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.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Dental Erosion

Dental erosion is one of the most common causes of cavities and tooth loss.  It occurs when the enamel (the protective layers on the outside of the teeth) is destroyed, exposing the underlying dentin.  When this occurs, your teeth are left vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.

There are a variety of different foods and beverages that can cause dental erosion due to their high acidity.  These foods and beverages include the following:

•  orange juice

•  apple juice

•  grapefruit juice

•  citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.)

•  tomatoes

•  pickles

•  white wine

•  soda

•  sports drinks

•  energy drinks

•  sour candies

•  tea

•  coffee

If you enjoy foods or beverages on this list, no need to panic or to necessarily cut them out of your diet completely.  Some of them (citrus fruits, tomatoes, tea, etc.) are really good for you and contain important vitamins and minerals. However, if you eat them all day long or everyday, you may want to think about limiting your intake.  If you are going to eat or drink these highly acidic foods and beverages, rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth after eating or drinking them will help to limit the exposure to your teeth.

If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods, this could be a sign that you are experiencing dental erosion.  If you have cavities or dental carries, this could be another sign.  If you suspect that you may have dental erosion, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.  After a thorough evaluation, he or she can recommend the best method or methods for dealing with this common and serious dental health issue.

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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 

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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!

 

Health News Article- Midnight Snacking and Tooth Loss

Article Title: Midnight Snacking, Eating After Dinner Linked to Tooth Loss

Article Source:  http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2010/article/ADA-06-Consumer-News-Night-Eating-Tooth-Loss-Link.cvsp

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Through this health news article, researchers investigated the link between midnight snacking and tooth loss.  Researchers found that individuals who tend to snack more after dinner face more weight gain along with an increase in tooth decay and loss.

Researchers predict that because we do not have as much saliva at night, we cannot remove food debris as easily after late night snacking.  This in-turn leads to a greater chance for cavities to begin to form at night.

Pure Dental Health follows this research because we know the importance of maintaining oral health. The more research that we have about dental health, the more that we can maintain your dental health. We find ways to keep your teeth at their healthiest so that you can always have a beautiful and bright smile to show to the world.

If you are a late night snacker, then we can discuss some of your options when you come into our Pure Dental Health office.  We want to ensure that your teeth are protected, especially in the late night hours.

However, if tooth loss does occur, Pure Dental Health also offers a wide array of procedures to restore your smile’s beauty and functionality.  To learn more about ways to avoid tooth loss, do not hesitate to contact Pure Dental Health.  Also read the health news article listed above!

Health News Article

Article Title: Use of Lasers by Cosmetic Dentists

Article Source: http://worldental.org/teeth/dental-lasers-cosmetic-dentists/7087/

Article Review:

You might have heard about lasers in dentistry, but wondered how lasers could be beneficial for your dental health.  In this article, the basic concepts of laser dentistry are discussed. Laser dentistry can offer multiple benefits over traditional dental procedures.

One of these benefits is the ability to recuperate faster than ever before from dental procedures.  In the past, you might have found yourself feeling a considerable amount of pain after a dental procedure.  With laser dentistry, procedures can be completed in a more efficient, and less painful way.  In-turn, you leave the dentist’s office with a beautiful smile and less pain.

Your Pure Dental Health dentists also use laser dentistry to perform new techniques that were never possible before.  With a soft tissue laser, cavities can be identified in their earliest stages, catching tooth decay before it becomes worse.  Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue, can be used for crown lengthening, and to remove soft tissue.  With all of these procedures, there is less bleeding than with traditional dentistry, and the recovery time is significantly less.

For more information about laser dentistry, or to learn more about our procedures at Pure Dental Health, do not hesitate to contact us.  We keep up with the latest technology and procedures to ensure that our patients have healthy and beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.  Look for more of our health news articles too!