Posts for: November, 2021

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
November 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   diabetes  

More than 1 in 10 Americans has some form of diabetes. This metabolic condition disrupts the body's regulation of glucose in the bloodstream, giving rise to health problems like slow wound healing, frequent infections and blindness—and it's the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. It can affect every aspect of your health including your teeth and gums.

Fortunately, people with diabetes can manage it through medication, diet and exercise. Even so, the disease could still have a profound effect on physical health. The mouth in particular becomes more susceptible to a number of oral conditions with diabetes.

In recognition of American Diabetes Month in November, here's how diabetes could put your oral health at risk for other diseases and what you can do about it.

Gum disease. Diabetics are at high risk for severe periodontal (gum) disease because of a characteristic shared by both conditions: inflammation. What is normally a healing response of the body to infection or trauma becomes destructive if it becomes chronic. Studies show that, due to their inflammation connection, diabetes can worsen gum disease, and gum disease can make it harder to bring diabetes under control.

Dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth is another possible consequence of diabetes that harms oral health. It's the result of the body not producing enough saliva. Because saliva supplies antigens to fight infection and neutralizes oral acid, which erodes tooth enamel, inadequate saliva increases the risk of both tooth decay and gum disease.

Thrush. Also known as oral candidiasis, thrush occurs when the fungus Candida albicans spreads along the inside surface of the mouth. This fungal infection can produce painful white lesions that make it difficult to eat or swallow. Complications from diabetes, including dry mouth and raised glucose levels in saliva, increase a diabetic's chances of developing thrush.

Implant complications. An implant's stability depends on the healing period after implant surgery when bone cells grow and adhere to its titanium surface. But because diabetics can experience slow wound healing, the bone may not fully develop around the implant and eventually causing it to fail. Fortunately, this is less of a problem if the patient has their diabetes under control.

So, what can you or someone you love with diabetes do to avoid these oral health pitfalls? For one, practicing daily brushing and flossing—and seeing your dentist on a regular basis—is paramount for reducing the risk of any dental disease. Additionally for diabetics, consistently keeping your condition under control will likewise lessen the impact it may have on your teeth and gums.

If you would like more information about diabetes and oral health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diabetes & Periodontal Disease.”

Everyone loves a great smile. Unfortunately, we were all not gifted with a naturally gorgeous smile. But does that mean you have to live the rest of your life with an imperfect smile? It’s a resounding no. Cosmetic dentistry in Marietta, GA, can transform your ordinary smile into a thing of beauty.  Dr. James Hutson offers cosmetic dentistry that can benefit you in the following ways:

It whitens your smile

Aging and stain-causing substances like wine and soda may have discolored your teeth, but we offer professional teeth whitening to transform your dingy look into a sparkling smile. We offer in-office teeth whitening, which can produce dramatic results within an hour or so!

Besides, we offer at-home teeth whitening using custom-made trays for those who like taking matters into their hands. While this method isn’t as fast as the in-office teeth whitening, the results are equally thrilling.

It disguises chips and cracks

Years of living may put a toll on your smile, but veneers and dental bonding can hide your teeth' flaws, giving you a fantastic smile. We offer natural-looking porcelain veneers to cover up cracks and fractures on your teeth. And if you find veneers expensive, you can opt for cosmetic dental bonding.

It aligns your smile

Teeth crowding and misaligned teeth may wreck your smile, but cosmetic dentistry can gift you a perfect set of pearly whites. While traditional braces and Invisalign treatment are the go-to procedures to correct crooked teeth, dental veneers and cosmetic bonding can fix minor alignment issues.  

Worried about your teeth shifting out of place? You don’t have to because cosmetic dentistry in Marietta, GA, can give you the perfect grin you have always wanted.

Boosts your confidence and self-esteem

When you have teeth imperfections, it isn’t easy to enjoy your life to the fullest. You may find yourself holding back your smile in social gatherings or smiling with your hand covering your mouth. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry erases your teeth flaws, boosting your self-esteem.

Improves your oral hygiene

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t all about aesthetics - it boosts your oral functionality, too. When we straighten your teeth, we make brushing and flossing your teeth easier, keeping gum disease at bay. Also, when a cosmetic dentist fixes your broken or decayed teeth, we prevent further damage to the tooth, improving its functionality.

Get the smile you have always wanted today!

Would you like to see what cosmetic dentistry in Marietta, GA, can do for your smile? If you are nodding in agreement, please dial (770) 424-7525 to book an appointment with Dr. Hutson. At our dental office, there is always something for everyone!

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
November 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   Toothaches  

Are you suffering from a lot of toothaches and nighttime teeth grinding? If so, you might be looking for help with TMJ in Marietta, GA. That is where Dr. James Huston can help you. Take a look at some important points below, and remember to seek help from an oral health professional if you are suffering from TMJ.

The Top Causes of Toothaches

There are a lot of reasons why you might be suffering from a toothache. A few of the most common reasons why you might have teeth that are bothering you include:

  • You might be grinding your teeth at night, which is commonly called bruxism.
  • You may have an issue with one of the roots underneath your teeth.
  • There could be an issue with your gums.
  • There might be a problem with your jaw, such as an alignment issue.
  • You may be suffering from one or more cavities in your teeth.

It is important for you to meet with a dentist to figure out why your teeth are bothering you. That way, you can get the treatment you deserve.

What Are the Signs of Temporomandibular Joint Issues?

If you grind your teeth at night, you may be suffering from TMJ in Marietta, GA. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. This is a joint that controls the movement of your jaw. When you open and close your mouth, you are flexing and extending your temporomandibular joint. If you grind your teeth regularly, you could place a significant amount of stress on this important joint, leading to a lot of toothaches and headaches.

There are a lot of treatment options if you are looking for help with this condition. For example, it may be helpful to wear a guard at night that can stop you from grinding your teeth. That way, you can remove stress from your temporomandibular joint, helping you feel better. After this, you should reach out to an oral health professional who can help you stop grinding your teeth. That way, you can protect your jaw, teeth, and gums from future damage. Rely on an oral health professional who can help you. 

Get Your Toothache Treated by a Professional

No matter why you might be suffering from a toothache, it is important to reach out to a dentist who can help you. The faster you get this issue diagnosed, the faster it can be treated. At the same time, you need to think carefully about who is going to help you solve your dental issues.

If you are looking for help with TMJ in Marietta, GA, then rely on Dr. Huston to help you. Reach out today to make an appointment by calling (770) 424-7525.


Patients and dentists alike love dental implants. For one, they're unique among other dental restorations because they replace the tooth root as well as the visible crown. It's actually their role as a root replacement that makes them so durable and lifelike.

But it still falls to the dentist to create as natural an appearance as possible through proper implant placement. It requires extensive technical skill and artistry to surgically place an implant in the precise location inside the jawbone to gain the best outcome. It's even more critical when the tooth is a highly visible one within the "smile zone"—the teeth others see when we smile.

With a patient's smile appearance on the line, it's important that we carefully consider a number of factors that can impact implant success and address them as needed in our treatment plan.

The gums. The gums are to the teeth as a frame is to a masterpiece painting. If the gums don't correctly cover the new implant, the final outcome won't look natural. Positioning the implant precisely helps ensure the gums look attractive. It may also be necessary to augment the gums, such as grafting surgery to encourage growth of lost gum tissue, to achieve the most lifelike result.

The socket. For simple extractions (as opposed to surgical removals), a dentist deftly manipulates the ligament holding the tooth in place to loosen and remove it. It's important to do this carefully—if the tooth's bony socket becomes damaged in the process (or because of other trauma), it can complicate implant placement in the future.

The supporting bone. Likewise, the bone in which the implant is imbedded must be reasonably healthy and of adequate volume. Besides not providing enough support, inadequate bone also makes it difficult to place an implant for the most attractive result. Bone grafting at the time of extraction minimizes bone shrinkage. If bone shrinkage had occurred, the Inadequate bone may require grafting, particularly if there is a lag time between extraction and implantation. In extreme cases, though, a patient may need to choose a different restoration.

The usual process for implants—planning, surgical placement and the healing period after surgery—can take time. Paying attention to these and other factors will help ensure that time and the effort put into this process has a satisfying outcome—an attractive, natural and long lasting smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Immediate Dental Implants.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
November 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

More than 50 million Americans care for an adult neighbor, friend or family member who can't care for themselves. A major part of that care is looking out for their health—including their teeth and gums.

Being a caregiver to someone is a labor of love—but it can be overwhelming. And with oral health especially, it's easy to miss signs of an emerging issue in their mouths that could impact the quality of their lives.

But you can be proactive about your loved one's oral health. In recognition of Family Caregivers Month in November, here are 4 guidelines that can help you ensure their teeth and gums are as healthy as possible.

Make oral hygiene easier for them. Brushing and flossing are basic to a dental disease prevention strategy. But an adult who needs care might have trouble performing these tasks: They may lack the cognitive ability or physical dexterity required. For the latter, larger handled-tooth brushes, floss threaders or water flossers can provide them better maneuverability. With cognitive decline, though, you may have to personally assist them with their hygiene tasks.

Watch for dry mouth. Also known as xerostomia, chronic dry mouth is caused by a lack of adequate saliva needed to fight disease-causing bacteria and to neutralize acid that can erode tooth enamel. For a variety of reasons, older adults are more prone to chronic dry mouth than other age groups. When this occurs, speak with their doctor about their medications (some can cause xerostomia). And, encourage your loved one to drink more water or use products that boost saliva production.

Accompany them to the dentist. Just as you would with other aspects of their health, become an active participant in their dental care. Forging a partnership with their dentist can provide you the information and guidance you need to better manage their daily home care. You can also bring up issues you've noticed with their oral health that can help guide their dentist's treatment.

Monitor their existing dental work. Your loved one may have full or partial dentures, or dental work like crowns or bridges. These existing restorations extend their dental function and protect their oral health from further disease. It's important, then, to have existing dental work checked on a regular basis to ensure its in good shape and functioning properly.

As the old saying goes, "Healthy mouth, healthy body." This is especially true for adults who need ongoing care. Keeping their teeth and gums are as healthy as possible will help them enjoy better health overall.

If you would like more information about oral care for an older adult, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Aging & Dental Health.”

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