splenda®”) and rebaudioside A, derived from the stevia plant. You can also choose low-calorie alcohol sugars like erythritol or xylitol.
With rare exceptions, all these choices are widely considered safe substitutes for table sugar, high fructose corn syrup or other versions of this plentiful carbohydrate. Finding substitutes for sugar is a worthy health goal: besides its role in obesity, sugar is considered a contributing factor in cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
It's also a prime food for oral bacteria that cause dental disease. As bacteria consume sugar they produce acid as a byproduct. Acid softens and dissolves the mineral content in enamel, leading to erosion and the formation of cavities. While saliva normally neutralizes acid after we eat, constant snacking and higher quantities of sugar in our food make it difficult for it to control or neutralize acid in the oral environment.
Because most of us are hard-wired with a “sweet tooth,” it's difficult for many to cut back on sugar. Artificial sweeteners help reduce the amount of sugar in the diet with obvious benefits for general health. It can also make a big difference in your dental health by helping you prevent tooth decay.
One alcohol sugar may even go a step further. In addition to reducing the presence of sugar in the mouth, xylitol (found in chewing gums, candy and breath mints) also seems to reduce bacterial growth by interfering with their ability to ferment the sugar.
If you're considering using an artificial sweetener, get to know them first: some like aspartame aren't suitable for baked goods or cooking, while saccharine or sucralose are. People with a rare genetic condition called phenylketonuria also can't properly process aspartame in the body.
Be sure you also talk to us about artificial sweeteners' impact on oral health, especially the benefits of xylitol for dental care. Used in a wise and informed way, these sugar alternatives can improve both your oral and general health.
If you would like more information on artificial sweeteners impact on dental 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 “Artificial Sweeteners: Satisfying and Protecting your Sweet Tooth.”
How your dentists in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA can help
Sometimes it’s hard to know if you have gum disease. Gum disease can sneak up on you with little or no symptoms. Chances are if you brush and floss regularly, you are doing what you can to prevent gum disease, but not everyone has great oral hygiene. It’s important to know what to look for if you think you might have gum disease. Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA want to share with you some of the common signs and symptoms of gum disease.
You should be on the look out for:
- Bleeding when you brush, floss or eat
- Red, swollen and puffy gums
- Pain when you brush, floss or eat
- Bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
The good news is gum disease is totally reversible because just your soft tissue is infected and not the bone supporting your teeth, as is the case with periodontal disease. In order to reverse gum disease, you must practice excellent oral hygiene, including:
- Brushing after each meal and before you go to sleep
- Flossing at least once a day, preferably more
- Visiting your dentists in Marietta at least every 6 months for cleanings, and yearly for a full dental exam and x-rays
Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is inflammation of your gum tissue. The plaque on your teeth contains millions of harmful bacteria which produce toxins that can destroy the hard and soft tissue of your mouth, including your gums and the bone around your teeth. By brushing, flossing and having regular professional cleanings, you can rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and plaque before gum disease can happen.
If your gum disease goes untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease involving the bone supporting your teeth. Your teeth can become loose, and you could lose them! At the very least, once you have periodontal disease, your mouth becomes very difficult for you to keep clean. Periodontal disease progresses, and the treatment you need becomes more intensive.
If you think you might have gum disease it's time to seek our help. We offer a full range of services to protect the health of your gums and your teeth. We want to partner with you to protect your smile. Call your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA today and get some help for your smile!
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”