Dental Hygiene and the Risk for HPV

A recent study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research suggests that infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) could be linked to poor oral health, including gum disease.  In the study, researchers from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston analyzed data from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  This survey was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics: a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  There were 3, 439 participants in the data: all between the ages of 30 and 69 years.  Participants were chosen based on the following criteria: 1.  available oral health data, and 2.  the presence or absence of HPV in the oral cavity.  Findings of the study showed that the participants who reported bad oral health had a 56% higher chance of developing an oral HPV infection compared with those who had good oral health.  Those with gum disease showed a 51% higher risk of an oral HPV infection.

The study did not directly link HPV to poor oral health, yet it does suggest that there may be a link between these two factors.  Clearly, more research is needed on this important topic.  However, it does confirm the importance of maintaing good oral hygiene and oral health.  Brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily can go a long way in preventing periodontal disease and safeguarding your long-term dental health.  This study also highlights the importance of visiting the dentist regularly (once every six months) for routine dental cleanings and checkups.

HPV is currently the leading cause of throat cancer.  If you would like to get more information about how to improve your oral health and reduce your chances of developing an oral HPV infection, talk to your dentist today.

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

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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.

Posted on the Behalf of Pure Dental Health.

 

 

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 

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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!

 

Cosmetic and Preventative Dentistry

Pure Dental Health Dentistry and You

You arrive home from work and immediately head to the mailbox to check for a package.  As you start sifting through the letters, you come across a note from your high school class.  Your high school reunion is fast approaching, and you keep debating if you should attend.

While you are happy with multiple aspects of your life, you are unhappy with something that you have to see everyday—your smile.  You have not been satisfied with the look of your smile for quite sometime, and are looking for ways that you can improve your overall appearance.

Pure Dental Health can help.  Our team of dental experts can offer you a variety of options to help improve the look of your smile.  You could be smiling your most beautiful smile in less time than you thought possible.  Keep reading the Pure Dental Health blog to learn more!

A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

There are multiple ways for the Pure Dental Health team to help you achieve your dream smile.  Through cosmetic dentistry, we can help you find the procedures that will work best for your individual needs.  For cracks, chips, gaps, and severely discoloration in the teeth, porcelain veneers might be the right fit for you.  If your teeth just need a subtle ‘pick-me-up,’ then you might benefit from our in-office teeth whitening services.  If you have been looking to straighten your teeth, then six-month smiles or Invisalign might be just right to fulfill your smile needs.

While our Pure Dental Health team can help you achieve the smile aesthetics that you have been searching for, we can also provide our patients with the tools to keep their smiles healthy for a lifetime.  With our preventative dentistry procedures, you can keep your teeth in their best shape.

During routine dental checkups, we can evaluate your mouth to ensure that you are always a picture of health.  From these dental evaluations, we can look to see if there are any small issues that could become larger problems in the near future.  We can then work with you to make sure that these little problems are tended to swiftly, and can be treated in their infancy.

Pure Dental Health keeps your teeth looking great through general dentistry, preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and everything in between.  Keep your smile at its best, with Pure Dental Health.

A Picture Perfect Smile

To find out more information about our Pure Dental Health team and what we can do to enhance the look and the health of your smile, do not hesitate to contact us.  We will answer all of your questions about our procedures and help you to decide which treatments might be right for you.  With Pure Dental Health, you always know that you are receiving trustworthy information, the best in dental care, and best in dental technology.

You deserve to have pearly whites that make you want to smile.  To learn more about how Pure Dental Health can help you to achieve your smile dreams, contact us today!

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Cosmetic and Preventative Dentistry

Pure Dental Health Dentistry and You

You arrive home from work and immediately head to the mailbox to check for a package.  As you start sifting through the letters, you come across a note from your high school class.  Your high school reunion is fast approaching, and you keep debating if you should attend.

While you are happy with multiple aspects of your life, you are unhappy with something that you have to see everyday—your smile.  You have not been satisfied with the look of your smile for quite sometime, and are looking for ways that you can improve your overall appearance.

Pure Dental Health can help.  Our team of dental experts can offer you a variety of options to help improve the look of your smile.  You could be smiling your most beautiful smile in less time than you thought possible.  Keep reading the Pure Dental Health blog to learn more!

A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

There are multiple ways for the Pure Dental Health team to help you achieve your dream smile.  Through cosmetic dentistry, we can help you find the procedures that will work best for your individual needs.  For cracks, chips, gaps, and severely discoloration in the teeth, porcelain veneers might be the right fit for you.  If your teeth just need a subtle ‘pick-me-up,’ then you might benefit from our in-office teeth whitening services.  If you have been looking to straighten your teeth, then six-month smiles or Invisalign might be just right to fulfill your smile needs.

While our Pure Dental Health team can help you achieve the smile aesthetics that you have been searching for, we can also provide our patients with the tools to keep their smiles healthy for a lifetime.  With our preventative dentistry procedures, you can keep your teeth in their best shape.

During routine dental checkups, we can evaluate your mouth to ensure that you are always a picture of health.  From these dental evaluations, we can look to see if there are any small issues that could become larger problems in the near future.  We can then work with you to make sure that these little problems are tended to swiftly, and can be treated in their infancy.

Pure Dental Health keeps your teeth looking great through general dentistry, preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and everything in between.  Keep your smile at its best, with Pure Dental Health.

A Picture Perfect Smile

To find out more information about our Pure Dental Health team and what we can do to enhance the look and the health of your smile, do not hesitate to contact us.  We will answer all of your questions about our procedures and help you to decide which treatments might be right for you.  With Pure Dental Health, you always know that you are receiving trustworthy information, the best in dental care, and best in dental technology.

You deserve to have pearly whites that make you want to smile.  To learn more about how Pure Dental Health can help you to achieve your smile dreams, contact us today!

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Health News Article- Lowering Dementia Risk with a Toothbrush

Article Title: Brushing Your Teeth May Lower Dementia Risk (And 8 Other Reasons to Brush)

Article Source: Huffington Post article from September, 2013

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Through this article about dental health, additional reasons are listed why you should brush your teeth.  Oral health not only affects your dental health, but it affects multiple areas of your general health.  The better care that you take of your teeth and mouth on a day-to-day basis, the more likely that you will experience the benefits towards your overall health.

In addition to keeping your oral health in tip-top shape, research shows that brushing your teeth can help with the following:

  • Preventing stroke
  • Preventing gum disease
  • Decrease the risk of pneumonia
  • Healthier babies throughout pregnancy
  • Warding away mindless eating after meals
  • Decrease the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease

There are a multitude of areas that oral health can affect the rest of the body, and by keeping oral health at its best, the rest of your health can follow.  Take the time to brush your teeth properly, floss daily, and visit your Pure Dental Health dentists at least twice per year.

If you have any questions about the connections between oral and general health, then do not hesitate to contact our Pure Dental Health team.  We will answer all of your questions about the best hygiene habits, and refer you to even more useful resources for oral health!

 

 

Health News Article- Holiday Advice

Article Title: Dentist Gives Advice to Keep Holiday Smiles Bright

 

Article Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/12/17/dentist-gives-advice-to-keep-holiday-smiles-bright

 

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Through this health news article, the Academy of General Dentistry gives advice about how to keep your teeth in the best shape during the holiday season.  During the holidays, more parties lead people to consume more sugary drinks and sweets than usual.  The spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry also noted that patients’ hectic schedules and stress levels can lead to oral hygiene suffering.

 

There are multiple ways to protect your teeth during the holiday season, which include:

  • Rinsing Your Teeth– red and white wines are very acidic and can eat away at tooth enamel.  Do not swish wine around in your mouth, and make sure to drink water in between glasses of wine to reduce the amount of acid from your teeth.
  • Watch Out For the Sweets- sugary foods can help cavity-causing bacteria to grow.  Chew sugar-free gum or drink water when you do not have a toothbrush and floss handy.
  • Stop Stressing- during the holidays, individuals tend to stress more causing them to clench and grind their teeth.  This can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and even chipped teeth.  Find ways to back away from stress and relax during the holiday season for both your general and oral health!

 

The Pure Dental Health team is here to ensure that your teeth stay at their healthiest, even during the holiday rush!  Learn more on how we can help by contacting our Atlanta office and following these health news tips!

Restoring Smiles With Porcelain

Changing Your Smile with Porcelain

You know that the holidays are fast approaching.  With the holidays comes sweets, parties, and plenty of pictures.  Everyone wants to get together to show their pearly whites and holiday spirit, but you are not proud of your smile.  Years of chips and cracks have built up, and your teeth do not reflect how spirited you truly feel.

But what can you do to improve the look of your smile, especially with the holidays right around the corner?  The answer lies with Pure Dental Health and porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers can completely change the look of your smile, in only a couple of visits to our Pure Dental Health office.

To learn more about how porcelain veneers can change your smile, keep reading this Pure Dental Health blog!  You could be smiling your most glowing smile for the holidays in no time!

Porcelain Veneers and You

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are applied to the fronts of teeth.  During an initial consultation with the Pure Dental Health dentists, we evaluate to see if you are a good candidate from veneers.  If you are a good fit for the procedure, then our dentists make molds of your teeth to send to the dental laboratory to create your custom porcelain veneers. You can choose to transform your smile so that your teeth are longer, a different shape, cover up cracks and chips, and even hid gaps.

The enamel is shaved down approximately 0.5mm to allow for the veneers to fit in place once they are completed at the dental lab.  During your next visit, the porcelain veneers will be ready for the dentists to attach to the front of your teeth.  After the veneers are bonded to your teeth, our expert Atlanta dentists will shape the veneers so that they best fit the shape of your mouth.  This step is crucial to ensuring that your smile looks natural, beautiful, and unique to you.

Porcelain veneers give our patients the opportunity to change the look of their smiles so that they can feel confident and happy with how they look.  You do not have to remain dissatisfied with your teeth any longer. Let the experts at Pure Dental Health help make a difference to your smile with porcelain veneers today!

Learn More about Porcelain Veneers

If you think that porcelain veneers could be a good choice to fulfill your cosmetic dentistry needs, then do not hesitate to contact our Pure Dental Health team.  We are here to help identify if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, to walk you through the process, and to help you feel comfortable with our procedures.

You deserve to feel confident with your smile at all times.  Let our team of dental experts help you to achieve your ultimate smile goals.  Learn more about porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry, today!

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Comfort at the Dentist’s Office

A More Comfortable Dental Experience

You know that you need to book a dentist appointment, but do not want to pick up the phone and call the dentist’s office.  You never look forward to the visits.  The offices are loud, you can smell mouthwash and fluoride, and you wish that you could just wish away every six-month appointment.

That was until you discovered Pure Dental Health.  Pure Dental Health is known for amenities to make your entire experience more enjoyable.  You can enjoy the dentist and actually want to come into the office for you 6-month visit.  Through this blog, you will learn how the Pure Dental Health team can make you like the dentist.  Keep reading to find out more!

Our Pure Dental Health Amenities

At Pure Dental Health, we offer a wide array of amenities to keep our patients satisfied.  We want patients to feel comfortable when they sit down in the dentist’s chair—not rushing to leave.  That is why we provide everything that you need to make your trip to the dentist more relaxing.

Some of the services and items that we provide include:

  • Wi-Fi Bar- we all like to stay connected, so why does that have to stop when you come into our office?  Access our computers or pull up Wi-Fi on your cellular device.
  • HD TV’s- catch up on your favorite television shows while you sit back and have your teeth cleaned.  You can enjoy your favorite sitcom and forget that you are in the dentist’s office. 
  • Noise Cancelation Headphones– some dental equipment can be loud, but that doesn’t mean that you have to hear it.  We provide you with the option to block out noise, listen to music, or watch television with our headphones.
  • Blankets– it can get cold in an office, so why not bundle up?  We provide blankets for your comfort so that you can feel at ease and warm throughout your entire visit.

All of our amenities are geared towards making you feel welcome and comfortable.  You can relax, soak in the environment, and experience exceptional dental care. You should be able to enjoy going to the dentist’s office—let us show you how that can be possible.

More Information about Pure Dental Health

If you are looking for a dental team that truly cares about your wellbeing and dental health, then look no further than Pure Dental Health. We are here to offer you a multitude of treatments, services, and amenities for your comfort and convenience.

To find out more information about our procedures and to learn more about what makes the Pure Dental Health experience unique, call our office to schedule a consultation.  You will be smiling once you do!

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Quick Ways to Improve Your Smile

Enhancing Your Smile

You wake up, ready to jump into your routine.  A sunrise bike ride followed by breakfast and reading the newspaper.  You make your way to the shower to get ready for your day at work.

As you look into the mirror, you sigh.  “I just wish that I could enhance my smile,” you mumble to yourself as you grin at your reflection.  Luckily, with Pure Dental Health, this is easier than you ever thought possible.

Through this blog, you will learn some simple ways that you can improve your smile.  From teeth whitening to porcelain veneers, Pure Dental Health has the answers to helping you achieve your most beautiful smile.  Keep reading to learn more!

Easy Ways to Change Your Smile

If you are look for fast, simple ways to improve the look of your smile, then you have come to the right place!  At Pure Dental Health, we are committed to offering you the best ways to improve the look and feel of your smile.  Some of these methods include:

  • Teeth Whitening- at Pure Dental Health, we not only offer in-office teeth whitening that makes your teeth considerable whiter in only an hour, but we also offer teeth whitening trays every time you come into our office for a regular cleaning.  Whitening your teeth is an easy way to take years off of the look of the smile, and help you feel like your smile has been rejuvenated.
  • Porcelain Veneers– porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are attached to the fronts of teeth.  They look natural and are referred to as “instant orthodontics” as they can transform your smile is as little as two visits to Pure Dental Health.
  • Invisalign- Invisalign clear aligners are an easy way to straighten your teeth in less time than with traditional braces.  These clear aligners blend in with your natural smile, and give you the ability to eat, drink, and smile without changing your normal routine.  For an easy way to make a dramatic difference in your smile, talk to you Pure Dental Health team about Invisalign.

All of these procedures can help you achieve your most beautiful smile in less time than you ever thought possible.  You do not have to remain unsatisfied with the look of your smile any longer—consider some of our cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry procedures.

More Information About Our Procedures

If you think that some of our Pure Dental Health procedures might be right for you, then do not hesitate to contact our team.  We will answer all of your questions about everything that we do, including what perks that we offer in our office.

You can have a beautiful smile that you love to share with the world in no time flat.  Let the Pure Dental Health team show you how you can achieve your most desirable results. Contact Pure Dental Health today!

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