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How to Avoid a Dental Emergency December 7, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 6:52 pm

Knowing what kinds of things are most likely to put your teeth at risk of injury and taking precautions to protect them can help save you from the pain and expense of a broken tooth and unexpected trips to the dentist. Here are a few things to be aware of:

-Wear a bite guard for any sporting activities. Many dental injuries are caused by falls or blows to the face sustained during sports participation and recreational actives.

-Do not bite into or chew ice or hard candy. Those things are simply too hard for the teeth, and they are not meant for chewing. Unpopped popcorn kernels should also be avoided.

-Use actual tools or scissors- never you teeth-  for things like opening packaging or bottles or untying knots.

-Wear a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth. The wear and tear of clenching and grinding can really take a toll on your teeth.

-Get regular cleanings and check-ups and have any restorative work done within the recommended time frame. Regular exams increase the likelihood of finding potential problems early so they can be taken care of before they become urgent.

Broken teeth are no fun…. Mall of Georgia Dentistry wants to help you take great care of your teeth so that nothing takes away from your occasions to smile!


Thanksgiving Tooth Tips November 23, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 5:57 pm

Thanksgiving is just a few more days away! Because “a healthy smile” deserves a place on the list of things you’re thankful for, here are a few ideas for keeping America’s ultimate day of indulgence a little more tooth-friendly:

Avoid constant grazing. Since preparing and cooking a Thanksgiving feast takes a long time, many families have all-day appetizers while the main meal is being prepared. Having some snacks to keep too much hunger at bay is a-okay, but constant grazing can be hard on your teeth as carbs and sweets are converted to acids that can weaken your enamel after every bite. Taking a break of a few hours between times of eating allows the mouth time to neutralize the acids and teeth to remineralize.

Take it easy on the sticky-sweet foods. Oooey gooey pecan pie may be a Thanksgiving must, but it’s a good idea to lay off that second slice. The stickier and more sugary a food is, the harder it is to wash off the teeth and the longer the exposure to the acid-producing substance. Be sure to drink plenty of water after sticky treats too.

Bring your toothbrush and floss with you. Many people travel an hour or more away from home for their Thanksgiving family gathering. Even if you are just going for the day and not planning any overnight stay, have your toothbrush and floss with you so you can brush up half an hour or so after your meal.

Teeth are an important part of eating and enjoying food all year long, so let’s all take time this holiday to care for and be thankful for the ones we’ve got -even the restorations! That’s not something the earlier settlers and natives had to be thankful for, but we are blessed with excellent prosthetics and restorations in this age of modern dentistry.

Thanksgiving is a time for smiles, so make sure you have yours ready… Happy Thanksgiving from Mall of Georgia Dentistry!


A word about bottled water November 21, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 6:27 pm

We all like it.  Its handy and safe.  But one thing it lacks is something very important to your oral health:

The majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7–1.2 ppm) of fluoride. And, some types of home water treatment systems can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies potentially decreasing the decay-preventive effects of optimally fluoridated water.

As mentioned, fluoride is a major factor in decay prevention.  So if bottled water is the primary way you acquire hydration, you need to look for other sources of fluoride.  For instance a fluoride treatment can be given in the office.   Fluoride can be applied to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish. These treatments contain a much higher level of fluoride than the amount found in toothpastes and mouth rinses. Varnishes are painted on the teeth; foams are put into a mouth guard, which is applied to the teeth for one to four minutes; gels can be painted on or applied via a mouth guard.

Then there are toothpastes and mouth washes that contain fluoride.  The point is, make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of fluoride in order to prevent tooth decay.  If you have any questions, give us a call or talk to us about it on your next visit.

Mall of Georgia Dentistry


TMD Symptoms? November 6, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 12:05 pm

The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the jaw joint, named for the temporal bone of the skull and the mandible bone of the jaw that form the joint. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, usually TMD for short, is any condition of pain or dysfunction in this joint. TMD affects millions of Americans. Symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the jaw joint, face or neck
  • Pain when chewing or stiffness and difficulty speaking or chewing
  • Limited range of motion or locking of the jaw
  • Popping, clicking, or grating noises when chewing, speaking, or opening and closing the mouth
  • Changes in occlusion (the way the teeth fit together when closed)
  • Headaches
  • Aching and pain around the ears

The exact cause of TMD is not always clear, but many factors can be at work to cause or contribute to the above set of symptoms. Bruxism, clenching, and other stress habits of the jaw, jaw injury or dislocation, arthritis, and improper occlusion are all thought to contribute to or exacerbate TMD.

TMD symptoms can be painful and have an adverse effect on your quality of life. Treatment with an oral TMD appliance that helps to reposition the jaw and relieve the malfunction in the joint can improve or completely eliminate symptoms. Dr Vancil is not only experienced with treating TMD in patients but takes a special interest in this often-overlooked but commonly painful condition. If you experience any of the TMD symptoms listed above, please call us at Mall of Georgia Dentistry- we’d love to help you restore the comfort and function of your jaw joint and give you more occasion to smile!


Best and Worst Halloween Candy October 26, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 7:57 pm

It’s late October and Halloween is on the mind. Most of us are looking forward to Trick-or-Treating, so let’s talk candy and how to keep treats from playing mean tricks on your teeth!

The worst Halloween candies are the ones that stick to your teeth. Things like caramels, gummies, and taffy cling to the teeth and are hard to remove. As the sugar sits on your teeth, it’s feeding the bacteria in your mouth and producing enamel-eroding acids. Then there’s the sour candies… sour candies contain acidic ingredients to give them the sour taste, so they already contain acids before the bacteria even get to work on them. Of course, sour candies and that are also sticky and chewy are the worst of the worst.

The best candies are sugar-free hard candies and gum, especially if they use xylitol as the sweetener. Xylitol has an anti-cavity effect. Plain chocolate is also a fairly good choice. Chocolate melts and washes off the teeth more easily than most other sugary Halloween-night goodies.

It is a good idea is to eat candy at meal times or in one limited sitting and follow it by drinking plenty of water to rinse and wash off the teeth. The more frequently you eat candy, the more often you would introduce sugar to the bacteria that love to turn it into acid, so the idea is to keep those times few and far between rather than constantly grazing over the day.

Thanks to the bacteria that live in your mouth, sugar can be hard on your teeth, but you don’t have to avoid all treats! Just be moderate and smart about it, and take great care of your teeth with an impeccable home hygiene routine and regular dental visits. Dr. Vanci and the Mall of Georgia Dentistry team want all our patients and friends to have a really smiley Halloween!


Oral health helps the whole body October 24, 2014

Filed under: Dental health — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 11:35 am

Athletes are taught from an early age to take care of their body. Without good care, they’ll not be as competitive as they might be. They know if they’re not fit, they have less chance of success. And those going to the Olympics face a serious set of challenges. It takes years and years of preparation, An intensive training regimen, and a long series of trials before anyone can qualify for the Olympics.

But a recent study done of athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games revealed one part of total health that seems to have been overlooked.

“Oral health is important for well-being and successful elite sporting performance,” says Professor Ian Needleman of the Eastman Dental Institute, part of University College in London. “many professional athletes do not have sufficient support for their oral health needs.”

In a study of athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Dr. Needleman’s group found that over half of the participants had dental caries (tooth decay), three-quarters had gingivitis (early gum disease), and that 15% showed signs of periodonitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Furthermore, 18% of the athletes said they thought poor oral health was negatively impacting their training or performance.

Dr. Needleman points out that poor oral health doesn’t just impact an athlete’s confidence or comfort level. “infection in the mouth, four instance from periodontal disease, increases the level of inflammation in the rest of the body, and this can impair performance as well as increase the risk of injury.”

The point, of course, is that oral health is a very important part of your whole health. No matter how hard they train, even elite athletes can hurt their performance by not addressing their oral health. And that’s true for all of us. So make your oral health a priority and it will also help your overall body’s health as well.

Mall of Georgia Dentistry


What’s the Matter with Malocclusion? October 14, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 1:46 pm

Malocclusion is misalignment of the way the teeth fit together, such as with crowding, gaps, overbite or underbite, rotated or twisted teeth, or other problems with the “bite” or way the teeth align and occlude. Although a large part of malocclusion is genetic and inherited, certain activities can contribute to it. Here are a few things, including some that you should be sure to avoid or to discourage in your children, that can contribute to malocclusion:

  • Prolonged use of pacifier or bottle after infancy
  • Thumb sucking
  • Abnormal or impacted teeth
  • Trauma or injury
  • Improperly fitted dental restoration or orthodontic devices
  • Other medical or developmental disorders of the mouth or face

To help prevent or minimize malocclusion, parents are encouraged to limit pacifier or bottle use and thumb sucking to help prevent them for causing changes in jaw. Beginning treatment to correct malocclusion early is helpful in minimizing symptoms and problems. Malocclusion may cause symptoms such as discomfort when chewing or biting, bruxism, speech or breathing problems, altered facial appearance, a misaligned appearance of the teeth, as well as other long-term effects that can compromise the health and integrity of teeth. Some examples of that would be bruising and nerve injury or nerve death for teeth that receive the brunt of the bite force of the jaw over time, or increased risk of caries between crowded teeth that are difficult to clean around properly.

Treatment for malocclusion may include braces or orthodontic procedures, extractions, placement or replacement of dental restorations, and in some severe cases, jaw surgery or wiring. Seeking orthodontic treatment with a focus on occlusion as well as appearance of the teeth is usually the best treatment for most cases.

Since Dr. Vancil is very aware of the problems that can arise from a “bad bite”, he is a serious proponent of the importance of proper occlusion…. don’t be surprised about how much you can learn about it at Mall of Georgia Dentistry! So if you have any questions or concerns about malocclusion, give our office a call and see if we can help improve you or your child’s smile!



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