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Dentist Sandy Springs: Reduce Heart Risks

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Hygiene and Oral Exams

Researchers at Columbia University in New York suggest that if you look after your gums, you could also be reducing your risk of heart disease.[1] They claim that improving dental care slows the speed with which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Writing in a recent online issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, they report a prospective study that shows how improving gum health is linked to a clinically significant slower progression of atherosclerosis, the process where plaque builds up in arteries and increases a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and death.[2]

The long and the short is this suggests that periodontal disease should not be ignored because it most likely will lead to other global health issues.  We recommend seeing your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and oral exams.  If we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to give us a call.

 

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[1] Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health news release 1 November 2013.

[2] Changes in Clinical and Microbiological Periodontal Profiles Relate to Progression of Carotid Intima‐Media Thickness: The Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study; Moïse Desvarieux, Ryan T. Demmer, David R. Jacobs, Panos N. Papapanou, Ralph L. Sacco, and Tatjana Rundek; J Am Heart Assoc. Published online 28 October 2013; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.113.000254


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Dentist Sandy Springs: Scaling and Root Planing

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Beautiful smile needs a little help from a professional.

If you are lacks in taking care of your oral health you’re going to end up with one of two results, periodontal disease or lost teeth.  The former won’t go away by itself.  The later just falls out.  Your line of defense is prevention – good routine home care and seeing your dentist at least twice a year.  Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to preventing periodontal diseases.  And when you don’t engage in good oral health practices the likelihood of disease increases.

In some cases, even with these practices, a certain percentage of patients experience some form of periodontal disease that must be treated.  Depending on the extent of the disease, your dentist may recommend the more aggressive treatment of scaling and root planing.  Scaling is used to remove plaque and tartar beneath the gumline and the root surfaces are planed to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.

Preventing and treating the disease in the early stages are the best approach to keeping your smile healthy.   We’re a multi-specialty practice that can help you and your family maintain the proper oral health.  We specialize in the right smile.  So call now and get your oral health in order.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs – 4 Steps to Good Oral Health

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Good Oral Health is Reflected in a Beautiful Smile

Good oral hygiene is critical to maintaining one’s overall health.  If you believe this and you should, then there are 4 essential guidelines of preventative care to good oral health:

  1. Floss regularly and floss first- It is recommended that individuals floss on a regular basis after meals and before brushing their teeth.  The reason to floss first is to dislodge any food particles trapped in between your teeth, which can be disposed of while brushing. Initially, you may experience some light bleeding but this should disappear once your gums get used to the flossing process.
  2. Brushing your teeth-  If you don’t have an electric toothbrush, good brushing by hand should take a minimum of 2 minutes and should involve brushing in a circular motion, which the electric toothbrush does for you.  We recommend using soft bristle brushes and toothpaste that contain fluoride.  The fluoride is important, because the rise of bottled water has led to the population’s decline in fluoride intake.
  3. Mouthwash- We are not sure how effective this is, but if you’re not going to brush twice a day, using a mouthwash that contains fluoride at least twice a day is a good preventative measure that kills the bacteria responsible for cavities and gum disease.
  4. Your Dental visits- Maintaining your oral health requires regular dental visits at least every six months.  You need to do this for early detection of potential problems that could develop into more serious problems and the hygienist can clean areas that might have been missed or that were resistant to the 3 steps above.

Finally, Finding a Dentist that is Right for You

Your dental care is an important aspect of your general health care.  So you need to make sure you find a dentist that is right for you.   Look for someone who’s competent and you feel comfortable with, one you can have a collaborative relationship with. This is important because there are conditions and problems that were not discussed in this article that the dentist will need to pay attention to during your regular checkups. Hopefully after reading this article, you will have a better understanding of the basics for good oral health.   I you have questions or concerns feel free to contact or call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

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Top 4 Reasons Not to play hooky from Your Dental Cleanings

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Dental Cleanings are an important part of your oral health

Sure, regular cleanings with our office promotes good oral hygiene, but did you know these visits also screen for a multitude of diseases? Getting your teeth cleaned and having your doctor’s exam may not rank up there with an afternoon on the course or ditching work to enjoy a matinee, but it may be well worth it for your overall health. Here are 4 really great reasons to see your dentist for your regularly scheduled cleanings.

  1. It’s an opportunity to check for Oral Cancer. You may or may not realize that you’re screened for oral cancer during your regular dental cleaning but you are. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, an American dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. It’s a sad proposition, especially when you consider that it is highly curable with early diagnosis.
  2. Your gums are being checked for Gum Disease. Gum disease, or an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place, is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. It can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early. Unfortunately, not receiving treatment will lead to a more serious and advanced state of gum disease. Regular cleanings and check-ups along with daily brushing and flossing are key defenses against gum disease.
  3. Your overall health. Studies have linked heart attacks, diabetes detection and strokes to gum disease associated with poor oral hygiene.  A trip to your dentist at least every 6 months and in some cases more often, could reduce your risk of other serious health issues.
  4. Early detection of Dental Problems. We’ve already touched upon early detection of gum disease and oral cancer, but don’t overlook more basic dental problems. Cavities and broken fillings are easy to treat. Without regular check-ups, undetected problems can lead to more serious issues like root canals, gum surgery and tooth extraction.   An ounce of prevention verses a pound of cure.

So you haven’t been keeping up with what current research has to say about caring for your teeth.  That’s why check-ups allow your dentist to examine your mouth and keep you on the right path.  If it’s been more than 6 months since your last check up and cleaning, call your dentist to schedule an appointment today.  If we can be of any help or answer any questions please feel free to drop us a line.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

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Breast Cancer – Dentist Sandy Springs

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October is National Breast Cancer Month and Oral Hygiene Month.

Bisphosphonates are often used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.  An examination of data from two randomized clinical trials finds that three to four years of treatment with bisphosphonates to improve bone density is not linked to reduced risk of invasive postmenopausal breast cancer.

http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/09/breast-cancer-update-some-recent-findings-are-very-interesting.html

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Now you can take me home with you!!!

P&G’s smart toothbrush keeps tabs on tooth care

tooth brushesProctor & Gamble is bringing the dentist into the bathroom with the world’s first smartphone-connected toothbrush, a device that gives personalized advice to help people improve their brushing.

The toothbrush, which will be sold under P&G’s Oral-B brand and will be widely available from June, has a Bluetooth 4.0 link to a smartphone app that can be programmed with the help of a dentist to pay more attention to any areas of the mouth being neglected, P&G said.

“The app provides real-time guidance,” Michael Cohen-Dumani, global associate director for Oral-B, told Reuters.

“Dentists always tell us: ‘People do a great job in the week before they come to visit us and in the week after they visit us. But nothing can hide the fact that when we look inside the mouth we can see all the areas they miss.'”

The toothbrush will be unveiled at the phone industry’s annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, joining an expanding range of devices connected to smartphones that measure everything from sleep patterns and calorie intake to distance walked and exercise taken.

Professionals had helped develop the app as a tool to manage their patients’ behavior between visits, Cohen-Dumani said. The app displays brushing progress in real time, telling the user when to move to a different part of the mouth and warning if they are brushing too hard, he said.

“It will guide you in terms of how to brush, and you will be able to fully personalize the brushing routine for you,” Cohen-Dumani said.

In tests, the app had extended average brushing times from less than a minute for a manual toothbrush to 2 minutes and 16 seconds, he said.

The device will be at top end the Oral-B electric toothbrush range, with a recommended retail price of 199 pounds ($330) in Britain and 219 euros in Europe.

French start-up Kolibree has also developed a connected electric toothbrush that it plans to launch in the third quarter, according to its website.

By Reuters.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

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Atlanta, GA 30328

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Alpharetta Dental Cleanings – What to Expect

Hygiene examA dental cleaning is a fairly routine procedure that should not be painful. However, the patients who have not had their teeth cleaned in a long time may experience a longer cleaning, with some extra pulling and scraping to remove plaque from teeth.  Patients don’t need pain medication for a dental cleaning.[1]  But there is the exception to the rule and some patients are so nervous about coming to the dentists that they request nitrous oxide.  In some extreme cases of anxiety, some dentists use a method known as sleep dentistry, where a patient is medicated to the point that they sleep through the entire procedure.

Most dental cleanings take between 30 minutes and an hour.  If the cleaning is part of a yearly check-up, the hygienist may take X-rays to check for cavities and any other changes in the bone structure.  The dentist will normally perform the last look, and perhaps perform some difficult plaque removal toward the end of the cleaning, evaluate the gums for gum disease, as well as examine for oral cancers.

During the procedure the hygienists will use several tools, including a scaler and tooth polisher. Tooth polishers buff teeth and eliminate tiny pieces of plaque. Scalers look like metal hooks and are used to remove hard plaque formed around and between teeth. Some people find the use of a scaler uncomfortable, depending on their sensitivity level, pain threshold, the length of time since the last cleaning, and the extent of plaque build-up. Tooth polishers buff teeth and eliminate tiny pieces of plaque. Hygienist may also employ a device that shoots water into the mouth, so the person can rinse out plaque several times during the cleaning.  In addition, hygienists utilize a type of sand blaster to remove stains that have formed on the tooth surface.  Last, the hygienist will periodically record ‘pockets’ adjacent to the tooth to determine at what point along the root the gum tissue is attached.

Dental cleanings often conclude with advice about how to care for teeth at home, and scheduling any appointments needed for more extensive services, like filling cavities. People with busy dentists should schedule their next cleanings well in advance, so as to keep regular six-month cleaning appointments.  Patients should also expect the dentist to inquire about their home brushing and flossing activities. If a patient (thinks he/she) is regularly caring for their teeth at home, and plaque build-up is still significant, the patient may need to have more frequent cleanings.[2]

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

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] Anyone with a heart condition or who has undergone heart surgery should let the dentist know prior to the day of the teeth cleaning. People with heart problems or heart defects are at high risk for developing a condition called bacterial endocarditis, which can seriously affect the heart. The only treatment needed prior to a dental cleaning, unless otherwise instructed, is a dose of antibiotics an hour before the cleaning. If a dentist does not know the proper dosage, then the person should contact his or her physician. Usually dentists will know the dosage, but if in doubt, it’s also possible to find information from the American Heart Association, which lists all guidelines for bacterial endocarditis prevention.