Dentist serving Chamblee, GA – Dr. Novy Scheinfeld, one of the leading Atlanta area dentists, was recently recognized by The Consumer Research Council of America as one of ‘America’s Top Dentist’ for 2018.
Located in Washington, D.C., The Consumer’s Research Council of America is a health care advocacy organization that strives to assist customers in getting the highest quality professional health services through extensive independent analysis. When selecting ‘America’s Top Dentist’ recipients, the Council uses a point system that takes into consideration a dentist’s comprehensive experience, continuing education, professional association affiliation and professional training.
“Being selected as one of the top dentists in the country is an honor. As a prosthodontist in Chamblee, GA, along with her two daughters, who serves many of the surrounding areas, take great pride in providing exceptional patient care, and we truly appreciate when patient advocacy organizations such as this recognize our hard work and dedication to the practice of dentistry and our patients.”
If you’re taking medications for certain health conditions, it may not have crossed your mind that they can also impact your oral health. After all, medications are supposed to bring equilibrium back to your system, not stir things up, right? Truth is, a variety of prescribed medications can affect your teeth.
Antihistamines may cause dry mouth syndrome, which can lead to sore gums, making the mouth more prone to infection. Contraceptives and blood pressure medications may cause mouth sores, gum inflammation and discoloration. Blood thinners can interfere with your ability to form blood clots or cause heavy bleeding after a tooth extraction. Anti-seizure medications can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue (gingival hyperplasia) and make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene.
When you’re taking medications and start taking other medications — whether prescribed, over-the-counter or illegal – it can change the effects of both the original and the new medications. Simply put, when certain drugs interact, they may increase or decrease the effects or produce another, unintended effect. This is why it’s so important to keep your dentist informed about all the medications you take; any teeth medications you are prescribed will take this into consideration.
It’s not that often, but occasionally we hear from patients regarding dark spots on teeth. These spots can signal a serious problem while the symptoms may be benign. Dark spots on the teeth may be caused by a number of conditions, so it’s important to see your dentist soon after discovering the symptom. If the discoloration is caused by some damage to the tooth, timely treatment can save your tooth and your smile. Your dentist will need to examine the tooth and the spot to determine the cause, because a number of issues may be the root of the problem. Obviously, the cause will determine the appropriate treatment.
A dark spot may be the result of something as simple as staining from consuming too much coffee or tea. This type of stain may not be eliminated by simple brushing. Also, the tobacco use may have a similar effect. In such cases, dentists may recommend a tooth whitening treatment to eliminate the spot or heavy scaling may be the solution.
Excessive exposure to fluoride during early childhood usually cause light spots, but sometimes there is the opposite effect causing dark spots to develop. This condition, known as fluorosis, is often associated with brownish streaks or stains on the teeth. These stains may not respond to conventional whitening treatments, so patients may need to explore veneers or other restorations to improve the appearance of teeth affected by fluorosis.
Cavities must also be considered, and this issue requires prompt treatment. In addition to visually inspecting the tooth, the dentist may take x-rays to diagnose tooth decay and to determine the extent to which it has progressed. A small cavity can be restored with a tooth-colored filling, leaving no evidence that decay was ever present, while a large amount of decay may require a crown or on-lay.
In addition, a traumatic injury to the tooth can cause discoloration. If you notice a dark spot that develops after you have suffered some sort of injury to your mouth, bring it to your dentist’s attention as soon as possible. Getting an intervention quickly increases your chances of saving the tooth.
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Or ‘ate my cheese’, because dairy products may be good for your oral health. A new study suggests that consuming cheese products may help protect your teeth against cavities. So not only do you get strong bones, you get healthy teeth.
The study sampled 68 patients ranging in age from 12 to 15 and found a higher pH level in those that consumed cheese, which may have induced a higher saliva level from the chewing, suggesting that cheese has anti-cavity properties. Additionally, various compounds found in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel and further help teeth from acid (found in wine for instance) erosion.
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