Drinking Soda Hurts Your Smile | Suwanee Dentist

They’re fizzy, refreshing and delicious. They are also ruining your teeth. Soda, pop, cola, whatever you call it, we Americans love it. In fact, half the people in America consume soda every day. In moderation it poses very little threat, but a steady consumption of soft drinks is one of the leading causes of tooth decay.

Bacteria feeds off sugar, which is exactly what is in that drink. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, so you may be saving calories, but you’re still damaging your teeth. Sipping on soda allows the sugar and acidity sit on your teeth, eating away at your enamel, staining your teeth, and setting off bacteria bombs.

The idea isn’t to cut yourself off completely but be mindful of your intake. Instead, drink more water. Water is tooth decay’s worst enemy. Drink more dairy. The calcium will help reinforce your teeth’s strength the soda is breaking down. You can avoid tooth decay and other health problems that arise from drinking too many carbonated beverages, sports drinks, juices, iced and sweet teas. When you do drink them, drink them quickly and use a straw. After you drink soda, give your mouth a quick rinse with water to flush away the sugar on your mouth from attacking your teeth.  

We all know brushing your teeth is the best way to prevent decay but wait 30 to 60 minutes after drinking soda before you do so. Your teeth are sensitive at the moment from all of the soda’s acidity and brushing will actually do more harm than good. Brushing, flossing and rinsing twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly reduces your risk of tooth decay and maintains your oral health.

If you would like to find out more about the effects of drinking soda, contact Dr. Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.

Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.

Do I Need Root Canal Therapy? | Suwanee Dentist

Going to the dentist may not be on the top of your “favorite things” list, but it’s necessary to keep our smiles healthy. Unfortunately, most of us hold off on regular visits until we get a toothache. Then we are the first in the dentist chair. And because our smile has been so neglected, it’s likely we will need root canal therapy.

But what exactly is a root canal and why does it hurt so much? Well, a root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. When a root canal becomes infected, it can die. At this point, you will begin to feel pain and pressure in and around the infected tooth. This is generally your first sign and when you become irritated by the sudden pain growing inside your mouth and you make that appointment. Without treatment, the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss.

When you get treatment, expect the following steps: When the damaged pulp in the root canal of the tooth is cleaned out of all the diseased pulp and the canal is reshaped. Next, the canal is filled with material to prevent re-contamination of the tooth. Lastly, the tooth is permanently sealed with a post or crown to prevent issues from reoccurring.

We should maintain good dental hygiene practices in order to keep our mouths healthy, and as much as I hate to break it to you, this includes visiting the dentist regularly. But if things happen, you can rest assured that a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits, and it can save your tooth and your smile.

If you would like to find out more about root canal therapy, contact Dr. Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.

Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.

When You Lose Friends Because of Your Breath | Suwanee Dentist

Many patients inquire about their foul breath affecting all aspects of their lives: work environment, social interactions, and feeling good about oneself.  What is the bad breath coming from and how do you fix it?

A few of the factors that affect your breath are the diet you maintain (the food you ingest), the condition of your teeth (if cavities are present or not), as well as the bacteria in your mouth.  A variety of foods can cause different scents, but the factor that plays the largest role is the bacteria in the mouth.  Every mouth has bacteria, some of which are good, and some which aren’t.  Removing the bacteria is essential to keeping good overall health as well as reducing the possibility of halitosis (bad breath).

It is necessary to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, but ideally after every meal.  When brushing, it is essential to also brush your tongue.  It is also critical to see your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis so they can take x-rays, and measure your gum pockets and determine the extent of the bacteria in your mouth, as well as remove the bacteria from above the gums.  Occasionally, it is noted that bacteria may be able to get inside the gums and cause gum infections (gum disease) and tooth loss.  This is the leading cause of bad breath, and removal of the bacteria is essential.  Generally, when this is noted, a deep cleaning might be recommended to remove the bacteria causing the problems. This can be done with lasers and small cameras that show where the bacteria are.  Removing these bacteria also removes the bad breath. 

Once it has been determined you have gum disease, it is recommended to have cleanings done every 3 months to maintain the health of the gums.  Generally, the gum measurements are made to determine how well the gums are responding to treatment and cleaned, to ensure the continued improvement of the bacteria removal.  It is necessary to always brush and floss as often as possible throughout the day.

If you would like to find out more about bad breath, contact Dr. Clarence Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.comfor additional information.

Dr. Kegler proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.