3 Reasons to Visit the Dentist Sooner Rather Than Later

It’s said that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the second best time is today. The principle also applies to when you should visit your dentist.

Some things can’t wait!

Timing can get the best of you. And it has much to do with delaying care at the first sign of a symptom.

Who wants to be awakened in the middle of the night with a nagging toothache? Or worse, a trip to the ER?

Some dental problems can erupt quickly. Others stay on-your-radar for days, weeks, months, and perish the thought…years.

Nothing to smile at

A dental infection, for example, can be avoided if you act when the symptoms first occur. Sure, pain doesn’t always precede what could be a serious dental condition. Or the pain appears one day and disappears the next.

3 dental conditions that require your attention sooner rather than later

1-A toothache

Pain one day. None the next.

What could it mean?

It has more to do with what’s happening beneath the surface within your tooth and connected tissue.

An abscess can be brewing for days. Then, BAM!, it grabs your sensitive nerve tissue and you’re experiencing more than an on-again-off-again toothache.

Feverish, inflamed, red, swollen gum tissue is a clear sign that you have an infection. As noted previously, the “ache” is your “friend” warning you that something’s not right and dental care is urgently needed.

2-Sensitive teeth

You want to enjoy favorite foods and beverages, right? But every time you chew or take a sip there’s that uncomfortable “zing!

That could be an indication of tooth decay, a loose filling, or a cracked tooth. Chewing on one side or altering your diet isn’t the answer. An examination, diagnosis, and treatment is.

3-Bleeding gums

Early gum disease symptoms can have you “seeing-red.” On the positive side, it could be a result of aggressive brushing or flossing.

But why gamble with gum disease? It’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

Your body will let you know if something isn’t healthy. Your gum health can impact your overall health.

An examination and deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) are effective for controlling the progression of gum disease.

The best time to treat any of these is…when the symptoms occur. The second best time is now!

Contact our Roswell dental office with your questions or concerns about your dental health. Schedule an examination for a diagnosis and treatment solution.

This Might Be the Motivation You Need to Floss

No condescension intended. Though being asked if you floss while sitting in a dental chair might seem a bit strange.

After all, if anyone knows from observing the condition of your teeth and gums it would be us. Right?

Credit where it’s due

Still, being questioned about flossing your teeth can put you on the defensive. Or at least feeling like you should make excuses.

Relax. We know how important the oral hygiene fundamental is to the health of your teeth and gums. That said, we commend you for taking the step to schedule and show up for your routine dental check-up and teeth cleaning.

There’s more to not flossing than a guilt-trip

The daily habit of flossing your teeth has a substantial impact on your lifetime dental care value. Flossing your teeth daily can actually reduce your time and cost investment in dental care.

Brushing your teeth removes the build-up of food and other substances from a large portion of your tooth surfaces. The remaining surfaces, especially those below your gum line, also require attention. That’s where flossing matters.

Serious oral health problems can develop when you ignore those hidden spaces in your mouth. Your risk of gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis rises when you consistently miss those areas.

Flossing is effective for removing the build-up of bacteria on your teeth and gums.

You’ll like this benefit too

According to Dr. Michael Roizen, brushing AND flossing your teeth daily can slow aging. “It makes you up to 6.4 years younger because studies show that gum disease actually ages the immune and arterial systems.” [1]

Who knew?

That discovery plus the obvious oral health benefits is enough to renew your commitment to daily flossing. Wouldn’t you agree?

It’s all connected to the value of preventive dentistry to your lifetime dental health. Contact our Roswell dental office to schedule your next dental examination and teeth cleaning. And ask us for a few tips and techniques to renew your flossing routine.

 

[1]                 https://www.jweekly.com/2002/01/25/you-may-not-be-as-old-as-you-think-you-are-doc-says/

How Diabetes Can Complicate Your Dental Health

As if diabetes doesn’t complicate life enough. It increases your reasons for maintaining good oral health.

High blood sugar has an impact on your body. It also affects your teeth and gums.

Diabetes and your mouth

It’s estimated that over 20 million people in the United States deal with diabetes. If you’re one of them and/or know someone who is there are a few oral health connections that deserve attention.

Periodontal (gum) disease

Remember, diabetes can impact blood supply to areas of your body. Your gums are one of those locations.

Any pre-existing tooth or gum issues can increase your gum disease risk. Gingivitis is the first phase followed by periodontitis. Red, bleeding gums, tooth alignment, and chronic bad breath are symptoms to be aware of.

Worsening conditions can cause your gums and jawbone to separate from your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss.

On occasion, the combination of gum disease and diabetes can reduce your body’s ability to fight bacteria. An infection can make it difficult for you to breathe.

Dry Mouth

This dental condition creates a consistent feeling of thirst. Diabetes affects your mouth’s saliva production. In turn, this make you more vulnerable to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

Saliva provides a cleansing effect in your mouth. It helps prevent plaque and tartar from sticking to your tooth surfaces.

Keeping your tongue and mouth moist is essential. A fluoride rinse can be prescribed to help moisturize your mouth.

Dry mouth associated with diabetes can be affected by your diet also. Caffeine, spicy or salty foods, and more can produce complications.

Overall, good dental hygiene and routine dental check-ups will help control the oral health complications associated with diabetes. Contact our Roswell dental office with your questions about how diabetes affects your dental health.

Schedule your next dental examination and teeth cleaning to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Why Bone Loss is a Big Deal

Losing your teeth is one outcome. The other associated with bone loss is chronic gum disease or periodontitis.

There are reasons that bone loss is serious. The collateral damage can be irreversible but there are solutions to improve your health if you experience it.

Symptom or cause?

The loss of a tooth or multiple teeth is a common cause of bone loss. When you lose more than one tooth it sets in motion a chain of events that makes tooth replacement essential.

Your teeth can become misaligned also. This causes problems for your chewing function that happens to be an important stimulus for your bone tissue.

An infection can damage your bone tissue. This highlights the impact that periodontal (gum) disease can have on your bone tissue leading to its deterioration.

Certain tooth replacement options are to blame for bone loss as well. Dentures, while common, can wear away your bone tissue over time and affect their fit and function.

Re-construction solutions

A gum disease evaluation in our Roswell dental office can help protect you from further bone loss. Also the examination will provide you some reconstructive solutions if your bone loss has progressed and is causing additional dental problems.

Bone grafting can create a new, strong foundation. This is especially vital when you desire to replace your tooth or teeth with dental implants. Your bone graft replaces lost tissue and it stimulates your jawbone to produce new, healthy bone tissue.

A sinus lift is effective when you have problems in the upper, back portion of your mouth. The bone tissue can be too thin for treatment such as a dental implant. Your sinus can be raised and filled with new bone graft material to create a larger space for restorative dental treatment.

Bone loss is treatable but it can also be avoided. The place to begin is to maintain the health of your teeth and gums with routine examinations, teeth cleanings, and gum evaluations.

Contact your Roswell dentist about any symptoms of bone loss such as loose teeth or sore gums. Schedule a gum evaluation and oral examination to diagnose your gum and bone tissue health.

In Case You’re Wondering About Safe Dental X-Rays

At some point they will be necessary. And when the time comes perhaps you’ll wonder about the safety of dental x-rays.

Digital technology has improved the quality of our lives. Your dental health included.

Advances in technology provide you a faster, more accurate, and safer treatment process. You’ll have one less reason to postpone what could be an essential diagnosis and treatment

Similar but better

The first thing you’ll notice with digital x-ray technology is the absence of traditional film. Bite-wings are used but they contain a sensor that quickly transfers each image to the connected computer hardware.

The images are immediately available and viewable. That means no more waiting for the film to be developed prior to a diagnosis.

Accuracy, speed, and safety give digital x-ray technology an advantage over traditional dental x-rays.

There are other benefits starting with the primary safety concerns you might already have about x-rays.

Concerns eliminated

Reduced radiation

Digital equipment used for oral x-rays exposes you to less radiation than traditional film based x-rays. You can be assured that digital x-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation, in fact.

Standard dental x-rays are not to be mistaken as unsafe. You have more reason to trust our use of digital x-ray technology as a safe alternative.

Time savings

Your dental appointment will require less time when x-rays are necessary. Traditional x-rays have a brief waiting period to allow the images to be developed for viewing.

Digital dental x-rays are immediate. The technology allows each image to be viewable the moment it’s obtained.

Improved quality

Standard dental x-ray images are often a challenge to comprehend. Quality issues can affect diagnosis and your understanding of treatment planning.

Digital x-rays are easily enlarged and viewable. The images can also be quickly printed for your personal records.

Easy to share

Your digital x-rays can be easily made available to a specialist, if necessary. The digital files can be quickly emailed making record transfer simple and fast.

Good for the environment

Digital x-rays require no chemicals or paper use. This eliminates any potential harm to the environment.

Digital x-ray technology is another way to improve you and your family’s dental care and your treatment experience. Contact our Roswell dental office with your questions about dental x-rays.

Schedule your next dental examination and ask about digital x-ray technology.

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Avoid Panic

You can be diligent about your oral health, even follow a healthy routine. And a dental emergency can still happen.

Healthy teeth and gums remain a priority. Even so, you can encounter an unfortunate circumstance that creates a panic situation for you and your family’s oral health.

Millions of dental emergencies occur annually. That frequency means odds are you, your child, or another family member will have one.

Frequent “flyers”

No one is immune. A child’s first tooth, fully developed adult teeth, and teeth that have received treatment are vulnerable.

It’s not like you plan to experience dental trauma. Your risks increase due to your lifestyle, your activities, or the quality of your daily oral health care.

Falls, sports related injuries, or even dietary choices can add to your risk of specific dental emergencies.

What’s important to know is that treatment is available. Your first step is to contact our Roswell dental office.

In the meantime, some dental emergencies can be handled prior to your arrival for care.

This happened…now what?

A knocked-out tooth

  • Avoid touching the intact root of the tooth.
  • Rinse the tooth gently with milk (if available) and gently wipe it with a clean, soft cloth.
  • If possible and if the root is intact, place the tooth into the gum socket. Gently bite down on a clean, soft cloth for a few minutes.
  • If the tooth is not replaceable, place it in milk or warm water and bring it with you to our dental office as soon as possible.
  • Contact our dental office to inform us of your circumstance and request an appointment.

A broken tooth

  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm water focusing on the area that’s damaged.
  • Contact our dental office and schedule an appointment.

A toothache that’s not getting better

  • Consistent tooth or mouth pain can indicate a deeper issue. Swelling and sensitive gums are also a sign to seek treatment.
  • Contact our dental office and request an appointment as soon as possible.
  • If necessary, reduce your pain with your preferred over-the-counter pain reliever. Or ask us about your options prior to your appointment.

It’s good to know you have solutions for moments of panic caused by a dental emergency. Contact your Roswell dentist with any questions about a dental emergency or to schedule a related examination.

Why Porcelain Veneers Are a Good Choice for Substantial Smile Transformation

Something doesn’t have to look substantial to have substantial effect. Porcelain veneers fit that category.

A veneer is a thin (emphasis on thin). The wafer-like, nearly translucent layer of porcelain material fits snugly over your tooth surfaces.

Picture a false-fingernail. Your veneer covers your tooth surface much like a salon-quality nail covers your existing fingernail.

Timing issues

Veneers are a superior choice when you want to substantially improve the appearance of your teeth. Tooth damage impacts your oral health but it’s most noticeable in your smile.

Your veneers solve the aesthetic problems associated with the color, alignment, and shape of your teeth. The porcelain used can be customized to match your tooth shade if discoloration is an issue. Or the veneers can brighten your smile with a whiter color enhancement.

Visible advantages

Veneers cover the entire front portion of your tooth. A chipped or otherwise damaged tooth can be fully restored as well.

Tooth gaps are also narrowed or closed with veneers. This provides an advantage when treatment with orthodontics is not an effective solution.

Perhaps a tooth appears misaligned. Veneers are often effective for restoring alignment and improving your appearance in the process.

Fulfilled expectations

Applying veneers will often require up to two appointments. Your tooth will be prepared and shade (color) matched during your first appointment.

The second appointment places your veneers on each tooth. You will have opportunity to view and approve the color, shade, and shape of your veneers prior to each being permanently bonded to your teeth.

Your veneers are custom-designed to fit and last. Some adjustments can be made after they’ve had time to adapt to your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are durable too. It’s vital to care for them and avoid chipping or breaking them. If necessary, your veneers can be repaired or replaced.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your damaged or unattractive teeth. Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation and examination to discuss smile transformation with porcelain veneers.

How a Dental Examination Improves Your Child’s Back-to-School Transition

It’s a parental priority. You want to see your child or children succeed in school, right?

It might surprise you to know that a dental examination can be the first step towards that goal. There are benefits including their oral health and saving you long term dental treatment costs.

Keep your kids from missing school

An estimated 51 million school hours are lost annually due to dental health issues. And the top chronic childhood illness is dental related as well.

It’s tooth decay and it can lead to a number of ongoing pediatric oral health issues. Teeth, gum, alignment issues and more can result from untreated decay and disease.

Prioritizing your child’s dental care helps prevent time out of the classroom and promotes healthy teeth and gums.

Start with a dental examination and teeth cleaning. These basic appointments (two times per year) enable you to stay aware of cavities and other threats to their dental health. And early treatment can also save you on treatment costs.

Important if they play sports

Dental injury or trauma is common for student athletes. A sports mouth guard can reduce your child’s risk of injury to their mouth, teeth, and gums.

Their teeth are better protected with a custom-fitted mouth guard. Proper fit helps assure protection from tooth fractures, broken teeth, gum damage, and other mouth injuries.

Contact us about a custom-fitted mouthguard for your student athlete. And while you’re doing so, schedule their next dental examination and teeth cleaning at our Roswell dental office.

Tooth Infection Risks and the Solution that Works

Who knew that your teeth are so complex? It’s what you don’t immediately notice that can cause problems such as a tooth infection.

Your teeth are a multi-layered structure. Deep within is the pulp.

And that’s where infection can do damage.

How tooth infection starts

An oral infection (abscess) can occur on the surface of your gums around your tooth. This type of infection is painful and requires treatment to prevent further tooth and tissue damage.

Internal infection within your tooth root or pulp can be caused by a cavity or tooth damage. Cracks, chips, or fractures on a tooth provide an environment for bacteria to multiply.

Bacteria thrive within your saliva and the plaque build-up on your teeth. Bacterial growth is what leads to a tooth infection that will eventually attack your internal pulp.

What to be aware of

You might not immediately notice the signs of a tooth infection. Once it worsens you can experience hot and cold teeth sensitivity, pain, swelling in your gums, or bad breath.

Warnings are beneficial for your oral health. And treatment is available.

Why treatment is a good idea

Ignoring the symptoms of a tooth infection or delaying treatment can lead to tooth loss. A root canal is the most common procedure to treat a tooth infection, save your tooth from an extraction, and eliminate your pain.

The good news is that root canal therapy has evolved. It’s a comfortable treatment that uses local anesthetic and available sedation to assist with removing your tooth infection.

Your tooth pulp is cleaned and the infection is removed. It’s common for a dental crown to be placed onto your treated tooth to strengthen and protect it.

The complexity of your teeth are a benefit to you. Protecting them involves an awareness of any threats to their health including an infection.

Contact our Roswell dental office with any symptoms of a tooth infection. Schedule an oral examination to diagnose the cause and to discuss treatment including a root canal.

Solving Your Denture’s “Low-Level” Problem and More

You’re probably aware of this if you wear dentures. Or you’ve heard and that makes the decision to wear dentures easier.

Comfort and convenience are not common denture descriptions. The opposite can be true.

On the positive side, dentures are an easy solution for tooth replacement. And they can cost much less than other missing teeth options.

So, what’s the big deal?

Dentures can effectively restore your basic tooth function. Biting, chewing, and smiling are among the benefits especially when you’ve experienced total or partial tooth loss.

It’s important to understand that dentures are artificial teeth. That said, they lack what your healthy, natural teeth have, security.

More specifically, the security of tooth roots.

This explains the “low-level” problem. Your lower denture lacks the more secure support of a wider bone and gum surface, unlike your upper denture.

That’s why your lower denture slips and moves when you eat, speak, or smile. Lack of adequate supportive tissue and ongoing tissue erosion from long term denture use are to blame.

Most significant is the loss of bone tissue stimulation. This is part of your tooth root’s functional role.

Get back to your “roots

Dental implants provide a supportive solution if you choose dentures for tooth replacement. An implant supported denture relies on the strength and security of a new tooth root created by a dental implant.

An implant functions as your natural tooth root does. Following placement, it stimulates your bone and gum tissue as it actually adapts to it during the healing process.

Your new denture supported by implants will restore your tooth function to it’s more natural condition. Biting, chewing, and smiling will be stronger and more comfortable as a result.

And no more embarrassing movement or slipping as you eat and speak. The same holds for your upper as well as your lower denture when you add dental implants for support.

Contact your Roswell dentist about any problems you’re experiencing with your denture or dentures. Schedule a consultation and an examination to discuss securing your denture with dental implants.