Cosmetic Dentist - Kennesaw
1415 Wooten Lake Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 419-2535

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
July 17, 2017
Category: Sports Care
Tags: Mouthguard  

What your dentist wants you to knowMouthguard

Mouthguards are an important way to protect your teeth against trauma due to contact sports and other active games. Generic mouthguards can be purchased at many stores however, these mouthguards take a one-size-fits-all approach. You soften them under hot water and then you place them in your mouth. They can be uncomfortable because they don’t fit your teeth exactly.

A custom mouthguard is different. It is made by your dentist and designed to fit your teeth exactly. Custom mouthguards are much more comfortable than store bought generic mouthguards because they are made of premium materials and designed to fit your bite, giving your teeth the best protection possible.

According to the International Academy of Sports Dentistry and the American Dental Association, you should wear a mouthguard if you participate in:

  • Soccer or Rugby
  • Basketball or football
  • Equestrian activities
  • Volleyball or weight lifting
  • Softball or baseball
  • Martial arts or boxing
  • Ice hockey, in-line skating or field hockey
  • Racquetball or lacrosse
  • Gymnastics or water polo

Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and make a custom mold from the impression. A sheet of durable lightweight plastic is vacuum sealed over the mold of your teeth. The finished mouthguard is an exact replica of your bite and will fit over your teeth like a second skin.

Mouthguards are an important way to protect your teeth from damage and unnecessary dental treatment. If you play active sports and don’t wear a mouthguard you are at risk of:

  • Fracturing a tooth and needing a root canal
  • Breaking a tooth and needing a crown
  • Chipping a tooth and needing a filling
  • Knocking out a tooth and needing tooth replacement

You can also push your teeth out of position, partially pull them out of your gums, push them into your gums, or push them forward or backward.

You can enjoy active sports and still have a great smile. The key is wearing a custom-fit mouthguard. Don’t take a chance when it comes to your smile. Call your dentist today to protect your teeth with a mouthguard.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
July 03, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Child Baby Bottle  

Many infants and toddlers find the action of drinking milk or juice from a bottle to be a soothing way to fall asleep. However, dental professionals discourageChild Baby Bottle parents from allowing their children to go to sleep with a bottle, as it can cause the development of tooth decay.

It is a myth that the primary (baby) teeth are expendable due to the fact that they will eventually fall out to be replaced with permanent teeth. However, research has shown that the health of the primary teeth can have a significant impact on the permanent teeth. This is especially true if any of the primary teeth have to be extracted due to decay or trauma; the growth and alignment of the corresponding permanent tooth can be negatively affected, which can cause a chain reaction to the rest of the teeth. Establishing good oral hygiene habits early in childhood can also have a direct correlation to an adult's dental health.

Dentists caution against drinking sugar-laden beverages, especially outside of mealtimes. Sipping on a soda throughout the day exposes the teeth to sugar for a prolonged period of time with no break to allow the saliva to rinse it away and remineralize the enamel. Allowing a child to go to bed with a bottle full of juice or milk, therefore, places the baby teeth in continual contact with sugary substances that bacteria feed upon to create decay-causing acid. Although many juices are advertised as having no added sugar, the naturally-occurring sugars in juice still cause decay over time, as does the lactose in milk. White spots on a child's teeth are often a precursor to cavity development and should be evaluated by a dentist.

To help prevent tooth decay from bottles, dentists suggest using water before bed or at nap times. Dental sealants can also be applied to children's teeth to help protect the enamel.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
June 14, 2017
Tags: Teething Tablets  

Teething. It's a natural process all babies go through beginning around the age of six months. In all, little ones receive 20 primary, or deciduous, teeth.Teething Tablets Many times, teething makes babies fussy, and parents try to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms. Over the counter teething tablets commonly have been used since World War II, but of late, their safety has been questioned. Just what are teething tablets and the problems associated with them, and what alternatives are available for Mom and Dad to use?

The Details on Teething Tablets

Most over the counter teething tablets are placed under the baby's tongue or dissolved in some water. They aim to soothe the common symptoms of tooth eruption such as:

  • Chewing on toys or hand
  • Drooling
  • Fussiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Tender, red gums
While teething tablets are homeopathic ("natural") remedies (and therefore, not regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration), not all their components are considered safe. In fact, some manufacturers have voluntarily pulled their teething tablets from store shelves because of an active ingredient called belladonna.
The safety of belladonna has been seriously questioned by parents, pediatricians and the FDA because of side effects such as seizures, vomiting, lethargy, agitation, and difficulty urinating. Other tablet ingredients such as Chamomilla and Coffea Cruda have not been called into question. Given the many concerns and controversies, physicians urge parents to discontinue use of teething tablets and any medications which contain benzocaine, a topical anesthetic.
Better Teething Strategies
Because teething is part of a baby's development, it should not be medicated as if it were an active disease process. Rather, parents should use simple interventions to make their babies comfortable while those little teeth erupt. Some great ideas include:
  • Massaging the gums with your finger
  • Allowing the child to bite on a cold washcloth or chilled teething ring
  • Administering ibuprofen according to your pediatrician's directions to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
Teething is Just the Start
Tending to your child's oral heath needs begins early on in his or her development. So learn how best ways to care for this important developmental milestone--teething--and others such as brushing, flossing, and check-ups will follow easily.
By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
June 01, 2017
Category: Oral Hygiene

Mouthwash is the key to fresh breath, at least according to the commercials you see on TV. Have you ever wondered if mouthwash is really necessary? Take a look at aMouthwash few ways the product can help you.

Why use mouthwash?

Mouthwash offers these benefits:

  • Fresher Breath: Taking a swig of mouthwash is one of the quickest ways to improve your breath. In fact, that's the reason most people use it. If you still have breath odor despite using mouthwash on a regular basis, it's a good idea to see a dentist about the problem. Tooth decay, gum disease, infections or certain illnesses can also cause bad breath.
  • Enamel Protection: Toothpaste and mouthwashes that contain fluoride remineralize teeth, making them better able to resist the acids that cause tooth decay.
  • Fewer Bacteria: Bacteria found in plaque contributes to bad breath and also plays a role in tooth decay. Mouthwashes that offer anti-cavity protection kill bacteria on your teeth, tongue, and mouth, which may lower your cavity risk.
  • Easier Plaque Removal: Mouthwash loosens plaque and helps washes it away, lowering your risk of cavities and gum disease.

When mouthwash worsens bad breath

Did you know that some mouthwashes can actually worsen your breath? Alcohol, the ingredient that causes that burning or tingling sensation, is very drying. Unfortunately, a dry mouth is a chief culprit in bad breath. Although your breath may initially improve after you use a mouthwash that contains alcohol, the positive effects won't last long. Long-term use of products that contain alcohol may also increase your risk of developing painful canker sores. Before you buy a mouthwash, take a quick look at the label on the back to ensure that it doesn't include alcohol.

Alcohol-free products are a must for children. It's hard to convince the kids to use mouthwash if the product burns their mouths. Keep in mind that mouthwash should only be used if your children are six or older. For the first few years your kids use mouthwash, it's a good idea to supervise them to make sure they use it correctly.

Do I need to use mouthwash?

Although mouthwash isn't absolutely necessary, it offers important benefits that can help you fight cavities. Adding mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine is a simple way to lower your risk of tooth decay and freshen your breath.

By Russell G. Anderson, D.M.D.
May 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Has your smile changed over the years? As you grow older, it's not unusual to experience a few changes to your oral health, including these four changes.

Shifting teeth

Teeth don't remain in the same position in your mouth your entire life. Changes may be subtle at first, although you may notice that your teeth don't meet together quite as well as they once did. Tooth loss and gum disease can contribute to drifting teeth. If shifting is severe, your bite and appearance may even change. Orthodontic treatment offers an effective way to treat the problem, no matter what your age.

Gum changes

Gum tissue thins and recedes as you age. If your roots are exposed, you may notice sensitivity when you eat and drink hot and cold foods and beverages. Receding gums can also increase your cavity risk.

Gum disease is more likely to occur when you're older. In fact, 14 percent of people 65 to 74 and 20 percent of people 75 and older have moderate to severe gum disease, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Treating gum disease can help you avoid tooth and bone loss.


Cavities can occur at any age, but your risk may increase if you suffer from dry mouth. Dry mouth often happens as a side effect of certain medications, including arthritis, Alzheimer's cancer, glaucoma, incontinence, high blood pressure and heartburn drugs. You can jump start your saliva flow by chewing sugar-free gum or using a saliva substitute. Regular dental visits are particularly important if you have dry mouth. Because your nerves lose some sensitivity with age, you might not necessarily experience pain if you have a cavity.

Tooth erosion

A lifetime of biting and chewing can begin to erode the enamel on your teeth, which may shorten them and also increase your tooth decay risk. The problem may be worse if you happen to grind or clench your teeth. If enamel loss has affected your bite, you may benefit from crowns to restore the height of your teeth. Wearing a night guard while you sleep will help you avoid further damage to your smile.

Do you visit the dentist every six months? Regular dental visits can help you avoid age-related problems that may threaten your smile.

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