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Six Month Smiles

Atlanta GA Dentist for Six Month SmilesYour smile is one of the first things that people notice and remember about you. If your smile is not leaving the impression that you want it to, you may be a good candidate for Six Month Smiles. A modern approach to traditional orthodontic treatment, Six Month Smiles uses the tried and true technology of orthodontics combined with a cosmetic approach to fit your lifestyle.

Many orthodontic candidates above the age of 16 can find success with Six Month Smiles. This orthodontic technology is designed specifically for those with crooked or spaced teeth but who do not need to have a major alteration to their bite. Six Month Smiles provides shorter overall treatment time, making the entire process of having your teeth put in proper alignment more comfortable, convenient, and less expensive than traditional braces. At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to offer this orthodontic treatment to teens and adults.

Many adults feel that they are too old for braces. They have a difficult time seeing past the “metal hardware” of traditional braces, and they are convinced that they must simply go through life with a smile that they are unhappy with. However, Six Month Smiles offers a visually appealing approach to orthodontics. In fact, the brackets that are used with Six Month Smiles are virtually invisible so that people will barely notice that you are even wearing them! Six Month Smiles uses Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and Chameleon® tooth-colored wires while your teeth are being straightened as a part of their revolutionary technology. This “invisible treatment” alone is enough to make many people jump at the chance to gain straighter teeth.

Another added benefit of Six Month Smiles is that the average treatment time is only six months! Adults and older teens often do not have two to four years to devote to their orthodontic treatment. College, work, travel, and life are too busy to worry about orthodontics for years. Six Month Smiles provides the convenience that you are looking for to work with your busy life, not against it.

Brackets and adjustable wires have been used for decades to straighten people’s teeth into their desired positions. This is the most effective method for moving the teeth effectively and safely, while also encouraging the teeth to stay in their new positions. With the use of low force, your smile can be transformed into one that you are proud to show off confidently. Six Month Smiles focuses on the placement of the teeth that are visible when you smile. This reduces the amount of force that is used during orthodontic treatment, and this low force actually means that teeth seldom need to be extracted before or during treatment. This is a huge benefit from traditional braces, which often require a more invasive approach to straightening the teeth and moving them around inside the mouth.

Even during your treatment process, you will not feel the need to hide your smile. Traditional metal brackets and wires can have a negative social impact on wearers. Metal against the natural color of your teeth is hard to hide, meaning that you may feel embarrassed or self-conscious in both your professional and personal lives. Yet, with the cosmetic approach used with Six Month Smiles, you will enjoy the “invisibility” of your braces as they move into their beautiful positions.

As with all orthodontic treatments, you will be required to wear a retainer once your braces are removed in order to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. There are different options available for retainers, the two most popular being a removable retainer or a bonded retainer that is placed on the back surface of the teeth. Retainers hold the teeth in their new places so that they will not shift back into their old positions. Retainers are essential after your orthodontic treatment has been completed. Many people find that they will require another round of orthodontics when they do not wear their retainers regularly – a huge disappointment after the investment of their time and money.

At Pure Dental Health, Dr. Justin Scott offers an outstanding option for adults in Atlanta who desire to have a straighter, more beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that offers an aesthetically straightened look and straighter smile for most patients in just six months.

If you are tired of hiding your smile, if the appearance of your smile keeps you from participating in conversations or promotions, or if your smile is something that you are embarrassed by – it is time to make the decision to correct it. Contact Pure Dental Health in Atlanta today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Scott will walk you through the expectations of Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment and whether or not this is the best option for achieving the smile you have been dreaming about. Call us today!

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Your Diet and Your Oral Health

Your diet affects every aspect of your health, yet many people overlook this fact. A greasy diet will affect your skin, a high-fat diet will affect your weight, and a high-sugar diet will affect your teeth. Almost every aspect of your body’s health begins with choices that you make surrounding your mouth. Smoking, food choices, and beverage choices all involve what is allowed to enter into the body via the mouth. Yet, many people neglect this simple fact because they brush their teeth daily and floss occasionally.

The body is an extremely intricate machine in which all parts work together. If one part of the body is unhealthy, the entire body will suffer. If you have ever broken or injured a toe, then you understand how this can be. A broken toe can put you off your feet for at least a week, yet it can make exercising uncomfortable for upwards of a month. A single toe injury can be painful and cause you to gain weight, lose muscle tone, and affect your entire health. Now, think of what an unhealthy diet can do to your mouth – and your entire body – when you consistently make unwise food choices.

Inside the mouth are millions of bacteria that thrive off of the food particles that are left behind after you eat and drink. These bacteria help to break down these food particles by producing acids inside the mouth that make their job easier. It is these acids that cause tooth decay and gum disease. The oral bacteria are most attracted to the sugars in the foods and beverages that you consume. They congregate at sugary particles in large numbers and produce a great deal of acid. It is important to note that artificial sweeteners taste the same to bacteria as real sugar does, so choosing a Diet Coke over a Regular Coke does not protect the teeth in any way.

Maintaining a healthy diet consists of the following:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural states (hence not baked in desserts)
  • Lean sources of protein
  • Whole grains
  • Dry beans
  • Legumes
  • Low-fat dairy products

A healthy diet does more than keep the numbers on the scale low, it protects the mouth from decay – which in turn protects the body from poor health. At Pure Dental Health we will be happy to help you find a diet plan that meets your needs and protects your oral health. Call us today.
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Is Mouthwash Necessary?

When you think of your at-home oral health care routine, you may believe that brushing your teeth twice a day is good enough. Yet, when you stroll through the dental health aisle at the drug store you are reminded that you should be flossing – and what about mouthwash? There are many varieties out there claiming to benefit your oral health, so is mouthwash a necessary part of your oral hygiene routine?

Mouthwash is not necessary for those who brush their teeth at least twice a day and who floss every single day. Flossing your teeth is the best thing that you can do for your oral health because it removes food particles that are trapped between your teeth and bacteria-laden plaque that develops in the tight spaces between the teeth and at the gum line. Brushing the teeth loosens the plaque that builds up on the surface of the teeth so that it is expelled from the mouth when you rinse and spit.

However, if you are not an avid flosser and you occasionally skip out on brushing your teeth, mouthwash can be a beneficial tool for your mouth. When choosing a mouthwash, it is important to choose one with the American Dental Association’s (ADA’s) seal of approval. This seal lets you know that the mouthwash has been proven effective for fighting cavities and preventing gum disease. Both cavities and gum disease are caused by the bacteria within dental plaque and the acids that these bacteria produce. An antibacterial mouthwash will help to kill the bacteria inside the mouth so that it does not do damage to the teeth and gums. No mouthwash will remove plaque from the teeth, only flossing and brushing can do that, but it will help to lessen the damage that plaque can cause on the teeth.

While mouthwash is not considered a necessary part of your oral health routine, it can provide benefits to those who do not clean their mouths as they should. If you would like our recommendation for a good mouthwash, contact Pure Dental Health today. We want to promote the best choices for protecting your smile.
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Restorative Dentistry

Your smile was meant to last you a lifetime, yet that does not always work out for everyone. Each year in the United States, millions of American face issues that compromise their oral health. Restorative dentistry provides treatment options to restore the health, function, and appearance of teeth that have been damaged due to decay, gum disease, age, and trauma. In order for your mouth to fully function properly, all teeth need to be in their proper place – meaning that no teeth should be missing or severely misaligned, and they need to be of ideal health. Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, Georgia, proudly provides restorative dentistry procedures to patients here in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

It is important to understand that all of your teeth are reliant upon one another. When a tooth’s health is compromised from disease, infection, or injury, it can easily pass on its troubles to neighboring teeth. In fact, it is inevitable that the issue will spread to neighboring teeth if the issues are not resolved because both the teeth and the gums are living tissues that share the same blood supply. If a tooth is missing, the bone and gums that are left behind will begin to weaken because they are no longer supported by a tooth. Bone degeneration is one of the most severe consequences that can occur within the mouth, yet many people tend to write it off because “it’s just one missing tooth.”

At Pure Dental Health, we want patients to understand that there is a domino effect that occurs when one or more teeth have compromised health. We provide the following restorative dentistry services to help restore the health of your mouth:

  • Dental Bridges
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentca Denture System
  • Dentures
  • Partial Dentures
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Root Canals
  • Tooth Extractions

If you live in or around the metro Atlanta area and are in need of restorative dentistry services, please contact Pure Dental Health today to schedule an appointment. We are committed to providing exceptional, patient-centered care that restores the health of your entire mouth.

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Atlanta, GA 30309
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What is a Dead Tooth?

Many people are surprised that they can have a dead tooth within their mouth because they often do not understand how their teeth are alive in the first place. Teeth are made up of three different layers – the pulp, the dentin, and the enamel. While the enamel is the white layer that is revealed to the world with a friendly smile, the dentin and pulp are what the teeth need to sustain life. Decay, serious gum disease, and trauma to the mouth can all cause a dead tooth.

When you have a cavity in a tooth, it is a result of acid producing bacteria eating a small hole in your tooth enamel. Most people have this issue easily corrected with a dental filling, and no other damage to the tooth occurs. However, if you choose to ignore a cavity it can quickly fester and develop into a very serious dental issue. When the acid producing bacteria are not removed from a cavity, it will continue to eat its way to the inner layers of the tooth. This will cause irreversible damage, not to mention extreme sensitivity and dental pain. If the infection is allowed to reach the pulp of the tooth, it can destroy the blood vessels, cutting the tooth off from its life supply. A dead tooth is simply a tooth that no longer receives a constant supply of blood, and as with all other living tissues, it will die almost immediately.

A dead tooth is also commonly caused by dental injury or trauma to the mouth. One of the most dreaded accidents involves a tooth that has been knocked out. When a permanent tooth is knocked from its socket, it is immediately severed from the nerve fibers and blood vessels keeping it alive. There are instances when a knocked out tooth can be placed inside the mouth and it will connect back to the broken blood vessels, but this requires immediate dental intervention. If you or a loved one have a tooth knocked out, it is imperative that you seek dental attention for any hope of restoration.

At Pure Dental Health, we are here to help you avoid a dead tooth by providing complete and comprehensive dental care. With regular checkups and cleanings, you can prevent cavities from occurring, or they can be caught early on and treated. For injury or trauma to the mouth, we provide excellent tooth restoration and are here for your comfort and continued dental health.

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Cavity Prevention

When it comes to cavity prevention the best person for the job is you. Choices you make on a daily basis are essential to keeping your mouth healthy and cavity free. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Doing simple actions routinely will help to ensure that your mouth does not fall victim to destruction and decay. The only catch is that you must actually do the simple actions – and that is entirely up to you.

Cavities are formed when bacteria inside the mouth produce acids that attack the tooth enamel and create holes in the teeth. These holes are called “cavities,” and they can lead to serious oral health issues and destruction. There are millions of bacteria living within your mouth on any given day. These bacteria start out helpful, assisting in the breakdown of food particles left behind after eating. However, when these bacteria are allowed to hang out inside the mouth for too long, they become destructive. As they are breaking down food particles they begin to produce acids to help with the process. These acids are destructive and begin to eat their way through the tooth enamel. When a hole is created in the tooth a cavity has been formed, making the tooth extremely susceptible to more devastating decay.

There are three simple steps that you can do to prevent cavities:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing helps to loosen up the bacteria from the teeth so that it is more easily rinsed away.
  2. Floss daily. Flossing is your number one defense against cavities. Floss removes bacteria-laden plaque from the gum line and from between the teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
  3. Visit the dentist for regular cleanings and dental exams.

At Pure Dental Health, we want to partner with you in cavity prevention. Taking the necessary steps to ensure that your mouth is healthy is the key to achieving and maintaining the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Your Child’s 1st Dental Appointment

It is imperative for parents to understand how important it is to take their children to the dentist from a very young age. Approximately 1 out of every 3 children will develop a cavity before they begin losing their baby teeth. It is a parent’s complete responsibility to care for their young children’s teeth, and taking children in to the dentist from the very start is part of that responsibility. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association both agree that children should be taken to the dentist for their first appointment by the time children reach 12 months of age. Many parents are shocked to learn that they have already missed this window, and question the need to bring children in at such a young age.

There are three specific reasons while early dental treatment is important for very young children:

• Early exposure allows children to become comfortable at the dentist’s office. Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxieties that prevent them from getting the oral health care that they need. It is believed that many, if not most, of these anxieties can be avoided by an early exposure to the dentist. Children who are brought in to the dentist’s office from the very start understand that visiting the dentist is simply a part of life. It is a normal occurrence that happens twice a year. They know what to expect, and they are comfortable with the procedures and experience.

• Educate parents on proper oral care for their children. Baby teeth are extremely susceptible to developing cavities due to the fast rate at which they erupt, improper or infrequent brushing, and dietary choices. Parents are completely responsible for the care of their children’s teeth until they are old enough to care for them – usually around the age of 6 (with parental supervision still required). This not only includes the parents brushing their children’s teeth at least twice a day, but it also includes making responsible food and drink choices for their children. Juice, soda, sweet tea, and candy have no place in a children’s diets. They are laden with sugar, and they leave the teeth incredible vulnerable to decay.

• Identify and break bad oral habits. This is often one of the most difficult areas to address with parents. Children who use a pacifier or suck on their thumbs or fingers need to be broken of this habit as early as possible. While pacifiers, thumbs, and fingers often offer great comfort to children, they also leave the mouth susceptible to improper development. Pressure from sucking on pacifiers or thumbs/fingers will misalign the teeth over time. Children’s palates are very pliable, and will change shape when sucking is prolonged. This misalignment not only leads to the need for orthodontic treatment, but it makes cleaning the teeth more difficult. It is also important that children past the age of 12 months never be allowed to fall asleep with a bottle or at the breast. Formula and breast milk bathe the teeth in sugar, and when the teeth are not brushed before children fall asleep, these sugars attack the teeth and quickly cause cavities.

Pure Dental Health understands the need for all patients to receive exceptional dental care, from the youngest patients to the oldest. Call now to schedule an appointment.

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Dental Sealants

If there were an easy fix to protect your teeth in order to successfully and easily (and without any pain!) prevent cavities and tooth decay, would you be interested? Well, let us talk about dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin, plastic coverings that are painted onto the surfaces of the back teeth in order to “seal out” damage from decay. Dental sealants are only available through your dentist’s office, and are typically applied after a thorough dental cleaning when the teeth are at their cleanest. This simple dental treatment has the ability to protect the premolars and molars for up to four years, making it well worth any out of pocket investment. At Pure Dental Health we are proud to offer dental sealants to patients of all ages as a preventive measure in promoting optimal oral health.

As we eat, food particles inevitably become trapped in the back teeth. The premolars and molars have rough surfaces for the specific purpose of chewing and crushing food for easy digestion. However, it is these rough surfaces that are filled with deep grooves and pits that trap food and invite plaque and decay to invade the mouth. Germs and bacteria use the sugars in foods to produce acids inside the mouth. Over time, these acids eat away at the tooth enamel and cause a cavity to form in the tooth. Dental sealants have the single minded function of sealing out tooth decay. Dental sealants “seal out” food particles from becoming trapped in the premolars and molars so that acids do not collect in the grooves and depressions and eat away at the enamel. Having dental sealants applied to the teeth is one of the most cost-effective and beneficial means of dental prevention. They save money for patients by avoiding fillings, crowns, or other costly dental treatments and repairs to restore decayed teeth.

Pure Dental Health is proud to offer dental sealants to patients of all ages. Not many years in the past, dental sealants were only offered to children and adolescents as their teeth developed. However, dentists today understand the high impact that dental sealants play in the preventative measure of oral health, and now offer dental sealants to patients of all ages. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you protect your smile for years to come

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Relief from TMJ

Can you relate to any of the following?

  • Pain or tenderness in your jaw, face, neck, or area surrounding you ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • A popping or clicking sound when you chew, especially if you chew on one particular side of your mouth
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Your jaw “locks” in to position
  • Toothaches, headaches, ringing in the ears, or hearing problems

All of the above symptoms can be signs of TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull to allow the jaw to move up, down, and side to side. The movements are necessary for chewing, speaking, laughing, and yawning. Many people suffer from symptoms that seem unrelated to TMJ disorder and do not have them checked out. For instance, many people do not associate the ringing sound that they hear in their ears with TMJ, but it is a very common symptom.

At Pure Dental Health, we are a comprehensive dental practice that offers relief from your TMJ discomfort and pain. Our doctors are committed to helping patients find the correct treatment in order to alleviate their symptoms. Correct diagnosis is necessary in order to treat the cause of this disorder. We use the latest in technology and dental techniques to relieve painful symptoms to help you regain a quality of life that you have been missing.

If you are looking for a comprehensive dental practice to trust here in the Atlanta area, Pure Dental Health is here for you. Our practice is currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to getting to know you and helping you take care of your smile.

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Tooth Sensitivity

Have you ever noticed that you tend to chew only on one side of your mouth? Does eating a bowl of ice cream or drinking a large glass of ice water cause a jolt of pain in? Or do you let your morning coffee cool way down before you try to enjoy it? If you answered yes to any of these questions because of the reaction your teeth have – you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity, and it is having a negative effect on your life.

Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot and/or cold temperatures should be brought to your dentist’s attention. While the majority of cases of tooth sensitivity are caused by common factors, there are many cases that a highly sensitive tooth can be an indicator of a serious oral health issue. Having your dentist give a proper evaluation will determine the underlying cause of your sensitive teeth.

In most cases tooth sensitivity is caused by the dentin of the tooth being worn down or exposed. Brushing the teeth too aggressively can wear down the tooth enamel and can cause the gums to recede from the teeth. Both of these reveal sensitive nerves that experience a jolt of sharp pain when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Taking care to brush your teeth gently with circular brushing strokes will allow the gum line to heal and begin to lower back over the teeth. It is advised that those with sensitive teeth use toothpaste that is specifically designed to reduce sensitivity. The ingredients help to desensitize the teeth, but it requires regular usage before significant improvement is achieved.

Other ways to easily improve your tooth sensitivity is to adjust your habits. Avoiding acidic foods such as citrus fruits and drinks, carbonated beverages, and sugary drinks and foods can help relieve the symptoms of sensitive teeth. Also, if you have the habit of crunching on ice, you need to make the decision to stop ASAP. Crunching down on ice causes tiny cracks in the tooth enamel, which is damaging to anyone. However, those tiny cracks will further affect tooth sensitivity because temperature changes in the mouth will causes these cracks to expand and contract, exposing sensitive teeth even more.

Pure Dental Health is here in Buckhead to help you find relief from your tooth sensitivity. Call us today and let us help you find the relief you need.

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