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Posts for: March, 2017

By Augusta Smilecare
March 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  

The food we eat not only provides us energy, but it also supplies nutrients to help the body remain healthy. The most important of these nutrients are minerals and tiny organic compounds called vitamins.

While all of the thirteen known vitamins and eleven minerals play a role in overall health, a few are especially important for your mouth. For example, vitamins D and K and the minerals calcium and phosphorus are essential for strong teeth. Another mineral, fluoride, helps fortify enamel, which can deter tooth decay.

Other vitamins and minerals serve as antioxidants, protecting us against molecules called free radicals that can damage cellular DNA and increasing our risk of cancer (including oral). Vitamins C and E and the mineral selenium fall into this category, as well as zinc for DNA repair.

We acquire these nutrients primarily in the foods we eat. But for certain people like older adults or pregnant or nursing women a healthy diet may not be enough. Any person who can't get enough of a particular vitamin or mineral should take a supplement to round out their nutritional needs.

If you don't have a condition that results in a nutrient deficiency, you may not see that much benefit from taking a supplement. In fact, taking too much of a dietary supplement could harm your health. For example, some studies have shown ingesting too much supplemental Vitamin E could increase the risk of heart failure or gastrointestinal cancer. And some dietary supplements can interact poorly with drugs like blood thinners or ibuprofen.

The best way to get the vitamins and minerals your body — and mouth — needs is to eat a healthy diet. Dairy products like fortified milk are a good way to get vitamin D, as well as calcium and phosphorus. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of Vitamin C. And while you can take in fluoride from toothpaste or other oral hygiene products, you'll also find it in seafood and tea.

While good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are necessary for dental health, your diet can also make a difference. Be sure you're getting all the nutrients your teeth and gums need.

If you would like more information on the role of diet in oral health, 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 “Vitamins & Dietary Supplements.”

By Augusta Smilecare
March 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Missing Teeth   Dental Care  

Whether your smile has no remaining natural teeth or you had to have one or two teeth pulled due to certain situations, your dentist can help you replace your missing teeth in the most permanent and effective way possible with dental implants. This revolutionary procedure will not only replace your teeth, but keep your oral tissues healthy by replacing your tooth’s root as well. Learn more about dental implants with Dr. John Massey at Augusta Smile Care in Augusta, GA.

How can dental implants help me? 
Dental implants benefit those missing one or more teeth. Dentists use one implant to replace one tooth. However, replacing several teeth in a row requires only two implants on either side of a dental bridge. Dentists replace all of the teeth on an arch using four or more implants throughout the arch. Your dentist can help you determine which type of implant is best for you and your teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are unique in that they lie within the bone underneath your missing tooth. Thanks to your body’s natural healing abilities, the bone in which the implant lies grows around it to hold it securely in place. This renders the procedure completely permanent. Implants are often considered to be the next best thing to natural teeth. The prosthetic teeth used are made from porcelain, which reflects light in the same way as natural teeth, helping them blend perfectly into your smile. Implants also restore the biting surface of your teeth, making chewing more efficient and helping with the breakdown of your food before it enters the digestive tract.

Dental Implants in Augusta, GA 
The dental implants process usually requires several consultations and appointments and patients normally need several months of recovery time to allow their implants to properly integrate into the bone. This integration is crucial to a successful procedure and cannot be rushed. With the implants in place and fully integrated into the bone to replace your tooth’s root, your dentist will attach your replacement teeth to the implant, completing your smile.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Massey at Augusta Smile Care in Augusta, GA. Call (706) 868-1322 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with Dr. Massey today!


Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

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