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.

The Right Smile Center…Sandy Springs’ Dentists

OUR TEAM – Scheinfeld, Bock, and Orland

One Family, 2 generations, 3 dentists

Dentist near meThe 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

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Dunwoody: Calcium and Women

Sandy Springs dentist near meWhile 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.

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

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.

And ‘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

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

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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Dentist Sandy Springs: Skipping Your Cleanings Costs Money and Health

Dentist near meSince the early 2000’s, adults have been visiting the dentist less.[1]  And the Great Recession and now Covid-19 have only aggravated the trend.  We see it in our practice and know it is happening in our competitors’ practices as well.  The assumption is that the patient is saving money by extending the time between regular visits or by not going at all.  Not only is this assumption is wrong, but it costs patients their health as well as more money.

Patients who see their dentist on a regular basis save money in adjunctive health treatment.  New research by United Concordia shows that patients who visit their dentist on a regular basis not only improve their overall global health but by extension save in reduced medical costs as well.[2]

Dentists not only improve your smile and maintain your oral health, they improve your overall lives.  So if you’re thinking about putting off that dental appointment because it can wait, think again.

If we can be of assistance or can answer any of your questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Not All Dental Cleanings Are Created Equal

The practice you choose makes the difference. Choose the Right Smile Center.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMDSandy Springs Dentist near me

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

 

The Tooth, the Whole Tooth , and Everything about The Tooth

One of the most confusing treatments in a dental office is for teeth cleanings.  Understanding that not all dental cleanings are created equal will help you when you come in for the service as well as when you are paying for that cleaning.  A prophylaxis or prophy, is a dental term to describe the tooth cleaning where the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from tooth structure on typically the crown or what you see when you brush.  The gums around the teeth are healthy. Your dentist or hygienist may tell you that you require a periodontal maintenance and not a prophy.  A periodontal maintenance differs from a prophy although your hygienist performs both.  A periodontal maintenance is required when a patient has received periodontal therapy of either gum surgery or scaling and root planing due to the presence of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is a thorough and…

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How to Floss Like a Boss

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dental-flossWhen it comes to flossing, it may seem like a walk in the park, but there is a proper technique to flossing. It can be especially difficult for those hard-to-reach areas of your teeth where you may have missed and simply disregarded. It’s important to floss all areas of your teeth to remove any food particles that were left behind after brushing.

Here are a few tips on how to floss correctly. First we’ll start with what types of floss to get, as there are many types of floss available in the market today.

Types of Floss. Everyone’s teeth are different, whether it means tighter spaces in between your teeth, we all have a different situation. If you have very tight contacts between your teeth, look for floss that is designed for that situation. If it’s difficult for you to get around to flossing with both hands, try searching for…

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