Thursday, December 31, 2009

Our Philosophy at 19th Street Dental

Dr. Patel and his team at 19th Street Dental know a beautiful smile is one of your greatest assets—and is a reflection of happiness, confidence, high self-esteem and good health. The team at 19th Street Dental are dedicated to providing our patients with comfortable, convenient and quality dentistry—and we strive to offer a lifetime of dental excellence. Happy New Year from all of us. We wish you nothing but the best in 2010!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Season’s Greetings from 19th Street Dental

In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as Dr. Patel and his team at 19th Street Dental reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? A clean slate for 2010? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food? Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year?

We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to stay away from those sweets!

Friday, December 18, 2009

A great article about changes in dentistry, from 19th Street Dental

The world around us is always changing and evolving, whether it’s the latest gadget you ordered online or the high-tech braces on your teeth! Recently, Dr. Patel and his team read an article in the New York Times about dental implants, and how they are becoming increasingly favored over bridges to replace lost teeth. One thing to remember about dental implants is that they need to be cared for just like your regular teeth; daily brushing and flossing are a must!

Call us today to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Patel to discuss your implant options.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Fun at Atlantic Station and 19th Street Dental

It's holiday season, which means people are out and about shopping and partaking in holiday-related events. Did you know 19th Street Dental is located in Atlantic Station, one of Atlanta's premier shopping hubs? Atlantic Station boasts some of the city's best restaurants, some of the area’s best shopping, and much, much more. It's a "city within a city," and Dr. Patel and his team are proud to be Atlantic Station’s exclusive dental center!

Now through December 21, Atlantic Station is hosting a series of fun events, including visits by Santa, live music, holiday discounts from local shops and a New Year's eve party! If you're planning to be in the area, drop by for a whitening to get ready for those holiday parties! We offer holiday gift certificates as well!

Give us a call for more information! We look forward to seeing you!

--Dr. Patel and team

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What do you love about 19th Street Dental?

From your very first visit to 19th Street Dental, Dr. Patel and his team strive to provide superior treatment in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. Have you been especially impressed by Dr. Patel? Did our team go out of their way to make your day? Do you love your new smile?

Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, we’d love to hear your feedback on our networks. Or, you can tell us by giving us a call!

Thank you,
The team at 19th Street Dental

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Helping you prepare for cold and flu season, from Dr. Patel and team

Traditionally cold and flu season starts in Fall, but this year it seems to have started much earlier and with the number of patients canceling appointments because of flu and H1N1 symptoms 19th Street Dental is taking additional precautions to help prevent the spread of germs.

To promote a healthy and clean environment, we give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our office at all times as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces.

For the protection of other patients and our staff, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.

Maintaining and protecting oral hygiene equipment is also important this flu season. To protect your toothbrush from bacteria follow these steps:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace toothbrush after every cold or flu or every 3-4 months when bristles appear worn

Hope this helps and give us a call if you have any questions! Stay healthy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Having Trouble Picking Out Gifts this Holiday Season? We've Got an Idea!

The holidays are almost upon us. Are you having trouble picking out presents for your friends and family this holiday season? Dr. Patel and team suggest giving your loved ones a reason to smile this season with a gift certificate to our office. Give us a call for more information!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

--Dr. Patel and the team at 19th Street Dental

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dr. Patel wants to know: What are you up to in November?

October is long gone, and—believe it or not—we’re almost in full holiday mode! But before we forget about the spooky month that just wrapped up, we’d like to know how you celebrated Halloween! What did you wear? How much candy did you get? Did you have fun?

If you have any photos or videos that you would like to share with us, please send them our way! We hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween! Also, what are you up to this month? Anything exciting happening in your life? If so, Dr. Patel and staff would love to hear all about it.

Have a great week!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Getting Married This Fall? Let Dr. Patel Give You a Brighter Smile!

It’s Fall. Leaves are turning shades of orange and red, the wind is picking up and getting cooler, and pumpkin patches are full of bright orange pumpkins. Families gather together, kids head out trick-or-treating, and as always, wedding bells are ringing. That's right, Fall is one of the best times of year to tie the knot! If you are gearing up for a wedding this Fall, consider matching that white dress to a perfectly white smile!

Dr. Patel offers in-office tooth whitening for the bride, the groom, or the entire wedding party! You get the girls together to get their nails done, and now you can get them together to get their teeth done!

In-office whitening is the quickest, most effective way to achieve whiter teeth. Because we are dental professionals, we have the expertise to use higher percentages of whitening agents than the at-home systems allow. So you can get a brighter white, usually in just one visit!

Give us a call and let us add some extra sparkle to your “I do”!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Beware of Sour Candy on Halloween - Dr. Patel

It's almost Halloween, and Dr. Patel understands sour candy is a part of any Halloween celebration. But while sour candies can be delicious, they are arguably as unhealthy for your teeth as sweet candy. The reason is, sour candies tend to be very acidic, and are capable of burning your cheeks and gums while wearing down the enamel on your teeth.

In 2008, our friends at the Minnesota Dental Association released a study which suggested the amount of acid in sour candies may eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. We at 19th Street Dental would like to remind you that if you should experience a craving for sour candies on Halloween or in the future, please:

1. Remember to rinse your mouth with water immediately after consuming candy, drink milk, or eat a couple pieces of cheese.

2. Do not brush immediately after consuming sour candy. The candy's acidic nature tends to soften tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth can mean abrading the enamel.

3. Limit the amount of sour candies that you consume on a daily basis. If you do indulge, remember not to suck or chew on sour candies for long periods of time.

If tooth erosion has already begun, ask us about ways to reduce sensitivity and continue to protect your teeth.

Hope this helps! Dr. Patel and staff wish you a happy and safe Halloween!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Take Dr. Patel's POP QUIZ!

Dr. Patel wants to know, where does all that soda pop go?

On average, the typical person consumes over 50 gallons of soda pop per year! The amount of acid and sugar found in a can of soda can cause serious tooth decay and lead to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss!

We at 19th Street Dental know that you don’t want to lose your teeth, so take the soda pop quiz, presented by the Minnesota Dental Association, and learn more about how to keep your smile healthy.

It’s a fun interactive quiz, so enjoy and have a great rest of the week!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cosmetic dentist. General dentist. How are they different?

We at 19th Street Dental like to tell our patients that with us, you get two dentists for one. You get the care and attention to your good oral health that any good general dentist provides. But on top of that, you get a dentist who understands the impact of a bright smile and straight teeth.

Cosmetic dentists undergo extra training to stay on the leading edge of restorative techniques. We can whiten teeth, perform implants, add veneers, even straighten minor crooked teeth. All the while, we’re keeping an eye on your dental health. Your teeth will be in great shape, and your smile will be stunning!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

National Dental Hygiene Month

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? Fall is here, and Halloween is coming soon, but now it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene.

All those sweet, sour and sticky candies may taste great, but these treats can damage your teeth and braces too! Did you know sour candies can be acidic to your teeth, and actually wear down the enamel that protects them? This can cause tooth decay and cavities! After eating these candies, be sure to wash your mouth out with water, drink milk or eat a few slices of cheese. These will help neutralize the acid in your mouth (wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth with toothpaste, as this can actually increase the effects of acid on your teeth)

Besides cavities and tooth decay, many people do not realize that good oral health and hygiene are important to your overall health too! Research is discovering the connection between periodontal disease and other major health concerns, such as heart disease! Therefore, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine: see Dr. Patel every six months, brush and floss daily and use an antibacterial mouthwash.

Make a resolution to improve your oral health for October, the National Dental Hygiene Month!

--19th Street Dental

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Professional Whitening Trays

You've seen the toothpastes and mouthwashes aimed at giving you a whiter smile. These in-home products can help reduce stains from coffee, tobacco, tea, wine and other heavily pigmented foods, but they will not dramatically change the color of the teeth.

We're sure you have also seen the over the counter whitening strip kits. While these can work well for young adults and teens, their effect for adults is often not as effective. These strips only treat the front six or eight teeth, and cannot whiten your entire smile.

So what is the answer? One of the methods we offer at 19th Street Dental is professional custom whitening trays. These are an easy way to whiten all of your teeth and allow you more control of the whitening process. Once we create your trays in the office, the whitening kit can be used in-home, and comes with custom whitening gel in various strengths depending on the sensitivity of your teeth.

These trays are comfortable to wear, and the application time is only about 15 to 30 minutes. If you have been considering a teeth whitening solution, give us a call at 404-567-8900 today!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Swine Flu Update

CDC Swine Flu Update

Key Flu Indicators

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView. During the week of September 6-12, 2009, a review of the key indictors found that influenza activity continued to increase in the United States compared to the prior weeks. Below is a summary of the most recent key indicators:

* Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) are increasing nationally. Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness are higher than what is expected during this time of year and have increased for five consecutive weeks now. This is very unusual for this time of year.

* Total influenza hospitalization rates for adults and children are similar to or lower than seasonal influenza hospitalization rates depending on age group, but are higher than expected for this time of year.

* The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was low and within the bounds of what is expected at this time of year.

* Twenty-one states are reporting widespread influenza activity at this time. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Any reports of widespread influenza activity in September are very unusual.

* Almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far are 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses. These viruses remain similar to the viruses chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir with rare exceptions.

Vaccination of Specific Populations
Who should be vaccinated? Children, persons aged 50-64 years, healthcare personnel, close contacts of immunocompromised persons, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, travelers, and the general population.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Imagining Your Life With Invisalign

Are you wondering what Invisalign treatment is really like, and what effect it will have on your day-to-day activities? Will it slur your speech? Will people know you're in treatment? You're not alone in your concerns! Following are a list of questions and answers for anyone pondering Invisalign treatment.

How exactly does Invisalign work?

Using 3-D computer imaging technology, Invisalign creates a series of custom-made, clear aligners exclusively for your teeth, based on the treatment plan that we specify for you. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

Will I experience pain during treatment?

Most people experience temporary discomfort for a few days after a new aligner is placed. This feeling of pressure is normal and is a sign that Invisalign is working by sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination.

Can other people see that I'm in treatment?

One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

Can I smoke during treatment?

We discourage smoking while wearing the aligners as they may become discolored.

Are there any foods I cannot eat while in treatment?

You can eat normally during the entire course of treatment. One of the advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. Simply take the aligners out before each meal, brush when you're finished eating, then reinsert the aligners afterward.

What about chewing gum?

We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks, as gum and other chewy substances can stick to the aligners.

How often must I wear my aligners?

Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing, and flossing.

Will my speech be affected by the aligners?

As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners may temporarily affect your speech. If this does happen, your tongue will adjust within a day or two and your speech should return to normal.

How can I clean my aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

How often must I visit your office during treatment?

For most patients, visits every 4-6 weeks are frequent enough for us to determine that your treatment is progressing properly. 19th Street Dental will provide you with a specific schedule that supports your individual treatment plan.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cosmetic Options for a beautiful smile!

There are many treatment options available to you with cosmetic dentistry that allows you and your doctor to create that beautiful smile you have not only dreamed of, but the smile that you deserve.

Some of your basic cosmetic options include natural tooth colored fillings, porcelain, metal, or composite crowns that strengthen and improve the shape of your teeth, and bonding to repair slight chips, discolorations, or crooked teeth.

If you are missing any teeth, it is very important to replace them. Dental implants are made of steel and porcelain and look just like your natural tooth. You may also want to consider a bridge. Bridges are made up of two crowns and a natural looking false tooth that are supported on both sides by your natural teeth.

Another option is Veneers; custom designed “shells” that cover your natural tooth to enhance your teeth for a more aesthetic smile.

If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry, and all of the wonderful options available to you, please call our practice at 404-567-8900 to schedule an appointment and consultation.

--19th Street Dental

Thursday, September 3, 2009

When was your last dental checkup?

Even if you brush and floss daily, it is still important to see Dr. Patel and the 19th Street Dental Team every 6 months. Why?

-We can detect and treat tooth and gum problems that you may have never felt or noticed.

-Even thorough daily oral care may not be enough to prevent cavities and oral decay.

-Frequent visits can allow us to treat a problem early to prevent future complications.

If you are overdue for an appointment with us, call 404-567-8900 today!

--19th Street Dental

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Sour Smile is not a Happy Smile, From 19th Street Dental

It’s no secret that sweet, sugary candies and drinks have an adverse effect of the health of your smile, but what about sour or tart candies? We at 19th Street Dental thought you might want to know what kind of an effect does eating or drinking something sour have on my smile?

Recent research from the Minnesota Dental Association suggests that the amount of acid in sour candies is enough to eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. Here are a few souring facts about sour candies, and some helpful tips on how to protect your teeth from 19th Street Dental (even if you cannot give up sour candies all together).


-Sour candies can be very acidic, and may actually burn the gums and cheeks, while weakening and wearing down the enamel on your teeth. (Check the acid levels in some of your favorite candies)

-It can take almost 20 minutes for the acid in sour candies to become neutral. Holding the acid in your mouth by sucking on sour hard candies or chewing sour gummies can keep the acid active for more than 20 minutes.

-The acid in sour candies can cause cavities and severe tooth decay.

Protect your teeth

-Limit the amount of sour candies that you eat on a daily basis, and if you do indulge, remember not to suck or chew on sour candies for long periods of time.

-After eating sour candies, rinse your mouth out with water, drink milk, or eat a couple slices of cheese. This will help neutralize the acid in your mouth (wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth with toothpaste, as this can actually increase the effects of acid on your teeth)

-If tooth erosion has already begun, ask your dentist about ways you can help reduce sensitivity and continue to protect your teeth.

Hope this helps! From 19th Street Dental.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

19th Street Dental Around the Web

If you've ever visited us at 19th Street Dental, you already know that we love connecting with our patients. We love the ability to communicate with all of you online too! Besides our web site and our blog, 19th Street Dental is on many other networks too!

* Share a video with us, or watch one of ours on YouTube

* View and comment on our photos on MySpace

* Write a review about your 19th Street Dental experience on Yelp

See you around the web!

--19th Street Dental

Friday, August 14, 2009

Write a Review of 19th Street Dental

Whether you have visited us for a week or for years, we love to hear your feedback about 19th Street Dental. Now with the internet, it is even easier to write your thoughts and share them with the world. We want to encourage you to write a review of us of Yelp. It only takes a moment!

Thank you!

--Dr. Patel

Friday, August 7, 2009

Summer Fun with 19th Street Dental!

Its summer here at 19th Street Dental, a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories. Whether you are headed to a barbeque, a camping trip, or just having fun in the sun, we want to hear about it! Leave a comment on our blog and tell us about your summer!

Happy Travels,

-From 19th Street Dental

Friday, July 31, 2009

Getting Married? Smile Bright At 19th Street Dental

It’s Summer and you know what that means – it’s the most popular time of the year for weddings! If you are gearing up for a wedding this summer, consider matching that white dress to a perfectly white smile!

At 19th Street Dental we offer in-office tooth whitening for the bride, the groom, or the entire wedding party! You get the girls together to get their nails done, and now you can get them together to get their teeth done!

In-office whitening is the quickest, most effective way to achieve whiter teeth. Because we are dental professionals, we have the expertise to use higher percentages of whitening agents than the at-home systems allow. So you can get a brighter white, usually in just one visit!

Give us a ring at 404-567-8900 and let us add some extra sparkle to your “I do”!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Taking Care of Your Toothbrush, from Dr. Patel

You know your toothbrush is a vital tool for the proper care of your teeth – but do you know the best way to take care of your toothbrush? Following are some guidelines for toothbrush care from 19th Street Dental:

One toothbrush should have one owner.

If you share your toothbrush, you could also be sharing bodily fluids and bacteria, increasing your risk of infection.

Toothbrushes need privacy, too.

For the same reason, when storing brushes, make sure they are placed in such a way that they can't touch each other.

Give your toothbrush some space.

Keep your brush in a clean, well-ventilated spot and make sure it has time to dry in between uses. Keeping your toothbrush in a closed, moist space regularly can encourage the growth of germs.

Showering is good for your toothbrush.

Before and after each use, rinse your toothbrush under running water to eliminate excess toothpaste and other residue. Rub your fingers along the bristles – but only after washing your hands; no use substituting one set of germs for another. When you're finished, shake out the brush to accelerate drying.

Let your toothbrush indulge in a nice bath.

You may be able to reduce the amount of bacteria on your brush by soaking it in anti-bacterial mouthwash after each use.

Don't get too attached to your toothbrush.

Swap your old toothbrush for a new one at least as often as every three to four months. Keep an eye out for frayed bristles and replace sooner if necessary. The more worn the bristles, the less effective brushing is. Of course, if you've been sick with the flu, a cold, or a mouth infection, say goodbye to your toothbrush and move on to a new, germ-free one immediately.

Beware of too-good-to-be-true toothbrush-cleaning products.

Some products profess to being designed to "sanitize" your toothbrush. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there is no conclusive evidence that these products provide any particular benefit to your health. The ADA also encourages consumers to be wary of products claiming to "sterilize" your toothbrush, as there is currently no data to support such claims.

Don't trust Aunt Minnie's toothbrush-cleaning advice.

Although they certainly mean well, and they're clearly creative, your friends and relatives with home-cooked ideas about cleaning toothbrushes may not be the safest sources of information. Dishwashers, microwaves, and boiling water are no substitute for simply buying a new brush – and in fact could damage your brush, rendering it less effective.

Remember – what's good for the toothbrush is good for the teeth!

--Dr. Patel

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Is Invisalign for You? Dr. Patel Explains

Effective for a wide range of smiles.

Dr. Patel has been successful in giving amazing smiles to both teens and adults. We will create your individual treatment plan using Invisalign's clear, custom-molded aligners to solve a range of issues, including:

  • Overly crowded teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

No disruption to your daily life.

Now nothing comes between your lifestyle and having an incredible smile. Because Invisalign offers you comfort, convenience and virtual invisibility during treatment. With Invisalign, you can:

Be as active as you like because Invisalign won't hold you back
Remove your aligners for special events, eating and brushing
Feel more confident everywhere you go

Look your best during treatment.

Invisalign is clear and practically invisible, so nothing gets in the way of your new smile. No wonder Invisalign is the choice of over half a million people.

Unobtrusive in business meetings or social gatherings
No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth
Many people won't notice you're wearing aligners

Ask us about Invisalign today.

It's easy to see if you're a candidate for Invisalign treatment. Give Dr. Patel a call at (404)567-8900 today to set up a consultation.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bottled Water May Be Behind Tooth Troubles, from Dr. Patel

We at 19th Street Dental want you to know that as more families turn to bottled water and away from the tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient that most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride!

As of 2005, bottled water is second only to soft drinks as the most popular drink in the United States, beating out milk, juice, and – more significantly – tap water. Between 2001 and 2006, the amount of bottled water sold in the U.S. rose an average of 10% per year. And many dental health specialists point to bottled water’s increased popularity as the culprit behind rising rates of cavities.

Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. The benefits of fluoride were noticed in the early part of the twentieth century, when researchers found communities with low levels of tooth decay. It turned out that these towns had measurable levels (around 1 part per million) of fluoride in their drinking water.

Beginning in the 1940s, communities have fluoridated their water supplies, and dentists have seen a significant decline in cavities ever since. The American Dental Association endorses both community water fluoridation and the use of fluoride-containing products as a safe means of preventing tooth decay. Between tap water and toothpaste, most of us get sufficient amounts of fluoride.

But if your family avoids fluoridated tap water in favor of ever-more-popular bottled water, you could be missing out on the levels of fluoride necessary to make a difference in your oral health.

If bottled water is your water of choice, check the label to make sure that your brand contains fluoride. As of a 2006 decision, the FDA allows bottled water containing .6 to 1.0 milligrams per liter of fluoride to carry a label stating that fluoridated water may reduce the risk of dental cavities or tooth decay. The ADA has backed this decision.

Of course, simply drinking fluoridated water is not a magic ticket to perfect teeth. To keep your choppers in tip-top shape, it’s important to brush and floss daily and avoid sugary sweets, in addition to maintaining your fluoride intake and visiting us at 19th Street Dental regularly.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Edition to the 19th Street Dental Family!

If you visited 19th Street Dental last fall, you probably know that our office coordinator Stephanie was expecting!
Makenna Maxine was born on November 11th (also Dr. Patel's birthday!)
Congratulations to Stephanie and her husband Bob on their sweet little girl!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cardiodontics: The Heart Mouth Connection from 19th Street Dental

If you have been told you have periodontal disease (also known as gum disease or periodontitis), you're not alone. An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of the disease! Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.

Gum disease is a threat to your oral health. Research is also pointing to health effects of periodontal diseases that go well beyond your mouth. So we at 19th Street Dental want to let you know some interesting facts and ways to treat the disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

"Perio" means around, and "dontal" refers to teeth. Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures around the teeth, including the gums and the bones that hold the teeth. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis – an infection of the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the tissues are involved, including the bone. Bacteria that live and reproduce on the teeth and gums cause periodontal disease.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Symptoms may include the following:
--redness or bleeding of gums while brushing teeth or using dental floss
--halitosis, or bad breath
--gum recession, resulting in apparent lengthening of teeth
--"pockets" between the teeth and gums indicating that the bone which holds the teeth in the mouth is dissolving
--loose teeth
Gum inflammation and bone destruction are largely painless. Hence, people may wrongly assume that painless bleeding after teeth cleaning is insignificant, although this may be a symptom of progressing periodontitis. If your hands bled when you washed them, you would be concerned. Yet, many people think it's normal if their gums bleed when they brush or floss.

Periodontal Disease Affects Your Health

Periodontal disease is a putrid, festering infection of the mouth. Bacteria and inflammatory particles can enter the bloodstream through ulcerated and bleeding gums and travel to the heart and other organs. In recent years, gum disease has been linked to a number of health problems. Researchers are studying possible connections between gum disease and:
--Heart disease: Gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease. Gum disease also is believed to worsen existing heart disease.
--Stroke: Gum disease may increase the risk of the type of stroke caused by blocked arteries
--Diabetes: People with diabetes and periodontal disease may be more likely to have trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetics with healthy gums.
--Premature births: A woman who has gum diseases during pregnancy may be more likely deliver her baby too early and the infant may be more likely to be of low birth weight.

Combating Periodontal Disease

--See your dentist! See your dentist every six months for a checkup! Regular professional cleanings and checkups make you feel good, look good, and could be a lifesaver!
--Brush and floss daily. Take your time and do it right!
--Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash. Daily use of an anti-bacterial mouthwash helps to disinfect the teeth and gums, and reduces the number of bacteria.
--Straighten your teeth. Crowded teeth are nearly impossible to keep clean. Orthodontic treatment can greatly reduce inflammation and periodontal disease.

--19th Street Dental

Monday, June 22, 2009

How To Stay Young And Healthy from Dr. Patel

Whether you’re 5 or 50, your health depends on your awareness of what’s good for you. But in a world filled with fad diets, blaring advertisements, and unintelligible ingredient lists, we at 19th Street Dental know it can be difficult to determine exactly what is good for you – and what’s not.

For straightforward guidance on how to live a long, healthy life, we recommend Brush Your Teeth! And Other Simple Ways to Stay Young and Healthy by Dr. David Ostreicher. The book sums up good health in six fundamental principles: hygiene, diet, attitude, exercise, sleep and personal safety.

Drawing on nearly three decades of experience as an orthodontist and professor of health and nutrition, Dr. Ostreicher definitively answers age-old debates, like the best way to prevent colds and flu (your mom was right: wash your hands). He provides straight talk on a variety of diet choices including salt, fats, carbs and organic food, and he documents the importance of regular sleep, stress reduction and positive thinking to your overall health. His suggestions throughout are simple, clear, and inexpensive.

Dr. Ostreicher advocates a back-to-basics, common-sense approach to staying young and healthy. We at 19th Street Dental couldn’t agree more, and we’d like to repeat the title of his book as our favorite piece of advice: don’t forget to Brush Your Teeth!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Oral Piercing: Is It Worth It? 19th Street Dental Explains

Piercing, like tattooing, is one of today’s popular forms of “body art” and self-expression. If you’re thinking about getting a piercing – or if you already have one or more – we at 19th Street Dental want to share some health risks you should know about.

Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common complication of oral piercing. Just touching your mouth jewelry (tongue barbells and lip and cheek labrettes) can lead to infection. Many people who have piercings tend to regularly touch them – which is a perfect opportunity for bacteria from hands to enter piercing sites. Also, food particles that collect around piercing sites can lead to infection.

Pain and swelling are other possible side effects of piercing. Your tongue – the most popular piercing site in the mouth – could swell large enough to close off your airway! Piercing also can cause uncontrollable bleeding or nerve damage. Damage to the tongue’s blood vessels can cause serious blood loss.

The hoop, ring, stud, and barbell-shaped jewelry can hinder your ability to talk and eat. Some people also develop a habit of biting or playing with their piercings – which can lead to cracked, scratched teeth; gum damage and recession; and sensitive teeth. There may also be a need for restorations, such as crowns or fillings, and additional dental treatment due to piercings.

Consider the potential pitfalls of piercing carefully before getting one. Keep in mind that it will be an added responsibility to your life, and will need regular upkeep. Make sure that you’re committed to the task of taking care of it for the full healing period and beyond.

If you have an oral piercing, pay special attention to it. Clean the piercing with antiseptic mouthwash after eating, and brush the jewelry when you brush your teeth. Of course, let us know at 19th Street Dental if you have any questions.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Parsley and Other Ways To Brighten Your Smile from 19th Street Dental

At 19th Street Dental we see lots of patients concerned about their bad breath. So we want to educate you about what you can do to really keep your chompers clean and breath minty fresh!

Naturally, good oral hygiene is the first set. With proper brushing and regular dental checkups you can keep bad breath (halitosis) in check.

Certain foods, medications, smoking, sinus issues, or even gum disease cause most bad breath. If the stink lingers for longer than 24 hours, you should see us at 19th Street Dental. It might be something more serious, like dehydration, zinc deficiency, diabetes, liver failure, kidney failure, or even certain kinds of cancers!

In the meantime, here are some home remedies to keep you smiling bright from 19th Street Dental.

--Spice Up Your Life

Snack on some cloves, fennel, or anise after each particularly odorous snack.
--Don’t forget the tongue
Lots of people brush their teeth regularly, but leave the tongue alone. One of the main causes of bad breath is food and plaque residue on the surface of your tongue. So give it a nice gentle brush-over too!
--Watch your drinking habits
The worst options are coffee, wine, whiskey, and beer.
--Frequent brushing
Carry a toothbrush with you so brushing after each meal is convenient and refreshing! Trust us, you’ll love the way it makes you feel. If you can’t brush, still swish around a couple sips of water to remove any lingering food.
--Make your own Gargle
Gargling with a home mixture of sage, calendula, and myrrh gum extracts four times a day should ward off that bad breath potential.
--Parsley’s there for a reason
Finish your parsley after you finish your dinner and you’ll find a refreshing breath enhancer. Hate the texture? Throw a couple sprigs in a blender to sip after each meal.
--Sugarless Gum
Always a good idea to carry some mints or sugarless gum for that quick spruce up before you meet the boss.
--Don’t cut that cheese
The stronger the cheese, the stinkier your breath can become. Think about blue cheese and Roquefort? They really get the party started in your mouth and it’s hard to make them leave!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Ways That 19th Street Dental Is Environmentally Conscious

On Earth day – we had an informational table at the Earth Day In Atlantic Station event, where we showcased how 19th Street dental is earth and environmentally conscious.

Here is a sampling of what we do at 19th Street Dental to strive to be kind and respectful to the environment:

--We are a “chartless” office. We use Digital Patient Charting which eliminates the need of paper charts.

--We use Digital x-rays which use 85% less radiation than regular x-rays. Digital x-rays also eliminate paper, plastic and lead waste from discarding empty film packets and also eliminate the need for chemical solutions used for developing regular x-rays. Digital x-ray machines also use less electricity to operate than traditional x-ray units.

--We send patient reminders via Email and Text Messaging to reduce paper waste.

--We use the most efficient Steam Based Autoclave on the market to sterilize instruments, which uses only water to sterilize instead of harsh chemicals.

--We have scheduled to have an Amalgam Separator installed in our office which is a device that helps prevent amalgam particles (mercury etc.) from being discharged into the public sewer system.

--Any paper waste we do produce gets shredded and donated to local animal shelters.

Eco-Tip from 19th Street Dental: Turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth, it’ll save about 2 gallons of water per brushing session. You’ll save a few pennies off your water bill and lighten your footprint in the process!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Latest Information About Swine Flu From 19th Street Dental

We at 19th Street Dental want to provide some information about the Swine flu Epidemic and what we can do to protect ourselves. We gathered information from the CDC.

What is Swine flu?
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen.

Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?

In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Other U.S. states have reported cases of swine flu infection in humans and cases have been reported internationally as well.

As of today there have been 91 cases of laboratory confirmed cases of Swine flu, in numerous states (Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York City, Ohio and Texas and also 1 confirmed death in Texas. An updated case count of confirmed swine flu infections in the United States is kept at CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.

Is this swine flu virus contagious?

CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How does swine flu spread?
Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

What should I do to keep from getting the flu?

First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The use of Antibacterial wipes or Antibacterial hand-sanitizer.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
Yes. There are some antiviral medications that are prescription medications, so it is advisable to seek professional consultation with a physician to determine which medication will be best for you.

How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

How long can viruses live outside the body?

We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health from 19th Street Dental:

--Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

--Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

--Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

--Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

--If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, or clean with alcohol-based hand wipes or gel sanitizers.

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

We at 19th Street Dental are following all of these procedures closely. Let us know if you have any questions!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Whitening Special From 19th Street Dental

Hurry to 19th Street Dental to take advantage of our Teeth Whitening Special in the month of May!

Don’t miss this limited time opportunity to rejuvenate your smile, or the smile of a loved one! It is great for yourself or a great gift idea for Mother's Day, Prom, Graduation, or a Wedding! With so many events coming up in May this offer comes at a perfect time.

ZOOM! 1-hour Whitening for only $299that’s a saving of over $250!

Hurry, the offer ends Friday, May 29th.

Please visit or call 19th Street Dental at (404)567-8900 for more information.

Friday, May 1, 2009

It Is Our Great Staff that Make Our 19th Street Dental Office So Special

Last week was Administrative Professional Day! And at 19th Street Dental, we want to take this opportunity to thank our great staff that make our office stand out as a premium dental provider!

Stephanie, our Front Office Coordinator has been with the practice since January 2008. Stephanie brings over 10 years of experience in the dental office setting. A Warm, Friendly and Caring person who takes care of our patient's appointments and billing, Stephanie is also highly trained professional. Since joining our team has undoubtedly improved our office flow and made it seamless for patients to schedule appointments, coordinate billing and handle insurance matters.

Jill, our Hygienist joined our practice in March 2008 and brought with her 10 years of hygiene and periodontal therapeutic care. One of the finest Dental Hygienist’s in Atlanta, we are lucky to have her as part of our team. Initially Jill was part-time with us and became our full time hygienist in January 2009.
Jill has implemented a Soft Tissue maintenance program, that we have developed together, for the improvement and betterment of our patients gums and overall oral health. She is also a social butterfly and is active in our social events and marketing campaigns.

Tatyana, our dental assistant is our longest serving team member and joined the practice in June 2007. Having worked with me at another dental office, I have known and worked with Taty for over 4 years and is an integral part of our team. Taty coordinates our back office and patient experience and is committed to making our patients feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. She has a caring demeanor and always wants what’s best for our patients.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Everybody Is Brushing With Dr. Patel

Show your kids the importance of oral health with this fun video from 19th Street Dental.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Is Invisalign Really Customized For Each Patient? At 19th Street Dental It Is

Yes, it is, and that’s part of what makes it work. To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing we do is to take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Next we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from the beginning of your treatment to the end. Based on the results, a set of custom aligners are created just for your teeth. Throughout the course of treatment, you will be required to wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time; each one moving your teeth closer and closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. And since the aligners are virtually invisible, nobody around you will even know you are wearing braces!

Dr. Patel is a certified Invisalign provider. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, give us a call at 19th Street Dental.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dr. Trushar Shares What To Do in the Case of a Dental Emergency

April is National Facial Protection Month. Do you know what to do to protect your teeth if you experience a dental emergency? Dr. Trushar gives us some helpful tips to lessen the severity.

What should I do if I experience an injury to my face and I lose a tooth?

If the injury is severe, call 911, and get to an emergency room as soon as possible. Head trauma can be life threatening so it is important to be seen by a physician to rule out any major concerns. Controlling the swelling and bleeding is important and can be achieved by placing ice on the face to decrease swelling. It is also important to keep the tooth socket as sterile as possible – a warm salt water rinse is usually the best remedy. Call your dentist and try to be seen as quickly as you can. Once a tooth is out of its socket most times we need to think of alternative therapies to replace a missing tooth. There are a number of solutions to replace missing teeth including Dental Implants, which are the ideal solution, there are also bridges and partial dentures. Your dentist will want to make sure that you are out of discomfort and swelling has subsided before determining the best option for you.

If I lose a permanent tooth due to a facial injury, can it be put back?

Rarely can it be put back and if it can a number of therapies are required for it to be a successful re-insertion. A better long term solution can be discussed with your dentist.

If I lose a baby tooth due to a facial injury, will that make my teeth crooked later?

There is a chance that your teeth can become crooked after a facial injury and loss to a baby tooth, however as a youth, orthodontic treatment is readily available to correct any crowding and spacing associated with loss of a baby tooth.

What should I do if I chip or break my tooth while playing sports?

If your tooth chips or breaks while playing sports it is important to seek professional advice as quickly as possible. Trauma to the tooth can lead to infection of the tooth and the severity of the injury can only be assessed by your dentist.

Can a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth be fixed?

Absolutely, if there is enough tooth and root structure, there are a number of treatments that can be performed to save teeth. We want to save teeth and there are some therapies to fixing chipped, cracked or broken teeth. It all depends on the severity of the injury. We can simply restore the tooth with a filling or in major cases restore with a crown.

Have more questions about your dental health? Give us a call at 19th Street Dental!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Protect Your Chompers at 19th Street Dental

Teeth work best when they’re snug in your mouth; but in some situations permanent teeth may become loose or even worse, fall out, because of an injury to the mouth!

Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. With winter on its way out, many children, teens, and even adults will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace up the cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! Here are a few tips from 19th Street Dental to help every active child, parent, weekend warrior, and professional athlete play it safe this spring:

--Where can I find a good mouth guard? What is the best brand of mouth guard?

A custom made Mouth guard available at 19th Street Dental and is the ideal way to protect your teeth.

--Does your practice sell mouth guards?

19th Street Dental
offers mouth guards at a reasonable price, and is a good solution to protecting your pearly whites while trying to stay in shape.

--Are there different sizes, and how do I pick the right size?

All mouths are different and a custom protective splint is the only way you should select your size as it intimately fits your teeth and protects your TM joint.

More questions? Give us a call at 19th Street Dental, or stop by our office. We'd love to help you protect your teeth!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

When Are Two Phases of Treatment Necessary? -- 19th Street Dental

Usually patients in orthodontic treatment already have their permanent teeth – but in some cases we have to start treatment earlier, even before the patient’s permanent teeth come in. We call this “two-phase treatment.”

When we have patients with clear developmental problems at an early age, it’s best to start work when they are young, before the problems get bigger and more difficult to treat. Examples include an upper or lower jaw that is not growing correctly, or a mouth growing in a way that doesn’t leave enough room for all the permanent teeth to come in.

In these cases we will start early and do one round of treatment – phase one – while the patient still has “baby teeth.” Phase one usually does not involve braces, but can include a different type of appliance that helps the jaw grow into place properly, such as a retainer. We’ll follow up with phase two usually a few years later, when permanent the patient’s permanent teeth have come in. Phase two often does involve braces and sometimes headgear.

In order to catch early problems, we recommend that children have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven (and so does the American Association of Orthodontics). However, if your dentist or pediatrician sees any sign that early treatment might be necessary, he or she may recommend your child visit an orthodontist even sooner. For more information about two-phase orthodontics, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel, give us a call at 19th Street Dental.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

We Have Great Whitening Deals at 19th Street Dental

In an effort to have people in Atlanta smiling brightly from ear to ear, we introduced our new whitening program at 19th Street Dental. If you purchase an in-office Zoom tooth whitening or take-home whitening, and are consistent with your routine cleanings and checkups at our office, you will receive a refill (1 syringe) every six months for free! Existing whitening customers can also take advantage of this offer. Terms and conditions apply, Please call 19th Street Dental at(404)567-8900 for details.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Enhance Your Smile Before Your Special Day at 19th Street Dental

Today's brides want everything to be perfect on their wedding day - the weather, the dress, the party and of course their new husband! We know at 19th Street Dental that list also includes your smile! Just think as a bride and as groom, you will be the most photographed people on your special day. Those moments will be captured memories for a lifetime, enhance your smile now and captivate your memories.

According to a recent study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. If you are one of the thousands of people who is considering enhancing your smile, why not do it before you walk down the aisle?

Call our office (404)567-8900 to see how we can enhance and rejuvenate your smile before a big event. Check out the whitening services offered by 19th Street Dental.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cosmetic Dentistry for Everyone from Dr. Patel

Cosmetic Dentistry is one of dentistry’s fastest growing areas, and for good reason. It is no longer just for high-profile personalities, people of all ages and careers are taking advantage of cosmetic dentistry now that it is more affordable than it was just a decade ago.

I am pleased to announce that 19th Street Dental can now help with the following dental problems:

Tooth Whitening

We offer several different options for whitening your teeth, depending on your time preference and budget:

• At-home custom Nite White tray application

• In-office Zoom! 1 hour power bleaching

Restoration of Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Teeth that are cracked, chipped or worn can be perfectly restored using ultra-thin veneers. The results are astonishing.

Restoration of Existing Metal Fillings

Old or unsightly fillings can be replaced with esthetic filling materials that are precisely matched to the color of your teeth.

Crooked or Crowded Teeth

Teeth that are crooked or crowded can often be corrected with cosmetic restorations and/or orthodontic Invisalign tooth movement. Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces.

Excessive or Uneven Gums

Through the use of cosmetic surgery, the gum lines around your teeth can be corrected, providing for a more even and pleasing smile.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can be replaced using fixed bridges or dental implants.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these cosmetic procedures, give us a call at 19th Street Dental at (404)567-8900. We’ll be glad to set up a no-obligation consultation where we can discuss procedures that are best suited for you!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chewing Gum Trivia Quiz

19th Street Dental wants to know just how well you know gum? Chew on these sticky questions to find out!

1. Swallowed gum remains in your stomach for:

A. 2 years
B. 7 years
C. 8 years
D. None of the above

2. Forward-looking scientists believe a special type of gum may help prevent:

A. Arthritis
B. Cancer
C. Broken bones
D. Blindness

3. Research suggests that chewing gum after _____ will help you heal faster:

A. Abdominal surgery
B. Tonsillitis
C. Appendicitis
D. Lasic surgery

4. The Chewing Gum Action Group was created in England to:

A. Introduce preschool children to the wonderful world of gum
B. Lobby Parliament in the interest of gum companies
C. Teach citizens to throw their used gum in garbage bins
D. Provide free chewing gum to underprivileged families

5. A new type of gum claims to reduce bacteria in your mouth by:

A. 10 times
B. 50 times
C. 80 times
D. 300 times

6. Chewing gum was strictly forbidden in _____ between 1992 and 2004:

A. Croatia
B. Belize
C. Morocco
D. Singapore


1. D: None of the above. Contrary to popular belief, swallowed gum does not set up shop in your stomach for years. While we don't recommend that you swallow your gum, we can assure you that the parts of gum that cannot be digested simply pass through your system, as would any other roughage.

2. B: Cancer. In Finland, a group of scientists have proposed that chewing gum containing an amino acid called cysteine may be able to prevent cancer of the digestive tract.

3. A: Abdominal surgery. A group of California doctors have announced research that indicates that chewing gum can help patients recover more quickly from abdominal surgery, thereby reducing their hospital stays by a day or more.

4. C: Teach citizens to throw their used gum in garbage bins. Gum litter in England is such a problem that gum manufacturers, local governments, and other interested parties have teamed up to form the Chewing Gum Action Group, which facilitates advertising campaigns to teach people to dispose of their gum properly.

5. B: 50 times. A German chemical company recently revealed its plans to manufacture gum that contains a bacteria found in yogurt. Supposedly, this gum would reduce the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth by 50 times.

6. D: Singapore. With a law passed in 1992, Singapore banned the import and sale of chewing gum. In 2004, the ban was revised and gum is now allowed into the country, but only for "therapeutic" reasons – in particular, nicotine gum that is used to help quit smoking.

Give us a call at 19th Street Dental to schedule your next appointment, cause regular cleanings will help keep your teeth healthy and strong

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dr. Patel and 19th Street Dental Patient Reviews

At 19th Street Dental, we provide the latest in dental care with the most advanced technology that our patients are raving about. Come see for yourself!Dr. Patel is a true professional and is very patient, thorough, and his office is the most amazing state-of-the-art facility! Wow! I thought I was in the future but the future of dentistry has arrived at 19th St. Dental.
-Duane H.

At 19th Street Dental, they focus on one on one interaction. Dr. Patel is very invested in personal attention. He cares about everything from the goals and outcome of treatment to the patient’s happiness. THIS IS CRUCIAL!
-David B.

Dr. Patel is very friendly, relatable, and down to earth. He is very professional, but never stuffy.
-Catherine M.

19th Street Dental is convenient, professional, and uses latest most-up-to-date procedures. Dr. Patel is excellent, friendly, competent, easy to talk to, and he has a supportive staff.
-Al C.

Dr. Patel is a cool fellow. He is easy to talk to and he answers all my questions in a way that I understand.
-Patrick F.

His office has a great atmosphere and Dr. Patel, along with his staff, is very friendly and takes the time to answer all of your questions.
-Frances L.

Dr. Patel and his staff are very thorough and friendly. The office is hi-tech, and very warm and inviting.
-Mona A.

The office is clean, the staff is friendly, and they use the latest most up-to-date technology!
-Louan A.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Regular Checkups are Important - Dr. Trushar

Is your child brushing his/her teeth twice a day? If yes, that’s great; but, don’t forget that it’s also important for your child to visit the dentist every six months in addition to brushing their teeth a couple times a day. If your child will be visiting the dentist for the first time, it’s important to bring them in after their first tooth comes through, and no later than their first birthday. Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral health. Your dentist can:

• Check for problems that might not be seen or felt
• Detect cavities and early signs of decay
• Treat oral health problems early
• Show your child how to properly brush and floss their teeth

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

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dr. Patel Answers Your Brushing Questions!

Brushing your teeth is a simple step toward better oral hygiene; but, there are many questions that surround this one little task. To better help decipher the tricky waters of mouth washing, here are some easy to remember quick facts about brushing your teeth!

How much time should it take me to brush my teeth?

You should be brushing for at least 2 minutes. Don’t forget that flossing should also be a part of your brushing regimen; and, it should take at least a minute.

How long should I keep my tooth brush before buying a new one?

Most tooth brush companies use aids (the bristles on the brush change color) to tell you when you need a new toothbrush; however, I generally recommend changing your tooth brush at least once every 3 months. It’s a small investment to maintain a healthy mouth

Do electric toothbrushes work better than regular toothbrushes?

Power toothbrushes are excellent if used correctly. Each brush has a specific way to be used and reading the manufacturer’s directions carefully will enhance your brushing experience. Another benefit is that some brushes have timers, which will help make sure that you brush your teeth for the recommended time.

When I can’t brush, will chewing sugar free gum after a meal really help to prevent cavities?

Sugar-free gum has many benefits, and can help decrease the chance of getting cavities; however, it is not a substitute for a toothbrush and floss. Sugar-free gum increases saliva production and the enzymes in the saliva help to digest the food particles and neutralize plaque acid in your mouth.

Does mouthwash really help to prevent cavities?

Some mouth washes assist in cavity prevention – most notably those that contain Fluoride, however most mouth washes are used to assist in maintaining and improving gum health, and do not count as a substitute for brushing and flossing.

How often should I use mouthwash?

Twice a day, or as directed by your dentist.

Will eating mints hurt my teeth, and cause cavities?

Potentially yes. Chewing hard mints places a tremendous amount of pressure on your teeth and they can cause teeth to fracture and break. Sucking on mints, although tasty, allows for increased sugar in your mouth which is a food source for the bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria, over time will contribute to tooth decay.

Will brushing my teeth after meals help prevent cavities?

Absolutely! Brushing after meals is the best way to maintain good oral hygiene. You will decrease the amount of food remaining in your mouth, and leave little for bacteria to feed on.

What is the best way to keep my gums healthy?

Regular flossing, ideally after every meal, is the best way to maintain healthy gums in between teeth, as well as using a soft toothbrush to massage the gums around your teeth. Mouthwash is a great aid to finalize your home care to leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

If you have any other brushing questions please feel free to contact our practice, or visit our web site!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Baby Teeth - and Gums - Need Special Care! - Dr. Trushar Patel

One question we hear all the time is “When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?”

You should begin regular cleanings even before your baby has teeth. After each breast feeding – or bottle-feeding – use a clean, damp washcloth to gently rub your baby’s gum tissue. You can wrap the material around one finger to make it easier to remove any food bits from your baby’s mouth.

When your baby’s first tooth comes in switch to a baby toothbrush. Look for special baby toothbrushes in your drugstore – they have just a few bristles and are very soft. There are even brushes shaped like finger puppets that fit over the tip of your pointer finger! All you need at this point is water – no toothpaste yet.

After a few more teeth appear, you can start using toothpaste, but you only need a tiny bit, and make sure it doesn’t contain fluoride for the first three years. From the beginning, have your little one practice spitting the toothpaste out after brushing. That way, he or she will already have the good habit of spitting when you switch to fluoride toothpaste, which should never be swallowed.

If you have any questions about caring for your baby’s teeth, please contact Dr. Patel.