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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.

Care For Your Teeth While You Sleep

Now that we’re nearing the start of spring, how are your New Year’s dental health resolutions looking? Maybe you fell off the wagon a bit around Valentine’s Day (don’t feel bad, it happens to the best of us) and need a little pick-me-up. If you’re like most people, this is a busy time of year, and it can be hard to squeeze in one more thing. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some easy ways to improve your oral health while you sleep!

First, switch to an electric toothbrush. Not only will you get a better, more thorough clean, you’ll save yourself some energy. With so many models to choose from, consider writing your brand of toothbrush on your grocery list before you go look for replacement heads.

You should always brush and floss before bed. Eight hours is a long time for bacteria to grow and plaque to solidify, so give your mouth a break by cleaning it before you visit dreamland. Make sure you use a good technique–don’t just slap your toothbrush in there and call it a day. Plan to spend at least two minutes brushing, and another minute or so flossing. Focus on the backs of teeth, which can easily get overlooked.

If you find you’re waking up with a dull headache, a sore jaw, or your partner yelling “stop grinding your teeth!” you may well be grinding your teeth. This can lead to all sorts of dental problems, so come see us at Jordan Dentistry and let’s work out some solutions. Regular visits with your dentist are the best thing you can do for your teeth, so call us today!

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Child’s Dental Health

dental healthFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we bet you’re wondering how to improve your child’s dental health. Don’t be overwhelmed – it’s actually much easier than it sounds!

Consider three simple ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy in 2018:

Implement the 2-2-2 Rule

If your child brushes his teeth for only 30 seconds, his teeth are not getting a good scrub. Teach your kiddo the 2-2-2 rule! Brush and floss your teeth twice a day for two full minutes. (You can set a timer to help him.) And bring your child to Dr. Jordan twice a year for a full cleaning.

Cut Back on Sugary Sweets

Sugary drinks and sweet foods are the main culprits of cavities. When your kiddos eat or drink something sweet, make sure they brush their teeth afterward. This will help eliminate cavities from forming. (Read this informative blog for realistic tips on how to cut back on sugar.)

Teach Your Kids About Dental Health

The more your kids understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean, the more likely they will develop good habits. Talk to them about why a healthy mouth and teeth are important. You can even give them crossword puzzles and coloring pages all about dental hygiene to make learning fun! (This is a great resource if you’re looking for puzzles and coloring sheets.)

After you’ve completed these tips to improve your child’s dental health, make sure you schedule an appointment with Dr. Jordan for a full cleaning. This way, you’re ensuring that hard-to-reach spots in your child’s mouth are getting cleaned. We hope to hear from you soon!

Dental Health Resolutions for 2018

If you were were one of the millions of people who resolved to get healthier in 2018, Jordan Dentistry has news for you. Your dental health is a big factor in your overall wellness! Here are some simple, easy New Year’s Resolutions to improve the health of your smile–and the rest of you.

  • Floss! The simplest of resolutions is also one of the easiest: just floss every day. You’ll be amazed at how much cleaner your mouth will feel (and how much better your breath will be). Set up a specific time and place for the whole family to floss together so nobody has an excuse to say they forgot. Feel free to reward yourselves with something fun like a movie at the end of a successful week!
  • woman wearing scarfLess Soda! Cutting back on sugar is great not only for your dental health, but for your overall health as well. It can be tough to do that, so start small: replace one glass of sugary soda or juice every day with a glass of water instead. See if you don’t notice an improvement in your energy levels, waistline, and dental health.
  • See Your Dentist! Your dentist is your partner in your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile. Schedule an appointment to talk about your goals and concerns, especially if you’ve been a little lax and have missed a cleaning or two.

Getting healthy means more than just hitting the gym, so in 2018, take care of your mouth like you would any other part of your body. Contact Jordan Dentistry to set up an appointment today!

Sugar-Free Treats for Santa!

During this festive time of year, there’s nothing like enjoying cozy evenings at home by the fire, surrounded by twinkling strands of lights–and of course, holiday treats! There’s so much delicious food and drinks to try during the holidays, but all those goodies can do a number on your teeth. Just like in the summer, there are ways to enjoy holiday treats while still taking care of your dental health. Check out some of our favorite low-sugar or sugar-free holiday treats from Jordan Dentistry.Christmas Cookies

  • Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites. Bring a little bit of summer into your holiday with these delicious low-sugar treats. Make them ahead of time, store them in the fridge, and dole them out as an after-dinner treat on special days. Dark chocolate in moderation is better for your teeth than other kinds of candy, and even has some benefits for the rest of your body!
  • Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti. Do you enjoy a little coffee in the mornings? Why not add this holiday goody with it?
  • Fruit. That’s right–don’t forget about simple fruit as a holiday treat. Whether dried cranberries, whole strawberries, peanut butter apples, or frozen raspberries, bananas, or blueberries, fresh fruit has all the sweetness we crave, all the fiber and vitamins we need, and none of the added sugar.

Remember, the key to oral health is to enjoy things in moderation, brush and floss properly, and see your dentist regularly. Contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA with questions or to make an appointment!  

Tips to Cut Down on Sugar

Halloween has come and gone, hopefully without too much overindulgence. That doesn’t mean it’s time to get complacent about sugar, though. The upcoming holidays are full of temptation. Here at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we’re all about eating less sugar without sacrificing fun. Check out our tips to cut back on sugar:

  • Start with breakfast. Many cereals are chock full of sugar, and that’s no way to start the day! Opt for healthier options without sweeteners.
  • Sugar can masquerade as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses, hydrolyzed starch, corn syrup, and many others. Avoid these ingredients when you’re avoiding sugar–you’ll find that it’s harder than you think!
  • Practice moderation. Do you really need dessert every day? Save cookies, cake, etc. for one day a week. You’ll consume less sugar, plus do your budget a favor, and these treats will feel more like treats.
  • Swap out sugary snacks for healthier options like fresh veggies, a handful of nuts, frozen fruits, or sugar-free snacks.
  • Drink more water! No matter how careful they are with food, many people ignore a crucial source of additional sugar: beverages! Obviously, sodas are a huge culprit here, but don’t forget about coffees, teas, and even fruit juices. Swapping these for milk or water is better for your teeth, your body, and your wallet.

Sugar is a cause of the majority of poor oral health and disease. Don’t let it play havoc with your beautiful teeth! Follow these tips and contact Jordan Dentistry for help and support in your journey towards a healthy, happy smile for you and your family.