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Posts for: July, 2016

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Not sure how to care for your new dentures? Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks, your South Atlanta, GA dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek, share a few tips that will help you keep your dentures in perfect shape.

Brush your dentures every dayDentures

Daily brushing is important whether you have natural teeth or dentures. Use a nonabrasive dental cleanser and be sure to clean the adhesive from the grooves in the base of your dentures. Brush gently to avoid damaging your dentures.

Give your dentures a bath

Soaking your dentures every night keeps them clean and also provides the moisture they need to retain their shape. Removing your dentures at night also gives your gums a chance to rest.

Rinse your dentures thoroughly every morning

Rinse your dentures with water for several minutes before you put them in your mouth. Failing to rinse your dentures can cause burns in your mouth or vomiting due to the chemicals in cleaning solutions.

Remove your dentures after you eat

Take your dentures out and rinse them after you eat. Rinsing them helps avoid food debris that can cause bad breath.

Don't use toothpaste

Although toothpaste is the best way to clean your natural teeth, it's too abrasive for your dentures and can scratch or damage them. Look for cleansers and solutions specifically made for dentures instead.

Keep it cool

Make sure the water isn't too hot when you clean your dentures. Hot or boiling water can change the fit of your dentures. It's best to prevent the problem by using cool water.

See your South Atlanta dentist regularly

If you don't have any natural teeth, you may not think that regular visits to your dentist are important any longer. During dental visits, your dentist will check the fit of your dentures and make adjustments to ensure that they fit well and don't slip or cause painful gum irritation.

Is it time for your next dental exam? Call Dr. Holt and Dr. Hendricks, your South Atlanta, GA dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek, at (404) 629-9290 to schedule an appointment. Prolong the life of your dentures with proper care.

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health

From the moment your child's first tooth appears, usually between six and nine months, you need to be concerned about Early Childhood Caries (ECC). This particular form of tooth decay can have a devastating effect on primary (baby) teeth and lead to their premature demise. Losing one before its time could adversely affect how the future permanent tooth comes in.

You can help prevent ECC with daily brushing and cleaning, regular dental visits (beginning around their first birthday) and limiting the sugar they eat. Here are 3 more things to consider for boosting your prevention efforts.

Breastfeeding. Pediatricians generally recommend breastfeeding if possible for a baby's overall health, including dental development. And although breast milk contains fermentable carbohydrates that boost bacterial growth, it no more promotes tooth decay than similar foods and beverages. That said, though, once the child begins to eat and drink other foods and beverages, the combination of sugars in them and breast milk could increase the bacteria that causes ECC. This is another good reason to wean the child from breast milk as they begin to eat more solid foods.

Bottles and pacifiers. It's quite common for parents and caregivers to soothe a fussing or crying baby with a bottle filled with formula, milk or juice for sipping, or even a pacifier dipped in jam, sugar or some form of sweetener. But these practices can create an environment that promotes high acid production from bacteria feeding on the sugars. Instead, avoid giving them a “prop-up” bottle filled with liquids containing sugar and try to limit bottle use to mealtimes. And provide them pacifiers without sugary additives if you use them.

Medicines. Children with chronic illnesses or other needs often take medication containing sugar or with antihistamines that reduce the flow of acid-neutralizing saliva. If the medications can't be altered, then it's extra important for you to practice diligent, daily hygiene to reduce the effect of higher mouth acid.

If you would like more information on dental disease prevention in babies and young children, 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 “Age One Dental Visit: Why it's Important for Your Baby.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 04, 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.”