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Is it Safe to Get a Dental Filling While Pregnant?

Posted in Fillings

In most cases, an untreated cavity is more dangerous to a pregnancy than getting a filling.

How Safe Are Dental Fillings?

If you need a filling that can’t wait until after your baby is born, then you can safely get one during the second trimester of your pregnancy. This is a time when it’s most comfortable for the mother to sit through an appointment. It’s also past the critical stages of development for the baby.

Your dentist will likely recommend a composite resin (tooth-colored) filling over a silver one that contains mercury.

What About Anesthetics During Pregnancy?

Some women are hesitant to get a filling while pregnant because they’re afraid that anesthetics will harm their baby. They may worry they’ll have to get treatment without any numbing shots, at all.

The stress from a zero-anesthesia procedure is actually what can be harmful for a developing baby. Fortunately, there are classes of anesthetics which are safe for pregnant women and can help them relax during necessary treatment.

Pregnancy and Your Dental Health

You can put off the need for getting a filling during pregnancy by practicing good oral hygiene. Topical fluoride use via toothpastes and mouthrinses will help you avoid tooth decay and won’t harm your baby. Rinsing after morning sickness and brushing two to three times a day will also lower your cavity risk.

It isn’t always convenient to get a filling while you’re pregnant. But it’s always better to visit a dentist rather than ignore a serious oral health issue which can affect your growing baby. If you have any questions about which treatment is safe during your pregnancy, talk with a local restorative dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752


5 Ways to Avoid Getting a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

There’s nothing wrong with dental crowns in themselves. If you truly need a cap, then you don’t really have many other options. But they cost more than a filling and take a little more time to place.

The trick to avoiding a crown, then, is to avoid the circumstances that lead you to needing one.

Here are five ways you can do just that.

  1. Protect Your Teeth in Sports.

Contact sports are a major cause of cracked teeth which then need to be capped. Wearing a professional mouth guard during sports can protect your teeth. This is especially important for your kids if you want to avoid dental emergencies.

  1. Avoid Hard Foods.

Teeth experience extensive wear over years of chewing food. Spare your tooth enamel the abuse by avoiding very hard foods like ice cubes, chicken bones, and popcorn kernels.

  1. Prevent Tooth Decay.

Tooth decay is one of the main reasons you could need a crown. If you brush and floss daily and use plenty of fluoride, you can keep cavities at bay and avoid getting a crown.

  1. Relax Your Bruxism Habit.

Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? It may be time to treat the habit so that you don’t crack a tooth with excessive force.

  1. Get That Tooth Filled!

Most problems that lead to getting a crown can be treated easily while they’re small. Get teeth filled when your dentist recommends, and you can keep them strong enough to not need a dental cap.

Would you like to learn some other ways you can avoid getting a dental crown? Interested in some potential treatment alternatives? Contact your local dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055


Which Toothpaste is Best for Me?

Posted in Uncategorized

Whitening, sensitivity, tartar-control…the options can seem limitless. How should people go about choosing the best toothpaste when it’s time to stock up again? Do the different types really make that much of a difference, and why?

Let’s start with the basics. No toothpaste you can buy at the supermarket is going to be a miracle worker in regards to your oral hygiene. Ultimately, using your toothbrush for two minutes twice a day is the most important factor. However, there are ingredients in the different toothpastes that do affect things that happen to and on your teeth when used properly.

If you have specific problems with your teeth, such as generalized sensitivity, heavier than normal amounts of tartar buildup (even with good oral hygiene), or tend to get lots of stain on your teeth between dental cleanings, then you may want to consider a toothpaste formulated for that concern. For instance, sensitivity toothpastes help to block the porous tubules of dentin…the tooth surface that is exposed when gun recession has occurred. After about 2 weeks of routine use, sensitivity is dramatically reduced.

Tartar control toothpastes are good for people whose bodies metabolize a higher amount of tartar buildup on their teeth, even with good oral hygiene. It won’t get rid of tartar, but it reduces new tartar formation. Whitening toothpastes help repel new stains from developing. They’re ideal for people that drink lots of coffee or tea, and tend to have stains to show for it (although they don’t exactly lighten your teeth several shades the way a professional whitening treatment would.)

When all else fails, ask your hygienist if you’re using the best toothpaste! Most people are fine with what they’re using, but others may need just another bit of help from a specialist toothpaste blend.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



Family Dentistry

A dentist that specializes in family dentistry is the dental professional who is the primary caregiver that addresses their patient’s dental and oral health needs.  They provide many services including oral checkups, teeth cleaning, the filling of cavities and the installation of dental crowns, bridges, veneers and implants.  In addition, they also perform tooth extractions, root canals and oral cancer screening, as well as many other services.

They provide these services to the entire family from small children to elderly patients.  In addition, they will refer the patient to a specialist in the event that specialized services, such as oral surgery are needed.  In many ways they are very similar to medical doctors that specialize in family medicine.

It is important to establish a long-term relationship with a dentist specializing in family dentistry in order for the dental professional to have a long-term picture of a patient’s dental and oral health.  This is the way that the dentist can determine trends in a patient’s dental and oral health.  In many cases the Dentist and their patient’s have had a doctor / patient relationship for many years, with some dentists now treating their long-term patient’s children!

Another benefit of having an established relationship with a family dentist is the ability to have access to emergency dental care quickly.  Often, family dentists will be able to accommodate their established patients quickly in the event of a dental emergency such as a broken tooth.  A family dentist is a key health professional that plays a large role in their patient’s overall health!

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli



Choosing the Right Dentist For You and Your Family

Choosing the right dentist takes a little bit of effort, but the results will be well worth it.  You may be inclined to choose the dentist closest to your home or work to minimize the travel time.  Convenience is important, but it’s not the only factor to consider.

You should first understand that not all dentists practice all types of dentistry.  Some dental practices are more comprehensive than others and some dental offices specialize in a particular type of dentistry such as oral surgery or orthodontics (braces).   You should start by looking for a general practice or family practice that can handle your routine dental care needs such as cleanings, fillings, check-ups and other general dental care.

Find out about the scope of the dentist’s practice.  Is it a single practitioner or a group of dentists practicing together?  If establishing a strong rapport with your dentist and his or her staff including the dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office staff is important to you, a sole practitioner or small dental practice may be a better choice.  You will receive more personalized treatment at a smaller practice.

The primary limitation for a smaller dental practice is that the practice may be limited to general dentistry and certain cosmetic procedures.  Each office is different so if you anticipate needing a certain type of dental procedure such as orthodontics or dental implants, check to see if the office offers that procedure.  If not, find out about their referral practice.

On the other hand, if you prefer a practice that offers a wider variety dental procedures, you may want to consider a larger practice with many dentists who specialize in different areas of dentistry.  This type of practice is more likely to offer extended hours and weekend appointments if these are important to you.


Routine Dental Care

You may have wondered if it is really necessary to have preventative dental care such as routine dental cleanings.  Simply put, good oral hygiene is important not only for your looks, but to maintain your overall health.  Individuals with poor oral hygiene end up with many different problems, including gum disease, tooth decay and loss, bone loss, and heart disease.  General dental care including routine and regular check-ups and cleanings can help prevent these problems.

There are many reasons to have routine dental cleanings and check-ups.  Below are the most important reasons to have a dental cleaning.  Later articles will focus on each of these topics.

  1.  To prevent oral cancer.  Believe it or not, someone in the US dies every 4 hours from oral cancer.  Routine exams screen for oral cancer
  2. To prevent gum disease.  Gum disease can lead to loss of teeth and bone structure.  When caught early in a routine exam, it can be treated.
  3. To maintain overall good health.  Studies have shown that there is an increased incidence of heart disease and stroke in individuals who do not have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis.
  4. To maintain your tooth structure.  Routine cleanings and check-ups keep your teeth healthy…and in place!
  5. To find small, underlying problems.  It is much easier to treat a small problem than a large one.
  6. To have good oral health.  Routine cleanings will help maintain good oral health.  It will also help you have a bright, white smile, and help prevent bad breath!

Contact your local dentist today for a routine check-up and cleaning.  Your teeth will thank you!

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