October Is National Dental Hygiene Month!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an effort to celebrate the work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health.

This year, the awareness month is focusing on four routines that can help people maintain healthy smiles: brush, floss, rinse and chew. According to MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s consumer website, the ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes, with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of the brush should fit the mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.

The proper brushing technique is to:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.

  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Although recent news reports have questioned its benefits of cleaning between your teeth, it is still an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums, according to MouthHealthy.org. The ADA recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day to remove plaque that is not removed by brushing. Plaque can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

Because teeth alone account for less than half of the mouth, rinsing can help eliminate biofilm and bacteria that brushing and flossing cannot. Rinsing often, along with brushing and flossing, may help reduce the chance of dental decay and infection. However, avoid rinses that have alcohol in them, according to MouthHealthy.org.

Lastly, clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth, according to MouthHealthy.org.

We Are Donating Candy For Our Troops!

Every year, our office partners with Operation Gratitude to send unwrapped and unwanted candy overseas to our troops.

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Yes, we know, we are a dental office and we do our very best to let everyone know that candy is not good for your smile, however, sometimes a piece of candy is needed!

Not only that, we are dedicated to giving back to our community and helping as many people as we can! That is why it is important to us that we offer our patients the same opportunity to do so as well 🙂

Drop off new and unwrapped candy at our office from now until November 5th and we will ship the bucket overseas to our troops!

 

Get A $50 Visa Card At Your Next Botox Appointment!

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When you come in now through 9/30/19, you will get a $50 Visa Gift Card while they last!

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The holidays are fast approaching… so look and feel your best in those holiday pictures. Botox erases fine lines and wrinkles! Not only that, it relieves painful TMJ headaches!

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One treatment can last up to 3 months!

Call 770-623-8750 to schedule your Botox appointment with Dr. Patel!

 

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!

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!

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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
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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.