Posts for: September, 2018

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
September 20, 2018
Category: Oral Health
HowtoReduceToothWhiteSpotsWhileWearingBraces

When your braces finally come off, you’ll hopefully be astounded by what you see –once-crooked teeth replaced by a more attractive smile. But you might also see something you didn’t expect: noticeable white spots on some of your teeth.

These spots called white spot lesions (WSLs) appear lighter than the surrounding tooth enamel due to mineral loss just beneath the surface. This happens because bacterial or food acids have contacted the enamel surface for too long and dissolved the underlying calcium and other minerals. This results in a small discolored and chalky-like area in the enamel.

WSLs are common during orthodontics because wires and brackets create hard to reach places for brushing and flossing, which can accumulate bacterial plaque. The bacteria produce acid, which weakens the enamel at these places. The tiny white spots that result are more than just unattractive—they can become entry points into the tooth for decay. That’s why they should be dealt with as soon as possible—and preferably before they’re created.

To that end, you’ll need to do as thorough a job as possible brushing and flossing while undergoing orthodontic treatment. To improve your thoroughness try using an interproximal toothbrush that can maneuver more closely around braces hardware than a regular brush. You can also improve your flossing with a floss threader or a water flosser, a device that sprays pressurized water to loosen and flush away plaque.

If you do develop WSLs, there are some things we can do to treat them. We can attempt to re-mineralize the affected enamel with the help of topical fluoride (either pastes or gels for home use or with an office application) or a re-mineralizing agent. We can also use techniques like microabrasion, which restores damaged areas beneath the surface, or inject a liquid, tooth-colored resin beneath the WSL’s surface to improve appearance and protect against decay.

If while wearing braces you do notice any white spots or other tooth discoloration let your dentist or orthodontist know right away. The sooner your dental providers can begin dealing with potential WSLs the better your chances for a healthy and beautiful outcome after braces.

If you would like more information on oral hygiene while wearing braces, 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 “White Spots on Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
September 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  
FAQsforNationalGumCareMonth

Gum disease is a bigger problem than you might think. More than half of all adults over age 30 have it, and that figure jumps to 70% of adults over 65. If left untreated, gum (periodontal) disease can eventually loosen teeth and cause them to fall out. It can also cause health issues outside of the mouth, including an increased risk of heart disease and other systemic health conditions.

But the good news is that gum disease can be treated—and even better, prevented! Since September is National Gum Care Month, it’s a good time to answer some frequently asked questions about gum disease:

What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by certain types of harmful oral bacteria that live in a sticky film called dental plaque that collects on teeth both above and below the gum line. If this film is not cleaned effectively each day, it can eventually harden into a substance called tartar that can only be removed by a dental professional.  As your body tries to fight the bacteria and the toxins they produce, your gums can become inflamed and may start to pull away from the teeth. Eventually, bone beneath the gums can start to break down and with continued bone loss, the teeth could be lost.

How do I know if I have it?
Gum disease doesn’t always produce symptoms—especially in smokers. Smoking hides the symptoms of gum disease because nicotine reduces blood flow to the area. However, there are things you should look out for. Gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, can produce red and/or puffy gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Signs of periodontitis, a more serious form of the disease, include gum recession, bad mouth odors or tastes, and tooth looseness. But the only way to truly know if you have gum disease is to come in for an exam.

What can I do about it?
If you have gingivitis, a professional teeth cleaning and a renewed commitment to oral hygiene at home—including daily flossing and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash—may be all you need to turn the situation around. Periodontitis may require a variety of treatments, ranging from special cleaning procedures of the tooth root surfaces to gum surgery. The first step toward controlling gum disease is visiting the dental office for an exam.

How can I prevent it?
Regular professional teeth cleanings and meticulous oral hygiene at home are your best defenses against gum disease. Avoid sugary drinks and snacks—which feed the disease-causing bacteria in your mouth—and tobacco in all forms. If you have diabetes, do your best to manage it well because uncontrolled diabetes can worsen periodontal disease.

If you’d like more information on fighting gum disease, contact us or schedule a consultation.


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
September 07, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Find out what kind of dentures could help treat your tooth loss and restore your smile.

Partial DentureYou are dealing with tooth loss and you believe that dentures are the best oral prosthetic to replace those missing teeth. Perhaps you’ve done plenty of online research and you’ve weighed the pros and cons of getting dentures, a dental bridge or dental implants, and decided that dentures may align best with your needs and current health status. Now is the time to turn to our Marietta, GA, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Hutson, for a consultation to find out more about dentures and whether they are right for you.

What are dentures?

Okay, so we know that most people understand what dentures are. After all, these oral prosthetic devices have been around for centuries. Of course, modern-day dentures offer a better fit and feel than they once did, making them more comfortable and easier to wear than ever before. Dentures consist of a pink plastic base with false teeth. The pink base is created to resemble gum tissue and may either be held in place through suction or with metal clasps.

What are the different types of dentures?

It’s now important to understand that there are several different types of dentures from which to choose in Marietta, GA, and understanding them better will help you decide the best option for you:

Full Dentures

This is your best option if you are missing all of your teeth on the upper or lower jaw or both. Full dentures can last anywhere from five to 10 years with the proper care and maintenance and are the best option for someone dealing with total tooth loss.

Partial Dentures

If you are missing some teeth but still have some healthy natural teeth remaining then getting partial dentures will be the best option. Placing these dentures will help prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into the open gap.

Fixed Dentures

When we think of dentures we often think about having to take them out each and every night. While this is the norm, there are some situations where the dentures will be fixed in place. One example is a fixed dental bridge, in which dental crowns are cemented to natural teeth on either side of the gap to support a false tooth in the middle.

Dental implants can also be surgically placed within the jawbone to support and hold dentures in place. Of course, with implant-supported dentures, you will still need to take your dentures out every night before bedtime.

Are you dealing with tooth loss in Marietta, GA, and interested in finding out whether dentures are the best approach for restoring your smile? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. James Hutson and staff pride themselves on providing the very best in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Schedule a consultation with us today.




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707 Whitlock Ave. SW,
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