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November 24, 2015

If you have aesthetic issues with some of your teeth, there might be a very simple way to remedy them. Porcelain veneers are a great option to repair teeth that are still healthy-enough to remain in the mouth, but have cosmetic problems with their appearance.

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of ceramic that are molded over the surface of the teeth you want treated. They are matched with the shade of your existing teeth so they blend in perfectly with your smile.

Porcelain veneers can be used to remedy the following:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Worn down or uneven teeth
  • Stains that don't respond to teeth whitening treatments
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Pits in your teeth
  • Teeth that are slightly crooked

Schedule Your Porcelain Veneer Appointment Today

To determine if porcelain veneers would be right for you, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry today. Our cosmetic dentist will help you achieve the smile you've been hoping for. We proudly serve patients in Savannah, Richmond Hill and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (912) 355-0605.

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November 11, 2015

Did you know that there are certain foods that help maintain your dental health just by chewing them? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) teamed up with a team of nutritionists to put together a list of foods that can help improve dental health and whiten teeth simply by consuming them.

Here are seven foods that you might want to integrate into your regular diet for oral health:

  1. Basil -- helps to naturally reduce bacteria in the mouth
  2. Carrots -- contain large amount of Vitamin A which helps form healthy tooth enamel and they help to naturally cleanse your gums
  3. Cheese -- lactic acid helps prevent tooth decay
  4. Green tea -- naturally reduces bacterial growth
  5. Lemon -- naturally whitens your teeth and keeps pH balanced within your body
  6. Pineapple -- contains a lot of citric acid and causes you to produce additional saliva. The combination of the two serves as a natural, anti-bacterial mouthwash
  7. Quinoa -- loaded with minerals that strengthen your teeth

Contact Our Dentist For More Information

If you're interested in more information about good dental health and the proper choices for a healthy and beautiful smile, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry today. Our cosmetic dentist serves patients in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Garden City, and the surrounding areas and can help you and your family create a plan for beautiful and healthy teeth. Contact us today by calling (912) 355-0605.

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September 28, 2015

While many parents make it a point to teach their children good dental habits, sometimes bad ones that develop are overlooked.

The following 5 habits may actually be harming your child's dental health:

1. Poor Brushing Habits

Good dental care begins early and allows you to prevent the development of poor dental habits. Some of the first few dental habits you teach your child are brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, if they’re too rough when they brush, it can do great damage to their tooth enamel.

2. Thumb Sucking

When thumb sucking becomes a regular habit it can cause the teeth to shift forward and misalign the bite. This can lead to future problems with speaking and chewing, which may lead to the need for orthodontic treatment.

3. Nail Biting

Biting nails can damage a child's fragile tooth enamel, resulting in teeth sensitivity by exposing the delicate root of the damaged tooth.

4. Eating Toothpaste

Children's toothpaste is often made to taste good to help promote brushing in kids, but often time kids end up swallowing the toothpaste due to it tasting good. Excessive intake of fluoride through swallowing can cause fluorosis, causing permanent brown spots on the  teeth.

5. Skipping Regular Check-ups

Regular dental check-ups are the foundation of good dental care. Routine check-ups can help prevent future dental problems and detect any issues as they arise. It is recommended children visit the dentist twice a year.

To schedule a dental appointment for your child, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. Our Savannah office staff and family dentist are experienced at serving patients of all ages!

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September 21, 2015

When your teeth need straightening Invisalign® is a great orthodotic option that can truly transform your smile. If you are in the Savannah area and would like to learn more about what orthodontic options are available to you, contact our family dentistry practice at (912) 355-0605 to schedule an appointment today.

At Medical Arts Dentistry, we are committed in ensuring our patients get the best treatment and best results possible. The following tips can help you to get the best possible results out of your Invisalign® trays:

Use warm water - With each new set of trays you may experience discomfort at first. You can reduce discomfort by rinsing your new trays in warm water prior to putting them in.

Don't go without your trays to often - For best results you should be keeping your Invisalign® in your mouth as long as possible, preferably for at least 22 hours a day. Make sure to keep your trays in at all times unless you are eating.

Keep them clean - Good hygiene is critical, especially when it comes to your Invisalign® trays. You don't want to risk infection by sealing food or bacteria between your teeth and trays. To properly clean your trays use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub them, then allow them to soak for 5 minutes in a solution that is 1:1 water and hydrogen peroxide for disinfecting.

Avoid foods and beverages high in sugar - We are all aware of the consequences sugar has on the teeth; but in addition, foods and beverages high in sugar content may leave a sticky residue trapped under your trays.

Brush and floss prior to inserting trays - Any time you take your trays out to eat, brush and floss your teeth prior to putting them back in. This will help protect your teeth from bacteria that can build up from food particles stuck in your teeth.

To learn more about treatment with Invisalign®, call Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 to schedule your initial appointment with Dr. Carla Roher. We happily serve patients in residing in and around the communities of Savannah, Richmond Hill, and Garden City, GA.

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August 25, 2015

Patients sometimes tend to wonder how important flossing really is when it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene, and the answer is that flossing is a crucial component. Frequent, regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams are critical to your oral health, but there's a lot you can do yourself in order to keep your teeth healthy and looking their best. If you are in the Richmond Hill region and are due for your dental cleaning, contact our general dentistry practice at (912) 355-0605.

While most people brush on a regular basis, general dentistry has long recognized that flossing needs to be a part of a patients regular routine. Regardless of how well you may brush your teeth, there are food particles in between your teeth and beneath the gum line that cannot be reached with ordinary brushing. Flossing helps remove these particles and prevent the growth and spread of bacteria.

Adding flossing into your daily routine reduces bacteria and benefits for your mouth and your overall health by:

  • Preventing gum disease
  • Preventing of dental caries and tooth decay
  • Preventing halitosis
  • Preventing tartar build-up
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease
  • Preventing the occurrence of complications in those with diabetes

Proper dental care begins at home and will help reduce the need for additional visits to the dentist. To schedule an appointment with our Richmond Hill general dentistry practice, call Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. We serve patients living throughout the areas of Savannah, Garden City, and Richmond Hill, Georgia.

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August 04, 2015

Over 50% of the US population has bad breath at any one time, half of those individuals have the condition of chronic halitosis and may not even know it. August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day, a day for dentists and oral care professionals to help in the fight against bad breath. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath and would like to see if it is due to an underlying condition, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605  to schedule your Savannah dental appointment today!

Bad breath may be a result of many factors, such as plaque, decay, smoking, or even certain medications. The best defense against bad breath is good oral hygiene, however, there are certain foods and beverages that can actually help in the fight against bad breath. To help freshen your breath throughout the day, try out the following:

Stay hydrated - Drinking water throughout the day helps to promote the production of saliva, which is a natural defense against the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Vitamin C - Foods that are rich in vitamin C help reduce mucus and toxin levels that are a cause of bad breath. Additionally, vitamin C also help to fight bacteria.

Probiotics - When you consume something with probiotics, such as yogurt, it helps reduce hydrogen sulfide, which is known to cause bad breath.

Herbs - Chewing on herbs care a great source of promoting fresh breath. Some of the best herbs for this are parsley, eucalyptus, spearmint, rosemary, cardamom, tarragon, and coriander.

If you have been maintaining your oral hygiene and have found that nothing is helping with your problem of bad breath, contact Savannah dentist Dr. Carla Roher to schedule an appointment by calling (912) 355-0605. We serve patients residing in and around the communities of Savannah, Richmond Hill, and Garden City, GA.

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July 21, 2015

A person is considered to have tooth decay when there is destruction of the tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. Unlike some conditions that may be linked to genetics, decay is caused by an irregular balance of disease causing and health promoting activities. If you are concerned about tooth decay, contact our Richmond Hill general dentistry practice at (912) 355-0605 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive exam and cleaning.

When the mouth has too much acid producing bacteria, it promotes tooth decay which can also lead to cavities and gum disease. Teeth are constantly forming plaque, so when you consume something containing sugar the plaque produces acids which then attack the tooth enamel. The following tips can help in the prevention of tooth decay:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Use a flouride toothpaste
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit snacking
  • Limit the consumption of acidic foods and beverages
  • Chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production
  • Don't skip your regular exams and cleanings with the dentist

If you have been following the recommended suggestions and still struggle with tooth decay, you can speak with Dr. Roher about the use of supplemental fluoride or dental sealants to help better protect your teeth from decay.

To schedule an appointment with our Richmond Hill general dentistry practice, call Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. We serve patients living throughout the areas of Savannah, Garden City, and Richmond Hill, Georgia.

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July 07, 2015

One of the most popular cosmetic procedures is whitening. Though there are over-the-counter options available to lighten your teeth on your own, it is always more beneficial to get the procedure done professionally. If you are in the Richmond Hill area and are interested in tooth whitening, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 to schedule your personal consultation today!

Some may wonder why you would see a professional for whitening when you can do it yourself, but there are a number of benefits when choosing to get the procedure done in a dental office. Prior to whitening, you will receive an oral exam to make sure that the discoloration of your teeth is not due to a dental issue that needs further treatment.

At home solutions are not as powerful as those that are provided in a dental office. When you lighten your teeth professionally, you can get two to eight shades lighter in a single treatment. Additionally, your dentist will be able to supervise the process and monitor sensitive areas of you gums, teeth, and mouth, allowing for a comfortable and pain-free process.

Our Richmond Hill cosmetic dentist provides patients with safe, convenient, and effective tooth whitening. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Carla Roher, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 today! 

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June 16, 2015

June is National Migraine Awareness Month, which is dedicated to helping spread awareness and understanding about migraines. This year's campaign theme is "help make Migraines visible!" in an attempt to reduce myth, misconceptions, and stigma about migraines, while also trying to increase research funding for better treatments.

Over the years more dentists and neurologists have discovered that the cause of long term headaches are correlated with a misalignment in a person's bite, many times due to TMJ.

Over 37 million people suffer from migraines in the United States alone. Migraines can often interfere with day-to-day activities and make it difficult to function. In an effort to spread some awareness about this debilitating condition, here are a few facts that many are unaware of:

  • Approximately 1 out of every 4 households includes someone who experiences migraines
  • Someone in the U.S. goes to the ER with a headache or migraine every 10 seconds
  • 50% of those who get migraines don't realize they have them
  • You can have a migraine without having a headache
  • Severe migraine attacks are classified by the World Health Organization as among the most disabling illnesses, comparable to dementia, quadriplegia and active psychosis 
  • In some instances, headaches and migraines can be treated with neuromuscular dentistry

If you experience frequent headaches, migraines, or jaw pain with no known cause, we recommend having your bite evaluated to determine whether or not it is related to a dental issue. Contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Carla Roher today. We serve the areas of Savannah, Richmond Hill, and Garden City, Georgia.

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June 01, 2015

With spring sports in full force and summer right around the corner, protecting yourself from injury is critical. The use of a mouthguard can help prevent injuries to the teeth, jaw, mouth, cheeks, and tongue. If you are in the Savannah area and have experienced an oral injury, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carla Roher.

When participating in sports, the use of a mouthguard should not be overlooked. The American Dental Association states that 10-20% of sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries. If a protective mouthguard isn't worn while participating in sports that may cause injury, it's possible that you may obtain an injury that results in permanent damage to oral structures. Additionally, you also put yourself at risk for:

  • broken teeth
  • lip and cheek injuries
  • fracturing of crowns or bridgework
  • fracturing of the jaw
  • chipped teeth
  • root damage

With dental injuries being the most common orofacial injury to those involved in sports, athletes who choose to not wear a protective mouthguard are 60 times more likely to sustain some form of oral injury. The use of mouthguards can prevent the occurrence of more than 200,000 oral injuries a year.

When playing any sport that may involve contact with objects, players, or factors such as falling to the ground, a mouth guard is essential whether you are a child or an adult. If you or your child have experienced dental injury while playing a sport, getting prompt treatment is important as it can help prevent further damage.

Our experienced Savannah dentist can help to repair or treat any oral damage you may have incurred while playing sports, to schedule an appointment contact Medical Arts Dentistry by calling us at (912) 355-0605 today!

 

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