Friday, September 26, 2008

Our Community

My Community:

Our practice is located in Atlantic Station, Atlanta’s trendy, urban, mixed-use community that is becoming more of a focal point day by day. The question is no longer what can you do down there, and instead is what can’t we do here. The community has multi story business offices, home to Wachovia bank, a number of large law firms, architects, real-estate companies and the future home of BB&T bank. It also has hi-rise living, loft and condo life. There is a ton of shopping from large scale stores such as Ikea, H&M, the banana republics to the smaller unique boutique stores such as K-La and Taste. Socializing is made easy in Atlantic Station. Hanging out at the movie theatre, Ten-pin Alley to bowl, restaurants or sitting out in the quad with a cold stone creamery ice-cream are all simple ways to pass your time, some prefer a more active way so LA-fitness is a great place to get your look great and be healthy.

We, 19th Street Dental, along with Piedmont Physicians, the Eye Gallery, Nani Salon and Spa all participate by promoting wellness in the community for a healthier lifestyle.

Atlantic Station is only 40-50% completed and there is significant growth anticipated over the next few years, so we are proud to be a foundation of a community that is getting national recognition.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nifty “Eggs”periment

Here is a fun and scientific experiment for kids that includes a lesson about why it’s important to brush teeth to make plaque go away.

Gather the items you will need for this experiment:

* 1 hard-boiled egg with the shell on
* 12 ounces of Coke, Pepsi or other dark-colored cola
* 1 container large enough to hold the cola and egg
* 1 plastic bowl
* 1 toothbrush
* 1 drop of fluoride toothpaste
* Clean-up supplies

Explain to your child that plaque is a sticky layer of germs that collects on her teeth. If she doesn’t brush, plaque can cause serious problems for her teeth, for example holes in the teeth (cavities) or swollen gums (gingivitis). Tell her that you are going to do an experiment to see how plaque coats her teeth, and why brushing twice a day is important for healthy teeth and gums.

Conduct the experiment:

1. Make the comparison between the white color of the egg and the while color of your child's teeth.

2. Place the egg into the container and pour the cola over it, so that it completely covers the egg.

3. Let the egg sit in the cola for 24 hours.

4. Remove the egg from the cola. The egg will be stained and yellowish.
5. Explain to your child that the colored layer that has appeared on top of the eggshell is just like the layer of plaque that occurs on her teeth.

6. Place the egg in the plastic bowl and give your child the toothbrush with the drop of toothpaste on it.

7. Let her brush the "plaque" off of the egg. The yellowish film will disappear, exposing the white eggshell. Explain that the same thing happens when she brushes her teeth.

Once the experiment is complete, remember to be sure and mark your calender to schedule a regular checkup appointment every six months!!! This way your child's mouth will stay clean and healthy and their smile will stay bright.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

$1.50 for a Cavity

Vending machines are a quick way to satisfy hunger.
You put in $1.50 and you get back a candy bar, bag of chips or even a soda…but that’s not all!

Vending machines not only dispense sweet treats and
caffeine bursts, but they also dispense cavities!

Every time you chow down on that chocolate bar the bacteria in your mouth have a party feasting on the sugar.

The sugar quickly turns into acid; that’s right, ACID!!!

The acid sits on your teeth and eats away at the tooth’s natural enamel (the stuff that protects your tooth from decay).

When this enamel is eaten away by the acid on your tooth, you get a cavity!

Brushing your teeth after eating a sugary treat can help prevent cavities; but before you indulge remind yourself: “can’t brush? Hold the sugar!”

When choosing a snack, consider these nutritional options that will not only satisfy your hunger and that “sweet tooth”, but won’t cause acid build up resulting in cavities:

  • Fresh Fruits (berries, oranges, melon, pears, etc)
  • Raw Vegetables (broccoli, celery, carrots, etc)
  • Bread
  • Pretzels (low salt)
  • Milk (low or non-fat)
  • Cheese (low or non-fat)
  • Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc)
  • Sliced meat

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Importance of Regular Checkups

Do you brush your teeth two to three times a day? If you do that’s great!!! Don’t forget that it’s also important to also visit the dentist every six months in addition to brushing your teeth a couple times daily. Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral health. Your dentist can:

· Check for problems you might not see of feel
· Detect cavities and early signs of decay
· Treat oral health problems early

During an oral exam the doctor will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Your checkup will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing. If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, it’s time for you to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Toothbrush Trivia

Before the toothbrush was invented, many people actually brushed their teeth with sticks!

The first time in history that people actively cleaned their teeth was between 4000 and 3000 BC in ancient Babylon (the site where Iraq is now). The Babylonians used “chew sticks” – thin twigs or tree roots that were chewed at the end to loosen the fibers and then used like brushes.

Between 2000 and 1000 BC the ancient Chinese used similar twigs to clean their teeth. But the Chinese took it one step further and used twigs from trees with a nice smell. (Perhaps this was an early attempt at breath freshening?)

The next time you brush your teeth, take a moment to be thankful that you have a nice, clean toothbrush with soft bristles – instead of a stick!