Acid Erosion

Atlanta GA General DentistAcid: noun

A chemical substance that neutralizes alkalis, dissolves some metals, and turns litmus red; typically, a corrosive or sour-tasting liquid.

If acids can eat through metal, imagine what they can do to your teeth.

Despite how many people treat their teeth, the teeth are not invincible. Yes, they are made up of the hardest substance in the human body, but teeth can still crack, break, and are vulnerable to decay. What you choose to put into your mouth on a regular basis has a direct impact on your teeth: it will either benefit your teeth or put them in harm’s way.
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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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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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How Old is Your Toothbrush?

Here’s a simple question for you: How old is your toothbrush? If you are stumbling around at answering this question or you will admit that you simply do not know, then it’s a pretty good assumption to make that it’s too old for you to be using!

Your toothbrush was designed to be a tool to help keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible between professional dental cleanings. However, it can only do its job well if it is as clean as possible. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria that are necessary to help break down small food particles left behind after eating. While these bacteria do perform a necessary function, they are not meant to thrive in your mouth. Bacteria need to be brushed, flossed, and rinsed away on a daily basis so that they do not overrun your mouth in the form of plaque and tartar.

The American Dental Associate recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months, with six months being the longest time anyone should keep a single toothbrush. Luckily for you, your dentist will give you a new toothbrush at the end of every cleaning.

However, if you are good about replacing your toothbrush often (at least twice a year), there are still some considerations that should be taken that would involve replacement of your toothbrush even sooner. If you have had a bad cold, the flu, or strep throat then your toothbrush needs to be replaced immediately once you have started antibiotics or as soon as your condition gets better. Germs thrive on a toothbrush because of its moist environment. Putting those germs back into your mouth is just inviting sickness to invade your system all over again.

If your toothbrush is six months old, or older, it is time to replace it. Call Pure Dental Health in Buckhead today to schedule a cleaning. We will be happy to supply you with a new toothbrush before you leave!

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Detecting Cavities Early

Prevention is key in just about every area of life. If you have the means to prevent something bad, dangerous, or devastating you should take the time to do it. Dental health care is no different! There are many simple things that can be done to ensure that your oral health care is as effective as possible for keeping your mouth clean, healthy, and beautiful. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, Georgia, we are a comprehensive dental practice that puts a high emphasis on preventive dental care. One way that this is done is through early cavity detection. While cavities may seem like a small nuisance, they can actually have a significantly negative affect on your overall health.

Cavities are small areas of decay within a tooth. If this decay is not caught early and treated effectively, the decay can quickly spread to neighboring teeth, the gums, and ultimately into the blood stream where it can quickly spread to the heart and other organs. Detecting cavities early is extremely important. New technology allows dentists the opportunity to detect cavities months, or even years, before they would normally be found. Early detection allows for the earliest possible treatment in order promote and preserve a healthy tooth structure. However, this early detection is only possible when patients come in to the dentist’s office for regular dental cleanings and checkups.

For many reasons, oral health care is often put on the back burner in many people’s lives. Making the time to keep appointments, busy schedules, anxieties of visiting the dentist – all of these contribute to ignoring oral health. However, not taking the proper steps to ensure a healthy mouth can have dire consequences. By making regular dental visits a priority, your dentist can detect cavities early – preventing major, costly dental work in the future. If you are looking for a trusted dental practice in Atlanta, please contact Pure Dental Health. Our contemporary dental office will allow you to feel comfortable, and our esteemed staff will make you feel at ease and welcome. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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Conquering Your Excuses for Flossing Your Teeth

Do you floss your teeth everyday?  If not, 2015 is the time to start this very healthy habit.  You may not realize it, but dentists agree that flossing your teeth everyday is just as important as brushing.  This is because dental floss can remove food particles from between the teeth that are not accessible with a toothbrush.  Despite this fact, many American children, teens and adults are not currently flossing their teeth everyday.  There are many excuses for not flossing your teeth.  Read on to find out how to conquer each of these excuses so you can safeguard your long-term dental health.

Time is one of the biggest excuses people use for not flossing.  However, investing in the one or two minutes it takes each day can save you from hours of time in a dental chair getting dental work such as fillings, crowns and root canals.  In addition to saving this time, flossing everyday can help you save money on expensive dental restorations.

Some people complain that their teeth are too close together to comfortably floss.  If this is the case, try dental floss that is waxed so it glides more easily between the teeth.  You could also use a threader or loop to help you find an entry point between the teeth.

Others complain that it hurts to floss their teeth.  If you experience pain when flossing, give yourself two weeks.  Make sure that you are not flossing too roughly.  A gentle touch is best.  If your gums still hurt and/or bleed when you floss after two weeks, it is time to see your dentist.  Your gum pain and irritation may be a sign of periodontal disease.  If this is the case, your dental hygiene becomes even more important.

Start out 2015 by resolving to floss your teeth everyday!  Experts say that it takes 21 days to form a habit so after three weeks, it should be easy going!

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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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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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Your Nutrition and Your Dental Health

When most of us think about about dental health, we think about brushing and flossing daily.  We also think about visiting the dentist regularly.  However, when it comes to your dental health, what you eat is also very important.

Periodontal disease and tooth decay (dental caries) are two of the most common disease of modern civilization.  They are also largely preventable with good oral hygiene and a proper diet.  Tooth decay occurs when the teeth and surrounding tissues of the mouth are destroyed by acid products from harmful bacteria in the mouth.  Certain foods and combinations of foods are linked to higher cavity-causing bacteria.  Periodontal diseases is a chronic infection of the tissues supporting the teeth.  When you do not eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, it can lower your immune system.  This negatively affects your body’s ability to fight off infections, thereby making your more susceptible to periodontal disease and making the infection more severe.

Moderation and variety are two keys words when it comes to eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.  Before initiating any major changes in your eating habits, you should talk to your doctor.  When planning your diet, choose foods from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products and meat, chicken, fish or beans. Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which can result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Keeping your mouth moist by drinking lots of water and staying hydrated is also important.  This will help your mouth to produce bacteria-cleansing saliva.

Foods that cling to your mouth promote tooth decay.  If possible, limit or avoid eating foods such as sticky candies, sugary gums, and soft, sweet sticky cakes.  Instead, snack on foods such as raw vegetables, nuts, cheese and plain yogurt.

If you want to get more information about how to eat to promote good oral health, talk to your dentist today.  You can also consult guidelines for healthy eating from reputable organizations such as the American Dietetic Association and the National Institutes of Heath.

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CDC Study Examines Oral Health of Women of Childbearing Age in the U.S.

It is widely known that oral diseases can be prevented or improved with regular dental visits. Additionally, pregnant women are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease due to the hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy. For this reason, pregnant women and women who are planning to become pregnant in the future are encouraged to take especially good care of their oral health. However, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found a need for improvement in the oral conditions and number of dental health visits among pregnant and non-pregnant women of childbearing age in the United States.

The objective of this CDC study was to assess and compare national estimates on self-reported oral health conditions and dental visits among pregnant and non-pregnant women in the U.S. who were of childbearing age.  This assessment used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1999-2004.  In this study, researchers from the CDC analyzed self-reported oral health information on 897 pregnant women and 3,971 non-pregnant women of childbearing age (15-44 years).

Results of the study showed disparities in self-reported oral health conditions and use of dental services among women regardless of pregnancy status.  The results of the study highlight the need to improve dental service use among U.S. women of childbearing age especially in the following groups:  young pregnant women, black women, Mexican-American women and those with a low family income or low education level.  Researchers suggest that prenatal visits could be used as a key opportunity to education women about the importance of seeking preventive dental care during pregnancy.

If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant in the future, it is vitally important for you to engage in regular dental visits, and to carefully safeguard your dental health by practicing good daily oral hygiene.  Therefore, if you have not been to see your dentist in more than six months, schedule your appointment today.

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