Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Smile wider, live longer, from Dr. Trushar Patel

People with big smiles may live than those who don’t, according to a new study at Michigan’s Wayne State University. We’ve known for a long time that positive emotion has been linked to both physical and mental health, but researchers there used information from the Baseball Register to look at photos of 230 ball-players who began their careers in baseball before 1950.

The players' photos were enlarged, and a rating of their smile intensity was made (big smile, no smile or partial smile). The players' smile ratings were compared with data from deaths that occurred from 2006 through 2009. The researchers then corrected their analysis to account for other factors associated with longevity, such as body mass index, or BMI, career length and college attendance.
The researchers found that players who weren't smiling died at the average age of 72.9 years. Players with partial smiles lived to be 75. Those with big smiles, however, lived on average to be 79.9 years old.

The take-away from the new study? Smile now, smile often and you might just live longer! Have you tried perfecting your smile by visiting Dr. Patel lately? If not, give our team at 19th Street Dental a call at 404-963-8235.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March is National Nutrition Month! From Dr. Patel and 19th Street Dental

If it's March, it can only mean one thing: National Nutrition Month. Every March, Dr. Trushar Patel and thousands of dentists and hygienists around the nation celebrate this occasion, and this year is no different. This March, Dr. Patel and our team at 19th Street Dental want you to think diabetes, obesity and periodontal disease, and how healthful eating and physical activity may improve periodontal health.

Focus on fruits and vegetables: Add a serving each day to one meal and increase it every few weeks. Adding more of these foods into your diet is important whether you buy frozen, fresh or organic.

Think fresh, think local: From farmer’s markets to community-supported agriculture, you have many options to find new, fresh foods here in Atlanta and surrounding communities.

Make each and every calorie count: When you are choosing between options, focus instead on the one with more of the vitamins and nutrients that you need. Sometimes, foods with fewer calories aren’t always the healthiest options.

Don't give in: If you have a sweet tooth, have fruit and yogurt for dessert. If you crave a snack in the afternoon, enjoy some trail mix or nuts.

If you have additional questions about periodontal disease or keeping yourself and your mouth healthy, please give us a call! Dr. Patel and team would love to hear from you!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Your turn! From 19th Street Dental

Each week, Dr. Patel and team discuss topics pertinent to dental care. This week, we thought we’d step back and ask: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the field of dentistry? What would you like us to focus on our blog? Let us know by posting here or on our Facebook fan page!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Five tips to avoid plaque, from Dr. Trushar Patel

Dr. Trushar Patel and our team at 19th Street Dental know nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth, much less hearing the word 'plaque.' Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth, courtesy of our friends at WebMD.

Let’s start with not brushing regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

Next on the list is not flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.

Also, avoiding a trip to 19th Street Dental is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting Dr. Patel at least twice a year, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth.

You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables.

Finally, before you pick that candy up, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be. If you have any questions, please give us a call or schedule an appointment!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

At 19th Street Dental, a pursuit of excellence

At 19th Street Dental we make every effort to provide you with the best dental treatment. For us that means achieving consistently great results. There are many things that help Dr. Trushar Patel do that. Some of them are:

1. Using the most up to date and proven dental technologies available
2. Spending time and resources on continuing education to stay current and relevant
3. Training our entire team on new techniques
4. Educating our patients about the pursuit of excellence

If you or a family member has been thinking about dental treatment, please give 19th Street Dental a call at (404) 963-8235. 19th Street Dental prides itself as Atlantic Station’s exclusive Dental Center. Atlantic Station, the city within a city, is an environmentally friendly live-work-play village situated at the crossroads of I-75 and I-85. We look forward to seeing you.