Tobacco Use and Your Dental Health

It is almost April 1st and Spring is in the air.  This is the time of year when flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and unfortunately, many people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions from January 1st.  If quitting smoking was one of your New Year’s resolutions this year and you have given up, you may want to reconsider.  Smoking and any type of tobacco use can have devastating effects on your overall health.  Most of us are aware at this point of the damage smoking can cause to your heart and lungs.  However, the negative effects of smoking and tobacco use on your dental health are not as widely recognized.

Smoking negatively affects both the form and function of your smile.  Smoking and tobacco use causes your teeth to become yellowed and stained and this type of discoloration is harder to remove with conventional teeth whitening methods.  Smoking also increases your risk for periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss.  In addition, the damage that smoking causes to your gums, bone and tissue in your mouth can make it harder to replace your teeth with dental implants.  Perhaps the most serious effect smoking and tobacco use can have on your dental health is to increase your risk for oral cancer.  Oral cancer is a very serious disease and if it is not detected early and treated aggressively, is associated with high mortality rates.

If you have tried to quit smoking in the past without success, it is worth your dental health and your overall health to try again.  Talk to your doctor today about how you can increase your chances of quitting smoking and tobacco use, for good.  You can also contact the American Cancer Society to get more information about the smoking cessation resources they offer. Once you have quit smoking and/or using tobacco, visit Pure Dental Health in Atlanta to get information about our Whitening For Life program.

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Three Important Steps Toward Improved Dental Health

Taking care of your teeth has never been as important as it is today.  With people living longer and longer, your teeth have to function much longer than they did in the past.  Taking the time to develop good oral hygiene habits can go a long way in increasing your chances of having healthy teeth, for life.

There are three important steps you can take to improve your oral health.  The first is to brush thoroughly at least twice daily.  Brushing your teeth helps to prevent infection and decay by preventing harmful bacteria from building up on the surfaces of your teeth.  It can also help to prevent Periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.  The second step is to floss your teeth thoroughly at least one time per day.  Most dentists agree that flossing your teeth is just as important or perhaps more important than brushing them.  Flossing helps to remove food, debris and bacteria from the spaces in between your teeth.  These areas are hard to reach without the use of dental floss.  The third is to visit your dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and checkups.  This important time can be used to detect problems such as tooth decay or infections before they turn into serious dental health issues.  It is also an important time to screen for oral cancer.  Dental X-rays can also be used to diagnose problems that cannot be detected during a routine dental examination.

Even with the best of care, tooth loss is a reality for many American adults.  The good news is that there are now many effective solutions for replacing missing teeth.  Dental implants provide a fixed solution to missing teeth that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, talk to your dentist today about the most appropriate tooth replacement system to suit your needs.

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Medications and Tooth Discoloration

If you were given medications such as Tetracycline or Doxycycline as a child and are now dealing with tooth discoloration as an adult, you are not alone.  We now know that giving these medications to children while their teeth are still developing (before the age of eight) can cause tooth discoloration.  Great, so now we know: but what can you do about your discolored teeth?  Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry now make it possible for virtually everyone to have a bright and beautiful smile.

There are several options for achieving whiter teeth.  The option that is most suited for you will depend on the cause and severity of your tooth discoloration.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine the best cosmetic dental solution suited to meet your particular needs.  The easiest way to achieve whiter teeth is to use some method of tooth whitening.  Although there are many over-the-counter tooth whitening kits available, they all vary in effectiveness.  If not done properly, whitening your teeth can negatively affect your long-term dental health.  For this reason, the American Dental Association recommends that you whiten your teeth only under the supervision of dentist.  Many dental practices offer teeth whitening kits that can be used at home as well as in-office treatments that provide immediate results.  Again, your dentist can best tell you which method is best suited for your particular case.

Sometimes, if teeth are severely discolored, teeth whitening may not be effective for whitening your teeth. However, there are still options for obtaining a brighter, whiter smile.  If you have individual teeth that are discolored, a tooth colored crown may be placed over them to improve their appearance.  If several or all of your teeth are severely discolored, porcelain veneers may be the best cosmetic dental solution to help you achieve your best smile.

Pure Dental Health in Midtown Atlanta offers a full array of advanced cosmetic dental procedures including a “Whitening For Life” program .  If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to tooth discoloration, schedule a smile consultation with Pure Dental Health today.

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Causes and Treatments For Tooth Discoloration

Tooth discoloration is a common problems that affects many adults.  If your teeth are yellowed or discolored, you may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about your smile.  However, this does not have to be the case.  Today, there are several good options for treating tooth discoloration.  Your dentist can help you decide which method is best suited for your particular case.

There are many factors that can cause tooth discoloration.  It is important to be aware of these factors so you can make any necessary lifestyle changes to prevent your teeth from becoming discolored.  However, some factors such as trauma to your teeth cannot be controlled.  Here is a list of some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration:

Foods/drinks – beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine and foods such as berries can cause tooth discoloration

Tobacco use – smoking cigarettes, cigars or using smokeless tobacco can also cause your teeth to become discolored and make it more difficult to treat the discoloration

Poor dental hygiene – inadequate brushing and flossing allows plaque and other bacteria to form on your teeth and can cause discoloration

Advancing age – as we age, our teeth naturally become more dull and yellowed

Medications – antibiotics such as Tetracyline and Doxycycline can cause tooth discoloration if they are given to children when their teeth are still developing

Trauma – trauma to a tooth can cause root damage and result in a darkening of the tooth

These are just some of the most common causes for tooth discoloration.  So what can be done to treat tooth discoloration?  There are several cosmetic dental procedures that can be used including teeth whitening or bleaching, tooth colored crowns and fillings, deep dental cleanings and porcelain veneers.  Your options for treating tooth discoloration will depend on both the cause and the severity of the discoloration.

Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is pleased to offer a wide variety of advanced cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and tooth colored crowns and fillings.  If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to tooth discoloration, call our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Scott.

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Flexible Financing For an Improved Smile

What would you pay for an improved, more beautiful, confident smile?  Although most people place a tremendous value on the appearance of their smile, in today’s tough economic times, many patients simply do not have the extra cash sitting in their bank accounts to pay for cosmetic dental procedures that are not covered under their dental insurance plans.  So how can you achieve the smile you have always wanted without breaking the bank? The answer is that you find a dental practice who offers flexible financing and/or in-house payment plans.

Cosmetic and restorative dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, adult braces and dental implants can be used to help virtually anyone achieve the smile of their dreams.  If you have teeth that are severely discolored, misaligned, misshapen, unevenly space or gapped, porcelain veneers may be used to restore balance to your smile and improve its appearance.  Porcelain veneers are extremely-thin custom-made porcelain shells that can be laminated to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance.  If you have teeth that are crooked, gapped or unevenly spaced, Six Month Smiles® may be a good solution for you.  Six Month Smiles® is an innovative orthodontic solution that allows you to achieve straighter teeth in just an average of six months using clear braces.  For many adults, Six Month Smiles® offers a common sense solution that fits their lifestyles as well as their budgets.  If you have missing teeth or are currently wearing dentures, dental implants may be the perfect solution to replace your missing teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.  Dental implants are prosthetic replacements for missing tooth roots and can provide support for crowns, bridges and dentures.

Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is proud to offer both flexible financing and in -house payment plans to the residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas.  If you are interested in improving your smile, please call our office today and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members to find out if you are eligible for in-house financing or one of our flexible payment plans.

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The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

If you have lost a tooth in the back of your mouth and the space does not show when you smile, you may not think it is very important to replace the lost tooth.  After all, no is going to notice right?  Why go through the expense and the hassle of tooth replacement?  What is the harm in just leaving it alone?  The answer is that failure to replace missing teeth can negatively affect your long-term dental health and the health of your remaining teeth.

First of all, when a tooth lost, it obviously leaves a space in the mouth.  This can cause the other teeth to shift to fill the space, therefore getting your teeth out of alignment. If you have spent the time and money to achieve straighter teeth with braces, failure to replace a tooth can leave you at risk for orthodontic relapse.  Even if you have not had braces, shifting teeth can negatively affect both the form and function of your smile.

Secondly, the space in your mouth that is left from the missing tooth can create a trap for food, bacteria and other debris.  This can leave you more at risk for developing periodontal disease: the number one cause of tooth loss in people over the age of thirty-five.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss.  When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes loss of aveolar bone.  In fact, there is an approximate 25% decrease in the width of aveolar bone in the first year after a tooth is lost.  This is why it is important to replace a missing tooth immediately and not to put it off.  Once bone is lost, it can make dentures harder to wear and make it harder to place dental implants or other types of restorations.

Now that you know how important it is to replace missing teeth, even if they are in the back of your mouth, you must decide which tooth replacement option is right for you.  Don’t risk your long-term dental health by putting off needed treatment.  Pure Dental Health in Atlanta offers a variety of effective tooth replacement options including Dentca dentures, bridges, partial dentures and dental implants.  If you are currently missing a tooth or multiple teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott today to see which tooth replacement option best suits your specific circumstances as well as your budget and your lifestyle.

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