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Posts for: October, 2017

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
October 29, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   halloween  

Halloween means loads of fun for kids everywhere: a chance to put on fanciful costumes and have some safe, spooky enjoyment. But the reward for all that trick-or-treating — bags full of sugary candy — can create monstrous problems for young smiles, in the form of tooth decay. Short of taking all those treats away, are there any ways to lessen the impact on your children’s teeth?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the answer is: Yes!

As long as kids are brushing twice and flossing once a day, it’s okay for them to enjoy a few sweet treats on Halloween. But starting that same night, or the next day, you can help protect them from cavities. Here’s how:

Sort It Out:
Some treats are potentially more damaging to teeth than others. For example, candy that’s sticky and clings to teeth — like gummy bears and taffy — takes longer to get cleared away by saliva. Lengthier contact with the teeth increases the risk of tooth decay. The same is true for sweets that stay in the mouth for a long time, like hard candy. Sour candy is often acidic, and that acid can weaken the hard enamel coating of teeth, making them more prone to decay. But there’s some good news: Chocolate, a favorite treat, washes off the teeth relatively quickly — and dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate.

Give It Away:
You can always give away some or all of your candy stash to people who will appreciate it: first responders or troops serving overseas, for example. Some organizations sponsor donation (or even buyback) programs. Try searching the web for programs like “Operation Gratitude,” among others.

Timing Is Everything:
If you do allow candy, limit it to mealtimes. That’s when saliva production is at its peak — and saliva helps neutralize acids and wash away food residue that can cause cavities. Whatever you do, don’t let kids snack on sweet treats from the candy dish throughout the day: This never gives your mouth a chance to bounce back from the sugary saturation.

Get Healthy Hydration:
For quenching thirst, water is the best choice. It helps your body stay properly hydrated and is needed for healthful saliva production. Sugary or acidic beverages like sodas (regular or diet), so-called “sports” or “energy” drinks, and even fruit juices can harm teeth. Fluoridated water (like most municipal tap water) has been shown to help prevent tooth decay. If you drink bottled water, look for a fluoridated variety.

Following these tips — and making sure your kids maintain good oral health with brushing, flossing, and routine dental office visits — will help keep them safe from cavities, not only at Halloween but all year long. If you have questions about cavity prevention or oral hygiene, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Tooth Decay — How to Assess Your Risk” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
October 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Watching your newborn develop into a toddler, then an elementary schooler, a teenager, and finally an adult is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences there is. Throughout the years, you’ll note the passing of many physical milestones — including changes that involve the coming and going of primary and permanent teeth. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about children’s dental development.

When will I see my baby’s first tooth come in?
The two lower front teeth usually erupt (emerge from the gums) together, between the ages of 6 and 10 months. But your baby’s teeth may come earlier or later. Some babies are even born with teeth! You will know the first tooth is about to come in if you see signs of teething, such as irritability and a lot of drooling. The last of the 20 baby teeth to come in are the 2-year molars, so named for the age at which they erupt.

When do kids start to lose their baby teeth?
Baby teeth are generally lost in the same order in which they appeared, starting with the lower front teeth around age 6. Children will continue to lose their primary teeth until around age 12.

What makes baby teeth fall out?
Pressure from the emerging permanent tooth below the gum will cause the roots of the baby tooth to break down or “resorb” little by little. As more of the root structure disappears, the primary tooth loses its anchorage in the jawbone and falls out.

When will I know if my child needs braces?
Bite problems (malocclusions) usually become apparent when a child has a mixture of primary and permanent teeth, around age 6-8. Certain malocclusions are easier to treat while a child’s jaw is still growing, before puberty is reached. Using appliances designed for this purpose, orthodontists can actually influence the growth and development of a child’s jaw — to make more room for crowded teeth, for example. We can discuss interceptive orthodontics more fully with you at your child’s next appointment.

When do wisdom teeth come in and why do they cause problems?
Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. By that time, there may not be enough room in the jaw to accommodate them — or they may be positioned to come in at an angle instead of vertically. Either of these situations can cause them to push against the roots of a neighboring tooth and become trapped beneath the gum, which is known as impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth may lead to an infection or damage to adjacent healthy teeth. That it is why it is important for developing wisdom teeth to be monitored regularly at the dental office.

If you have additional questions about your child’s dental development, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Losing a Baby Tooth” and “The Importance of Baby Teeth.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When you chew, your upper left molar hurts. You feel a small bump which hurts, too; it's on your gums near the tooth. Your spouse says root canalyou have bad breath, but nothing relieves it. What's going on inside your mouth? Well, you may have a dental abscess, an infected tooth caused by extensive decay. You may require root canal therapy from your South Atlanta, GA dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek. Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Taren Eric Hendricks offer gentle, precise root canals that save teeth from fracture, deep cavities and infection. Read more about this reliable restoration.

Never ignore a toothache

A toothache indicates a serious dental problem. Left untreated, your only alternative may be extraction, and you don't want to travel that road with its bone and gum recession, compromised oral function, weakening of remaining teeth and unattractive smile gaps.

You may, however, qualify for a long-standing and highly reliable restoration called root canal therapy in South Atlanta. Also termed endodontics, a root canal often saves a sickly tooth for many additional years of service.

When you have a toothache, you also may experience:

  • Jaw swelling
  • A reddened, sore pimple at the gumline
  • Dental sensitivity when biting or consuming hot or cold foods
  • Persistent bad breath, or halitosis
  • A bad-tasting drainage
  • Throbbing pain
  • Fever

In short, all you can think of is your tooth. That means you need to call your dentist at Dentistry at Camp Creek.
He'll examine and X-ray it to determine the extent and nature of the damage, and he'll do everything possible to restore it to full health, function and appearance.

What happens during root canal therapy?

Your tooth has hard structure--enamel and dentin--and a soft inner core made of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When decay or injury strikes, this interior pulp, contained in up to four root canals, is attacked by bacteria, and infection results.

During root canal therapy, Dr. Holt or Dr. Hendricks numbs the tooth and accesses the root canals with a high speed drill. One by one, the dentist in South Atlanta cleans and disinfects the canals with tiny metal files and special medication. Then, he fills and seals each canal with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha. A temporary filling or crown protects the tooth while it heals.

At the next dental visit, the dentist removes the temporary restoration and places a customized porcelain crown over the tooth. This crown will strengthen, beautify and protect the tooth for many years. The American Academy of Endodontists, specialists who perform thousands of root canal procedures annually, says that while the crown may require replacement after a decade or so, the tooth itself should last a lifetime. Just be sure you brush and floss daily and get semi-annual cleanings and exams with your dentist.

Contact us

Please don't suffer from toothache pain or other uncomfortable symptoms. Find out what Dentistry at Camp Creek can do to restore your oral health. Call (404) 629-9290 for an appointment in Atlanta, GA.