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

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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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Are You Sometimes “Headachy”?

Do You Suffer From Tension or Even Migraine Headaches? Have we got a MIRACLE for you!

FDA had approved a promising DENTAL treatment for migraine sufferers. . . NTI Migraine And Tension Headache Prevention

You may have heard Diane Sawyer discuss this on Good Morning America or seen this in People magazine. It may eliminate most of your headaches — even migraines. In fact, this little miracle is the only NON-DRUG treatment approved by the FDA specifically for prevention of migraine headaches. It has been proven to relax the muscles under your scalp and reduce the majority of headaches. If you frequently feel headachy, or even if you have been medically diagnosed with migraines and given  prescription pain relief medication, perhaps Dr. Ushma Patel can help.

More than 23 million people older than 12 years of age suffer severe migraine headaches. The social and economic impact of migraines is staggering, with estimates approaching $17.2 billion per year lost in productivity.

Treatments for migraine headaches typically involve drugs. But now there is a promising new treatment recently approved by the FDA that uses no drugs. It’s called the NTI System. In clinical trials, the NTI considerably reduced or eliminated migraine and associated tension headache pain. It is considered breakthrough technology because there is no risk of side effects compared to pharmaceutical migraine treatments.

Patients who experience migraines typically contract their temporal muscles (which close and clench the jaw) during sleep on average 14 times more intensely than those who do not suffer migraines. Typical sufferers awake nearly every morning with varying degrees of headache pain but have come to accept it as normal and unremarkable.

The NTI is a small, removable device that fits over the front teeth only, which makes it easily tolerated for people who have a gag reflex problem. Dr. Ushma Patel custom makes the device in the office, usually in one visit. The patient then wears it while sleeping. There is a daytime device available as well. With the NTI in place, the intense activity of the temporal muscles is reduced by 1/3 by preventing contact between the back teeth. By reducing this neuromuscular activity, migraine attacks are reduced or prevented altogether, as well as the associated tension-type headaches.

One NTI trial compared the effect of the device to a control device on medically diagnosed migraine sufferers. Each subject had at least 2 migraines per month and was taking prescription pain medicine. After just eight weeks of using the NTI:

There were no side-effects and no new pain

82% of NTI users had a 77% average reduction in migraine events

Medication use was reduced by almost 50%

Nausea episodes were reduced by 78%

Light-sensitive episodes were reduced by 66%

Sound-sensitive episodes were reduced by 68%

For more information call Dr. Ushma Patel with Center for Advanced Dentistry at 770-623-8750.

More info on NTI System at http://www.headacheprevention.com/

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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February is Children’s Dental Health Month

In February, for over sixty years, dentists, parents, and children all across America observe National Children’s Dental Health Month. This all began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio on February 3rd, 1941, and the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day was held on February 8th, 1949. It has since grown into a month-long celebration. Our message of the importance of oral health goes out to millions of children and adults in communities across the country, and includes such events as health fairs, dental office tours, and visits to the classroom by dentists and hygienists. Dr. Ushma Patel will be volunteering at a local school giving educational programs to several children’s classes on how to take care of their teeth and talking to them about nutrition to keep them healthy.

One of the reasons for this special annual event is that many people are still unaware of the important role early dental care plays in our children’s overall health. We strongly recommend that parents take action early to ensure the health of their children’s teeth because attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life.

Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong.

Please make sure that we see your child within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, and certainly no later than the child’s first birthday. Preventive care such as cleanings and fluoride treatments provide your child with “smile insurance” for a lifetime!

If you wish for any further information on any aspect of your child’s dental and oral health, please call us at 770-884-7151 or visit us on the web at www.HiTechSmiles.com. We’d be happy to help in any way we can!

We also like to do a complimentary first visit that we call a “happy visit” where the child accompanies their parent or sibling to their dental appointment. No work is done on the child at this visit but he or she rides the chair, plays with the air water hand piece experiencing the dentist’s office and meeting the dentist for the first time in a non-threatening way. This will make them less anxious on their “real” first visit. 

Note your child may not remember their first visit to the dentist, if they were a baby or toddler. So we encourage you to bring them with you while you have your teeth cleaned and examined. They will be able to observe first hand what the hygienist or the dentist is doing in your mouth. We can also answer any questions they may have during your appointment.

By Dr. Ushma Patel with Center for Advanced Dentistry

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