Prevent Acid Dental Erosion

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There are a number of things you can do:

  • Only drink acidic food and drinks, and fizzy drinks, and sodas  at mealtimes. This will reduce the number of acid incidents on your teeth.
  • Drink quickly, without ‘swishing’ it around your mouth. Or use a straw to avoid long contact with your teeth.
  • A meal with cheese or milk will help cancel out the acid.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating. This produces more saliva to help cancel out the acids which form in your mouth after eating.
  • Wait at least one hour after eating or drinking anything acidic before brushing your teeth. This gives time to build up your teeth’s mineral content again.
  • Brush your teeth before bedtime and at least once during the day, with fluoride toothpaste. Use a brush with medium to soft bristles.
  • Use a toothpaste with a fluoride.
  • Spit after brushing and do not rinse, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer.

And finally,

As well as using a fluoride toothpaste, our dental team may suggest additional treatment.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Schienfeld, MS, DMD

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

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Mismanaged Dental Care Harms Every Patient

Xerox Pays $236 Million to Settle State of Texas Dental Fraud Case

Xerox became the State of Texas’ Medicaid administrator in 2003. According to the lawsuit by the Texas Attorney General, between 2004 and 2012, Texas expended approximately $1.1 billion on orthodontics under the Texas Medicaid program. According to the State’s lawsuit, Xerox, and ACS, Inc. before it, repeatedly represented to Texas Medicaid officials that their prior authorization system ensured proper predeterminations of qualifications.

The State’s lawsuit alleged that Xerox violated the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act and “rubber-stamped” prior authorization requests by unqualified clerical employees, allowing “vast numbers” of orthodontic procedures for children whose condition did not meet Medicaid criteria for treatment. The company, formerly known as Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., before Xerox acquired it, was
also accused of making false statements or representations in Medicaid filings
with the state.

Example after example of government fraud, and yet a disproportionate number of Americans still want their healthcare under a single payer system.

The settlement comes after a three-year WFAA investigation that uncovered millions of dollars in alleged overbilling by Texas dentists targeting low-income children for unnecessary and often harmful dental and orthodontic work.

The shame is that people think government run healthcare is the better way to deliver  services. We think the better way is free market fee for service in the absence of colluding insurance companies and lazy government agencies administering your care.

We offer our patients a personal experience. We focus on the benefits to you, which include quality care, individual treatment and creative solutions, and the expert dental professional of your choice each visit, no “over-treatment” and no “government mismanaged” healthcare.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Corporate DENTIST THE MENACE

Are they managed neglect or managed care?

Corporate Dentistry

Under these corporate practices, the insurance companies list the dental provider as the corporate entity, not a licensed dentist.  If you go in for an exam, you are suddenly told you need hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of work, much of which is barely covered by insurance. The dental work may not even be needed.  Check the complaints on Monarch Dental as an example.  You would think the Dental Board would have stopped the damage by now.

The insurance companies try to further enhance their profits by using these type offices to keep costs low in this economy. Insurance companies were quick to catch on to a plan that focused on efficiency and savings for their interests, so they were instrumental in creating and selling these dental programs to employers.

As a result, employers are dropping their PPO dental insurance for the cheaper HMO policies.  Dental insurance companies can then assign these PPO patients, who used to have freedom to choose their dentist, to these corporate offices.  Dental insurance is always beneficial to the insurance companies, like Las Vegas Casinos.  Unlike health insurance, it is non catastrophic, and it is rarely cost effective for you, the insured.

Your problem is:

  1. Dentists are seen as employees of the dental corporations.
  2. Dentists have to fulfill patient and productivity quotas.
  3. Dentists in these settings often lack significant experience.
  4. Dentists in these settings come and go.
  5. And there’s an overuse of 3rd party finance companies involved

We get it.   These organizations are trying to commoditize your oral healthcare, by  offering low fee special introductory offers, discounts and promotions, including things like free tests, cleanings and exams.  What we want you to know is ‘what happens after those offers run out and private practitioners go the way of medicine’?

We offer our patients a personal experience. We focus on the benefits to you, which include quality care, individual treatment and creative solutions, and the expert dental professional of your choice each visit, no “over-treatment” and no “forced credit cards”.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Top Sandy Springs Dentist: No Symptoms?

Top Sandy Springs dentist near meJust because you are experiencing no symptoms doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. Experiencing No Symptoms is one of the reasons why people don’t visit their dentist.

We recommend our patients visit us for a check-up at least every six months.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen in most practices.  According to a statistic done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016, only 64.4% of adults aged 18-64 had one dental visit for that year.

Dentists recommend that you go for a check-up every six months even without symptoms; there is a need to prevent small dental problems from becoming big dental problems.  Why? Two reasons, one because patients can’t do at home what can be done in an office visit and two, because small problems are easier to handle than big problems.  A dentist finding a problem that is not yet a danger is beneficial to the patient because the dentist is able to intervene before it becomes a big problem.

Not taking good care of your teeth and gums can lead to more than bad breath or a toothache. While the nature of the link isn’t always clear, oral health can say a lot about your overall well-being.  The research has linked oral health problems such as periodontal or gum disease to many health conditions, including diabetes, heart and kidney disease, asthma, osteoporosis, cancer and now Alzheimer’s, .

Yet it’s hard to show in these studies what the relationship is because these diseases are all multifactorial.  So the watch phase is, even if you have no symptoms, it is best to keep visiting the dentist every six months. If we say that everything looks perfect than great!

If we can be of help, please feel free to give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

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

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Sandy Springs: Gum Disease and Infertility

Sandy Springs dentist near meAccording to research, gum disease is linked to women undergoing infertility treatments.[1] Women utilizing infertility treatment for more than three menstrual cycles experience increased inflammation and bleeding of the gums. These women also have increased levels of gingival crevicular fluid, which contains tissue breakdown products that may be markers for the progression of gum disease.[2]

It is believed that these effects occur because these agents increase body levels of estrogen and the gums apparently are a target for estrogen.  Though not definitive, several studies have shown evidence that gum infections are associated with unsuccessful embryo development or the failure of in-vitro fertilization. The correlation is that poor oral health is as bad for fertility as obesity – delaying conception by about two months says latest research.[3]

The researchers believe the underlying cause is inflammation. And if this is unchecked, this can set off a chain of reactions capable of damaging the body’s normal workings.

Periodontal disease has already been linked with heart disease, type 2 diabetes and miscarriage, plus poor sperm quality in men.  And though speculative, as a precaution researchers suggest that the treatment of gum disorders might influence the outcome of infertility treatment.  According to Dr. Michael P. Rethman, president of the AAP, “[i]t is reasonable to assume that if low levels of plaque are established and maintained during the infertility treatment, gingival inflammation would not affect the success of infertility treatment,”  “[which] would require meticulous oral hygiene and routine professional cleanings, perhaps at the beginning of each menstrual cycle to ensure the presence of healthy gums.”

So if you are trying to get pregnant and are unsure of your oral health please contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

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

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles

Dentist Dunwoody: How Often Should I See the Dentist? (therightsmile.wordpress.com)

[1] Journal of Periodontology, June 2004

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ananya Mandal, MD. Gum Disease Linked to Infertility. (2011)

Dunwoody Dentist near me: Mouthwash and Oral Cancer

dentist near meThere appears to be some controversy over whether mouthwash containing alcohol may be related to oral cancer.  This has arisen out of 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. The problem is there are no conclusive studies or sufficient evidence to alter the ADA’s approval of mouthwash containing alcohol as an effective method for the prevention and reduction of gingivitis and plaque.

What we do know is that none of the criteria for causality have been fulfilled by the published studies so far.  However, 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] And there is reasonable evidence that alcohol abuse is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Ibid.  However, the reason for this association is not fully understood.[2]

Because of the conflicting studies and endorsements we 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

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

Related articles

[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.

Sandy Springs Dentist: Sour taste in your Mouth?

Sandy Springs Dentist near meProsthodontist Novy Scheinfeld, discusses the six most common reasons it might happen ―and when you can do something about it.

  1. In some cases, that sour taste could come from something as simple as not drinking enough water. “Dehydration can leave your mouth dry and can alter your sense of taste,” Dr. Scheinfeld says. What you can do: Physicians recommend making a point of drinking at least six to eight glasses of water each day to boost your hydration
  2. Smoking is another common culprit. Not only is it the No. 1 cause of preventable disease and death. It also dulls your sense of taste, and may leave a sour or unpleasant taste in your mouth. What you can do: Add this side effect to your list of reasons to try to stop smoking because there is a propensity for gum disease from smoking.
  3. Not brushing and flossing properly. “Poor oral hygiene can often cause a sour taste in your mouth,” Dr. Scheinfeld says. “Poor oral hygiene can often cause a sour taste in your mouth,” Dr. Scheinfeld says. What you can do: Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. And don’t skip those regular dental cleanings and check-ups, Dr. Scheinfeld advises.
  4. Infections or illness. When you get sick (with a cold or sinus infection, for example), your taste buds may feel the effects. When you get better, the sour taste should go away too. What you can do: Reduce your chances of picking up a bug or getting an infection by washing your hands often. Keep your hands away from your face (especially the mouth, nose and eyes). And, of course, avoid close contact with others who are sick.
  5. Medication (and cancer treatment). Sometimes it’s not the infection or illness, but the medication you’re taking to treat it that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Some antibiotics can cause a sour taste, Dr. Scheinfeld says. And it’s not just prescription medicines that have that effect. “Over-the-counter medicines such as antihistamines can cause the problem as well,” she says. “We also find patients often report a side effect of radiation therapy to the head or neck or chemotherapy to treat cancer.”
  6. Advancing age. Dr. Scheinfeld notes that advancing age is another possible culprit behind that sour taste in your mouth. “As we age our taste buds shrink and become less sensitive,” she says. “This can affect our sense of taste.”

You may find help for the sour taste through better oral hygiene and additional cleanings.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

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

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com