My Dentistry Blog
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.
It’s a common problem for denture wearers: after years of a comfortable fit, your dentures now seem to be uncomfortably loose. The reason, though, may have more to do with bone loss than the dentures.
Bone is a living tissue with a life cycle — it forms, it ages, and it eventually dies and dissolves (resorbs). It’s replaced with new bone and the cycle repeats. Additionally, the forces generated when we bite or chew are transmitted from the teeth to the jaw, which helps stimulate new bone growth. When the natural teeth are missing, however, the bone no longer receives this stimulus. Resorbed bone isn’t replaced at a healthy rate, which leads over time to bone loss.
Denture construction can also contribute to bone loss. The denture palate rests for support on the bony ridges that once held the teeth. Over time the compressive forces of the dentures apply damages and reduces the volume of gum tissue and eventually does the same to the bone. Combining all these factors, the reduced gum and bone volume will eventually alter the denture fit.
There are a few alternatives for correcting loose dentures. One is to reline them with new plastic, as either a temporary fix performed during an office visit or a more permanent relining that requires sending your dentures to a dental lab. Depending on the rate of bone loss, a patient could go through several denture relinings to accommodate ongoing changes in the jaw. At some point, though, it may be necessary to create a new set of dentures.
A third alternative that’s becoming increasingly useful is to incorporate dental implants into the denture design. Implants can of course be used to replace individual teeth, but a few strategically placed implants (usually of smaller dimension) can serve as a support platform for a removable denture. This relieves some of the compression force of a traditionally worn denture and can slow bone loss.
If you’re having problems with your denture fit, call us for an appointment. We’ll help you decide on the best alternative to improving the fit and making your dentures more comfortable and secure.
If you would like more information on refitting loose dentures, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Loose Dentures.”
Do you hide when you see a camera? If your teeth are dull and stained, you probably avoid close ups and selfies as much as possible. \Our Sandy Springs, GA, dentists, Dr. Mark Sayeg and Dr. Nate Cherof, can share the benefits of professional teeth whitening and explain how the process works.
Can over-the-counter products whiten my teeth?
The teeth whitening kits you find in the drugstore have varying levels of effectiveness, depending on the strength of the whitening agent, the method of application and your commitment to following the application schedule. The products often take a long time to produce results and don't always produce the bright white smile you expect, even after weeks of use.
You won't have to wait weeks to see a difference when you choose Zoom in-office professional dental whitening. We use a stronger whitening agent in our Sandy Springs office than you'll find in drugstore kits. In fact, you'll see results in just about an hour. Most people experience a three to eight-shade difference after professional whitening. Although it usually only takes one treatment to achieve these results, an additional treatment may be needed in some cases.
What if I prefer to whiten my teeth at home?
You can still take advantage of the benefits of professional dental whitening if you want to whiten your teeth at home. We'll provide you with trays molded to fit your teeth precisely and give you a supply of whitening gel. You'll place the gel in the trays and wear them several times a week for a few weeks. In-home trays are also ideal if you've already had in-office dental whitening and just want to touch up your results occasionally.
How does professional dental whitening work?
Your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar before your whitening session begins. Once your teeth are clean, we'll apply a gel that will protect your gum tissue and gently pull your lips away from your teeth with retractors. It only takes a few seconds to brush on the gel. About an hour later, it will be removed, revealing a brighter smile.
Boost your smile with dental whitening! Call our Sandy Springs, GA, dentists, Dr. Sayeg and Dr. Cherof, at (404) 255-6782 to schedule an appointment.
For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.
After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.
As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.
Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.
Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.
What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.
To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.
If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”
Mouth Guards Save Teeth!
When you or your child plays a sport, injuries are part of the game. However, injuries to your teeth can be very costly and the effects can last a lifetime. More than 5 million teeth are injured or knocked out during sport events every year and in a single season, athletes have a 1 in 10 chance of facial or dental injury. The good news is that a custom fitted Mouth Guard can prevent many of these injuries.
What is a Mouth Guard & how does it work?
A Mouth Guard is made of a soft plastic material and fits snuggly against your teeth. To get you the best fit, we take impressions of your teeth and make the guards on models. That way your guard fits comfortably and will not come off on contact.
Your Mouth Guard cushions any contacts – protecting your teeth from trauma and preventing your teeth from injuring your cheeks or gums. Mouth Guards can be made in your favorite or team colors, or if you prefer a more subtle look - they can be made in clear plastic.
Mouth Guards are Free at Start Smiling Dental During the Month of AUGUST! Give us a call (404-255-6782)for an appointment to get fitted!
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