General Oral Health FAQ

Most of us do not visit a dentist regularly. We only show up when there is an emergency or a dental issue arises. Many oral issues do not show symptoms until they reach an advanced stage. Visiting a dentist regularly will help you with the early detection of any potential oral disease.

A dental checkup involves a dentist enquiring about your recent medical history. A full mouth examination will be followed and then the dentist will determine whether you need an x-ray or not. Followed by a treatment plan which will decide what special dental instruments are to be used for checking your gums. Overall dental health is evaluated following an oral cancer screening.

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes is recommended strongly by dental experts. Pick a brush with soft bristles that fits well into your mouth and non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Place the toothbrush at a 45° angle to the gums. Now move your brush gently back and forth in short and wide strokes. Make sure you brush the outer surface, the inner surface, and the chewing surface of your teeth. Remove the bacteria from your mouth by brushing your tongue too.

Flossing is a vital part of your oral health routine care. Therefore, the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day for optimal dental health. Flossing removes plaque from those areas where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Dental care requires personalized care you need.Your first visit may indicate whether the dental practice is the right fit or not. “Health Smiles of Georgia” create healthy, beautiful and affordable smiles for every member of your family.

This emergency requires visiting a dentist immediately. In the meantime, you reach the dental clinic.

  • Try to keep your knocked-out tooth moist. 
  • If possible, try placing it back into the socket without contacting the roots. 
  • Dip it in the milk or keep it in between your cheeks and gums.

In case of a toothache, rinse your mouth with luke-warm water for cleaning. Make use of dental floss gently to remove any food trapped between your teeth. If the pain still continues, visit our dental office at Alpharetta, Georgia.

Dental x-rays offer safety. However, like any x-ray, it needs low levels of radiation. There is nothing to be worried about as dental tools and techniques are designed to limit our body’s exposure to radiation.

Covid FAQ

Yes, it is safe to visit as dental practices have implemented various procedures to ensure everyone’s safety. Some of the measures are:

  • Dental appointments are lengthened and staggered.
  • Pre-appointment screening.
  • Temperature checking of staff and patients.
  • Infection control and prevention procedures.
  • Measures to mitigate aerosol.
  • Installation of air purifier machines.
  • Personal protective equipment.

At Healthy Smiles of Georgia, we take all the necessary precautions and measures for our patient’s well being.

Pre-appointment – Your dental office will contact you before your visit and ask certain questions regarding your health. That is done to ensure that patients arriving at the dental clinic are healthy. You might be asked to limit the number of people to be brought during the appointment. It means you might be asked to leave your children at home and let your older children visit independently. 

During the appointment – You are required to wear a mask when you visit the click. You may be asked to wait outside for a while until they are ready to see you. That limits the patients’ contact with each other. Before you enter the office, your temperature would be measured.

At the dental office, you may observe changes like any toys, magazines or other stuff are removed that patients would touch. Additional measures will be taken by the dentist too for your and your dental protection.

Post-appointment – Once your appointment is over, the staff will disinfect and clean the area thoroughly where you’ve been for the next patient’s risk-free appointment.

Suppose you observe any covid-19 related symptoms within 14 days of your visit to the dental office. Contact us immediately so that anyone in the dental office who has been in contact with you is informed.

Dental treatment needs close dentist-patient contact. Therefore, dental offices follow infection control and prevention guidelines with each of their patients to avoid any infection from person to person. That includes dentists and staff wearing changed masks and gloves with each patient. Disinfection, cleanings and sterilization is strictly followed.

Infection prevention and control procedures are a set of risk management measures and standard precautions required to be followed by health care providers to prevent the transmission of diseases. This approach offers a high level of protection to patients and health care workers.

It includes standard measures to be provided to everyone, whether they appear infectious or symptomatic or not. Below are the transmission related measures:

  • Hand hygiene.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Needlestick and sharps injury prevention.
  • Respiratory hygiene.
  • Waste Disposal.
  • Safe injection practices.

The new normal has improved these infection control procedures more at every dental office.

As the virus persists, it has become more than important to look after your oral health by practicing a good oral care routine.

Our oral health is connected to overall health. Our mouth lets us eat, talk, drink and smile, but medical health conditions like diabetes, kidney or heart diseases affect our dental health. People having such conditions and weaker immunity are at greater risk of viruses.

Here are some of the good home health routine to be followed during covid-19:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes.
  • Flossing at least once a day.
  • Having a balanced diet.
  • Keep your body healthy and active by exercising.
  • Washing your hands before eating, brushing or touching your mouth with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Teledentistry comes under telemedicine, where patients can receive health care services remotely through videoconferencing technology. This procedure is quite effective during covid times when you are far away from the dentist to travel and avoid exposure to the virus. The patient affected by a coronavirus and having dental issues can also benefit from teledentistry.

If you feel you are experiencing an oral emergency and need immediate care, contact the dentist at Healthy Smiles of Georgia immediately and explain the condition. Dentist will suggest to you whether you need an urgent appointment or not.

Dental services FAQ

Teeth whitening is the most effective and easy solution to whiten your discolored and stained teeth and offer a gorgeous and healthy whiter smile. This can be achieved at the dental office by a dentist conducting the procedure in less than an hour or with the help of at-home whitening trays designed by dentists.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering, also known as a dental cap, placed on the top of your teeth, covering the entire tooth for an improved appearance, shape and size.

Given below are some situations where a dental crown is needed:

  • Protecting a weak tooth from breaking by holding together the cracked parts.
  • Restoration of an already broken tooth or severely worn-out tooth.
  • Holding a dental bridge in place.
  • Covering a dental implant.
  • To restore mis-sharpen or severely discolored teeth.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made up of titanium posts to be placed into your jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth. These implants hold a replacement tooth, bridge and denture for an improved smile. They are made up of biocompatible material to fuse into your jawbone completely. Dentists will surgically place them into your jawbone after determining whether you are suitable for implants are not.

Root canal treatment saves your teeth from extraction if your dental pulp has been infected or inflamed. Root canal has a bad reputation among patients thinking it of an excruciating procedure. However, the disease is to be blamed and not the cure. The treatment will cause you discomfort, not more than filling would. Root canal relieves us of the excruciating pain from int infection and disease.

Dental Veneers are custom-made wafer-thin shells that are bonded into the surface of your teeth for an enhanced appearance. They are durable and created out of tooth-colored materials.

You need to ask the dentist which option is right for you. If the required changes are minor, then cosmetic bonding is an appropriate choice.  If teeth are spaced, cracked, chipped dark, and the patient clenches or grinds their teeth, then porcelain veneers may be the preferred option.

Nobody can expect a tooth restoration to last for a lifetime. If you take proper care and follow regular oral health habits, the life of your tooth-restoration will increase for a long time.