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Posts for: June, 2016

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
June 20, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

It’s bad enough the diseases caused by poor dental hygiene or lack of dental checkups could be leaving your teeth and gums more at risk. But current scientific research seems to indicate those same dental diseases may also cause you problems in other parts of your body.

The connection is especially pronounced with periodontal (gum) disease, a family of disorders that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces due to a lack of daily brushing and flossing. Even skipping one day of hygiene increases the level of oral bacteria that cause these infections.

As it spreads, the infection causes the gum tissues to become inflamed and ulcerated. The gums weaken to the point where they easily bleed even when mildly brushed. This allows access for bacteria and other toxins to enter the bloodstream where they may eventually affect other organ systems. We’re now finding that conditions as varied as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis (which all share a common thread with inflammation) may be affected by gum disease — and vice-versa.

If you have any of these or similar conditions, it’s important for you to stay vigilant in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. It's necessary to brush and floss daily to remove plaque buildup as well as dental checkups at least twice a year. You should also keep a close eye out for early signs of gum disease, like bleeding, swollen or reddened gums. If so, call us for an appointment as soon as possible.

Keeping your teeth and gums disease-free and healthy could have a positive impact on your treatment for other health conditions. You’ll be doing your mouth and the rest of your health a favor.

If you would like more information on how periodontal (gum) disease affects the body, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
June 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

As polite or welcoming as one may be to those they meet for the first time, a person’s smile can have a serious impact on how they are debtal implantsperceived.

Unfortunately, teeth can degrade over time, causing discoloration, cavities, and in many cases the loss of an entire tooth.

However, the experienced dentists at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry want to help keep your smile beautiful and engaging with their work in dental implants. Here are a few ways this dental procedure will keep you smiling:

1. Improved appearance:

The main reason most people seek out dental implants from our Ellijay dentists is to improve the appearance of their smile by replacing missing teeth. Dental implants act as a sturdy base implanted in the jaw, where a dental crown can be placed to offer a natural looking smile.

2. Durability:

Not only do these structures initially return a smile back to its former glory, but will continue to do so for a long time. These implants are immune to decay, and if installed and cared for properly, can potentially last a lifetime.

3. Improved self-esteem and comfort:

Knowing you have a set of pearly whites can make a person seem much more confident. Typically, confident people smile more and are perceived more positively by their peers.

4. Retain natural shape of face:

Many may not realize that teeth serve a further purpose than just breaking down food. In fact, they play an essential role in retaining the natural shape and structure of the face.

Even if the changes from missing teeth aren’t overtly apparent, the human brain is able to detect even minor fluctuations in the face that seem unnatural, which can affect the way one is perceived.

5. Protect existing bone and teeth:

Beyond just repairing one tooth socket, implants also protect other natural structures in the mouth. Without a structure to keep secure, the jawbone naturally deteriorates. An implant will prevent the loss of the jaws structural integrity.

6. Secure fit:

Previous dental repair methods, such as dentures, can easily fall out when speaking or eating, leaving the wearers self-conscious of the possibility.

Modern oral implants are firmly secured in place. There is no risk of them falling out at any moment.

If you want to improve your smile or even just take preemptive measures to keep it shining brightly for years to come, contact East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (706) 635-2218 to learn more about the highest-quality dental implants available.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
June 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”

What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.

You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.

Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.

Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.

“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…

If you would like more information about mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Athletic Mouthguards.”