Costly complications of untreated or undertreated periodontitis (Gum Disease)

If Gum Disease is left untreated it leads to costly complications:

  • Further spread of infection
  • More tissue damage
  • Surgery
  • Loss of teeth
 Periodontitis potentially affects overall health:
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-term, low birth-weight babies

Source: http://www.myarestin.com/

To schedule an appointment in the Atlanta area of Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Duluth, Cumming, for a dental check-up call Dr, Ushma Patel’s dental office Center for Advanced Dentistry at 770-623-8750, visit http://www.johnscreeksedationdentist.com/ for more information.

CareCredit for dental procedures

CareCredit for dental procedures

We’re pleased to offer our patients CareCredit, North America’s leader in patient payment plans.  CareCredit lets you begin your treatment immediately – then pay for it over time with low monthly payments that fit easily into your monthly budget. 

Your healthcare credit card.

CareCredit is the credit card exclusively for healthcare services.  With no up-front costs and no pre-payment penalties, CareCredit lets you pay over time and frees up cash and credit cards for the other things you want or need.  CareCredit offers low monthly payment plans for healthcare procedures not commonly covered by insurance, including dental treatments.  Plus, you can use your card again and again to pay for additional treatment for yourself or family members in any CareCredit practice.

  • Low minimum monthly payments
  • No up-front costs, no pre-payment penalties

Learn more by visiting http://www.CareCredit.com or contacting our office at 770-623-8750, http://www.JohnsCreekSedationDentist.com. Ready to apply? Apply online for your CareCredit card today

How to take care of your Teeth and Mouth

Dr Oz and Dr Roizen in this video look inside your mouth and offer tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Plaque in your mouth can indicate plaque in your arteries and that is a leading cause of heart disease stroke and even impotence. So protect your pearly whites it will keep you beautiful. Your teeth help you with a wide range of tasks including chewing are also a very good marker of health. If your gums are inflamed your teeth are falling out, or your teeth are getting grounded like fresh pepper. These problems can affect the health and beauty of your entire body.

They talk about tooth grinding and splitting your teeth. Mouthgurards made in our dental office can protect you from this. Your jaw exerts 50 to 250 pounds of pressure per square inch during chewing. It is extremely efficient and only joint in the body that purposely dislocates itself during motion. A good way to relax your tempomandibular (TMD) muscle is to place a cork between your front teeth. If you lose your teeth your jaw bone will erode away as well. Use it or lose it. The main purpose of your jaw bone is to support your teeth. Major cuase of tooth loss is Gingivitis (Gum Disease) not a cavity. 80% of us don’t floss and when you do that you are not cleaning 40% of your tooth.

Finally they discuss staining your teeth and how to prevent that. Don’t avoid health foods like berries, soy sauce, cranberry juice, wine etc. but swoosh with water when done. Keep whitening foods like apple celery around.

For more info visit http://www.JohnsCreekSedationDentist.com or call Center for Advanced Dentistry in Suwanee, Johns Creek GA at 770-623-8750.

Link between Unhealthy Gums and Cancer !!!

Latest research finds direct link between unhealthy gums and cancer throughout the body !!!

The link between gum disease and oral cancer has been clear for sometime. Now the latest research also links poor oral hygiene to increasing cancer risk throughout the body, including breast cancer. In fact, one study showed a 75% increase in breast cancer in women with gum disease compared to women who didn’t have gum disease.

The danger occurs if you don’t brush and floss effectively. Bacteria forms in the mouth, plaque builds up, and inflammation forms in the gums, increasing the possibility of cancer anywhere in the body. Because of hormonal changes that occur during monthly menstruation and menopause, women experience more gum sensitivity and inflammation, putting them at greater risk.

You must practice proper brushing and flossing. The average American brushes for 38 seconds a day, but you really need to brush for about 2 minutes and also floss daily. See your oral health care provider to determine if you have too much plaque build up. You can also find out by chewing dental plaque disclosing tablets that can be ordered online.

Besides flossing and brushing, add this extra secret weapon: neem bark extract. Neem bark extract acts as an anti-inflammatory to prevent gum disease and can also be ordered online; take it in a cup of tea or simply dilute it in a little hot water once a day as part of your oral hygiene routine.


Dr. Ushma Patel
Center for Advanced Dentistry
www.JohnsCreekSedationDentist.com
770-623-8750

ToothIQ TV: 205+ animated dental videos

ToothIQ TV: Be Smart About Your Oral Health

http://www.toothiq.com/TV/

Helping patients learn quickly, and dentists teach efficiently about oral health.

With over 200 animated videos, 750 illustrations, and 3,500 pages of peer-reviewed content, ToothIQ.com is the Web’s most useful resource for oral health information. Learn how to use ToothIQ to better understand your oral health.

List of Dental Services

This list is representative of those services we perform in our office for adults and children (pediatric dentistry); it is not necessarily everything we do, please ask if you don’t see something listed here:

Preventive Services
       Cleanings, Prophies
       Comprehensive Exams under Preventive Service
       Periodic Exams
       Oral cancer screenings
       Digital x-rays Panoramic and Bitewings
       Sealants
       Fluoride treatments
       NTI Headache Prevention Guard
       Night guards
      Athletic mouth guards

Periodontal Services (Gum disease treatments)
       Charting and diagnostic services
       Non-surgical therapies

Restorative Services      
      Tooth colored fillings (Resin and Porcelain)
      Crowns (including all porcelain crowns)
      Bridges
      Dental implant restorations
      Implant Dentures and Partial dentures
      Full Mouth Restorations

Cosmetic Services
       Tooth whitening – Zoom!® and At Home Trays with peroxide (bleach) Gels
       Bonding
       Porcelain Veneers
       Tooth recontouring
       Six Month Smiles Cosmetic Braces System      
       Smile Makeover

Emergency Services
        Emergency exams
        Extractions
        Root canals

Anesthesia Services
        Nitrous or Laughing Gas
        Sedation Denitstry        
        Valium

We are in a northern suburb of Atlanta, GA (Georgia). Officially in the city of Suwanee, although thiscould be a little misleading if you are not very fmailiar with the area as we are actually in the Johns Creek area very close to Alpharetta, Duluth, Cumming, Sugar Hill and Buford. We are in Forsyth county close to North Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

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Five Things Your Dentist Really Wants You To Know

Five Things Your Dentist Really Wants You To Know

1. Don’t Wait ‘Til It Hurts. This old adage continues to ring true today. So many patients procrastinate a checkup or treatment simply because of the false notion that “nothing hurts.” Gum disease is a silent, painless, progressive killer of teeth that is also a source of chronic low-grade inflammation to the whole body. Tooth decay is also painless until it becomes deep, which puts you at risk of needing more extensive dentistry such as root canal treatment.

 2. Plan your work and work your plan. Always get a prioritized treatment plan for the problems that may exist in your mouth. Even if you cannot do all the treatment at the same time, you can get your treatment done in order of importance or necessity to minimize incurring unnecessary costs from disconnected “patchwork” dentistry.

 3. Good dentistry may be expensive, but not as much as bad dentistry. Many patients try to “shop” for the cheapest dentist they can find. Often, unknowingly these patients can find themselves in inexperienced hands or with a dentist who uses inferior materials or laboratory services, resulting in ill-fitting dental appliances or dentistry that fails or breaks down quickly.

 4. Change the oil. The same way that you need to maintain that new car that you drive off the lot, many patients finish large treatment plans and do not understand the need for follow up care or maintenance. Besides the obvious benefits of prevention, the periodic maintenance is a key component of your ability to function with any restorative treatment you may receive, and the ability of this dentistry to last – including fillings, to veneers, crowns, implants and dentures. 

 5. The head bone’s connected to the neck bone. In other words, your mouth is very much a reflection of what can be going on in the rest of your body, and the oral/systemic link is a major topic of interest in medical research. In fact, oral disease puts you at greater risk of diseases of your heart, brain, liver, and pancreas to name a few. Conversely, good oral health is linked to living a longer and healthier life. Keep those regular dental checkups and cleanings.

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Gum Disease Can Lead to Heart Disease

Recent medical research has caused many doctors to reach a startling conclusion: gum disease and heart disease are linked. Since heart disease is usually fatal, it is clear that gum disease can actually kill you.

The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other affliction, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be considered epidemic! Most dentists think it is just that.

They also knew that gum disease would never be labeled epidemic because, “no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not pleasant -but certainly not life threatening.

But that’s all changed.

The American Academy of Periodontology reports: “studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.”

Periodontal disease is characterized by bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can travel into the bloodstream – straight to the heart.

Another Problem: Gum and Bone Disease that goes Undetected – Solution: Promote health through awareness

Prevention is an overused word in our vocabulary, but we all know it works.

You see it in what you do every day. Who wouldn’t rather prevent a crisis than manage one?

Awareness of gum and underlying bone disease is very low. Only 50% of the population visits a dentist on a regular basis. Of that 50%, 80% have some degree of gum and bone disease. It is an epidemic. Were this any other disease, we would be calling on the CDC for immediate action!

Now the Good News

With advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum surgery is never fun, but it is almost always successful in controlling the condition, and it’s usually covered by common insurance plans.

With mild periodontal disease, there are very effective NON-surgical procedures which, coupled with improved dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. This, too, is usually covered under most dental insurance plans.

If you haven’t yet contracted periodontal disease, I suggest breaking out the floss right now at least once a day, along with regular professional cleanings and twice-a-day brushings. Routine brushing should seem more purposeful now, more a part of your general health care, and not just something you do to prevent cavities.

Why do you need to have regular dental care check-ups?

Regular check-ups are needed to monitor your overall dental health. In addition to checking for cavities, Dr. Ushma Patel examines the health of your entire mouth and surrounding soft tissues, checking for pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions, oral sores and gum disease.

Your oral health is connected with your general health. Dental care check-ups can alert the dentist to other medical conditions that have symptoms in the mouth such as diabetes, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal irregularities. Regular dental visits are vital to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions affecting your mouth. Also at your regular dental check up you will be able to get your teeth cleaned.
Healthy Gums … Healthy Hearts

Scientists at the University of Georgia have discovered that an enzyme in a common bacterium is capable of activating blood-clotting in the human body. This is the first reported evidence of such an effect and may help explain the link between periodontal infection and heart disease. A number of other studies have shown this.

Periodontal disease is usually a painless condition whose only signs may be red or bleeding gums. In early stages, regular brushing and flossing and preventive visits to our office will remove the bacteria and prevent the problems that gum disease can cause.
Now we can tell you that taking good care of your teeth and gums could have positive effects on other parts of your body

For more information contact Dr. Ushma. Patel at (770) 623-8750 or visit www.hitechsmiles.com

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The Effects of Tobacco Smoking on Dental Health

Video Description: Jason Hecht DDS, NYU Dental School, explains the effects of tobacco smoking on dental health.
He talks about tobacco not being good for your teeth. It reduces the salivary flow in your mouth – the flow of saliva thus reducing the ability to protect your teeth from decay. It causes oral cancer, oral cancer kills 30,000 people in the US.

To talk to someone local in Atlanta, Duluth, Cumming, Johns Creek, Suwanee or Alpharetta call Dr. Ushma Patel at Center for Advanced Dentistry at 770-623-8750 or visit her on the web at http://www.JohnsCreekSedationDentist.com.

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of Dental Health

Ok cover the bootom or don’t scroll there just yet, answer the questions then scroll down to see how you did.

1. True or False? Tooth decay is caused by germs that can be passed from one person to another.

2. Name two health conditions that are associated with poor oral health.

3. True or False? A dental sealant is a plastic coating that is often applied to children’s teeth to
help prevent tooth decay.

4.What is the most common chronic childhood disease?

5.What is the most common type of facial injury sustained during participation in sports?

Answers:

1. True or False? Tooth decay is caused by germs that can be passed from one person to another.

Answer: True

2. Name two health conditions that are associated with poor oral health.

Possible answers:
• Heart disease
• Stroke
• Diabetes
• Pneumonia
• Memory loss

3. True or False? A dental sealant is a plastic coating that is often applied to children’s teeth to
help prevent tooth decay.

Answer: True

4.What is the most common chronic childhood disease?

A. Hay fever
B. Asthma
C. Tooth decay

Answer: Tooth decay

5.What is the most common type of facial injury sustained during participation in sports?

Answer: Dental injuries, the majority of which are preventable through the use of a mouthguard