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Stop smoking—anything

The evidE-Cigarettesence is indisputable; everyone knows smoking increases your risk of cancer, including oral cancers such as lip and larynx.  We also know that smoking contributes to numerous other health complications.  As a result we have seen the rise of E-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes.  However, E-cigarettes may not be the safe alternative you think. Several studies are finding that E-cigarettes contain certain chemicals and toxins that may contribute to the risk of cancer.  E-cigarettes, as an example, contain  toxic chemicals found in antifreeze and numerous cancer-causing chemicals, such as nitrosamines.[1]

We hope this advice will lead to your decision to cease smoking anything and everything.  If we can be of assistance do not hesitate to call us for a consultation.

Right Smile Center, LLC

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

4047-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/tobacco-use/health-risks-e-cigarettes-smokeless-tobacco-and-waterpipes

 


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Oral healthcare and the cancer patient

Sandy Springs Dentist – A higher standard through healthcare well planned

Oral CancerManagement of a patient being treated for cancer, particularly where the cancer treatment is located near the head and neck should involve your oral healthcare provider, i.e. your dentist.  Unfortunately, there are very few published studies or guidelines on how to manage the cancer patient during therapy.  Accordingly, there is considerable variation across the medical community relative to specific non-medicated approaches to baseline oral care.

Oral-facial complications are common after radiotherapy to the head and neck, and after chemo-therapy for malignant diseases. Oral Mucositis, also called stomatitis is the most frequent and debilitating complication of cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy, occurring in about 40% of patients. Oral mucositis is inflammation of the mucosa of the mouth which ranges from redness to severe ulceration. Symptoms of mucositis vary from pain and discomfort to an inability to tolerate food or fluids.[1]

All patients at risk should receive a standardized oral care regime as an ongoing component of their cancer therapy.  Additional interventions may include dental brushing with toothpaste, dental flossing, ice chips, and sodium bicarbonate rinses. These regimens typically include dental work to eliminate caries and existing gum disease before beginning cancer treatment, followed by thorough and frequent cleaning of the oral cavity with a variety of products, some form of pain relief, anti-inflammatory treatment as required and aggressive antimicrobial treatment for any new mouth infections.[2] Patient compliance with these agents can be maximized by comprehensive overseeing by the oral healthcare professional.

Get the facts, ask the Right Smile Center.  If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC.

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] http://oralcancerfoundation.org/dental/pdf/mucositis.pdf

[2] Ibid.


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Dentist Atlanta: How much does having a tooth pulled cost?

Dr. Novy Scheinfeld:

Wonderfully informative article. Please read this at your leisure.

Originally posted on the right smile:

The cost of a simple tooth extraction can range anywhere from $95 to $250 depending on whether the procedure is being performed by a dentist or a specialist known as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  If the tooth is broken at the gum line, it will be considered a ‘surgical extraction’ and usually costs $150 to $300.  Extracting a wisdom tooth, which is usually done by an oral surgeon, can cost anywhere between $150 and $350, but if it’s a partially or completely impacted wisdom tooth then the cost could climb as high as $650.

The cost of the tooth extraction can be higher; for example, if the tooth disintegrates, it can take the dentist a while to get all of it out and the dentist may charge you extra if that happens.  Each patient and each tooth is unique.  It can be cookie cutter, but…

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Signature Dentistry – Sandy Springs

mature women smiling3Signature world class dentistry in a relaxing and caring environment. We can provide you with everything from comprehensive family care to complex cosmetic dentistry. We are your partner in your overall healthcare with an emphasis on the importance of routine dental care in preventing common dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

At the Right Smile Center, we have specialized in providing high quality but affordable dental care in a relaxed environment for over 25 years. While we understand the anxiety that goes with visiting a dentist, our team strives to ensure that your visit to our office is stress-free, comfortable and serves your needs.

We strive to provide the best dental care to our patients in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We work as a team to ensure that new and existing patients are treated with the utmost respect and receive the very best service.  We have developed a collaborative process between you and our team.

Our services include:

  • Crowns and Teeth whitening
  • Dental implants and Veneers
  • Bonding and Bridges
  • Prosthodontics and Periodontics
  • sleep apnea and Root canals
  • and many other cosmetic dental procedures

Maintaining a healthy smile – the right smile – has proven beneficial for both overall good health and quality of life.  Serving greater Atlanta, Sandy Spring, along with the surrounding Alpharetta, Roswell, Dunwoody, East Cobb, Buckhead, Johns Creek, Brookhaven, and Smyrna GA areas.  Contact us today for your complimentary consult!

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


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Oral Health in America – Dentist Sandy Springs

Oral ExamFor too long, the perception that oral health is in some way less important than and separate from general health has been deeply ingrained in American consciousness.  Most adults show signs of periodontal or gingival diseases.  Severe periodontal disease (measured as 6 millimeters of periodontal attachment loss) affects about 14 percent of adults aged 45-54.

A Report of the Surgeon General[1]:

  • Oral health is more than healthy teeth.
  • Oral diseases and disorders in and of themselves affect health and well-being throughout life.
  • The mouth reflects general health and well-being.
  • Oral diseases and conditions are associated with other health problems.
  • Lifestyle behaviors that affect general health such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, and poor dietary choices affect oral and craniofacial health as well.
  • Safe and effective measures exist to prevent the most common dental diseases—dental caries and periodontal diseases.
  • There are profound and consequential oral health disparities within the U.S. population.
  • More information is needed to improve America’s oral health and eliminate health disparities.
  • Scientific research is key to further reduction in the burden of diseases and disorders that affect the face, mouth, and teeth.

Oral diseases are progressive and cumulative and become more complex over time.  They can affect your ability to eat, the foods we choose, how we look, and the way we communicate.  These diseases can affect economic productivity and compromise your ability to work at home, at school, or on the job.  Health disparities exist across population groups at all ages and incomes.

Oral health is essential to general health and well-being and can be achieved.  However, a number of barriers hinder the ability of some Americans from attaining optimal oral health. If we can be of service and eliminate some of these barriers, we’d like to help.  Our goals are to promote oral health, improve the quality of your life and eliminate oral health disparities.  Please contact us.

 Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 290A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.


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How to Finance Dental Implants – Dentist Sandy Springs

dental-implants2Having a mouth with missing teeth, severe decay, crowded teeth or other issues can diminish your self- esteem, all of which are issues that typically can be addressed by dental implants.  Dental implants are permanently attached by inserting posts into the jaw bone and placing an artificial tooth onto the post. The average cost for each implant is between $1250 to $3000.[1]

Talk to us about options offered for financing.  We will be able to provide you with a few sources for outside dental financing and may offer in-house financing.  We will contact the names of potential lenders that will finance your implants and ask for the terms and conditions of the loans offered. Loans for dental work can vary in interest rate and length of loan, both of which can drastically alter the monthly payment.

You might try calling a local insurance agent that deals with health insurance, but historically dental implants are not generally covered under a dental plan.  You might also check with your medical insurance provider if you need the implants due to a medical condition.  Dental care is generally not covered under a healthcare plan, but if the tooth loss is a result of a medical condition, coverage may be allowed to restore your teeth. We can advise you if that is the case.

We can visit Citicard.com or carecredit.com to see if the financing programs fit your needs.  You may want to look at one or more credit cards as a third or supplemental option for financing.   Call the credit card company, and ask how much the monthly payment will based on the amount you need for the dental implants. If you need $5000 worth of dental work, ask the agent what your monthly payment would be if you charged $5000.

Ask to review the options and determine which one is best suited for your situation. Look at the interest rates, years of repaying and monthly payment.  Apply with the company you feel will work best for you realizing the benefits you will have for years to come.  If we can be of assistance, please call us for your complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

 

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] It should go with saying, that each patient present a unique set of circumstances which may alter these parameters.

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