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What Causes Plaque?

Adult man smiling outside in the cityWhat is plaque?  Have you ever experienced your teeth feeling “fuzzy?” That’s the feeling of the clear, sticky film of bacteria called dental plaque. If left on the teeth (both above and below the gum line), plaque can cause serious dental and oral health problems.

The bacteria in plaque feed on sugars and starches, releasing acid. That acid eats away at tooth enamel over time. This can lead to a number of issues from cavities, inflamed gums, and even bone loss in the jaw. So, what can you do to prevent or treat plaque?  Read on for some tips from Cumming, GA dentist Dr. Jordan.

  • Diet – Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and carbs is great way to combat plaque buildup and its harmful effects. Limiting snacks between meals is also helpful since acid production increases every time you eat.
  • Avoid Sticky and Sugary Foods – Sticky and sugary foods are particular bad for your dental health. The stickiness of foods like taffy and caramel cause the sugars to coat your teeth, compounding the negative dental effects of the sugar.
  • Brush and floss – You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day and floss daily. Electric toothbrushes are particularly good at removing plaque.
  • Dental Appointments – Get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months and make sure to not skip dentist appointments.

Make sure to take good care of your teeth with regular Cumming dental appointments. Returning and new patients should contact us at (770) 888-6262 to schedule your cleanings today!

Resolve to Take Care of Your Teeth in 2019

Closeup of toothpaste on a toothbrushWant to make some healthy changes in 2019? Don’t forget about your teeth! Many people resolve to be healthier, but few people add oral health to their list of New Year’s resolutions. Check out some steps you can take this year for a healthier smile and resolve to take better care of your teeth.

  • Floss – Make sure to floss daily. Yes, every day! Flossing is important to help remove plaque and food buildup that your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Eat More Fruits and Veggies – By eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed sugars, you will minimize the damage sugar can cause to your teeth.
  • Drink More Water – Water is great for your teeth for many reasons. The fluoride in water strengthens your teeth and helps prevent cavities. It also helps wash away sugars and food build up and dilutes acid that can damage your teeth. Finally, water helps with dry mouth. Just as the name implies, dry mouth occurs when saliva levels are low in the mouth. Since saliva naturally helps prevent tooth decay, keeping your mouth moist is very important.
  • Brighten Up Your Smile – Ask us how we can help your dental health and appearance with whitening services.
  • See a Dentist – Don’t skip your regular dental checkups and cleanings. Your teeth will thanks you for it!

Resolve to improve your dental and oral health this year by using the above tips and regularly scheduled cleaning at our Cummings dental office. Whether you are a returning or a new patient, contact us at (770) 888-6262 to schedule your cleaning and examination today. Here’s to many more smiles in 2019!

Signs You May be Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Signs You’re Grinding Your Teeth (Without Your Spouse Telling You)

Grinding teeth can cause a lot of damage to the inside of a mouth. It is also something that can go without diagnosis for an extended amount of time. If someone is grinding their teeth in short bursts throughout the night, rather than constantly, then they may not show symptoms until seen by a dentist. That is, unless a sleep deprived significant other makes them aware of the situation.

Nocturnal tooth grinding (bruxism) affects 8% of adults, and although the cause is unknown, there are a lot of different things it has been linked to, such as:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Anxiety/stresschild grinding teeth
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Snoring
  • Fatigue
  • Use of certain medications (amphetamines)

4 Signs You’re Grinding Your Teeth:

  1. Wake up with headache or facial pain
  2. Your back teeth are flat
  3. Your teeth have small cracks
  4. You can’t help but to chew on things during the day

Adults experiencing bruxism can also suffer from headaches, earaches, jaw pain, jaw joint disorders and damaged teeth. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

There are a few different things you can do (in home and with dentist) that will ease the pain and tension from teeth grinding. The first is stress management. Whether it is meditation, exercise, or talking to a professional, managing your stress is key in preventing teeth grinding. Additionally, sleeping position will affect teeth grinding. Sleeping face up will prevent bruxism but sleeping sideways or face down will increase chances of it. One can also use a lukewarm washcloth on the jawline before bed or even buy a mouth guard for bedtime. The most extreme cases of bruxism will lead to surgery or prescription medication.

If you notice your significant other or child grinding their teeth at night or if you’re waking up constantly with jaw pain, don’t delay. Schedule an appointment at Jordan Dentistry.

7 Easy Tips to Protect Your Teeth this Halloween

Halloween chocolates in the shape of ghosts, bats, witches, and jack-o-lanternsJust because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you should neglect your dental health. There are lots of things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and still enjoy Halloween. Chew on these Halloween dental tips!

  1. Choose Chocolate – While all candy is bad for your teeth, chocolate is probably the least harmful because it washes off your teeth easier than most other candies.
  2. Timing is Everything – It’s better to eat candy around meal time. Your mouth produces more saliva while eating, and this extra saliva can help rinse away bits of stuck food and neutralize acids caused by candy.
  3. Chew Gum – Chewing sugarless gum (which will have the ADA Seal) can help deter tooth decay when chewed after meals. Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production (just like when eating meals).
  4. Drink Your Water – Drinking water is always good for your health, but fluoridated water is also good for helping to prevent tooth decay.
  5. Pass on Hard or Sticky Candy – Hard candy can chip your teeth if chewed, but it’s also bad to suck on them for a long time as the melting sugar turns your saliva into a sugary wash that coats your entire mouth. Likewise, sticky candy is very hard to get off your teeth.
  6. Brush and Floss Teeth – Remember to brush your teeth twice a day and floss!
  7. Visit your Dentist! – Like always, it’s important to schedule regular dental exams (even if you follow these Halloween dental tips).

At Jordan Dentistry, we offer a wide array of dental services to the Cumming area. Contact us today at (770) 888-6262 to schedule your new patient appointment!

Back-to-School Dental Tips for Your Kids

kids brushing their teethWith school back in session, now is an important time to remember the importance of your child’s dental health. Make sure your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy with these back-to-school dental tips:

Healthy Eating

Regardless of whether your child brings a lunch from home or buys lunch from the school cafeteria, make sure they are eating right! Avoid packing sugary snacks and drinks (like soda) in favor of raw vegetables and fruit. If they’re buying their lunch at school, make sure to review healthy eating habits to help your child make the right choices when away from home.

Athletic Mouth Guards

If your child plays sports, it’s very important that they use a properly fitted mouthguard. If it is too big or too small, it may increase the risk of injury.

Brushing and Flossing Regularly

Make sure your child flosses and brushes regularly. Help your child make oral care a part of their morning and bedtime ritual. A regular schedule will help your child form the habits needed for a healthy and beautiful smile!

Dental Examinations

We know how hectic schedules can get with homework, practice, and all the other obligations that come with back-to-school but remember to always make time for regular dental exams for your child. Regular dental exams help protect teeth, and early detection can help minimize potential issues before they become bigger (and more expensive) problems.

Ready to make an appointment for your child? Contact our Cumming dental office at 770-888-6262 to make an appointment today!

Wisdom Teeth: To Remove or Not to Remove

Young adult man smilingAre your wisdom teeth giving you trouble? Sometimes, it’s necessary for wisdom teeth (the third molars in the very back of your mouth) to be removed. If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, then read on to learn the reasons for removal from Dr. Jordan – and why for some patients, it’s not necessary. 

When wisdom teeth do NOT need to be removed

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. You are unlikely to need your wisdom teeth removed if:

  • Your wisdom teeth are healthy and cavity-free.
  • They are all fully erupted (grown in).
  • They are positioned correctly in your mouth. This means they are not at an angle, they align properly, and that they don’t interfere with your ability to bite properly.
  • Finally, they are easy to clean with normal brushing and flossing.

When wisdom teeth DO need to be removed

Unfortunately, wisdom teeth often need to be removed because in many patients:

  • Wisdom teeth only partially erupt. A partially emerged tooth is not only hard to clean, but it can also allow gum disease and oral infection to take root.
  • They crowd or damage other teeth. These teeth also often come in at an angle and disrupt a healthy bite alignment.
  • They often become impacted. This occurs with a tooth becomes trapped in the jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections and cysts that can damage the roots of your surrounding teeth, or even your jaw bone itself.

Are you concerned about your wisdom teeth? Then let our Cumming Georgia dentistry office help you decide what’s best for your oral health. Contact Jordan Dentistry to schedule an appointment today!

4 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

whiten your smileYou’ve heard all the benefits of showing your smile and laughing more, but what if you’re not very confident with your smile? You may find yourself hiding your smile or only giving “no teeth” smiles. The team at Jordan Dentistry wants you to feel confident with your smile! Here are a few natural tips to whiten your smile:

Brush With Baking Soda

This may seem like an odd tip since many people bake with baking soda, but did you know that many kinds of toothpaste list baking soda as an ingredient? It’s because baking soda acts an abrasive to scrub away plaque that is on your teeth. To try this remedy, mix two teaspoons of water and one teaspoon of baking soda together to create a paste. Brush your teeth several times a week with this concoction.

Eat Plenty of Fruits & Vegetables

Certain fruits and vegetables are known to rub away any existing plaque on your teeth. When you head to the grocery store, make sure to pick up carrots, celery, strawberries, apples, and pineapple. They’re not only super delicious and healthy for you, but they will also help your smile be that much whiter.

Brush & Floss Your Teeth Regularly

Many people have discolored teeth because plaque settled on their teeth and ate away at the enamel. But, when you remove the plaque, you are also removing its harmful side effects. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. We won’t be surprised if you see a significant change in your teeth color over time.

Prevent Stains Altogether

Preventative maintenance is always best. Instead of reacting to stains, avoid them altogether! You can do this by scheduling an appointment at Jordan Dentistry. When you visit Dr. Jordan, she will clean your teeth and get to places that your toothbrush simply cannot reach. Make sure to make multiple appointments a year to maintain your white smile.

Contact us today to set up an appointment!

3 Tips for Achieving a Whiter Smile

teen girls selfieOn June 21, millions of people around the world will be taking millions of selfies. Why? Because it’s National Selfie Day! You may be searching for ways to whiten your teeth to ensure you capture your best smile. Check out these simple tips to make your smile shine:

Eat the Right Foods

Growing up, you may have heard often from mom and dad to “eat your fruits and vegetables.” They probably meant it from a health standpoint, but did you know that eating certain fruits and vegetables can whiten your teeth? Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, celery, and carrots can help remove particles that discolor your teeth.  

Avoid Products that Discolor Your Teeth

Certain products have certain qualities that can turn your teeth yellow. Whenever possible, avoid smoking cigarettes, drinking soda and coffee, sipping red wine, and eating citrusy foods like lemons and limes. These products are known to discolor teeth and cause other health-related issues.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The basis of good oral hygiene starts with a toothbrush. It’s extremely important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. By removing the plaque and particles that build up on your teeth throughout the day, you are contributing to whiter (and healthier) teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue; bacteria on your tongue can spread to your teeth and cause discoloration.

If you want to schedule a professional teeth whitening appointment, contact us today! The team at Jordan Dentistry is more than willing to help you get ready for National Selfie Day.

How to Deal with Dental Emergencies On Vacation

Summer vacation is almost here, and that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite thing: summer travel! Whether you’re heading to a nearby town for a day or going around the world on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, there’s as much planning to do as there are things to look forward to. What happens if you have a dental emergency while you’re away from home?

First of all, if you’re going away for a long time, it’s not a bad idea to have a dental checkup before you go. Contact Jordan Dentistry about any potential problems, especially for kids, and what to do in case something happens. You can even ask for referrals in the area you’re traveling to.

Your steps for a dental emergency on vacation depend on what the problem is.

  • Toothache: rinse with warm salt water, floss gently to free any trapped food particles. Consider if it may be referred pain from the sinuses. If pain persists, contact a dentist.
  • Broken or Cracked Tooth: Rinse gently with warm salt water. Call a dentist immediately. A cold compress can help to keep swelling down.
  • Missing Tooth: hold the tooth by the crown (the part that you chew with) and gently rinse the root with water if needed. Put the tooth in a glass of milk or Save-a-Tooth solution right away and see a dentist immediately.

Time is of the essence with many dental emergencies–especially if a tooth is knocked out. Plan ahead and you’ll be well-prepared in case something happens to your smile while you’re away from home.

4 Benefits of Showing Your Smile & Laughing More

smileDid you know that smiling and laughing often is actually very good for your health? It’s true! That’s part of the reason why the team at Jordan Dentistry enjoys our work so much. We are not only transforming teeth, but also contributing to our patients’ health!

Take a moment to discover the benefits of smiling and laughing, so that you can improve your quality of life:

  1. Make More Friends – When you smile, people will feel more comfortable approaching you to talk or hang out. Consider the quote, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” Who knew you could befriend someone with a simple smile?!
  2. Keep You Healthy – When you laugh, you are increasing immune cells and antibodies. These particles fight infection and prevent diseases. So, along with your apple a day, you can laugh and smile all day long to boost your health.
  3. Enhance Your Mood – After having a good belly laugh or smiling more, do you feel happy for a while afterward? That’s because laughter and smiling releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones! These endorphins negate any negative emotions and allow for positive emotions to flow.
  4. Increase Productivity – When you’re in a good mood, you will likely laugh and smile much more than if you’re upset. This allows you to be more productive and get your work done. Your boss will be happy and so will you!

If you want to smile and laugh more but are insecure about your smile, we can help. We have professional services that can transform your smile. The team at Jordan Dentistry would be honored to serve you! Contact us today to set up an appointment.