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Posts for: November, 2017

By Augusta Smilecare
November 26, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Augusta Smilecare
November 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

How many dentists do your family members have? If it's more than one, you're probably spending too much time traveling to and from dental family dentistappointments. Augusta, GA, family dentist Dr. John Massey shares several benefits of making the switch to one dentist.

You'll have more free time

Dental appointments can take up a significant chunk of your free time if you're constantly driving family members to dental appointments all over the Augusta area. When you choose one dentist for everyone in your household, you can schedule one appointment for the entire group.

You won't waste your time off

The more time you must spend to drive your kids or parents to their respective dentists, the more time you must use. When you take advantage of a group appointment for the entire family, you'll be able to use your time off for other activities.

You'll reduce wear and tear on your car

Driving to distant appointments increases mileage on your gar and also ups your gas bill. Visiting a family dental practice will decrease wear and tear and lower the amount you spend on gas.

The entire family will receive quality care

Family dentists are trained to diagnose and treat dental issues that occur at any point in your life. They're equally adept at identifying growth and development issues in children as they are at fitting dentures and performing root canal treatments. Family dentists also keep up with the latest dental advances and techniques to ensure that you receive the most effective treatment option for your problem.

Although your entire family will benefit from visiting a family dentist, the experience will be particularly positive for your children. When kids visit the same dentist from an early age, they tend to find the whole experience less overwhelming, particularly when they notice that you also visit the same dentist. Family dentists and their staff are committed to making dental visits comfortable and pleasant for the entire family. In fact, your kids just may come to look forward to the time they spend with the staff at their regular dental appointments.

Looking for a family dentist for your family? Call Augusta, GA, family dentist Dr. Massey at (706) 868-1322 to schedule an appointment.

By Augusta Smilecare
November 11, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  

In November, many of us take time to reflect on what we are most thankful for—and good health is often put at the top of the list. If your teeth and gums have been trouble-free this year, congratulations! If not, here’s how to start making next year a better one for your oral health:

No Rushing When Brushing
It takes time to do a good job on the vital task of brushing your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice each day for a full two minutes. That’s not a lot when you think about it: only 30 seconds to reach the front, back and chewing edge of every tooth in each quadrant of your mouth (upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right). Yet many people don’t regularly achieve the two-minute mark. So it’s a good idea to time yourself and see how long that actually is!

Clean In Between
Disease-causing dental plaque builds up not only on teeth, but also in between them. So it’s important to use floss or another interdental (between-the-teeth) cleaning aid. If you don’t floss, you’ll miss cleaning about a third of your tooth surfaces! Plaque left in place can harden into a deposit called calculus or tartar, which can only be removed at the dental office—not at home. When it remains on the teeth, tartar can irritate gums and promote dental disease.

Don’t Be a Stranger!
Practicing a good daily oral hygiene routine is essential for a healthy mouth, but regular dental exams and cleanings are also vital to maintaining your oral health. Routine dental visits are one of the best preventive healthcare values available. You’ll be screened for everything from cavities to oral cancer and alerted to any concerns that should be dealt with now—before they grow into bigger, more expensive problems later. So don’t be a stranger at the dental office!

Maintaining good oral health will help ensure your quality of life—today, tomorrow and throughout your life. That’s truly something to be thankful for.

If you have questions about oral health and hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home.”

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