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Dentist Sandy Springs: Tooth Loss linked to Depression and Anxiety

Dentist Sandy Springs: Tooth Loss linked to Depression and Anxiety

FearDr. R. Constance Wiener, a clinical scientist from West Virginia University, recently presented a research study titled “Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety.”  Analysis involved frequency, Chi square analysis, and complex survey logistic regression.  Participants included 19 years or older, and had complete data on depression, anxiety and tooth loss.

Because of the complexity of…

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Periodontist Sandy Springs: How much does Periodontal Treatment Cost

Periodontist Sandy Springs: How much does Periodontal Treatment Cost

And will insurance cover it?

Root planingThis is an up and coming issue as our aged` population continues to grow.  While periodontal treatment is not as costly as replacing teeth due to tooth loss, its cost can vary greatly depending upon your needs.  Quite frankly, there is no way of really telling just how advanced your gum disease is without a proper diagnosis.  It can be as simple as gingivitis…

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Sandy Springs: Dental health a marker for heart disease?

Sandy Springs: Dental health a marker for heart disease?

Hygiene examMore than 15,000 patients with chronic coronary heart disease provided information on their dental health, with results showing that indicators of periodontal disease (fewer remaining teeth, gum bleeding) were common in this patient group and associated with numerous cardiovascular and socioeconomic risk factors.[1]  Conversely, a lower prevalence of tooth loss was associated with lower levels of…

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Dentist Dunwoody: To Remove or Not to Remove

Dentist Dunwoody: To Remove or Not to Remove

shakespeare-with-skullDental Amalgam and Other Restorative Materials.

According to Dr. Oz, mercury is a powerful neurotoxin and therefore, at certain levels, can cause neurological issues, autoimmune disease, chronic illnesses and mental disorders; you should remove your amalgam fillings.  The burning question is whether an unknown quantity of mercury vapor in our silver fillings at a constant exposure poses a…

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Cosmetic Dentistry? Dunwoody

Golden-EggGenerally, cosmetic dentistry performed by a general dentist is centered around improving your appearance, not the functioning of your teeth nor your bite.  Many dentists refer to themselves as ‘cosmetic dentists’regardless of their lack of specific education, specialty, training, or experience in the field. This has been considered unethical particularly as it relates to the objective of…

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Dunwoody ǁ Teeth Cleaning

Dunwoody ǁ Teeth Cleaning

mature womanProfessional cleanings are the key to a healthy smile.  And a healthy smile starts with health gums.  If you or your family has not had a professional cleaning recently, please consider the importance of regular cleanings and maintenance of your dental and global health. Regular cleanings will keep you healthy and save your smile in the long run.  While skipping your cleanings costs money and…

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Dunwoody Dental: Coconuts about Dentistry

Dunwoody Dental: Coconuts about Dentistry

coconutAccording to researchers, 60 to 90 percent of children in industrialized nations are affected by tooth decay or cavities.  But scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland found that coconut oil which had been treated with enzymes stopped the growth of Streptococcus bacteria–a common cause of tooth decay.[1]  Also, enzyme-treated coconut oil inhibited growth of Candida albicans…

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Dentist Dunwoody: Red or White Wine?

Dentist Dunwoody: Red or White Wine?

wineAfter a long day hard at work, a glass of wine may just be what’s in order.  Well, white wines just can’t catch a break.  Interestingly enough, white wine turns out to be a lot worse than red wines for teeth.[1] And yet, it’s not the alcohol in the wine, but the acidity of the wine.  Apparently, the acid content of white wines like Chardonnay or Riesling destroys tooth enamel much faster than…

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Dentist Dunwoody: Why Pre-medicate?

Dentist Dunwoody: Why Pre-medicate?

PolypharmacyThere are times when dentists recommend a patient take antibiotics before certain dental procedures.

 Why?

Essentially, you have bacteria in our mouths that certain procedures might allow or facilitate the entry of bacterium into the bloodstream.   For most of us, this isn’t an issue.  A healthy immune system prevents these bacteria from causing any harm.  Yet, for some people bacteremia can…

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Dental Cleanings Dunwoody

Mature woman smilingProfessional teeth cleanings performed by a certified dental hygienist are the foundation to maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing future gum disease and tooth decay.   Actively preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay starts at home, augmented with regular dental cleanings and oral exams.  Combined you should be able to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

In a professional dental…

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