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How to Deal With the Chipped Tooth Blues

Woman with head thrown back laughingSo you chipped a tooth. Not to worry! While it can be disconcerting to realize there’s a detached piece of tooth in your mouth, there’s no need to panic. Call Jordan Dentistry for an appointment as soon as possible, and check out these tips to get you through until Dr. Jordan can see you.

Tips for Dealing with a Chipped Tooth

  • Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water, which will keep your mouth clean and help soothe any pain from the chip. You may also want to take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter pain reliever.  
  • If the tooth has a sharp edge, cover it with dental wax to protect your mouth and tongue from abrasion. Dental wax (often used by orthodontic patients with braces or retainers) can be found at most drugstores.
  • If you need to eat, choose soft foods – nothing hard, crunchy, or chewy – and try to chew with the other side of your mouth, putting as little pressure on the tooth as possible. Do not bite down on the affected tooth.

Repairing a Chipped Tooth

How to repair a chipped tooth depends on the extent of the damage and other factors unique to each patient. These are a few of the ways your dentist may fix a chipped tooth once you arrive at your dentist appointment.

  • Tooth bonding – If the chip or crack in your enamel is minor, the dentist may be able to use a tooth-colored resin to repair it. Tooth bonding is a simple procedure and you will be able to get on with your day quite quickly.
  • Tooth splinting – If you broke a tooth due to trauma (playing a sport, falling, etc.) and is loose or crooked, you may need a tooth splint. In this procedure, the dentist will bond the damaged tooth to an adjoining tooth for support to allow your gums and bone tissue to heal.
  • Root canal – If the tooth is severely damaged, extending beyond the enamel to the tooth pulp, you’ll need a root canal. A root canal removes the damaged part of the tooth, and can be finished with a crown or filling to repair the break.

Whatever your dental needs may be, we’re here to put a smile on your face! Contact Jordan Dentistry for family dental appointments in Cumming, Georgia, from routine teeth cleaning to periodontal procedures and cosmetic services.

How to Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer

You may have heard of oral cancer, but do you know the symptoms and when you should get tested? Here at Jordan Dentistry, we’re here to help ensure that you know the risk factors and signs of oral cancer.

Signs You May Have Oral Cancer

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    You don’t have to be a pro to spot the symptoms of oral cancer.

    White and red patches in the mouth or lips

  • A sore or blister in your mouth that won’t heal
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, moving the jaw, speaking, or moving the tongue
  • Ear pain
  • Change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Unexplained bleeding from the mouth
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat that doesn’t go away
  • Trouble chewing or swallowing
  • Trouble moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
  • Loosening of the teeth or pain around the teeth or jaw
  • Voice changes
  • A lump or mass in the neck
  • Weight loss
  • Constant bad breath

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure

What Is An Oral Cancer Screening Like?

At Jordan Dentistry, we use an instrument called a VELscope during checkups that helps to detect oral cancer. The VELscope is a non-invasive tool that uses visible blue light to identify oral tissue that may look out of the ordinary. Although oral cancer affects mostly people over the age of 55, it is recommended by the American Cancer Society that you be examined for oral cancer every three years for those over the age of 20.

To schedule an examination or ask questions about oral cancer detection, contact us.

Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth: 6 Things You Should Know

smiling toddler with teethWhen it comes to your toddler’s health, only the best will do! So learn how to take care of a toddler’s teeth with these oral health tips:

  1. Teach Proper Brushing and Flossing – Before your child has teeth, you can very gently brush their gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Once their teeth come in, an adult should gently brush them 2 times a day. Generally, children need help brushing until they are roughly 6. They will need help properly flossing until they’re about 10.
  2. Fight “Baby Bottle Decay” – Juice, formula, and milk all contain sugars that feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Falling asleep with a bottle in your toddler’s mouth can worsen this affect leading to tooth decay. If your child sleeps with a bottle, make sure it only contains water to avoid baby bottle decay.
  3. Be Careful of Juice – Juice is often marketed as a healthy drink choice, but it is full of sugars. As such, you should limit your child’s juice consumption.
  4. Don’t Overuse a Sippy Cup – A sippy cup is a popular tool for helping to wean a child off of bottles, but when full of sugary drinks, this can lead to tooth decay.
  5. Don’t Overuse a Pacifier – By age 2 or 3, it’s generally recommended that a child should stop using a pacifier. Too much pacifier use can change the shape of your child’s mouth and mess up the alignment of their teeth.
  6. Get a Checkup! – By baby’s first birthday, they should see a dentist. Early detection of potential problems can lead to healthy teeth and gums and will save money in the long run.

If you have a toddler in your family, contact us for all their Cummings dental care needs!

All About Porcelain Veneers

Happy woman with beautiful smileDental veneers can work wonders to give you a smile makeover… But what are they? If you’ve been considering veneers to upgrade your smile or wondering if veneers are the right choice for you, read on to learn some of the basics.

What are veneers?

Also known as dental veneers or porcelain laminate, veneers are ultra-thin, custom-shaped and tinted shells designed to cover the front of your teeth. Veneers can be an excellent alternative to crowns, or they can be used to brighten teeth or cover discolorations.

Using this method, your dentist can dramatically change your smile by altering the color, the shape, or the size of the veneer shells to give your teeth the appearance you are looking for.

How do veneers work?

Before a veneer is placed on a patient’s teeth, their teeth are buffed to remove a small amount of tooth. Generally, roughly half a millimeter is removed from around the tooth. This gives the dentist the room to carefully bond the veneer to your natural teeth.

How to care for veneers?

Once your veneers are in place, you largely care for them just as you would your normal teeth. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth and veneers (being mindful to not put too much pressure on your veneers) just like before the procedure.

If you are considering veneers or any other Cummings dental services, then contact Jordan Dentistry at (770) 888-6262. We offer the Kor Whitening System, implant restoration, dermafill, custom teeth whitening trays, and more!

Where Does the Tooth Fairy Come From?

child in fairy costumeFebruary 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day! But where does the Tooth Fairy come from?

The Tooth Fairy has been featured in countless movies and cartoons, but her origins are much older than film. Likely the Tooth Fairy is an evolution of the Northern European tradition of tand-fé or tooth fee. The tooth fee dates all the way back to at least the 13th century Ireland, and as the name implies, involves parents paying their children for their lost teeth.

Even earlier than that, Medieval Europeans believed that a person’s tooth could be used by witches to control them, so they developed various practices for “safely” discarding lost teeth. It is likely that these superstitious practices evolved into or influenced the 13th century practice of the tooth fee. From there, there was only a small verbal jump from tooth fee to Tooth Fairy.

The earliest recorded instance of the Tooth Fairy is in a 1908 issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune. Because losing a tooth can painful or even scary for a young child, the issue encourages parents to teach their children about the Tooth Fairy to make the experience of losing a tooth fun and exciting instead of traumatic.

Of course, we hear that the Tooth Fairy prefers healthy teeth over poorly cared for teeth. That’s why children should be excited for their regularly scheduled Cummings dental exams! And if you’re looking for a great Cummings dental office for your child, contact us at (770) 888-6262 to schedule a cleaning for your child.

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!