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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Flossing is Not an Option

If you want a trim, healthy body then you know that a clean diet and exercise are not options but necessary actions. You also need to know that if you value your teeth and want the most beautiful smile possible – flossing is not an option.

Flossing has long been one of the most hated hygiene chores. Whether it is because it takes too much time and effort, people do not like sticking their fingers in their mouth, they think it’s a gross chore, or they feel that they can simply wait until they visit the dentist for that “dentist clean” feeling – they are headed for danger.

When it comes to your oral health, flossing is more important than brushing. Despite the fact that you have been reminded since you were very young to “go brush your teeth,” the number one thing you should have been doing to take care of your mouth is flossing your teeth. Of course, that is not negating the importance of brushing, but brushing the teeth like only washing the tops of your hands. If you only washed the tops of your hands, you are still leaving an incredible amount of germs on your palms and fingers – just give a few seconds’ thought to what you have touched today, and then think of how dirty your hands are. Yet, if you only washed the tops of your hands, the dirtiest parts of your hands will still remain dirty.

The same is true about brushing and flossing. Brushing your teeth only cleans half of the surfaces of your teeth – front and back. If you only brush your teeth and do not floss them, you are neglecting the two sides that your toothbrush cannot touch. This leaves the sides of your teeth and gums dirty, just like only washing the top side of your hands.

Flossing is the most important step in your oral hygiene routine because it is the only method that you can do at home to get rid of the bacteria laden plaque that forms in between the teeth. Plaque that is not removed regularly (think daily!) can quickly cause gingivitis, gum disease, and even tooth loss.

For a healthy mouth, flossing is just as important as visiting your dentist on a regular basis. The next time you visit Pure Dental Health, feel free to ask for more flossing tips. We are here to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as possible.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a potentially life threatening condition in which a person’s regular sleep patterns are interrupted due to his or her breathing stopping and starting repeatedly. The sleep disorder can have serious effects on a person’s health due to the consistent lack of oxygen that the brain and other organs receive. Waking repeatedly during the night or snoring loudly are often the first indicators that a person has sleep apnea. This condition should not be ignored, and it should be brought up with your physician and dentist. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, we offer solutions to patients suffering from sleep apnea. We are a comprehensive dental practice that cares about our patients’ oral health as well as their overall health.

For many patients who suffer from sleep apnea, they are able to correct the problem with a custom fitted mouthpiece to wear while they sleep. This mouthpiece holds the mouth in correct position so that airflow is easily allowed and not interrupted during sleep. This mouthpiece also helps reduce snoring, which is beneficial for the person wearing the mouthpiece as well as his or her sleeping partner. At Pure Dental Health we work with our patients to find out if they truly have sleep apnea or another condition by working with sleep therapists and sleep study clinics for a true determination. If it is found that a patient does suffer from sleep apnea, we offer mouthpieces to help open the airway so that patients can breath better and consistently at night.

Sleep apnea should never be ignored. There are serious health ramifications (such as a known relation to heart disease and stroke) from this sleep disorder. At Pure Dental Health, we care about our patients’ health, and we provide comprehensive dental care to ensure that they receive the highest level of care possible. Call us today.

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Personalized Dental Care

Meeting the needs of each dental patient may seem like a normal part of any dental practice, but many people are surprised by how often they receive “one size fits all” care at their dentist’s office. At Pure Dental Health we are committed to providing our patients with the most personalized dental care possible. Our mission says it all: To deliver high quality dentistry, complemented by first-class customer care and featuring the latest technology and comfort. The moment patients walk into our office they will see that their entire experience is completely different from almost any other dental practice in Georgia.

Personalized dental care means that each patient receives exactly what s/he needs in order to have optimal oral health. Even patients within the same family can each have their own specific issues that drastically differ from one another. Instead of treating patients on a “well, we’ve seen this before” basis, we treat each patient on the “Well, this is something new in YOUR mouth.” We believe that each patient has individual needs, issues, concerns, and anxieties that need to be met in order to provide them with personalized dental care. We offer noise-cancelling headphones for those who find the noise of the dental exam stressful; flat screen TVs for those who wish to focus on something other than their dental cleanings, and friendly dental hygienists for those who want someone friendly to converse with. Our practice provides comprehensive dental care in a warm and relaxing atmosphere while catering to the needs of each patient.

If you are looking for a dentist to trust in Atlanta, Pure Dental Health is the practice to turn to. We put patients first in everything we do, and we take the time to get to know each patient so that we can provide personalized dental care to meet everyone’s individual needs. Our Buckhead office is centrally located in the Atlanta area, so please contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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Gum Disease

Gum disease begins with subtle signs that are often ignored. Red, tender, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing are telltale signs that gum disease has started in the mouth. As foods and beverages breakdown in the mouth, plaque forms on the teeth. When plaque is not removed from the teeth it hardens and begins eating away at the tooth enamel. Proper oral hygiene at home combined with regular dental cleanings and checkups are necessary to remove damaging plaque before it destroys the teeth. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, Dr. Justin Scott and his staff provide comprehensive dental care including prevention and treatment for gum disease.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is how the old adage goes, and this can apply to oral health as much as anything else. Preventing gum disease is relatively simple, yet millions of Americans are diagnosed with gum disease every year. Gum disease is a result of damaging plaque that builds up on the teeth and is not removed. When left on the teeth, plaque eats away at the gums causing the structure to become compromised. Gums support the teeth in the mouth, and when they are damaged from disease they do not have the strength needed to hold the teeth in place.

Brushing and flossing remove plaque from the teeth between dental visits. However, it is important to note that brushing AND flossing remove plaque – not just brushing. Toothbrush bristles cannot fit into the tight spaces between the teeth. Plaque and food particles left between the teeth will quickly grow in this environment. Therefore, using the preventive methods at home of good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist twice a year are crucial components for preventing gum disease.

If you are looking for a dental practice to call your own in the Buckhead area, or if you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, call Pure Dental Health today to schedule an appointment. We offer high quality, affordable dental care for all of patients.

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Holiday Stress and Dental Cleanings

Are you feeling the holiday rush…that crush to get everything done with only a few weeks left until Christmas? If your turkey was not even fully digested before you started thinking about everything on your holiday to-do list, you are not alone. From shopping to addressing and mailing holiday cards to decorating and more, the holiday season can be stressful. So what do you do to deal with all that stress? Book a massage? Go to a yoga class? How about scheduling a dental cleaning?

If your dental cleanings are not a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, you are going to the wrong dental practice! Today, many practices like Pure Dental Health make getting your teeth cleaned a spa-like experience. With valet parking, warm scented towels, soothing music and a beverage bar, you will come out feeling like a new person! This makes getting your teeth cleaned the perfect solution to holiday stress. You will not only come out feeling more relaxed but will also look better and improve your dental health.

If you have a special holiday event to attend, why not schedule your dental cleaning on the same day? That way, you can show up to your party with a cleaner, whiter, brighter smile. If you really want to see a difference in your smile, you can pick up a teeth whitening kit while you are visiting the dentist.

The holidays are no time to ignore your dental health. In fact, taking care of your dental health is a great gift that you can give yourself this year. If you have missed a scheduled cleaning, schedule an appointment today. Then you can sit back, relax and enjoy! We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

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This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for Your Dental Health

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we give thanks for all of our blessings.  This can include family, friends, wealth and even our health.  If you are blessed enough to have good oral health, you probably have not spent enough time thinking about this particular blessing.  However, when our dental health goes south and we experience painful and expensive dental problems, it is then that we realize what a big blessing this is. Good dental health gives us the ability to chew and eat properly and to properly digest the foods we eat.  It also has a big effect on our confidence and our quality of life.

Unfortunately, many American adults are not blessed with good oral health.  This is evidenced by the fact that according to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 20 million people in the United States are missing all of their teeth.  The ADA also reports that more than 100 million people in the United States are missing between 11 to 15 of their teeth. Tooth decay in America is also a problem, especially in children.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay affects more than 1/4 of U. S. children between the ages of 2 and 5 and half of children between the ages of 12 and 15.  Lastly, periodontal disease is rampant in American adults.  According to the CDC, half of American adults have some stage of periodontal disease, many of them undiagnosed.  This is unfortunate because untreated periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

Cavities, periodontal disease and missing teeth are largely preventable dental health conditions.  Many of these cases can be avoided with proper daily dental hygiene, regular dental care and a healthy, well-balanced diet.  If you are one of the many Americans who is not blessed with good oral health, now is the time to turn things around. Talk to your dentist today about the steps you can take to improve your dental health in the new year.

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EPA Wants New Standards to Reduce Dental Mercury Entering the Environment

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that can be mixed with other metals to make amalgam:  a popular compound used to make dental fillings.  However, Mercury is a know neurotoxin and exposure to Mercury at certain levels has been linked to a number of health problems.  As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned about the amount of Mercury entering the environment.

Mercury is introduced into the environment when dentists remove old amalgam fillings or remove excess amalgam when placing new fillings. As a result, about half of the Mercury that enters water treatment systems comes from dental offices.  The EPA is proposing new standards to reduce the amount of Mercury released from dental offices.  These changes would fall under the Clean Water Act and would reduce metal discharge to water systems by almost 9 tons a year.

Currently, there are standards set by the American Dental Association (ADA) that give guidelines for the safe removal and disposal of amalgam materials.  Many state and local governments currently require amalgam separators and other practices in dentists’ offices in order to reduce the release of mercury. The American Dental Association strongly recommends such measures. These standards are already in place in approximately 40% of dental offices across the country.  This new rule would serve to strengthen the human health protection that is already in place.

Due to health concerns regarding exposure to Mercury vapors from amalgam fillings, many individuals are electing to have their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite resin or porcelain fillings.  Others make this decision purely for cosmetic reasons.  If you have amalgam fillings in your mouth and would like to have them removed, talk to your dentist about the safe removal of these fillings today.

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Choosing the Right Toothpaste

If you take a stroll down the dental health aisle at any grocery store or drugstore, you will see over 40 different types and brands of toothpastes. There are toothpastes with added fluoride, toothpastes for kids, teeth whitening toothpastes, tartar control toothpastes, toothpastes for sensitive teeth and more. With all these choices, how do you choose the one that is right for you? Here are some tips:

1. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to strengthen your teeth. Studies have shown that using a fluoride toothpaste helps to increase the concentration of fluoride in the teeth. This can help protect your teeth against tooth decay.

2. Choose a toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Toothpastes that have earned the seal of approval from the ADA have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent panel of experts. All toothpastes that are approved by the ADA contain fluoride.

3. Consider any special needs including tooth sensitivity, tartar buildup or tooth discoloration. If you have any of these issues, you may want to choose a toothpaste that is specially made to treat your condition.

Most dentists agree that the type of toothpaste you choose is not the important factor in your dental health. The most important factor in your dental health is your daily dental hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice daily and flossing your teeth at least one time per day.

If you are still confused over which type or brand of toothpaste to buy, talk to your dentist. He or she can give you some recommendations based on your particular dental health needs and dental health history.

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