Posts for: February, 2021

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
February 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  
LoveYourHeartLoveYourGums

This month there are hearts everywhere we look, so it's fitting that February is designated as American Heart Month. We join with the American Heart Association in the goal of spreading awareness of cardiovascular disease, the top cause of death around the world. And while we think about our heart health, let's talk about the connection between cardiovascular health and oral health.

Cardiovascular disease includes heart disease, high blood pressure and cerebrovascular disease (involving the blood vessels of the brain)—in short, diseases of the circulatory system that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Periodontal disease, in contrast, attacks the gums and other tissues that hold the teeth in place. The two conditions, however, have more in common than you might think.

Both periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease are chronic and progressive, and both are linked to inflammation. Periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease share certain inflammation markers detected in the blood that can damage blood vessels. Furthermore, specific types of oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease have been found in plaque that builds up inside of blood vessels, constricting blood flow.

People with gum disease are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease, and studies show that having advanced gum disease worsens existing heart conditions, increases the chances of having a stroke, and raises the risk of having a first heart attack by 28%. Untreated gum disease also makes hypertension (known as “the silent killer”) worse.

However, here's some encouraging news: Intensive treatment for gum disease was shown to result in significantly lower blood pressure. So, as you think about what you can do to take care of your heart health and overall health, don't forget your gums. Here are some tips:

Maintain a dedicated oral hygiene routine. A daily oral hygiene habit that includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is the best thing you can do to ward off gum disease.

Visit our office for regular dental checkups. Regular dental cleanings and checkups can keep you in the best oral health. Even with daily brushing and flossing, professional cleanings are needed to remove plaque and tartar from places a toothbrush can't reach, and regular checkups allow us to detect developing problems early.

Eat for good overall health. People who consume less sugar tend to have healthier teeth and gums as well as better overall health. An “anti-inflammatory diet” that is low in sugar and other refined carbohydrates and rich in whole grains, fiber and healthy fats can reduce inflammation throughout your body—and has been shown to greatly improve gum disease.

As a former Surgeon General once wrote, “You can't have general health without oral health.” So celebrate this month of hearts by showing love to your heart and your gums.

If you have questions about how to maintain good oral health, call us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
February 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentistry  

What is cosmetic dentistry and how can it serve your smile?

 

Many people here in Marietta, GA, have turned to our dentist Dr. James Hutson for cosmetic dentistry. It’s amazing how much our smiles can change over the years. Everything from traumatic injuries and decay to teeth grinding and our diet can take its toll on the appearance of our smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help turn your smile around. Here’s what you should know about getting cosmetic dentistry,

 

Cosmetic Dentistry is Customized to You

Patients that come into our Marietta, GA, practice who are interested in getting cosmetic dentistry, are interested in these services for different reasons. Some people simply want to brighten yellowing teeth while others may be dealing with misshapen or crooked smiles. Whatever the problem might be, Dr. Hutson and his team can tailor each treatment to fit your needs and to achieve your smile goals. No two smiles are the same, so cosmetic dentistry shouldn’t be the same for everyone, either.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry May Improve Your Oral Health

Depending on the type of cosmetic dentistry you choose, it might actually support and bolster your oral health. For example, dental veneers can add layers to your teeth, which can strengthen teeth that may be a bit worn down from grinding or clenching. Clear or invisible aligner systems such as Invisalign can also provide a discreet way for teens and adults to straighten their teeth, which can also make it easier to brush and floss properly and keep teeth clean.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry is Versatile

We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services here at our Marietta, GA, office because we know that our patients all have varying needs when it comes to improving and enhancing their smile. A beautiful smile can help you feel more confident, and the services we offer aim to do just that. Here are some of the top cosmetic options we offer,

 

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth reshaping/contouring
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Invisalign

 

Do you have questions about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer here in Marietta, GA? Our dentist, Dr. Hutson, would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your treatment options. Simply call us today at (770) 424-7525 to schedule a consultation.


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
February 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
GoodOralHealthStartsEarly

February is Children's Dental Health Month—the perfect time to talk about the oral health of the little ones in your family. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one out of every five children ages 5 to 11 has at least one untreated cavity. Although this statistic may not seem terribly significant given that primary teeth fall out anyway, dental disease is a concern even for kids.

Just as with adult teeth, baby teeth are needed for eating, speaking and smiling. Besides these obvious functions, primary teeth serve a crucial role as placeholders for the corresponding permanent teeth. If they are lost early, the adult teeth could come in crooked, crowded or out of place, increasing the chances of needing complex and costly treatment later. And because the enamel on primary teeth is thinner than that of permanent teeth, baby teeth are more vulnerable to decay, which can spread quickly—both to the inside of the tooth and to neighboring teeth. Decaying teeth can cause pain, which may interfere with getting proper nutrition. In addition, children with poor dental health are more likely to miss school and are much more likely to suffer from decay in their permanent teeth.

Fortunately, many dental problems can be avoided by following a few guidelines:

Instill good oral hygiene habits in your child. Teach children to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and, when they are old enough, to floss once a day. (A handheld flosser can make flossing easier for young ones.) Preventing dental disease through good daily habits can save a lot of trouble down the line.

Offer nutritious foods. For healthy teeth and a healthy body, encourage your child to make nutritious food choices. Instead of sugary snacks, opt for fruits, vegetables and cheese. And choose plain water instead of soda, fruit juice or sweetened beverages.

Keep up with regular checkups and cleanings. The world's health focus has been all about COVID-19 and in an effort to isolate as much as possible some parents may have put off routine dental checkups for their children. However, it is important for the dental team to monitor the health of little mouths to keep small problems from turning into bigger, potentially painful ones. When it comes to infection control, dental professionals go above and beyond the minimum requirements to protect you and your loved ones. We are committed to a higher standard, following protocols that help ensure your health and safety.

Talk with us about preventive treatments. During your child's visit, ask whether a topical fluoride treatment or dental sealants are recommended. These affordable ways to help prevent cavities can benefit many children.

The key to healthy smiles for life is to start early. A good day-to-day dental hygiene habit along with healthy food choices and regular dental checkups can set your child on the course for a lifetime of good oral health.

If you would like more information about how to maintain your child's dental health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”




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