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Oral Bacteria and Global Health

Hygiene examTwo new studies, published in the Journal of Periodontology have explored the potential link between periodontal bacteria and pre-eclampsia, as well as coronary artery disease. As small as it is and as far from your hearth as possible, this oral bacteria may have a huge impact on coronary artery disease and pre-eclampsia.  More research is needed to fully understand how periodontal bacteria travels from the mouth to other parts of the body as well as the exact role it has in the development of these systemic diseases, but in the meantime it’s important to maintain your oral health until more is known.  Physicians, dentists and patients alike need to monitor the research in this area as it continues to grow so they can better work together to achieve the highest levels of overall health.

These studies found that periodontal bacteria, often invisible to the unaided eye, may account for big effects on general health conditions. This bacterium has often been thought to play a role in many of the potential connections between overall health and oral health.  According to the article, one study identified periodontal pathogens in the coronary and internal mammary arteries in nine out of 15 of the patients examined. The second study looked at women who had suffered from pre-eclampsia during pregnancy and found that 50 percent of the placentas from women with pre-eclampsia were positive for one or more periodontal pathogens. This was compared to just 4.3 percent in the control group. Both of these studies support the concept that periodontal organisms might be associated with the development of other systemic conditions such as coronary artery disease and pre-eclampsia.

That’s why in our Sandy Springs office we recommend seeing us at least twice a year and additionally if necessary regardless of what your insurance covers.  It’s in your best interest.  If you need to see us for consideration of your oral health, please contact us.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs: Prevention of Periodontal Disease

mature women smiling3During your checkup, we examine your gums for periodontal problems.  A probe is used to detect ‘pockets’ between the gums and the teeth.  The normal space or depth between teeth and gums should not exceed 3 millimeters.  If gum disease is diagnosed, we offer in-house treatment or referral to a periodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.

Your treatment depends on how far the condition has progressed.  The earliest stage of the disease is gingivitis, which is reversible if treated.  The more advanced stage is periodontitis, which may require more aggressive treatment to prevent tooth loss.  If left untreated, the affected teeth frequently become loose and may fall out or require removal.

When periodontal disease is first diagnosed, one of our recommended treatments is scaling and root planing.  Depending on the extent of the disease, treatment may require one or more visits.  Periodontal disease will not go away by itself.  Preventing and treating the disease through good oral healthcare in the early stages are the best way to keep your smile healthy.

We are a multi-specialty practice with in-house and referral treatment of periodontal disease.  If we can be of assistance, please feel free to give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Dentist Sandy Springs: Scaling and Root Planing

Mature woman smilingIf 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

info@rightsmilecenter.com


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Dunwoody ǁ Teeth Cleaning

mature womanProfessional cleanings are the key to a healthy smile.  And a healthy smile starts with health gums.  If you or your family have not had a professional cleaning recently, please consider the importance of regular cleanings and maintenance of your dental and global health. Regular cleanings will keep you healthy and save your smile in the long run.  While skipping your cleanings costs money and your health.[1]

The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria lingers between teeth where brush bristles can’t reach.
  • Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.  While some study results[2] indicate the use of a mouth rinse can be as effective as flossing for reducing plaque between the teeth, the ADA recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss or interdental cleaners once each day to remove plaque from all tooth surfaces. Plaque is responsible for both tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit us regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
  • Talk with us about what types of oral care products are most effective for you. The ADA Seal on a product is your assurance that it has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators, mouth rinses and other oral hygiene products.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months (or sooner) if the bristles become frayed. A worn toothbrush will not do a good job of cleaning your teeth[3].

 It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs, which is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease.

Schedule dental visits for you and your family today by calling The Right Smile Center in Sandy Springs at 404-256-3620. Our dental office is conveniently located on Carpenter Drive in Sandy Springs, and we serve patients from Sandy Springs, Roswell, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Buckhead, Marietta, East Cobb and surrounding communities. We welcome new patients and will be happy to answer all of your questions with a complimentary visit. Our team includes in-house periodontal specialists.  We look forward to making you, and your loved ones, smile!

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] http://therightsmilecenter.blogspot.com/2013/07/dentist-sandy-springs-skipping-your.html

 

[2] Sharma, et. al., Am. J. Dent. 15:351-355, 2002. Bauroth, et.al., J. Am. Dent. Assn. 134:359-365, Mar 2003

[3] Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adults because they can wear out sooner.

 


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Dentist Alpharetta: Seniors Can Keep Their Teeth for a Lifetime

mature womanSurveys by the American Dental Association and Oral B® reveal that 7 in 10 respondents 65 years of age and older visit their dentist at least once a year and almost all said they believe that healthy teeth and gums are important. It’s great to know that seniors are concerned about their oral health, because dental needs change as we age.

Unfortunately, cavities are not just for kids.  All throughout our lives, carbohydrate-containing foods team up with bacteria in the mouth to produce cavity-forming acids.  Seniors often have receding gums that expose the sensitive roots of the teeth to cavities.[1]  These cavities should be filled as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the teeth.  Seniors should try to brush teeth 2-3 times a day and floss at least once daily.  To reduce the risk of cavities, it is recommended to use fluoride toothpaste and a mouth-rinse containing fluoride.[2]

Periodontal disease or gum disease is the main reason people lose their teeth. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a bacterial film that continuously forms around the teeth. Although gum disease is often painless until it is very advanced, some signs of gum disease include: bleeding gums after eating or brushing your teeth, persistent bad breath; swollen gums; loose teeth; a change in the fit of partial dentures; or permanent tooth loss.

The effects of gum disease become cumulative as we age.  And as much you participate in maintaining a healthy mouth, only your dentist or hygienist can clean the plaque and tartar under the gum line to help reduce the damage of gum disease. As with cavity prevention, daily brushing and flossing are essential. Regular dental cleanings and dental exams are important. Seniors with gum disease should see their dentist 3-4 times a year, regardless of your insurance coverage.

Seniors who have worn dentures for many years may find that they don’t seem to fit as well anymore. Loose dentures make it difficult to eat and speak (they seem to make a “clacking” noise), and do not support the face as well.  This is going to be a result of bone recession.  Your dentist can sometimes remedy the problem by relining the denture, but a new denture should be made every 5-7 years, or when the dentures cannot be used comfortably.

If we can be of help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


[1] Check on the tongue side of teeth and look for a receding gum line.  Or has the gum that used to fill the gap between your teeth opened to the point that now there’s a dark void between your teeth.  These are signs of your gum recession.

[2] In addition, you’re really not too old to have sealants painted on your teeth.


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Does Poor Oral Health Cause Alzheimer’s?

alzheimersThe negative effects of poor oral health on your overall health and quality of life have already been well-established.  However, a new study suggests that poor dental health may also be linked to Alzheimer’s disease:  a devastating illness that causes confusion, dementia and a variety of other symptoms.

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry recently published a study[1] in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease where they examined brain samples from ten people who had dementia as well as brain samples from ten people who did not have dementia.  Examination of the brain samples revealed the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis in the samples of the brains affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  This type of bacterium is usually associated with chronic periodontal disease.  The presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis in the samples of the brains affected by Alzheimer’s disease suggests that patients with poor oral health may be more at risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease than people with well maintained teeth and gums.

This study, among others, highlights the importance of practicing routine daily oral hygiene and getting regular, preventive oral health care from your dentist.  The best way to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy and free of periodontal disease is the tried and true brushing of your teeth at least two times per day and to floss your teeth at least once per day.  Any additional measures such as using mouthwash or chewing Xylitol based gum are also encouraged. Getting regular, professional dental cleanings are necessary to help to remove the bacteria that can build up on the surface of your teeth, causing dental problems such as periodontal disease.

For more information about the link between poor dental hygiene and Alzheimer’s or how you can decrease your risk of periodontal disease, talk to our in-house periodontist.  Your consultation is complimentary and just a phone call away.

See more at: http://www.rightsmilecenter.com or contact us in our office located in the heart of Sandy Springs.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Sandy Springs Dentist: Don’t ignore the signs of unhealthy gums

mature womanThe periodontist specializes in the health of your gums.  While it may not appear important, healthy gums play a very important role in the lives of healthy teeth.  Without healthy gums you can have major issues with your teeth, ergo the periodontist.

One of the things that a periodontist treats is soreness of the gums.  There are some whose soreness is so painful that it prevents eating. This can cause major health issues, because you aren’t getting the nutrients your metabolism needs by missing meals.  Also quite common at one point in time is bleeding while brushing your teeth.  This could be the result of gingivitis, brushing too hard or other underlying issues.

Periodontists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of your potential periodontal disease.  Their training looks past what is seen on the surface to the issues that are potentially dangerous.  In other words, they can look past the fact that your gums are bleeding or sore and use their expertise and instruments to find the problem.  Without the proper diagnosis or treatment, periodontal disease usually results in the loss of teeth.

Don’t ignore the signs of unhealthy gums. Our in-house periodontist can help treat or prevent any problems you may have.  We invite you to visit http://www.rightsmilecenter.com for a proven reliable oral healthcare provider.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com