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Posts for: December, 2017

By 1st Choice Dental Care
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta can improve your smilecosmetic dentistry

Restoring your teeth is only one focus of dentistry. Modern cosmetic dentistry also helps to improve upon the smile nature gave you. The right cosmetic dental procedure can correct just about any aesthetic problem with your smile. Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care want to introduce you to just a few of the cosmetic dental procedures available. They have office locations in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA to take care of your dental needs.

If you have old or broken metal fillings that were placed years ago, chances are you’ve wondered about how we can help improve your smile. The answer is tooth-colored fillings! These fillings use a liquid resin material known as composite, which can be matched perfectly to the color and shape of your teeth. That means you can still have a strong, protective filling, but no one will notice it!

A professional teeth whitening treatment is another way to make your smile stand out. Professional whitening treatments can whiten your smile up to 8 shades, and your beautiful results can last up to 5 years! The results you get from professional whitening can’t be matched by over-the-counter products from grocery stores or mall kiosks. You can choose from an in-office treatment that takes about an hour, or a take-home whitening kit that you can use when it’s convenient for you.

For a dramatically beautiful change, you might want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths of translucent porcelain which are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are an excellent choice to cover up cracks, fracture lines, chips and other unsightly issues. They also resist staining, so you can have a cup of coffee and still enjoy a white smile.

These are just a few of the cosmetic services available at 1st Choice Dental Care. For a complete listing of cosmetic dental services, please visit the cosmetic dentistry page on the 1st Choice Dental Care website at http://www.my1stchoicedentalcare.com/cosmetic-dentistry.html

You owe it to yourself to find out more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you and your smile. Call the experts, your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care, with offices in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA. Start on a beautiful new smile by calling today!

By 1st Choice Dental Care
December 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentists in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw want you to knoworal hygiene

You may be brushing and flossing out of habits learned long ago when you were growing up. It’s important to follow good oral hygiene habits, but it’s also important to know WHY you are taking care of yourself. Why do you have a proper oral hygiene routine? Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care want to help answer that question. They have several convenient office locations in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw, GA to serve your dental needs.

You need to follow a proper oral hygiene routine to remove plaque and food debris from your mouth. Plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins can destroy both the soft tissues (your gums) and the hard tissues (your teeth) in your mouth. By removing the plaque regularly and thoroughly, you prevent the production of destructive toxins.

If you don’t remove the plaque, eventually your gums will become inflamed and diseased, which can eventually lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes bone loss around your teeth, which can lead to tooth loss.

The acids in plaque can also cause tooth decay, which can progress deep down into the inner tissues of your tooth. Once it reaches the inner tissue, called the pulp, you will need a root canal, and you may even need the tooth extracted if it is too badly damaged to be restored. Then you are looking at expensive tooth replacement with partials, bridges, or dental implants.

All of this can be avoided by following a proper oral hygiene routine, which should include:

  • Brushing after meals and before bed
  • Flossing at least once each day
  • Professional dental cleanings every six months
  • Professional dental exams including x-rays once each year

It’s important to take good care of your mouth, because a healthy mouth protects your general health too. For more information about oral hygiene and other dental topics, services and treatments, call your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care, with offices in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw, GA. Call today!

Discover how to have your best and brightest year for teeth ever

You’re at the party. The space is beautifully lit, people are dancing, the drinks are flowing, and everyone’s dressed to impress. After all, it is New Year’s Eve. Good cheer hangs in the air like perfume. You can practically taste the festivities and hopeful joy for the upcoming year.

Now the countdown’s begun. 10 – 9 – 8 … Oh, wait! What’s your resolution? Must have slipped your mind with all the pleasant distractions. Use those new gym shoes? Write that novel you’ve been putting aside?

How about prioritizing your dental health?

Somehow this doesn’t spring to mind for most. Yet teeth, eyes, and hair are the three most important aspects of health that make a first impression upon others. And unlike the other resolutions, dental attention is done in home, every day. It’s the easiest – both sometimes gets overlooked thus.

Fortunately, good dental health can help you tie off many of those other resolutions you might have been trying for. Read on to see how dental care can have radiating impacts on your overall health and wellbeing for 2018.

Here’s the 14 dental resolutions you can follow towards a whiter, brighter, healthier smile for this year – and years to come!

I can’t emphasize this enough.

#1 Brush and Floss Regularly

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Your life is busy and it’s easy to let dental habits fall by the wayside, especially during the holidays. This year, pledge yourself to brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Using fluoride toothpaste, brush for at least two minutes and reach all surfaces to ensure a thorough sweep. Regular brushing means a healthy, radiant smile is soon to follow.

And commit to flossing at least once every day. After all, flossing is the best way to ensure a healthy smile that lasts for years.

These days, flossing has never been easier with tools like flossing picks and Waterpiks as alternatives. If you’re getting back into it, flossing might be painful at first and you might experience some minor gum bleeding. This is totally normal so don’t worry. However, should this persist, consult your dentist – as you probably have gingivitis.

#2 Optimize Your Dental Hygiene Technique

Maybe you brush and floss daily, but still haven’t achieved that winning smile you want. What gives? You’re likely missing some key areas of the mouth and plaque is building up. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about the proper technique for brushing and flossing. This information doesn’t come standard and can be easily overlooked – even if you’re 50 years old!

Read here to brush up on your ideal dental care:

#3 Get a New Toothbrush


For many of us, plaque relentlessly plagues our teeth. The best way to bust plaque is by replacing your toothbrush and using it! Worn out bristles simply won’t cut it. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when you see those bristles start to fray. You can set reminders to buy new brushes or punctuate your regularly scheduled trips to the dentist with a brand-new brush.

#4 Start Using Mouthwash

Though it can’t replace brushing and flossing, mouthwash will go a long way to keeping teeth looking their best. Antimicrobial mouthwash with fluoride is key, as it both reduces existing bacteria and inhibits new bacterial growth. Plus, you get great breath afterward!

#5 Stop Smoking

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Now’s the time to kick the tobacco habit! Nothing tarnishes teeth worse than cigarettes, and smoking contributes to gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, mouth pain, and oral cancer. When you put down the nicotine, your whole oral healthy gets a boost. Plus, your breath and holistic body health will thank you for fulfilling this resolution.

That’s not all.

#6 Limit Dietary Sugars

Like tobacco, cutting back on sugar provides a host of health benefits. In a dental sense, excess sugars predict tooth decay and cavities. If you reduce your consumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates, you reduce your risk of painful, unsightly, and costly oral issues. Trimming sugar will also keep you looking light and lean into the new year.

Swap out sugars with healthier options and stay away from “fat-free” options in the grocery store, as this is usually synonymous with added sugars. Turn to fruits or a dash of honey to replace sticky sweets and try soda water instead of sodas.

#7 Enjoy Sugarless Gum

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Switching to sugarless gum has two benefits: you reducing sugar intake and you prevent tooth decay. Win-win! The American Dental Association reports that chewing sugarless gum after a meal can neutralize and wash away harmful acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. Inhale benefits, exhale fresh breath.

#8 Cut Back on Coffee

Excess coffee consumption predicts tooth discoloration. Why? The dark color isn’t the first cause to blame. The high level of acidity in coffee strips the tooth enamel and only then does the brown tint seeps into those pearly whites. Too much coffee can also impair sleep, increase anxiety, and increase bodily inflammation. Try to keep it under 500mg per day – or about 4 cups.

#9 Trim Down Alcohol Consumption

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Another resolution packed with multiple benefits, reducing alcohol intake reduce your risk of gum recession, as studied by the Academy of General Dentistry. The report detailed that those who routinely consume alcohol are less likely to brush their teeth and thus suffer more dental issues overall.

#10 Add a Multivitamin

Your mouth needs lots of micronutrients to be its best. Taking a multivitamin provides the copper, calcium iron, potassium, zinc, and B vitamins your teeth and gums crave. Adding vegetables to your diet will also help provide teeth-healthy vitamins and minerals while adding fiber that helps keep teeth white – and cut cravings by helping you stay full for longer. But use a multivitamin just to make sure you’re looking and feeling tip-top!

#11 Drink More Water

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Since we’re 90% water, drinking lots of water is good for your overall health and your dental health.

The best part.

With plenty of water, your saliva production will be top-notch and bacteria that could cause post-meal tooth decay and gum disease will be swept away. Aim to intake eight 8oz. glasses of water per day, or two two-liter water bottles.

#12 Quit Tooth-Harming Habits

If you practice any of the following habits, your teeth will thank you:

  • Biting your nails
  • Chewing ice
  • Opening bottles with your teeth
  • Playing sports with a mouthguard

The abrasion from these activities wears enamel thin and can cause pain and discoloration.

#13 Get Dental Veneers

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If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your teeth in one easy step, consider dental veneers procedure. These wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored materials are custom-made to cover the surface of teeth. Used routinely to cover up worn, chipped, misaligned, gapped, or discolored teeth, dental veneers can make the new year truly bright and new when it comes to oral health and wellbeing.

#14 Schedule a Dentist Appointment

Been putting off that root canal or cavity fix? Routine visits to the dentist will help prevent oral disease, reveal existing or impending dental health issues, and give you the brightest smile possible. It’s recommended that you schedule at least two visits per year, as preventative maintenance for more costly, painful treatments and also to remove unsightly plaque buildups. Call us today to schedule an appointment and fulfill your resolution to have healthy teeth and better oral health in 2018.

Bottom Line.

Capping the Conversation

The new year may feel like a random time to take charge of your dental health, but why not take advantage of the momentum and make some simple improvements? Fortunately, dental health and total health are closely associated with the choices we make. Cutting back on coffee, sugars, nicotine, and alcohol are guaranteed to boost oral hygiene but also feelings of overall wellness, performance, and physical longevity. But science tells us it’s easier to add new routines than cut old habits, so try to also brush and floss more regularly, use mouthwash, consume more vitamins and minerals, and get a new toothbrush.

By striking a balance between additions and subtractions, you’ll hardly feel like you’ve made an effort – but your teeth and gums will know the difference. And don’t forget to stay regular with your dentists, as a bi-annual deep clean is the hallmark of healthy teeth. Happy New Year!

By 1st Choice Dental Care
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental treatment  

Soon after the primary (baby) teeth begin to give way, the teeth a child will have the rest of their lives start erupting into the mouth. But while they’re permanent, they’re not as strong and developed as they will be in adulthood.

That’s why we treat young permanent teeth differently from older adult teeth. For example, a decayed adult tooth may need a root canal treatment; but this standard treatment would often be the wrong choice for a child’s tooth.

The reason why involves the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth, which plays a critical role in early development. Young permanent teeth continue to grow in sync with the jaws and facial structure. Most of this growth is in the dentin, the layer between the enamel and pulp, which increases proportionally to the other layers as the tooth matures. The pulp generates this new dentin.

A root canal treatment completely removes the diseased tissue of the pulp. This isn’t a major issue for a mature tooth because it no longer needs to generate more dentin. But it can have long-term consequences for an immature tooth whose growth may become stunted and the roots not fully formed. The tooth may thus become brittle and darkened, and might eventually require removal.

Because of these potential consequences, a root canal treatment is a last resort for a young permanent tooth. But there are modified alternatives, depending on the degree of pulp exposure or infection. For example, if the pulp is intact, we may be able to remove as much soft decayed dentin as we can, place an antibacterial agent and then fill the tooth to seal it without disturbing the pulp. If the pulp is partially affected, we can remove that part and place substances that encourage dentin growth and repair.

Our main goal is to treat a young tooth with as little contact with the pulp as possible, so as not to diminish its capacity to generate new dentin. Avoiding a full root canal treatment if at all possible by using these and other techniques will help ensure the tooth continues to develop to full maturity.

If you would like more information on dental care for children, 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 “Saving New Permanent Teeth after Injury.”

By 1st Choice Dental Care
December 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health

For decades, dentists have used dental fillings to cover up and protect the surfaces of the teeth. Fillings are usually added to the teeth fillingsafter cavities have been found and cleaned. While this treatment is most common for children and teens, in some cases adult patients may need fillings to restore their smiles. Find out if you need a dental filling, a treatment available at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, GA.

What Is a Filling?
A dental filling is a substance that is added to the surface of a tooth and then cured until it hardens in place. The substance settles into the pits and fissures of the tooth, closing up any holes or cracks. Fillings are commonly made of metal amalgam, composite, or cast gold material. In some cases, dentists use porcelain or glass ionomer material to make the tooth and the filling match more closely.

Do You Need One?
If you have a cavity, it’s highly likely that you will need a filling in the near future. After all traces of decay are cleaned by your Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta dentist, the filling will cover up and stabilize the tooth so that it can get stronger. If you have noticed that one of your teeth or more of your teeth has chips cracks or have become painful, that may also indicate that you may need a filling. The dental filling material can be applied to all surfaces of a tooth to strengthen and repair it.

Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
If you ever had a tooth filled as a child, metal amalgam material was probably used. A lot of patients still have the metal-colored fillings that they received at childhood because they are very durable and long-lasting. However, nowadays more patients are requesting tooth-colored fillings (porcelain, composite, or glass ionomer material). The benefit of getting a tooth-colored filling is that when you smile, laugh, or talk, no one will ever know that you had a cavity.

Call for a Tooth Exam and Checkup
The only way to know for sure that you need a dental filling is to see your dentist for a quick check up. Call 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, GA today at 678-293-8773 to schedule an appointment.

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