Another Good Reason To Smile

Have you ever heard the expression the following expression: “It takes thirty-seven muscles to frown and only twenty-two muscles to smile.  So smile.  It conserves energy”?  This popular aphorism about a greater number of facial muscles needed to produce a frown than are required to smile has been around in our culture for many years.  It is often used to encourage others to change their moods from sad to happy.  But, is it rooted in actual science?  Does it, in fact, require less muscles to smile than to frown?  While the research on this subject is conflicting, it seems that there is no scientific evidence to back up this popular claim.  However, there is some research that suggests the act of smiling itself may cause you to feel happier.  It is certainly worth a try!  After all, what do you have to lose?

But, what if the act of smiling itself gives you anxiety and causes you to feel embarrassed?  If you are embarrassed or ashamed of your smile due to crooked, misaligned, gapped, spaced, discolored, chipped, missing or otherwise unattractive teeth, it can take all the fun out of smiling.  It can also have a negative effect on your confidence and self-esteem and take the joy out of all of your social interactions.  Fortunately, there are a variety of cosmetic dental procedures than can be used to improve the appearance of your smile and to enhance your confidence and your quality of life.  These include but are not limited to the following:  dental implants, dentures, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges and orthodontics.  Pure Dental Health is pleased to offer a wide variety of advanced cosmetic dental procedures to the residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas.  If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please call our office today and schedule a smile consultation with Dr. Justin Scott.  Call us today so we can give you another good reason to smile!

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Dental Implants: The Ideal Solution For Missing Teeth

In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited to removable options such as complete or partial dentures or a fixed dental bridge.  Although these options have been used successfully to replace missing teeth, each comes with its own set of challenges.  For many patients, traditional dentures are not an ideal solution. This is because traditional dentures are not fixed and therefore require the use of denture adhesive creams. These creams can be messy and difficult to work with.  Even with the best of denture adhesive creams, many patients worry constantly about the risk of their dentures slipping or falling out while they are eating or speaking.  Dentures also require many patients to change their diets to eliminate foods that are harder to chew. Unfortunately, these foods often include nuts, fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber and contain important vitamins and nutrients.  Perhaps a more serious issue with dentures is the fact that wearing dentures over time can lead to bone loss.  When bone is lost, it can cause the dentures to become uncomfortable to wear and can negatively affect their fit.  Bone loss is also detrimental to your long-term oral health.

A fixed dental bridge is another solution that can be used to replace one or several missing teeth.  However, a fixed dental bridge requires altering of the abutment teeth located on either side of the bridge.  In many cases, the abutment teeth have to be altered so that crowns can be placed over them to provide support for the fixed bridge. This alteration can negatively affect the structural integrity of the abutment teeth and can negatively affect their long-term health.

For these reasons and more, dental implants have now become the ideal solution for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants take the place of missing tooth roots and provide a fixed solution to missing teeth that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and can dramatically improve your oral health as well as your quality of life. Most people with missing teeth are candidates for this innovative tooth replacement solution.

Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is pleased to be able to offer dental implants to the residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas.  If you would like to get more information about dental implants or to find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing treatment, please call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott today.

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Health News Article- Natural Ways to Fight Tooth Decay

Article Title: Go Natural to Fight Tooth Decay and Halitosis

Article Source: Dr Harold Katz on the Huffington Post 

Article Review:

Through this health news article, researchers review natural tooth care solutions.  From this article, we are able to understand why certain chemicals and additives could be more harmful than beneficial to overall dental health.

Researchers are looking for alternatives to chemical additives that are traditionally added to oral care products to help with halitosis and tooth decay.  Many oral care products can have harsh compounds, which do not provided added oral benefits.  Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) can be found in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, and is known for its ability to irritate the mouth.

So what should be used in these products to keep your mouth healthy and shining at its best?  Research has shown that the solution might lie with coconut oil.  Coconut oil can slow the growth of bacteria, and more studies are being conducted to evaluate its effectiveness towards combating cavities.  If the research continues along the same trajectory, then coconut might be a good natural additive to add too oral care products.

Pure Dental Health has additional dental health information for you to keep your smile at its best.  Make sure to brush your teeth regularly and floss too as part of your normal dental health routine.  In addition, visit our team of Pure Dental Health dentists at least twice a year to ensure that your teeth are in tip-top shape.  If you have any questions about your oral health, do not hesitate to contact the Pure Dental Health team!


The Role of Mouth Rinses in Dental Health

It is hard to turn on the television these days without seeing an advertisement for a Mouthwash or Mouth rinse.  Different companies and brands tout different benefits for their mouthwashes ranging from freshening your breath to reducing plaque buildup.  There are many different brands that are available over the counter as well as prescription-only types that must be prescribed by your doctor or dentist.  So does mouthwash really benefit your dental health?  The answer is that it depends on the brand as well as your specific dental health.  Your dentist is the only one who can really tell you whether or not you will benefit from adding mouthwash into your daily oral hygiene routine.  However, one thing is for certain and that is the fact that mouthwashes should not take the place of brushing and flossing your teeth.  Brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice daily and flossing your teeth thoroughly at least once daily is still the best thing you can do to protect your dental health.  Visiting a dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and checkups can also go a long way in safeguarding your dental health.

Mouthwash can be used as an adjunct to brushing and flossing and may help to freshen breath, help prevent or control tooth decay, reduce the buildup of plaque, prevent or reduce Gingivitis, and decrease the speed in which tartar (hardened plaque) builds up on the teeth.  Again, the effectiveness is different depending on the particular type and brand of mouthwash.  When you are shopping for mouthwash, it is a good idea to look for a brand that has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal.  This is your assurance that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent body of scientific experts, The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.  It is also good to ask your dentist which type or brands he or she recommends.

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Cosmetic Dental Solutions for Gapped Teeth

What do Lauren Hutton, Madonna and Anna Paquin have in common besides the fact that they are all famous?  The answer is that they all have gaps in the front of their teeth. Many people are born with spaces in between their two front teeth, however, most people are not as comfortable with this look as these three famous stars.  Although it is possible to pull of this look with style, most people with gaps in the front of their teeth are not currently happy with the appearance of their smile.  Thankfully, there are several cosmetic dental solutions that can be used to fix gapped teeth.

Braces have always been an effective solution for people with gapped teeth, however, traditional metal braces pose a number of challenges for most adults.  Most adults do not want to spend a year or more with a mouth full of metal.  Today, there are a number of orthodontic solutions that can be used as an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces.  Six Month Smiles® is a short-term orthodontic solution that can be used to fix gapped teeth.  Six Month Smiles® utilizes specialized, clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in a average time of just six months.  The system works by focusing only on the teeth that show when you smile, sometimes referred to as the “cosmetic zone.”  Since they often cost less than traditional braces and can be completed in less time, Six Month Braces® are a perfect solution for many people with gapped teeth.

Porcelain Veneers are another cosmetic dental solution that can be used to fix teeth that are gapped in the front.  Porcelain Veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance.  In addition to gapped teeth, porcelain veneers can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are misaligned, too short or severely discolored.  Porcelain veneers have an advantage over orthodontic solutions because they do not require an extended treatment time.

Pure Dental Health in Midtown Atlanta is pleased to offer a variety of advanced cosmetic dental solutions that can be used to fix gapped teeth.  If the gap in the front of your teeth is not working for you and you want to improve the appearance of your smile, call our office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott.

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The Advantages of Dentca Dentures Over Conventional Dentures

If you are in the market for dentures, you may have heard of the Dentca™ Denture System.  The Dentca™ Denture System uses Computer Automated Design/Computer Automated Manufacturing (CAM/CAD) technology to revolutionize denture production.  This system holds many advantages over conventional dentures including the following:

•  increases precision and accuracy which translates into more comfortable, better fitting dentures

•  reduces the amount of chair time for patients (45 minutes versus 3 hours)

•  eliminates human error, again resulting into more comfortable, better fitting dentures

•  requires only one patient visit before final denture delivery versus multiple visits

•  shorter turnaround time for patients (10 days versus 30 days).

If this sounds good to you, the next step is to find a dental practice that offers this advanced denture system.  Pure Dental Health in Midtown Atlanta is pleased to offer the Dentca™ Denture System to the residents of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Our dentist, Dr. Justin Scott, is highly qualified to fit you with Dentca™ Dentures that will restore your smile and enable you to once again laugh and smile with confidence.  If you come into our office to be fitted for dentures, Dr. Scott or one of our dental assistants will take an impression of your mouth using Dentca’s patented tray system.  This initial visit typically takes no more than forty-five minutes.  The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory to be fabricated using CAD/CAM technology.  Eight-twelve days later, you return to the dental office to pick up your new dentures.

You know longer have to spend hours in a dental chair and then wait thirty days to receive high quality dentures.  With Dentca™ Dentures, you can get a beautiful new smile in only two visits with less than one hour of chair time.  Schedule an appointment with a Dentca™ Dentures dentist today to find out if Dentca™ Dentures are right for you.

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Whiter Teeth for A White Wedding

It is almost Spring, that time of year when brides all over Atlanta say “I do.”  The azaleas will be blooming, the weather will bet getting warmer, Spring is a perfect time to get married in Atlanta.  If you are getting married in Atlanta this Spring, you are probably in the midst of making lists and checking them off.  White wedding dress, check, flowers, check, music,check, etc., etc.  You may also be trying to get yourself ready for the big day. Maybe you are working out with a personal trainer or growing your hair out.  You may be watching what you eat a little more carefully.  However, have you considered improving the appearance of your smile?  Your smile will greatly affect the way you look and feel on your wedding day and how well your pictures turn out.  If you are not currently happy with your smile, now is the time to get it taken care of before your big day!

A bright, white, healthy smile is a wedding day essential!  If your wedding dress is significantly whiter than your smile, you may want to consider tooth whitening.  Pure Dental Health offers a Whitening For Life program that can help you achieve whiter teeth for your wedding day and then maintain them for many years to come.  However, if you are a smoker or have teeth that have been discolored due to medications you took as a child, tooth whitening may not be completely effective in helping you to achieve a whiter smile.  In this case, you may want to consider porcelain veneers.  In addition to teeth that are severely stained or discolored, porcelain veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are too short, misaligned, gapped or irregularly spaced.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Scott at Pure Dental Health today to find out how you can achieve a more beautiful, confident and healthier smile for your wedding day.  Best Wishes!

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