Dentist Buckhead: Mouthwash and Oral Cancer

Michael_Douglas_There appears to be controversy over whether mouthwash containing alcohol may be related to oral cancer.  This controversy arises out the studies that show a link between oral cancer and the consumption alcohol.  By extension, if drinking alcohol may cause cancer than so should alcohol based mouthwash.  Michael Douglas is the most recent case in point.  He has been reported to be a heavy smoker and imbibe alcohol on what is rumored to be frequent in occasions.  The problem is there are no conclusive studies and at this time there appears to be insufficient evidence to alter the ADA’s approval of mouthwash containing alcohol as an effective method for the prevention and reduction of gingivitis and plaque.  The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance to alcohol based mouthwashes after a thorough review of data on their safety and effectiveness.

Of all the studies published on this topic, beginning in 1979, four studies reported some positive results while five found no association. (citations omitted)  What we know is that none of the criteria for causality have been fulfilled by the published studies so far.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an extension of the World Health Organization, now identifies the consumption of ethanol in alcoholic beverages as a carcinogenic risk.[1] Alcohol abuse is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Ibid.  However, the reason for this association is not fully understood – it may be due to a direct effect of alcohol on these tissue.[2]  Because of the conflicting studies and endorsements I could advise you to keep using alcohol formulated mouth rinses.  But if you are concerned and wish to stay on the safe side of the debate, there are non-alcohol based mouth rinses available that appear to be effective in the prevention of gingivitis and plaque.

Our job is to try and educate you on the contemporary issues we face in addressing your oral health and if there are any questions you would like to pose, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. Volume 96. Alcoholic beverage consumption and ethyl carbamate (urethane). Lyon, France: 6-13 February 2007.

[2] Lachenmeier DW. Safety evaluation of topical applications of ethanol on the skin and inside the oral cavity. J Occup Med Toxicol 2008;3:26.

FAQ of the Right Smile Center

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Drs. Zoey, Novy and HannaWhat type of insurance does the practice take?
We will be happy to work with most dental insurance programs and process your forms at no charge. We will accept assignment of benefits for the portion covered by insurance and will help you make financial arrangements for your personal balance.

We are an out of network provider. Our business office staff will assist you in determining what portion of your treatment is covered by insurance. We will strive to help you obtain your maximum benefits by prompt and efficient processing of your claims. When questions arise regarding your insurance, please feel free to ask. Please bring your insurance card or papers on the first visit. We will help you in every way possible. Please understand that you are ultimately responsible for payment of all services. Should your insurance not cover what is predicted, you will be responsible to pay any uncovered portion.

Does the practice offer financing? 
We are sensitive to the financial concerns of our patients. Most dental insurance programs simply don’t cover some or all of the treatments you and your family may require. Drs. Scheinfelds, Orland & Tourial have developed financing services that help meet these expenses. Speak to our patient services coordinator to find out how we can help develop solutions to your financial concerns so that you may receive the treatment that you need.

What are my payment options?
We accept most major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover). For your convenience, we will also assist you with billing your insurance for your treatment plan at no additional cost to you.

If you have more financial questions
Our Patient and Insurance Coordinator will be happy to answer any of your financial questions. She can be reached by calling our Sandy Springs, GA dentist’s office at 404-256-3620 . If you would like to contact her by email at info@rightsmilecenter.com.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

The Right Smile Center…Sandy Springs’ Dentists

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Dr. Scheinfeld, Dr. Tourial and assistant Melanie at GMOM

OUR TEAM – Scheinfelds, Orland and Tourial

The Right Smile Center is committed to employing the most talented professionals dedicated to excellence. We believe that our associates and staff are our greatest investment. The efficiency and happiness of our entire staff is greatly valued and we consider the office to be an extension of our family. We are proud to offer you a highly skilled professional team. From our experienced Front Desk personnel to our Dental Assistants and Certified Hygienists, our team cares about the quality of service we are providing. Our beautifully appointed office, extensive range of amenities, cutting edge technology and warm, friendly staff combine to provide an ideal environment for a dental experience that is simply unsurpassed.

If we can be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to serving you.  It’s our passion.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Dunwoody: Calcium and Women

mature-woman-smilingWhile both men and women require an appropriate amount of calcium to build bone mass during their early developmental years, women have a greater risk of developing osteoporosis, a progressive loss of bone mass due to aging. This makes women more susceptible to fractures and possibly loss of teeth from weakening of the jawbone.

For women in the age range of 19-24 years, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium is 1,300 milligrams.[1] This decreases to 1000 milligrams thereafter.[2] Foods rich in calcium include milk, cheese and ice cream, but these also are high in calories and fat.  So, shop wisely and check the labels. Alternatives such as skim or no fat milk can solve the problem. There are a reasonable variety of cheeses and yogurts that are low fat as well as ice cream substitutes. Besides dairy, other healthy foods rich in calcium are salmon, tofu (soybean curd), broccoli, peas, beans, nuts and calcium-enriched grain products.

If we can be of assistance or answer any questions surrounding your oral health, do not hesitate to contact us or call for a complimentary consultation.  We serve Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Dunwoody, East Cobb, greater Marietta, Woodstock, Acworth, Buckhead and Vinings communities.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS. PC.

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist East Cobb: Wisdom Teeth Removal

wisdom teeth crowdingWisdom teeth are usually the last to erupt in your mouth and can cause crowding or food pockets which lead to undesired gum infections.  About 35% of the population never develops wisdom teeth at all.[1]  For those that do, it is often recommended that people from the ages 17 to 25[2] will need to have this extraction. Contrary to a lot of practices we judge each patient on a case by case basis.  If your wisdom teeth are not causing any noticeable problems, then it may be difficult to determine whether to have them removed to prevent future problems.[3]  It is quite possible that you may never have any problems.  On the other hand it is also possible their failure to erupt could result in problems like cysts, crowding, decay or hygiene issues.[4]

Many general dentists will attempt to extract a wisdom tooth.  Yet 90% of the time we refer out to one of our participating oral surgeons.  The procedure can be done in the office and most of the time that is the case.  However, it is possible that you could have the surgery in the hospital.  If the latter is the case, you may be at a higher risk for complications, so in the oral surgeon’s judgment, the use of a hospital is purely for precautionary measures.

As a part of the procedure, the tooth and the surrounding tissue are numbed with a local anesthetic prior to having the extraction.  Some people prefer to use nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”).  In some cases, there is the use of a mild sedation, where the patient is still conscious but truly unaware of the procedure.  It is even possible that you receive general anesthesia.  If you decide to use the nitrous or sedation dentistry then you will need someone to drive you home following the procedure.  The recovery time is usually 12 to 24 hours of rest, but usually no more than 48 hours.

One of the more notable post procedure recommendations is not to use a straw to drink.  The sucking through the straw may dislodge the blood clot formed in the socket area and delay the healing process.

If you feel you are a candidate for wisdom teeth removal, or we can be of service, please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[2] http://www.aaoms.org/wisdom_teeth.php, Wisdom Teeth, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Retrieved 2011-26-08. “This generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25”.

[3] The Right Smile Center doesn’t push to have them extracted, we recommend you read up on the subject at http://www.aaoms.org/wisdom_teeth.php, to help make the final decision.   Please remember that an oral surgeon is going to have a bias towards removal.

[4] Pediatric Dentistry: Infancy Through Adolescence, 4th Edition.

Oral Cancer Screening

There are eight steps you can engage in for self-examination of oral cancer.

 

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  If you’re not going to see your dentist, then at least take the time to give yourself the exam.  You never know, you could save your life.

If you’re not sure or are concerned about what you see, we are offering free oral cancer screenings all of April.  It’s not a lost leader.  ‘NO’, we will not try to sell you anything.  We think it’s good Karma to give back.  So give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist: Dunwoody: Symptoms and Signs of Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

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So if you or a loved one have any of the following symptoms please take the time to see your dentist. The following signs and symptoms could indicate you have oral cancer, particularly if these symptoms persist for two weeks or longer:

1.  a sore in the mouth that bleeds easily or doesn’t heal

2.  a color change in any of the oral tissues, including gums, lips or tongue

3.  a lump, thickening or a small eroded area

4.  any pain, tenderness or numbness in the mouth, throat or lips

5.  possible trouble chewing, swallowing or moving your jaw or tongue

In the U.S. every year, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer.  Unfortunately, oral cancer doesn’t always present symptoms in the early stages.  That’s why it’s important to get screened annually.  When detected and treated early, oral cancer patients have a nearly 90% survival rate.

So please make an appointment to see your dentist if you have any of the symptoms described above. It really could save your life.  We offer free screening to anyone during the month of April.  We think every little bit counts and would like to give back to the community where we can.  So if we can be of assistance please feel free to contact us and make an appointment.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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