“Why do I need to fill out another medical form when everything is still the same?” This is a common question dental practices deal with on a regular basis with many patients. While it may seem like an inconvenience to update a medical history, it is imperative to make sure each patient has given you all of their past and current medical information. A medical history acts as a “blueprint” in determining the safest, optimal care that each patient needs and deserves. It can also reduce the risk of injury, medical emergency, and lessens the chance of alleged liability towards the clinician.
More than two hundred million Americans seek some sort of dental treatment each year, whether they come in for regular check-ups or dental emergencies when they are from suffering pain.
It is more simplified when a clinician is familiar with a patient, one who keeps regular appointments. You know that patient, but it is more complex when a patient comes in for the first time. Either way, medical status can change in just one day, so it is our responsibility to use good judgment and make sure we become familiar with any medical concerns or changes, document them, and provide an acknowledged signature.
Dr. Schulman has been making great friends and providing quality dentistry here in Dunwoody for over 20 years now!! We want to thank our amazing and loyal patients…we simply couldn’t have done it without you!! Thanks again and we look forward to 20 more!!!
Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation—including sparkling water—has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).
So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?
According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth—and here’s why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it’s all just water to your teeth.
Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water—and Protecting Your Teeth
- Sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too—it’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can put you at a higher risk of cavities).
- Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that does increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
- Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can contribute to your risk of developing cavities. So remember—sparkling or not—plain water is always the best choice.
What to do When a Crown Comes off of Your Tooth
First of all, get the crown out of your mouth. You don’t want to risk swallowing it or accidentally breathing it in. If you swallow it, it will probably pass without a problem, but after it’s been through your digestive system you probably don’t want it back in your mouth! If you end up accidentally breathing it in, it could become infected.
Call your dentist and schedule an appointment. Let them know that your crown came off. They should try to fit you in as soon as possible (within a few days at most).
What Happens In Your Mouth When You Leave the Crown Off
If you just leave the crown off and procrastinate a visit to the dentist for a check-up, you could be allowing the problem to get much worse. Enamel (the outermost layer of the tooth) is pretty resistant to tooth decay. Dentin, the softer layer under the enamel, is not nearly as resistant to tooth decay.
The crown replaces the enamel and some dentin on the tooth. When the crown falls off, it leaves behind a tooth that was shaved down to hold a crown on it. When the tooth got shaved down, most of the enamel was drilled off, leaving cavity-susceptible dentin.
If your crown does fall off, remember that you need to get to your dentist as soon as possible!!! Don’t put it back on and then neglect going to visit your dentist. You could infect the tooth and in the worst case scenario you may need to have the tooth extracted a few years down the line.
The sugar in the soda reacts with your mouth bacteria to form acid. The acid erodes your enamel.
The reaction last up to 20 minutes. Decay sets in. Cavities win and your tooth loses.
The end of the calendar is near…
You may wish to schedule your appointments in order to maximize your 2017 DENTAL BENEFITS!
Holiday Office Hours:
Our office will be closed beginning Monday, December 25 and will reopen Wednesday, January 3.
Dr. Schulman tuned 50 on Monday, March 6!! We have had a lot of fun…celebrating all week!! He is the best boss in the world and we look forward to celebrating 50 more with him!!
Note: He is not “old”…He is “vintage”
It’s a new year, which for a lot of you, means new insurance coverage…
We realize how hard it is to keep up with all of the changes in healthcare and insurance, but how well do you know your current insurance plan? We want to make sure you are fully aware of your plan and its components so you are not surprised by any balance due once you leave our office. We don’t want you feeling like you’ve been hung out to dry because you weren’t aware that your plan had changed! So prior to your visit with us, please verify your current plan information with your Human Resources department, or the provider themselves, so you know what services should be covered and what you might be expected to pay. And we will continue to file your insurance and do all we can to make sure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to!
Thanks and Happy New Year!