Three Dental Resolutions for a Happy, Healthy New Year

It is December and that means that the new year is right around the corner.  Time to make those resolutions that will may our new year happier and healthier.  When it comes to your dental health, there are three resolutions you can make that will have a tremendous impact on your long-term dental health.

Resolution #1:  Visit your dentist at least twice during this upcoming year for a professional dental cleaning and dental examination.  Visiting your dentist every six months is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your dental health and increase your chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime.  Visiting the dentist regularly provides your dentist with an opportunity to detect and treat problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer, before they have caused irreversible damage to your teeth, gums and your overall health.  Regular dental cleanings will also help to remove the plaque and tartar that naturally accumulates on the surfaces of your teeth.

Resolution #2:  Commit to brushing and flossing your teeth daily.  Thoroughly flossing your teeth at least one time each day and thoroughly brushing your teeth at least twice daily will go a long way in preventing serious dental health issues.  Putting this time in everyday can save you the time, pain, hassle and expense associated with dental health problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, infected teeth and tooth loss.

Resolution #3:  Quit smoking or using tobacco products.  Smoking is not only bad for your overall health, it is really bad for your dental health.  Smoking can make you more susceptible to periodontal disease which can ultimately lead to tooth loss.  Smoking and using other tobacco products also significantly increases your risk for oral cancer, a serious and sometimes fatal disease.  Smoking and using other tobacco products can also cause your teeth to become dingy, stained and discolored.

This new year, consider making three resolutions that will improve your dental health and help you to have a happier, healthier new year!

Posted on Behalf of Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

 

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Crooked and Missing Teeth: Halloween Costume or Real Life?

It is almost Halloween, that time of year when little ghouls and goblins will roam the streets of neighborhoods all throughout the United States in search of the ultimate sugar high!  Many of these kids will sport fake teeth that are crooked and missing as a part of their costumers.  You know, the kind you had as a kid and put in to scare all of your friends and any nearby adults.  Well, crooked and missing teeth are fine and good when they are part of a Halloween costume, however, for many, they are a part of everyday real life.  In this case, crooked and missing teeth are not very much fun.

Crooked teeth can negatively affect your appearance, your self-esteem and your confidence.  Missing teeth can also negatively affect the way that you feel about yourself and can cause serious dental health problems such as orthodontic relapse (shifting teeth) and periodontal disease.  So if you have crooked or missing teeth, what are your options?

It used to be that traditional braces or porcelain veneers were the only available solutions for crooked teeth.  For many adults, the time, expense and altered appearance associated with metal braces made them an unattractive solution.  Porcelain veneers provided another option but was cost-prohibitive for many.  Today, there are a variety of options available for adults who desire straighter teeth but do not want to put up with the time and expense involved with metal braces or porcelain veneers.  Six Month Smiles® is a good example.  Six Month Smiles® is a short-term orthodontic treatment that enables you to get straighter teeth and a more balanced smile in an average treatment time of just six months utilizing clear braces.  If you desire straighter teeth and do not need major bite changes, this may be a good solution for you.

Now let’s talk about the options for replacing missing teeth.  If you need to replace a single tooth or a few teeth, your options include a partial denture, a conventional bridge or a dental-implant supported crown or bridge .  If you need to replace all of your teeth, your options include traditional full dentures (full plates), dental implant supported dentures or dental implant supported crowns.  These options differ greatly in costs as well as advantages to the patient.  Your dentist can help you determine which option is best suited for you based on your dental history, your lifestyle and your budget.  The important thing is to replace the missing teeth, not which tooth replacement option you choose.  Failure to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth will put your overall dental health at risk and can negatively affect the health of your remaining teeth.

If crooked or missing teeth are a reality for you, talk to your dentist today about how you can improve both the form and function of your smile with restorative and cosmetic dentistry.  Happy Halloween.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Clinical Trials Highlight The Success Rate of Dental Implants

Past research has shown dental implants to be a highly effective and successful treatment for missing teeth.  That is why they are currently considered by many experts to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement.  However, results of recent large, international clinical trials have provided patients and dentists with an even higher level of confidence in this innovative tooth replacement solution.

Results from two of the largest international clinical studies on dental implants have just been published and demonstrate impressive results for dental implants.  Together the two studies evaluated more than one thousand Straumann Bone Level implants in Europe, the United States and Australia.  Both studies reported extremely high implant survival rates of more than 98% and found practically no bone loss around the area of the implants.  These survival rates are higher than the rates that have been documented in previous literature.

This newest data just adds to the wealth of evidence of the effectiveness of dental implants in replacing missing teeth.  This innovative tooth replacement option can be used to replace one, several or all teeth.  In most cases, dental implants require two separate procedures: one to place the implants into the jawbone and another to attach restorations to the implants.  The result is replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  With proper care, dental implants can last for a lifetime.  This is a definite advantage over temporary dental bridges or partial dentures.

Many individuals who have worn dentures in the past have made the investment in dental implants.  Although dental implants are more expensive than other traditional tooth replacement solutions, the benefits to the patients far outweigh the added cost in many cases.

Most individuals with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants as there are very few medical reasons that would rule a person out for this procedure.  If you are currently wearing dentures and are interested in making the switch to dental implants, talk to a dental implant dentist in your local area today.

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Losing Your Teeth: Everyone’s Worst Nightmare

Have you ever dreamed that your teeth were falling out?  You wake up in a cold sweat and run to the mirror to make sure you still have all of your pearly whites.  Sound familiar?  If so, you are not alone.  This dream about tooth loss is one of the most common anxiety dreams reported.  Experts have interpreted this dream to mean many things.  Some of the most common theories are that this dream means you are feeling insecure or vulnerable, you feel a loss of control or you are worried about money and financial issues.  Whatever the meaning, these dreams are no fun!  That is because our teeth are vitally important to our daily life and dramatically affect our outward appearance.

Unfortunately, tooth loss is a reality for many people.  Everyday, adults in the United States lose teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth infections, tooth decay, trauma and more.  For these individuals, waking up does not make the nightmare go away.  However, there is hope for those who have lost teeth.  With today’s advances in dental technology and techniques, there are a number of attractive options for replacing missing teeth.  The trick is to determine which method best suits your lifestyle and your budget.  Your dental and medical history will also play a role in determining whether or not you are a candidate for certain tooth replacement options.

If you have lost just one or a few of your teeth, your options include a traditional dental bridge, a partial denture or a dental implant supported crown or bridge.  If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you may want to consider full dentures, a full set of dental implant supported crowns or dental implant supported dentures.   Your dentist will be able to go over each of these options with you to help you select the option that is best suited for your individual needs.

It is important to replace any missing teeth, regardless of which tooth replacement option you choose.  Failure to do so can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place and can lead to serious dental health issues.

Posted of behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Dental Implants: An Investment in Your Future

Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement option that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Thanks to dental implants, people all around the world are able to once again eat the foods they love and speak, laugh, chew and smile with confidence.  However, for many, the cost of dental implants is a prohibiting factor.  It is true that dental implants cost significantly more than other tooth replacement options including partial dentures, full dentures and bridges.  However, for many, the return on investment with dental implants is so high that it more than makes up for the additional costs.  When viewed as an investment in your future, the cost of dental implants does not seem so high after all.

For starters, dental implants can free you from the worry and potential embarrassment associated with slipping, popping and falling dentures.  It can also free you from the hassle and expense associated with gooey, messy and foul smelling denture creams.  Even more importantly, unlike dentures, dental implants enable you to eat a wide variety of foods.  You do not have to limit your intake of fiber rich foods that are dense in nutrients, lower in calories but harder to chew. With dental implants, you can eat the foods you love and the ones that love you back, without worry.  This translates into better weight management and better overall health.

If you are interested in dental implants, but have not explored this option due to cost, you may want to reconsider. Many dental practices including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, Georgia offer flexible and in-house payment plans to assist patients in covering the costs associated with this life-changing tooth replacement option.  For more information about dental implants or to find out of you are a candidate for this tooth replacement option, talk to a qualified implants dentist in your local area today.

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Five Habits That Can Ruin Your Dental Health

You only get one set of adult teeth.  That is why it is so important to take care of the ones you have.  With people living longer and longer today, you are going to need your teeth for a while!  If you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums and a fully functional smile, here are five habits to avoid:

1.  Chewing on Ice – while it can be refreshing and soothing for some, it can also increase your risk of cracking or chipping your teeth.  And, chewing on ice can irritate the soft tissue on the inside of your teeth, causing tooth aches.

2.  Playing Sports Without A Mouth Guard – playing sports without a mouth guard leaves you susceptible to having your teeth chipped, cracked or knocked out completely.  You can find mouth guards at sporting goods stores or visit your local dentist to get a custom fitted mouth guard.

3.  Grinding Your Teeth – grinding your teeth (Bruxism) can wear down the surfaces of your teeth and create problems with your Temporomandibular (jaw) joint.  This can lead to painful symptoms like ear pain, ringing in the ears and headaches.  Many people grind their teeth at night, when they sleep, making it harder to control.  In this case, a night guard can be worn over the teeth at night when you sleep to prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth.

4.  Eating Gummy Candy – gummy candy contains a lot of sugar.  When the candy adheres to your teeth, the sugar sits on the tooth and can lead to decay.  If possible, keep this type of food out of your diet.  If you do eat gummy candies, you should rinse your mouth with water afterwards or, even better, brush and floss your teeth.

5.  Getting your tongue pierced – while this is very trendy these days, getting your tongue pierced leaves you more at risk for developing sores, gum damage and periodontal disease.  If you are considering a tongue piercing, it may be a good idea to talk to your dentist about the risks before you do it and about how you can properly care for your piercing if you decide to go through with it.

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Dental Implants Save Money and Improve Quality of Life

A new report published as the lead article in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants concludes that dental implants are a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatments for missing teeth.  The report is based on a systematic review of all available studies published in English between 2000 and 2010 relating to the cost-effectiveness of various tooth replacement options.  Fourteen studies pertaining to long-term costs were included in the review.  The review cited the following conclusions:

1.  For single tooth replacement, dental implants were generally cost-saving or cost-effective in comparison with dental bridges.

2.  For patients with full dentures, dental implants represented a higher initial cost, however, over time, dental implants represent a cost-effective treatment option.  In addition, patient satisfaction, acceptance and willingness to pay for dental implants were high, particularly in the elderly population.

The conclusion of this analysis confirms what many patients with dental implants already know:  dental implants provide for replacement teeth that look feel and function like natural teeth.  Unlike dentures, dental implants are not associated with bone loss and do not require patients to modify their diets and to eliminate foods that are harder to chew.  Because dental implants look and function like natural teeth, they allow patients to once again eat the foods they desire and smile, speak and laugh with confidence.

If you are tired of wearing dentures or a dental bridge and would like to get more information about dental implants, talk to a qualified implants dentist in your local area today.  Most people with missing teeth are candidates for this life-changing tooth replacement option.

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The Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

When we smile, it makes us feel good.  Why is this?  It is because smiling can boost your mood and your immune system.  And guess what, smiling can make others around you feel better too because smiling is contagious.  When you smile at someone, chances are they will smile back.  Besides, studies have shown that it is actually easier to smile than it is to frown because smiling involves fewer facial muscles.  Here are some other fascinating facts about smiling:

1.  Smiling is a universal sign of happiness that is recognized by different cultures all over the world.  When we smile, we are all speaking the same  language.

2.  You are born with the ability to smile.  Even babies who are blind are able to smile proving that this is not a learned behavior.

3.  Smiling frequently increases your chances of getting promoted as people who smile often are perceived as more attractive, confident and sociable.

Hopefully, this information has given you a good reason to smile.  However, for many people, smiling can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.  If you have teeth that are crooked, discolored, gapped, unevenly spaced or missing, you may not enjoy smiling.  Laughing, talking and engaging in any type of social interactions may be difficult.  However, this does not have to be the case!  With today’s advances in dental technology and cosmetic dentistry, there are lots of reasons to smile.  With cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, cosmetic veneers, adult braces and dental implants, it is now possible for almost anyone to achieve the smile of their dreams.  And, many cosmetic dental practices including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta offer flexible and in-house financing plans to help with the cost of treatment.  If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, call Pure Dental Health today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott so we can give you a good reason to smile!

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Tooth Loss in the Georgia

Despite advances in dental technology and improved access to education regarding oral hygiene, tooth loss remains a problem for many people in the United States.  So how does the state of Georgia compare to other states when it comes to tooth loss?  According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention,  Georgia is ranked #9 when it comes to tooth loss as defined as the percentage of adults aged sixty-five or older who have had all of their teeth extracted.  This may sound like a good ranking, but it is not.  This means that the percentage of people over the age of 65 who have lost their teeth (28.2%) is higher than all but eight other states in the country.  So, which state ranked the worst?  That would be West Virginia (42.8%) followed by Kentucky (38.1%) and Tennessee (32.2%).  You may be wondering which state has the lowest percentage of adults over the age of sixty-five who has had all of their teeth extracted.  The answer is Connecticut.  Connecticut is ranked lowest among all the states in the United States when it comes to tooth loss.  Their percentage of adults over the age of sixty-five who have had all of their teeth extracted is just 12.4%.

Experts cite a higher education level and better access to dental care as two of the biggest reasons for Connecticut’s low rate of tooth loss.  So what can we learn from the residents of Connecticut when it comes to avoiding tooth loss?  We can learn that brushing your teeth at least two times daily and flossing at least one time daily can really go a long way in protecting your dental health and preserving your teeth for many years to come.  We can also learn that visiting the dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and exams is essential to safeguarding your long-term dental health. By visiting your dentist regularly, you can increase the chances of finding and treating any dental health issues such as dental carries and gum disease in their earliest stages, before they threaten the health of your teeth.

Even with the best of oral hygiene and dental care, tooth loss can still occur.  The good news is that there are now a wide variety of effective options for replacing missing teeth.  Many advanced dental practices, including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, are now offering dental implants.  Dental implants provide a long-term solution to missing teeth that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  If you are interested in dental implants to replace one, several or all of your teeth, please call Pure Dental Health to schedule an appointment.

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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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