Brushing and Flossing: Does Order Matter?

When it comes to your hygiene routine, it is common to be set in your ways. You may wash your hair first in the shower or apply lotion to your face before your hands. For most hygiene tasks, the order in which you perform them doesn’t really matter – just as long as you are doing them. However, does the same hold true for your dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene is critical for optimal oral health. This can include anything you do at home to promote cleaner and healthier teeth and gums. The most important tasks are brushing and flossing. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends that patients brush twice a day for two minutes and floss daily. The combined effort of brushing and flossing can help prevent cavities and gum disease in patients of all ages.

Now that you know you should include both brushing and flossing in your oral hygiene routine, does it matter which one you do first? This is a common question and one that not all dentists agree on. Many dentists argue that by brushing first, you can remove the majority of food debris and plaque from your teeth before you floss. In addition, brushing is considered the more important task so why not tackle it first with your best energy and effort?

The order of brushing and flossing can also be argued the other way around too. In fact, a recent study posted a confident answer to this question just last year. NCBI published a July 2018 study that suggests the right answer is to floss before brushing. The conclusion was based on careful research and evidence that flossing first helped subjects in the study remove more plaque between teeth and allowed the fluoride of the toothpaste to come in contact with the right places in between the teeth.

Should you change up your oral hygiene routine if you brush first? Ask your dentist. At Pure Dental Health, our main concern is that patients are brushing as well as flossing. The order of things is less of a priority, especially if the patient is retaining good dental health. However, don’t be afraid to change things up if you want to give your smile a better chance for success. Our dentists are happy to answer your questions about dental hygiene at home as well as which dental products are best for your unique smile. Call today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott

Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

The Power of a Smile

Smiling Lady Atlanta GA Do you view smiling as an involuntary response or a conscious choice? If you are only smiling when something makes you laugh or brings you joy, you may be missing out on some of the most powerful benefits of smiling. Consider forcing yourself to smile more and you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.

While our job at Pure Dental Health is to take care of your teeth, we certainly want our patients to know what they can get in return when they choose to show off their teeth and smile. You may be surprised to learn that smiling does more than make you look better, it can also support your mood, your health and even your longevity!

What Can Smiling Do for You?

The act of smiling triggers certain hormones, endorphins and other natural responses in our bodies that are remarkably positive from head to toe. Here are some top reasons why you should make the decision to smile today:

  • Relieves Stress
  • Boosts Your Immune System
  • Reduces Pain, a Natural “Feel Good”
  • Elevates Overall Mood
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Makes You Look Younger and More Attractive
  • Creates Successful Persona
  • Makes others smile (smiles are contagious!)

What’s Holding You Back?

There’s scientific studies and evidence to prove these amazing benefits of smiling. If you are hesitant to smile due to the condition or appearance of your teeth, please let us know. At Pure Dental Health, we offer a full menu of restorative and cosmetic dental services to ensure you never hold back your smile again. In fact, we have services to address the following dental concerns:

  • Missing teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Diseased or decayed teeth
  • Stained teeth

Whatever it is that is causing you to hide your smile, we can help. Call our Buckhead office today to schedule your visit.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott

Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Considering Dental Implants? Kick Your Smoking Habit

Dental Procedures Atlanta GADental implants are a remarkable way to replace missing teeth. With the look, feel and function of real teeth, dental implants allow patients to carry out their life with confidence. However, there is one lifestyle habit that is a deal breaker if you want to have successful dental implants.

Smoking is not only harmful to your overall health, but it can drastically increase your chances for dental implant failure. Dental implants carry a 95% success rate, but within the small percentage of implants that fail, over half belong to those who smoke.

How Can Smoking Impact Implants

Even in someone who is not considering dental implants, smoking can be an oral health threat. Smoking leads to bad breath, tooth stains, gum disease and other dental problems. When it comes to dental implant surgery, the consequences are even more severe. Smoking can cause the following in someone who is preparing for dental implants:

  • Damage to Skin Cells – Smoking cigarettes can potentially burn and/or thicken the surface of the delicate skin cells inside the mouth.
  • Dry Mouth – Smoke inhalation also contributes to dry mouth because the salivary glands can become damaged over time. A dry mouth is the perfect environment for bacteria to live and breed, which makes you more vulnerable to infection and decay.
  • Impedes Blood Flow and Oral Healing – The biggest risk of smoking and dental implants is rooted in the fact that nicotine is a vasoconstrictor. It restricts the blood flow that nourishes the teeth and gums. When deprived of vital nutrients, your gums and mouth can’t heal properly or fight off infection. This becomes a real problem for a newly placed dental implant, as the healing of the titanium post within the gum tissue and bone is the most crucial step of the implant process. Smoking can essentially slow healing while increasing the risk of infection and implant failure.

Quit or Temporarily Stop Smoking

As far as your smoking habit goes, it is best to call it quits completely before getting dental implants. However, at the very least, we suggest you put an end to your nicotine habit a week before your implant surgery and up to two weeks following the procedure to protect your healing and recovery. For more information on preparing for dental implant surgery, call Pure Dental Health.

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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Short on Time? Find a CEREC Dentist

Dr. Justin Scott of Pure Dental Health in AtlantaFrom detecting cavities to replacing missing teeth, dentistry has seen amazing advancements in recent decades. Today, there are dental technologies that can help treatments go faster, more comfortably and more successful than ever before. One of the most highlighted innovations is CEREC technology, which allows crowns and other dental restorations to be fabricated and placed in a single office visit!

A dental crown is a common type of restoration that covers all visible sides of a compromised or weak tooth. It is meant to provide both functional and aesthetic restoration to the tooth. Your dentist may recommend a crown for the following reasons:

  • Badly decayed teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Discolored teeth

Why are CEREC crowns preferred?

To fully appreciate CEREC same day crowns, you need to understand how traditional dental crowns work. Before CEREC (or if you choose a dentist who does not have this technology), dental crowns can be a lengthy process with multiple appointments. Patients had to let the dentist prep the tooth before undergoing a gooey impression. The dentist would then send off a mold of the teeth to the dental lab. In the meantime, patients were given a temporary crown to wear until the permanent one is made. Temporary crowns can be uncomfortable and much less durable.

With CEREC, you’ll spend a fraction of the time at the dental office. In just one appointment, we can complete the entire process. First, we will take precise digital measurements of your teeth (no messy impressions). Next, you can sit and relax while our in-office CAD/CAM machine mills the perfectly fitting permanent crown. If you came in with a broken, discolored or decayed tooth, you can walk away with a strong and confident smile. It’s that easy!

If you don’t have spare time to schedule multiple dental appointments to get a crown, consider CEREC One Visit Crowns from Pure Dental Health. In fact, we’ve made it a priority to make dental care a comfortable, stress-free and rewarding experience for each patient that walks through our doors!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott

Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

5 Myths About Mouth Cancer

Female Hygienist Performing Dental Screening Atlanta GAOral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and pharynx (throat). Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about this type of cancer. Here are 5 myths and facts to set the record straight.

Myth #1: Oral cancer is not serious.

Fact: Oral cancer is easily treated at its beginning stages. However, if the disease is not detected early, it can be fatal. In fact, oral cancer is one of the deadliest diseases of the mouth.

Myth #2: Oral cancer is rare.

Fact: More people in the U.S. were diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2017 than cancers of the cervix or stomach, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Myth #3: Oral cancer is not a concern for young people.

Fact: It is true that the risk for oral cancer risk increases with age (especially after age 50). However, not all forms of mouth cancer are linked to age. Due to the recently discovered link between oral cancer and sexually transmitted forms of the human papillomavirus (HPV), there are an increasing number of younger patients being diagnosed.

Myth #4: Oral cancer only affects smokers.

Fact: While tobacco use is a primary culprit for oral cancer, it is not the only way you can get oral cancer. Drinking alcohol, HPV, sun exposure and even genetics are considered risk factors.

Myth #5: Oral cancer screenings are only for high-risk patients.

Fact: Oral cancer screenings are a standard part of all routine dental exams for adults. At Pure Dental Health, we use modern techniques to examine the entire oral cavity for signs of oral cancer, which includes investigating any unusual sores, lumps or discoloration in the mouth, tongue, lips or throat. Don’t worry; oral cancer screenings are non-invasive and painless. Most importantly, they could save your life!

Have you been checked for oral cancer this year? Schedule your routine dental exam at Pure Dental Health in Atlanta.

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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

Cosmetic Dentist Dunwoody GA Porcelain veneers are one of the most innovative solutions in cosmetic dentistry. In fact, they have been used by countless celebrities and public figures as a way to create an attractive and perfectly balanced smile. Veneers involve shaving off a small portion of the tooth surface in order to bond a wafer-thin shell of porcelain. Since veneers are purely cosmetic, they are only placed on the teeth that are visible when you smile. In most cases, they involve just 2 to 3 painless visits to the dentist.

Porcelain veneers certainly aren’t the only way to improve your smile appearance. So how do you know if veneers are the right solution for you? Ask yourself these questions:

Do you want to change the size or shape of a tooth without a dental crown?

If you have a healthy tooth but want to change the way it looks, a porcelain veneer can be an excellent option. In fact, it involves much less structural removal of your tooth to place a veneer than it does a crown. Veneers can be used to make the teeth look longer, bigger, wider or even just more symmetrical within your smile.

Do you have stubborn stains that won’t respond to teeth whitening?

Sometimes stains are too stubborn to be removed with professional whitening agents. These are often intrinsic stains that develop beyond the surface of the tooth. Veneers may be the best and only way to attain a whiter smile if you have permanent or stubborn staining across your teeth. In fact, you can customize the exact shade you want with porcelain veneers, and they are resistant to future staining too!

Do you have cracks or chips on your front teeth?

As long as the health of the tooth is not compromised, minor tooth fractures can be erased cosmetically with porcelain veneers. Keep in mind that if the damage is too severe, the tooth may not be able to support a veneer, and a crown or filling may be warranted.

Do you want to avoid orthodontics?

There are many patients that can forgo wearing braces and choose veneers to instantly correct their crooked or gapped front teeth. Veneers don’t actually move the teeth, so it is important to know whether your bite and alignment needs to be adjusted or if your misplaced teeth are just cosmetic in nature. Minor tooth gaps and crooked front teeth can make excellent candidates for porcelain veneers.

Ready to know for sure whether or not you can benefit from porcelain veneers? Call Pure Dental Health today. We love helping patients attain a beautiful and more confident smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott

Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

3 Myths About IV Sedation Dentistry

Patient Under Sedation in Dentist Chair Dunwoody GA Sedation dentistry is one of the most valued solutions in dental care, as it allows certain patients to receive dental care that they would otherwise be too fearful or anxious to attempt. Sedation dentistry typically comes in three broad forms: Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), Oral Conscious Sedation (a sedative pill) or IV Sedation. Not every dental office is equipped to offer IV sedation, the most advanced method of relaxing and calming a patient during a dental procedure.

Unfortunately, the term “IV sedation” can be misunderstood. Many patients do not have a full understanding about what IV sedation is and what it is not.  Here are some truths and myths surrounding IV sedation so that you can learn if its right for you or someone in your family.

What Is IV Sedation?

IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, involves the slow release of a light sedative into the bloodstream of a patient in order to calm their anxiety while they are in the dental chair. Local anesthetics are used to numb the oral pain, but the sedative allows the patient to fully relax during their procedure. IV sedation is best for moderate to severe anxiety, and can also be beneficial for patients with physical or mental limitations who are not able to sit still during longer periods of time. It is ideal for those who need complex or lengthy dental work in one appointment.

In general, IV sedation allows the patient to remain awake but mostly unaware of his or her surroundings. It can also be monitored and adjusted by trained professionals at all times. Lastly, IV sedation must be administered by a dentist that has undergone additional training and licensure to safely provide this level of sedation.

What IV Sedation Is Not

Now it’s time to debunk the myths surrounding IV sedation.

  • IV sedation does NOT involve being “put to sleep.”
  • IV sedation does NOT have to be administered in a hospital setting
  • IV sedation is NOT only used for oral surgery

Ready to learn more about IV sedation from a qualified dentist who cares about your wellbeing and state of mind while in the dental chair? Call Pure Dental Health. Beyond our IV sedation certification, our office offers spa-like amenities and minimally-invasive dental technology to promote a comfortable and relaxed experience at the dentist.

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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

3 Reasons to Choose a Composite Filling

When a tooth suffers an area of decay or damage, it must be repaired. Unless the repair is large enough to require a crown or onlay, the tooth can be restored in one of two ways: amalgam fillings or composite resin fillings. Amalgam fillings have been around since 1895 and include a combination of metals. Composite fillings, however, are a newer option in dental fillings. Composite is a ceramic and plastic compound that matches the color of your teeth. Many patients find that these tooth-colored or white fillings are a preferred solution in repairing cavities or even making minor cosmetic improvements to the teeth. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to want their amalgam fillings replaced with this composite resin alternative.

If you can agree with the following, you may want to consider a dentist who offers composite fillings:

#1 You want your filling to blend in, not stand out.

The hallmark advantage of choosing composite resin is aesthetics. Instead of flashing a metal filling when you laugh or speak, you can opt for a tooth-colored filling that provides a seamless and inconspicuous blend within your natural smile.

#2 You don’t want metals or mercury in your mouth.

While it is still a large debate among dentists, there are a large majority of patients that simply want to avoid the potential dangers of having metal in their mouths. Amalgam fillings are made of 50% mercury. Mercury vapor can release or leak out from amalgam fillings, and many people are concerned about the toxicity of this element within the body. Furthermore, silver fillings may not be a good choice if you have an allergy to metal.

#3 You want to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible.

Unlike amalgam fillings, composite resin is very flexible and bonds directly to the surface of your tooth. This means that less drilling is required and more of your healthy tooth structure can be preserved.

Want to learn more about white fillings offered at Pure Dental Health? Please schedule your appointment. We value the importance of providing patient-preferred options when repairing tooth damage.

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How Does Brushing Your Teeth Protect Your Heart?

Man Brushing His Teeth Atlanta GA In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, let’s talk about the link between your teeth and your heart. Heart disease is a very prevalent and very serious condition. You may be familiar with ways to ward off heart disease, such as more exercise and less salty/fatty foods. But did you know that you are also protecting your heart when you brush your teeth every day? Countless studies have shown that routine brushing is not only vital to your oral health, but it can play a strong role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

How It Works

Your heart demands a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients through your blood. If one of the branching coronary arteries that delivers this oxygenated blood becomes blocked, a portion of the heart is deprived and starved of oxygen. This is referred to as cardiac ischemia. If cardiac ischemia lasts long enough, the starved heart tissue can die – which is more commonly known as a heart attack.

Where does tooth brushing come in? We know that proper oral hygiene (brushing your teeth) can keep the gums in good condition. When the gums are diseased or infected, the bacteria can travel through your bloodstream and impact your heart. In other words, the inflammation found in your mouth can also be present in the heart. This is why the American Academy of Periodontology reports that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. Another study found that the common oral problems, such as gum disease (gingivitis), cavities and missing teeth, were also good at predicting heart disease.

The Mouth Body Connection

So, the next time you feel tempted to skip brushing your teeth, consider the ramifications it may have on your smile as well as your heart! At Pure Dental Health, we value the importance of teaching patients the strong link between oral health and body health. To schedule your dental visit, please call our Buckhead or Dunwoody office.

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Straight Talk for Your Crooked Teeth

Woman Smiling and Pointing to Her New Braces Atlanta GAAre you an adult who needs braces? Do you assume that your orthodontic issues are purely a cosmetic concern? Not so fast. If you are avoiding orthodontic treatment as an adult, you may also be neglecting your oral health. Crooked teeth and malocclusion pose serious threats to the health of your teeth and gums over time. Sure, a pretty smile is a major reward of undergoing orthodontic correction, but you could also be saving yourself from costly dental problems down the road.

Did you know that you can reduce your risk of periodontal disease by caring for your crooked teeth? Malocclusion refers to teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth. Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease, which can create abnormal amounts of stress on your teeth and jaw. This condition leads to premature wear.

Here are some common orthodontic issues and what they can do to your dental health:

Crowding: When teeth are too closely aligned, or overlapping, there’s an increased chance for bacteria and plaque buildup. This can lead to decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

Gaps/Spacing: How can a gap between your teeth be a cause for concern towards your smile health? You may have frequent episodes of food getting lodged between your teeth. This puts you at risk for sore or tender gums and other periodontal issues. In certain places, teeth gaps can also impact your ability to chew and speak.

Deep Bite: Over-erupted or protruding lower front teeth can damage the palate as well as cause the premature wear and chipping of those lower teeth.

Crossbite, Open Bite and Overjet– Again, when the teeth don’t bite down on each other the way they should, it can result in the fracture of teeth due to the excessive forces. In addition, abfraction can develop, which is a small notch in your tooth at the gum line. Periodontal disease, gum recession as well as tooth and bone loss can also become a concern in severe cases.

As proven above, straight teeth are not just attractive teeth. When the teeth are correctly aligned in the mouth, it supports your overall oral health. Untreated malocclusion makes it difficult to keep your teeth clean and can put pressures on your teeth and jaw that they are not intended to withstand. From TMJ problems to serious gum disease, there are notable factors to consider if you’ve been told you need orthodontics as an adult.

Don’t worry; Pure Dental Health offers some of the most advanced and preferred orthodontic treatments available, including Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and Adult Braces. Call now to schedule your consultation in Buckhead or Dunwoody!

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