Dental Sealants Are For Everyone!

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Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your child’s mouth. It is difficult for a toothbrush to reach between the small cracks and grooves on teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give the teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.

Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on the tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth, and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.

Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted as a preventive measure against tooth decay. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and Dr. Patel and Dr. Corbett will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.

Sealants last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your youngster’s sealants come off, let us know, and schedule an appointment for your child’s teeth to be re-sealed. Call 770-623-8750 to schedule your dental check-up!

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The Importance Of Wearing A Mouthguard in Youth Sport Season

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More than 35 million children  participate in some type of sport each year. Whether it’s football, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, etc., playing sports is a fun and rewarding experience that helps children develop social skills while keeping them physically fit. However, certain types of sports can leave children vulnerable to tooth loss, gum damage, and tongue injury when precautions are not taken.

A mouthguard is simple piece of plastic that plays an important role in protecting young athletes from tooth loss and mouth injury. Also referred to as mouth protectors, they are designed to fit in between the upper and bottom teeth. When the child bites down on the mouthguard, it offers greater stability and protection against blows to the mouth.

To put the importance of mouthguard’s into perspective, a recent study found young athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to their teeth when they aren’t wearing a mouthguard. This small piece of plastic secures the teeth so they aren’t knocked out of place.

Think of a mouthguard as a safety tool that distributes the energy of a forceful blow throughout your mouth. If a child who isn’t wearing a mouthguard is hit in the mouth with a baseball, all of the energy is compressed into a single area, thereby increasing the risk of tooth loss or severe damage. If this same incident occurs to a child who is wearing a mouthguard, the energy of the baseball will be distributed throughout the mouth thanks to the mouthguard, which will greatly reduce the possibility of injury.

Most mouthguard’s fall under one of the following categories:

  • Stock: The most commonly used type of mouthguard, stock mouthguard’s and inexpensive and easy to find. The downside is that they come pre-formed, so you cannot adjust them to better fit your mouth.
  • Boil-and-Bite: A more customizable form of protection, boil-and-bite mouthguard’s are first placed in a pot of boiling water before inserted into the mouth. This softens the mouthguard so it contours to the shape of the child’s teeth.
  • Custom: As the name suggests, custom mouthguard’s are professionally made by dentists and orthodontists to fit a child’s mouth. They cost more than stock and boil-and-bite mouthguard’s, but they tend to offer greater comfort and better protection against injury.

Talk with one of our dentists for more advice on choosing the right mouthguard for your child. Each and every child’s teeth are shaped and arranged differently, and using the wrong type of mouthguard could greatly reduce its effectiveness. We are offering $50 Off Your Custom Mouthguard now through 9/30/19. Call 770-623-8750 to schedule your appointment!

Boost Your Smile With Botox- YES BOTOX!

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Let’s Talk Botox….
Botox is an innovative way to get rid of wrinkles and create a more self-assured smile. Dr. Patel is equally dedicated both to the health and appearance of your smile, because both factors impact your quality of life.
If you’re wondering how you can eliminate those unwanted wrinkles and lines appearing around your mouth and eyes, ask Dr. Patel about Botox. This quick procedures will give you smooth skin (the perfect complement to your sparkling smile!).
BOOSTING YOUR CONFIDENCE WITH BOTOX
When injected into the muscle, Botox blocks contractions and ensures stillness. Botox relaxes the affected muscles so that wrinkles will ease and disappear.
Dr. Patel is trained to carefully inject Botox into the areas of the face where you want to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines.
That may include around the mouth, around the eyes, and above the eyebrows. Each injection takes just a few minutes, and most patients find that the experience is perfectly tolerable.
BOTOX FOR HEADACHE RELIEF
Patients who have problems with TMJ or teeth grinding can find a fast-acting solution in Botox. Botox eases the muscles around the jaw to relieve uncomfortable symptoms including:
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Facial swelling
Get A $50 Visa Card While They Last When You Spend $300 Or More On Botox! Offer Expires 9/30/19
Call 770-623-8750 To Schedule!

Dental Emergency on Vacation? Here’s What To Do…

tooth emergency cartoonDental emergencies are not fun and can crop up anytime, but when they occur during a vacation, they can put a damper on one’s plans. This is a perfect example of when it is better to be safe than sorry. Although planning ahead will not prevent an emergency, it will ease the pain.

Dental emergencies can happen anytime and can range from painful toothaches to broken, loosened or knocked-out teeth. Whenever dental pain or trauma occurs, it is critical to seek immediate treatment to maintain oral health and possibly save teeth.

Tips for handling dental emergencies:

  • Toothaches – Rinse mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If swelling appears, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin against the gums or on the sore tooth, because it may burn the gum tissue.

  • Chipped or broken tooth – Rinse mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. If bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek to reduce swelling and ease pain.

  • Knocked-out tooth – Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse with warm water. Without force try to replace the tooth facing the right way. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt). A tooth that has been knocked out has the highest chance of being saved when it is returned to the socket within one hour.

  • Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth – Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek to ease pain. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

  • Object caught between teeth – Use dental floss to gently and carefully remove the object. Never use a sharp instrument, because you risk cutting your gums or scratching the tooth surface.

  • Lost filling – Stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.

  • Lost crown – If it is painful, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the tooth. Try to slip the crown back over the tooth. Before putting the crown back in place, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive to help hold it in place. Never use super glue!

  • Broken braces wire – If a wire breaks or sticks out and is poking you, use the eraser end of a pencil to move the wire. If that is not working, use orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze to cover the wire tip. Don’t cut the wire, because you risk swallowing it.

  • Loose braces bracket or band – Use orthodontic wax to reattach a loose bracket or place the wax over the braces for cushioning. If a band is loose, save it until you see the orthodontist.

  • Abscess – These are painful infections that sometimes look like a swollen pimple on the gum, usually at the tooth’s root or in the space between the teeth and gum. Rinse mouth with a mild salt-water solution (one half-teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day, which will help ease any pain. It is critical to have this emergency attended to immediately to avoid the infection traveling through your system.

  • Soft-tissue injuries – Injuries to the tongue, cheeks, gums and lips can bleed easily. Rinse mouth with a mild salt-water solution. Hold a damp piece of gauze or a teabag to the site that is bleeding for about 15 minutes. Also hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek for 10 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room.

One final note to remember is to jot down your dentist’s full name, address and telephone number, plus any significant information about your oral health, and tuck the information into your wallet. Also, be sure to carry your dental benefits policy number if you have benefits.

Fall Back In Love With Flossing!

flossingFlossing gets the debris in between your teeth and under your gums that cannot be reached effectively by just brushing. These areas of the mouth are the most common areas that give rise to tooth decay and gum disease and by neglecting to floss those areas regularly, you are making yourself more susceptible to dangerous oral health problems.

How important is flossing? According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), flossing is the single most important weapon against plaque. Floss removes plaque and debris that sticks to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces, and controls bad breath.

Here are some helpful tips for flossing.

Some do’s for flossing:

  • Use a length of about 18” of floss twine.
  •  Wrap the floss twine around your middle finger.
  •  Now use your thumb and index finger to hold the floss.
  • Begin near the gum line and then gently bring the floss down.
  • Next gently glide the floss between the teeth with a rubbing motion.
  • Curve the floss along the gum line and floss between teeth.
  • Just like brushing, set a flossing pattern and do it daily

Some don’ts for flossing:

  • Do not use the floss in saw like movements.
  • Do not reuse the same part. It is likely to be covered with plaque.
  • Do not floss with aggressive strokes. It may cut the gum and cause bleeding.
  • Do not floss in a hurry.
  • Do not replace brushing with flossing. Flossing should be done once a day, everyday.

Flossing goes a long way in preventing plaque build-up and removing food debris, thus preventing dental diseases. Come visit Center For Advanced Dentistry for more advice on how to floss and take care of your teeth!

Summer Is The Best Time To See Us!

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Summer Is a Great Time to See Your Dentist!

Yes, summer is a great time to see your dentist! Why? The pace of summer is slower, giving your hectic schedule some well-earned downtime. That means you can fit in a dental appointment more easily!

Kids’ Check-Ups

Chances are your kids will be more relaxed without the pressures of school and a full agenda of activities. More relaxed children always make for happier visits with your dentist. Plus, without as many to-dos on the family calendar, finding an appointment time will be easier, as will getting to your appointment. Let’s face it, easier is always better from a parent’s perspective, too. So go ahead and schedule a summertime check-up for your child.

Sports Mouthguards

Will you or your child need a mouthguard for fall sports? For athletes of all ages and stages, a mouthguard is an absolute must to protect your teeth. See your dentist in June or July to get fitted, so you’re all set to start August practices! Why not just buy one off the shelf at a sporting goods store? A mouthguard created by your dentist just for you will not only offer better protection, it will be more comfortable. And if it’s more comfortable, you’re more likely to wear it. Right? Also, we are offering $50 OFF all mouthguards now until the end of July 2019!

Cosmetic Procedures

If you’ve been thinking about looking into cosmetic dentistry, now’s the time! Some great options to get on the calendar this summer include:

– In-office teeth whitening for a whiter, brighter smile
– Invisalign for straighter teeth or to fix spacing problems
– Crowns to correct discoloration or adjust the shape of a tooth

Snore Appliances

Sleep better this summer! Many people joke about snoring, but it’s really no laughing matter. Though it has many causes, one can be your mouth position. Make time this summer to talk to your dentist about your snoring. She can help you determine whether you have a simple snoring issue or something more serious that requires a medical exam and treatment from your physician. If it’s your mouth position, a snore guard can help you snore less, or not at all.

Wisdom Teeth

Will your teen need their wisdom teeth removed? When school’s out, it’s the best time to get them out. They won’t have to miss classes for the procedure or for the recovery time. Especially for college students, get the appointment on the calendar when they’re home for the summer. It may not be a fun summer activity, but you’ll have more flexibility to get it done than during the busy winter break.

Timing

One last tip: Focus on June and July if you can. Or schedule early for August when there are still more appointment times for you to choose from. If you wait until August to call, you’ll be square in the August rush. Sp call now, 770-623-8750!

Say Yes To The Smile For Your Wedding!

Wedding season is around the corner and that means pictures galore! Are your pearly whites prepped and feeling up to the challenge? Here at Center For Advanced Dentistry we have some tips and tricks to keep your smile looking extra camera ready…
Say yes to the smile
Get Rid of Stains. 
At most weddings, there is usually a bar with all different beverages to choose from. And if you happen choose red wine, make sure to rinse your teeth before any picture. You can also just simply wipe the stains away with a handy damp napkin!
Brighten And Straighten Up Your Smile.
Before yours or your loved one’s big day, come in to our office for a quick teeth-whitening treatment. We also have some great take home teeth whitening trays as well! Not only that, if the wedding is a few months down the road, take advantage of our promotion and get $500 Off Invisalign on cases $5k or more! Your teeth can go from drab and crooked to straight and show stopping in just months!
Rehearse Your Look. 
There is no shame in finding what angles and poses work best for your face and smile. If you practice in the mirror or even take the infamous “selfie”, you will be able to find what works best for you and what gives you confidence you need to feel picture perfect.
Mingle In Makeup. 
Choosing the correct shade of makeup and lipstick will help make your teeth appear instantly whiter and brighter. Bright berry colors are the best option because they lack blue undertones which bring out yellow in teeth. Having a tan can also benefit you in making your teeth seem whiter. We don’t recommend tanning beds, but if you want that instant bronzed look opt for safe self-tanning options make-up bronzers.

About Center For Advanced Dentistry- Suwanee, GA

At Center For Advanced Dentistry, we are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long, lasting smiles!

We feel that the purpose of our practice is to provide optimum dental care for each of our patients. It is our mission to deal with each person as if they were a member of our family and treat them as we would want to be treated ourselves.