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.