Monday, August 29, 2011

Teeth Can Last A Lifetime

Did you know that teeth can actually last a lifetime?  It's true.  For many of us, proper brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist ensure our teeth last a lifetime says a dentist in Marietta, GA.  Teeth are composed of a soft center and hard outer surface.  Surprisingly, this outer surface, the enamel is the hardest substance in our body, and it's found on our teeth. Teeth need the enamel to help withstand the incredible forces of chewing and grinding food.

The inside of the tooth is filled with nerve tissue, blood vessels and connective tissues. This part of your tooth is living.  It will die if decay reaches its chamber, as  the nerve can not withstand the insult.  It is bacteria in your mouth that causes decay, and as it multiplies, it creates an acidic by-product that erodes teeth.  Eating sugar and sweets feeds the bacteria and provides the necessary fuel to proliferate it into overdrive.

If decay is present on a tooth, it can continue until it affects the central part of the tooth. The nerve will begin to die and a root canal will be necessary.  The living portion of your tooth has died and now needs to be removed.  During a root canal, the dead nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue must be cleaned out and bacteria removed.  If the dead tissue is not removed, the bacteria can begin to multiply and once the chamber is filled, it will extrude out the bottom of the tooth into the gum tissue and cause an abscess.  Most patients will then visit the dentist for relief.  After the tooth is cleaned and the root canal is completed, it will require a  final filling or other appropriate procedure to make the tooth complete.

Natural teeth are important to keep, as they aid in proper chewing and digestion.

Crooked teeth can actually trap more bacteria than straight teeth.  Crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean, as the bacteria and plaque have more places to hide and multiply.  Proliferation of bacteria can result in gum issues and periodontal disease progressing until the gums, bone structure and teeth are lost.  Many adults now choose braces to correct the problem to keep their teeth.  Braces reposition the teeth for better straighter, easier to clean teeth resulting in better oral hygiene and a better looking smile. They can help some people keep their natural teeth  so they last a lifetime.

Fluoride helps strengthen teeth against cavities and the acidic insult of bacteria.

Many studies document the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums.  There are proper techniques in brushing and flossing that can make a difference.  Your dentist will be able to tell you areas that you are missing and need attention at a hygiene visit.  Make the changes, as teeth with proper hygiene can last a lifetime and serve you well says Marietta dentist.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Time Matters When A Tooth Is Knocked Out






Do you know how to handle an emergency situation when someone has knocked a tooth out in an accident? Many people unexpectantly lose teeth every year due to accidents in the United States says emergency dentist in Marietta, GA. "It's best to be prepared and know how best to handle the situation," says Kirk Kimmerling DDS. A traumatic avulsion injury, or knocked out tooth often has a better outcome when people are aware of some basic procedures to follow.



The best possible scenario is for the tooth to be immediately re-implanted in the mouth after the accident occurs. This gives the tooth the best chance of long-term survival.



After the accident, it is important to stay calm and locate the tooth immediately. Pick it up by the top portion of the tooth, the crown and try not to touch the roots. If the tooth is contaminated with dirt or debris, rinse it in milk, saline solution or water. Water is the least desirable, as it damages the root cells. If milk is not available, then the water may be your only option. If it is not possible to re-implant immediately, place the tooth in the victim's cheek, or a cup of milk after it is cleansed. Never place the tooth in the mouth of an unconscious person. Do not hand carry the tooth, as the cells on the root surface will dry and drastically reduce the long term success. If the tooth is a primary or baby tooth, never re-implant, as it may cause damage to the developing permanent tooth.



If possible, try to re-implant the tooth yourself. The most important factor for long term success of re-implantation is the speed at which the tooth is re-implanted. Only proceed if the person is fully conscious. Never re-implant if the person has nausea, a head injury, headache or any other serious injury as this may lead to an even more tragic situation; aspiration. It is more important that the person be evaluated by medical personnel.



When placing the clean tooth back into the socket, make sure the tooth is rotated in the proper position. The tooth will slip into the socket more readily, if properly aligned. Since most injuries involve front teeth, it is possible to estimate the proper alignment. After placement, hold the tooth in place, and immediately seek treatment of an emergency dentist. If the tooth can not be re-implanted, a glass of milk or the accident victim's cheek is the best place to store the tooth. Avoid placing it in water. The cheek is preferred over milk.



As you arrive at the dentist, he will evaluate the situation and if possible re-implant the tooth. He may splint it to adjoining teeth for better support during the healing phase. Some emergencies can be avoided by wearing a protective mouth guard during sports.



Keep in mind the following;



1. Find the tooth and handle it by the crown



2 Clean the tooth with milk, or if necessary water



3. Reimplant the tooth if possible



4. Store the tooth in the cheek of the victim or in milk



5. Get to a dentist quickly



Understanding the critical importance of time and how to handle a knocked out tooth is critical. It should be immediately re-implanted, if possible says Marietta Dentist.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Teething...What to Expect!

When will my baby start teething so I'm prepared, asks many new mothers?  Most babies usually start the teething process between four and seven months says Marietta dentist.  Early bloomers can see a tooth appear as early as three months and for late bloomers, it's almost a year.  In rare cases, a child is born with a tooth already erupted.  Teeth start developing while the fetus is still in the womb as little tooth buds sitting right below the gums.  After the child is born, it takes many months for all baby teeth to come in, which can unfortunately be very uncomfortable for the child.  In most cases, the first two teeth appear in the front on the bottom, then the front two on the top usually come in.  The rest will follow, but not in any specific order.  Don't stress if they aren't coming in straight because these are their first set of teeth that eventually the child will lose.  The last teeth to appear are the back molars.  Most children have molars and all twenty baby teeth by the age of three.  The child usually keeps their baby teeth until around the age of six, where the permanent teeth start pushing through.  The second set of teeth called "permanent" are the teeth they will keep life long.

Here are some symptoms of teething;

1.  Sleep problems

2.  Biting or nibbling on anything they can get their little hands on.

3.  Not eating

4.  Fussiness, whining or irritability

5.  Swollen or Sensitive gums

6.  Drooling

7.  Some cases babies can spike a fever right before the tooth pushes through

Babies go through a lot their first year of life and teething is just one of the developments.  As awful as teething seems there are some ways to help alleviate baby's pain.  Below is a list of a few safe helpful tricks.......

1. Ice a towel for baby to put in their mouths

2.  Frozen teething ring can help numb the gums while they gnaw it

3.  Massage their gums with your finger

4.  Get a teething biscuit for them to gnaw on

5.  Cold applesauce is cold on the gums and tasty

6.  Try a children's pain reliever like Tylenol, etc.

7.  Try Orajel (or something like it) to numb their gums.  It usually works for about thirty-five to forty-five minutes of relief.

8.  Frozen fruit pieces which are soothing and tasty

9.  Rubbing vanilla extract onto the gums.  Its warming and has a calming effect.

10.  Clove oil although potent is very soothing as you would rub it onto their gums.  You only need a few drops which you would dilute with water before applying.

Although teething can be a very stressful time for you and baby, it's important to understand your baby hurts. Try to make your baby as comfortable as possible, or it will only make it harder for you.  The  tips above are some safe ways to try to alleviate discomfort for a happy teething baby.  Once your baby's teeth are in, you will be happy to see how much your baby is growing and developing says Marietta, GA Cosmetic Dentist.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dental Implants Make People Healthier And Happier

Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth and it's negatively affecting your life?  Many people with missing teeth have difficulty chewing food, speaking and even suffer low self-esteem due to the loss. The next best thing to having your natural teeth is replacing them with a dental implant says a dentist in Marietta, GA.  Dental implants are readily used, look natural and allow people to gain back the beautiful smile they once had.
Why replace missing teeth with implants?
  1. Dental implants can restore your appearance.
  2. Having the teeth replaced raises self-esteem.
  3. Dental implants can improve speech.
  4. Dental implants make eating more pleasurable and satisfying.
  5. The proper teeth aid in better digestion for a healthier you.
  6. The procedure is highly successful, as most people have a good result.
  7. There is little discomfort after surgery, and over the counter medicine usually keeps a patient comfortable.
  8. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or secure a full denture.
  9. Only your dentist needs to know you were missing teeth.
  10. Dental Financing with companies such as Care Credit make it possible for some to afford the care.
The loss of a tooth can occur for many reasons.  Some of the most common include a cracked tooth, sport injuries, accidents, dental decay, gum disease, and root canal failure.  Regardless of how it is lost, dental implants are the procedure of choice and the best alternative to replace the missing teeth.
Let's look at the implant procedure.
An implant procedure is basically the same whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth.  However, some people require extra procedures such as bone graft or a sinus lift.  An implant can be quite simple  in uncomplicated cases.  The gum tissue is opened and the jawbone exposed.  If a bone graft is recommended, it is placed to help anchor the implant more securely in place.  A special drill is used to prepare the bone, and the implant is placed.  After the procedure, sutures are used to secure the tissue during healing.  Some people will require a sinus lift to make room for the implant to fit.  Both the bone graft and sinus lift adds expense to the overall cost if they are necessary.  The implant is now left to osseointegrated with the bone.  A  crown (tooth)  is later placed on top.  The implant will be secure enough to chew, speak and brush your teeth with confidence.  Best of all, it will look like a natural tooth.
Let's look at the time involved in the implant process.
After the surgery, the osseointegration of the implant takes approximately three to six months.   After healing and integrating, the implant will be uncovered and a post attached to support the artificial tooth.  An impression is taken, and a crown is specifically fabricated with a shade to match existing teeth. It usually takes two to three weeks to fabricate a crown.  It is then attached to the implant.
Dental implants are the latest technology.  They are a permanent solution for those missing a single or multiple teeth.  They are the durable, permanent and the best solution to replace teeth. Dental implants are widely available and people should consider the option says Marietta, GA  dentist.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Body, Mouth And Mind Connection

Have you seen information in the news about a "healthier mouth means a  healthier you?"  Although there are many aesthetic reasons to maintain a healthy mouth, the most important is the rest of your body, says Marietta dentist.  There is a growing wealth of scientific evidence demonstrating the connection between oral health and the risk of serious disease.  Gums and teeth are not only important for your appearance, but should be kept in tip-top shape if you want to be healthy. It's never too early or late to make necessary changes.  Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are your first line of defense, and here are a few reasons why...

1. Self-Esteem

Decaying teeth or gum disease can be unsightly which may result in low self-esteem, low confidence or even low self-image. Having a confident smile is important and can result in a better quality of life while interacting with others.  It affects how you ultimately feel about yourself.

2. Heart disease, strokes and blood vessels

The risk of heart disease is lower with proper daily oral hygiene. Studies show that chronic inflammation from gum disease might be associated with problems such as heart disease, strokes and blockages of blood vessels. The link between a healthy mouth and the cardiovascular system is now well documented proving the connection.

3. Pregnancy

Pregnant women may be prone to increased gingivitis or gum disease. Research has shown links between gum disease and preterm, low birth weight infants. Although the research is still ongoing, there is enough data to demonstrate the importance of maintaining good oral health and having a healthy infant.  Visiting the dentist during pregnancy should be a part of prenatal care.  It's important to make sure that all aspect of health are good to ensure a healthy full term pregnancy.

4. Memory

Having a good memory is important to remember the priceless moments throughout life. Studies have shown that adults with gum diseases performed worse on memory and cognitive tests.  Interestingly enough, good oral hygiene just might help retain those special moments that have filled your life with joy.

5. Blood Sugar

Diabetes in itself is a difficult disease to manage, as diabetics have more difficulty fighting infections in the body. Since gum disease is an infection, it can rapidly progress out of control.   Once it has taken a foot-hold, it makes controlling blood sugar levels more difficult, an important reason for diabetics to take proper care of gum tissue.  Daily brushing and flossing helps control blood sugar levels.

6. Your body and inflammation

Poor oral hygiene has been shown to be linked with the development of infection in other parts of the body. Studies between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, a painful autoimmune disease-causing inflammation of joints is another example of poor oral hygiene affecting overall health. Infections from the mouth can spread throughout the body leading to a poor quality of life.

Daily brushing and flossing are the key steps to maintaining great overall health, and visits to the dentist for regular visits can mean a healthier you says Marietta dentist.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Plaque...The Enemy

Do you ever wonder why your dentist says plaque is so important to remove?  Most people have been told since childhood that regular brushing and flossing is the only way to avoid plaque on  their teeth says Marietta cosmetic dentist.  Let's examine plaque and take a look at some ways  to avoid its build up on your beautiful smile...

Have you ever wondered exactly what plaque is? It's starts off as a tacky substance of bacteria that produces a sticky chemical called mucopolysaccharides. The bacteria lives in a film on teeth called biofilm.  At first, it is a soft layer that's easy to remove with a tooth-brush.  If it's not removed, it releases acid which can affect the tooth's enamel.  The result is a hole in the tooth called a cavity.   Plaque, if not properly removed,  it will begin to harden and become a substance called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with a tooth-brush.  If it gets to this point, your dentist or hygienist will have to remove it for you. "Being consistent with your oral hygiene helps keep plaque and tartar off your teeth" says Marietta dentist. Lets take a look at some bad habits to avoid so plaque does not build-up...

Habit 1.... Staying away from the dentist!

Brushing and flossing daily, although great for oral hygiene doesn't remove all the plaque on your teeth. It's very important to schedule professional cleanings regularly at your dental office to remove what you may have missed.  Some of the missed plaque could harden to form tartar and the only way to get it removed is with regular professional cleanings. It has been proven that people who go to the dentist have less cavities and less tooth loss.  Most dentists recommend professional cleanings at least twice a year to ensure complete removal of unwanted plaque.

Habit 2.... Not brushing properly

Other people might not notice your brushing habits aren't perfect, but your teeth will suffer. It's important to  brush at least twice daily to ensure the removal of unwanted plaque.   It's good idea to buy a Sonicare toothbrush and use it the recommended two minutes.  Also, the use a fluoride-containing toothpaste helps keep teeth strong.  Make sure you brush all surfaces of your teeth, and keep in mind that its very important to still schedule regular professional cleanings.

Habit 3.... Not flossing at all

Brushing your teeth itself doesn't remove all the plaque in the spaces between your teeth. Flossing is very important to help remove plaque in the spaces your tooth-brush can't reach. Daily flossing can help remove plaque before it becomes a serious problem. It removes any plaque along the gum line helping avoid the dreaded periodontal, gum disease. Flossing is one of the key ways to keep your teeth in the best possible health.

The three habits listed are three excellent ways to have healthy oral hygiene.  Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits ensure that you are on your way to or maintaining healthy oral hygiene.  Although plaque does not start out a serious problem, it becomes one over time.  It's very important to keep up with all three to keep a healthy beautiful smile, says dentist in Marietta, GA.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Reverse Gingivitis Before It's Too Late

The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is an inflammation and infection of the gingiva (gums) says a dentist in Marietta, GA.  Many times early gum disease can be reversed by a simple procedure called scaling and root planing performed by your dental office.  Others may need a more extensive gum tissue surgery to halt the disease.  Periodontal disease is usually the result of inadequate hygiene, so it can happen to people of all ages.

Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film that forms naturally in the mouth.  The plaque contains bacteria that produce toxins that inflame and damage the tissue and supporting bone structure of teeth. Gum tissue that is bright red, purplish-red or bleeds is usually a sign of gingivitis or more advanced disease.  If left untreated, it will advance and teeth will be lost.

Periodontal disease usually can be prevented with good oral hygiene.  Brushing, flossing and professional cleaning appointments are the best defense.  Many people do not realize they have gum disease, since discomfort is not present in the beginning.  At a regular professional cleaning, your dentist can recognize the signs and help patients reverse it, if it has not progressed too far.  If left alone, the health of the gum tissue will deteriorate and supporting bone structure will begin dissolve.  Tissue will recede and begin to pull away from the bacteria ridden teeth.  Pockets will form, continue to deepen, and teeth will eventually need extracted.

Let's examine some interesting facts concerning gum disease;
       
  • Gum disease can make getting pregnant and carrying a full-term pregnancy more difficult.
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  • Hormonal changes, such as menstruation, pregnancy and menopause make it easier to develop gingivitis.
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  • Certain illnesses such as HIV can put people at a higher risk for gum disease.
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  • Smoking promotes gum disease by making it more difficult for tissue to repair itself.
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  • Family's with a history of periodontal disease need to be aware it can contribute to developing gum disease.

What symptoms indicate possible gum disease?
       
  • Red, purplish-red gums
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  • Bad breath
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  • Swollen gums
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  • Bleeding gums
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  • Shifting Teeth
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  • Receding gums
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  • Pocketing around teeth
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  • Change of your bite
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  • Plaque or tartar buildup around teeth

At your professional cleaning, the bacteria, plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth allowing the dentist to access the health of your mouth.  He can check for pocketing and measure around each tooth.  A deeper pocket is an indication of more serious gum disease.

The best method to maintain a healthy mouth is to do the following.
       
  • Purchase a Sonicare Toothbrush and brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
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  • Floss daily, and learn to do it properly
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  • Eat a well-balanced diet
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  • Avoid grinding of your teeth
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  • Avoid smoking
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  • See a dentist at least twice a year to have your teeth cleaned

Studies confirm the close relationship between oral health and some disease.  The close relationship is the best reason oral hygiene should be high on the daily priority list. Keep your mouth healthy , and your efforts will mean a healthier you, says Marietta Dentist.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Facts And Myths About Cavities

Can you guess which of these are a myth or fact about cavities?  Interestingly, many people are unaware of the truth about decay and how it happens. Can you answer the following questions asks Marietta dentist?
       
  • Does treating a cavity mean the decay has stopped?
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  • Do acidic foods cause cavities?
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  • Can people always tell if they have a cavity?
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  •  Does sugar really cause cavities?
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  •  Do sensitive teeth mean decay?
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  • Do cracks or chips on teeth cause decay?
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  • Should people worry about their baby's teeth?

Let's take a look at some myths and facts...

1. Does treating a cavity mean the decay has stopped?

Answer:  This is a fact, but only if your dentist has removed all the decay.  A dentists can make sure all the decay is removed by using a caries detection stain.  It is a technique that helps identify remaining decay that can missed by the naked eye.  If all the decay is removed and the filling is done properly, the decay will stop.

2.  Do acidic foods cause cavities?

Answer:  This is a half-fact!  Acidic foods such as soft drinks and citrus foods don't cause cavities, they can weaken the enamel making it easier for decay to start.

3.  Can people always tell if they have a cavity?

Answer:  Myth!  This is a terrible myth because most people do not have symptoms with mild tooth decay.  Pain usually means that the decay is more advanced and has caused damage to the nerve, leading to more expensive procedures such as root canal therapy.  It is important to seek treatment and have a cavity repaired before the decay becomes advanced.

4.  Does sugar really cause cavities?

Answer:  This is a fact.  Bacteria in your mouth feeds off sugar and produces a decay causing acid.  Proper daily brushing and flossing helps remove bacteria and its acidic by product.

5.  Do sensitive teeth mean decay?

Answer:  This is an absolute myth!  Although sensitive teeth can be a result of decay, it can also come from other dental problems.  Sensitivity can occur from gum recession, cracked teeth and other dental problems.  Your dentist can help identify the problem and provide some helpful solutions.

6.  Do cracks or chips on teeth cause decay?

Answer:  This is half-truth!  Cracks or chips can create a hiding place for bacteria to harvest.  Sometimes a toothbrush cannot reach these areas properly to completely clean away the bacteria causing the teeth to become more prone to decay.  Although, not all cracks and chips result in decay, it is always important to alert your dentist.  Cracks and chips may need attention for other dental concerns.

8.  Should people worry about their baby's teeth?

Answer:  Fact.  Yes, people should worry about their baby's teeth!  Baby teeth with cavities can develop into agonizing pain and abscesses.  If left untreated, they may develop infection that possibly spreads to other parts of the body.  Baby teeth guide in the placement of adult teeth, also an important reason to keep them healthy.  Regular dental visits will help keep children on the right track to good oral hygiene.

Although, there are many reasons decay can develop, good daily oral hygiene can significantly reduce the chances.  Daily brushing and flossing are the first and best defense, says a dentist in Marietta, GA.

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Kirk Kimmerling DDS is a cosmetic dentist in Marietta, GA (near Kennesaw) at Verde Pointe Dental Associates.  He is very passionate about his patients dental health and has made it his mission to provide the best possible treatment. It would be his great pleasure to invite you as a new patient to experience the office and excellent treatment.

Dr. Kimmerling has been practicing dentistry for over 28 years.  He has a BA in chemistry and a Doctorate from Emory University in Dentistry. He completed a one year residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York and received the coveted Oral Pathology Award from the American Academy of Oral Pathology.  Dr. Kimmerling is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association and the North West District Dental Association.

Dr. Kimmerling provides a full range of services including teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, extractions, root canals, dental veneers, dental implants, tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges, same day emergencies and more.

Please visit the website for an exciting new Marietta Dentist Family Coupon, and watch our video for a better look.

A beautiful smile is something everyone can appreciate.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kirk Kimmerling DDS Continues Participation In Child Assistance Program

Kirk Kimmerling DDS contributes to the dental needs of Cobb Dental Society's Child Assistance Program (CAP) another year.

CAP is a Cobb County and Marietta City School Social Work Program serving the dental needs of families not quite able to make ends meet.

The program welcomes volunteer dentists from a variety of specialties including orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists and general practitioners that are willing to donate free dental services to children in need in Cobb County and Marietta City.  The program helps about 120 students a year, and the families are very appreciative of Dr. Kimmerling and the social workers hail him and the other dentists as "heroes."

The families are pre-screened, and the children in need are enrolled in the program to get the appropriate dental services.  "Dentists, like Dr. Kimmerling help them and before long, they are back focusing on their education," says Penny Warren, M.S.W. and Director of the CAP Dental Program for 8 years, and a social worker since 1976.

Most children referred are not an emergency dental situation, as the typical patient has decayed teeth, swollen and bleeding gums or are in need only of a dental cleaning and check-up. Dental needs can seriously affect learning, and put a child at a grave disadvantage.  The students get their needs met by improving their child's dental health, allowing parents to have one less concern.

In total, about 58 dentists participate in the program with Dr. Kimmerling, and they pick the number of students they see.  The dentists receive a detailed form when a child is referred.

Students come from all types of backgrounds; single mothers, domestic violence, homeless or some just need a little help to get by.   "If we help people when they are not quite making ends meet, then we will keep them off government programs.  This could include a food pantry, school supply give away, clothes closet, Christmas gifts or the dental program.  If the community steps up to the plate, then the families make it with a little support in various ways according to their needs," says Ms. Warren.  These families have fallen in the cracks of society.  They are not eligible for any assistance, such as Peachcare or Medicaid programs, and it is clear that dentists like Dr. Kimmerling make a real difference filling the gaps in Cobb County.

Dr. Kimmerling makes the effort to give back, and makes the world a better place.  "Dr. Kimmerling has a one of a kind, beautiful, high-tech office and I believe he is successful because he gives so much," says Katherine Worsham, Insurance Administrator at Verde Pointe Dental Associates in Marietta.

"Treating the students of Cobb County has been an absolute pleasure.  These children are grateful, wonderful kids, and it is my pleasure to shine a little light in their lives," says Dr. Kimmerling.

The distinguished group of caring professions do a terrific job every year for Cobb County.  They have helped the county in a big way.  Many Marietta dentists like Dr. Kimmerling participate, however we have a great need in our county and more are always welcome to help.

The program is a success thanks to dentists like Dr. Kimmerling.  He has provided dental services free of charge to those that otherwise would go without.  He is to be commended as a community leader and Dentist in Marietta.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chronic Stress And Your Oral Health

Chronic stress is well-known to have destructive effects on oral health says Marietta dentist.   Millions of people are unaware that they clench and grind their teeth.  It can occur while awake or asleep, and the tempromandibular joint (TMJ) can be affected.  This is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull and if over-stressed, can become sore and radiate pain.  TMJ discomfort can be a manifestation of stress, and a dentist is your first stop for information.

The specific term for clenching and grinding teeth is bruxism.  Some people grind and clench without manifesting pain or complications, however others have excruciating, radiating pain.  Those with acute discomfort claim it feels like a migraine, sinus headache or even mimics wisdom tooth pain.  It can radiate down the shoulders and neck causing significant discomfort as the muscles in the face become increasingly stressed and tense. Grinding and clenching can cause teeth to become sensitive over time.  Some people are aware a problem exists years before seeking treatment, and wait for it to become acute.

TMJ can occur from a misaligned bite,  broken teeth, dental restorations, trauma, clenching or grinding. If the jaw develops degenerative changes, discs can swell, shift, click, and even lock.  The jaw can be sore enough to make chewing food difficult.

Teeth that are chipped, cracked or grinded down need repair from a dentist.  Repairing them helps keep the bite in the correct alignment.  Preventative treatment can be important before significant destruction to the tempromandibular joint occurs.   If a partner hears grinding at night, take action and alert your dentist.  He may suggest proactive treatment.

Treatments for TMJ include...

A dental appliance

Muscle relaxant medication

Anti-inflammatory medication

Chiropractic manipulation

Physical Therapy

Massage Therapy

Botox injections

Dry Needling

Surgery

Braces

The night guard provides a cover to the chewing surface of teeth, stopping the constant contact. Since, much grinding happens when people are asleep and unaware, a night guard may be the only needed remedy for many. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.  This can cause the  jaw to unnecessarily to strain.

How to reduce the stress...

Exercise on a regular basis

Eat a balanced healthy diet

Get plenty of rest every night

Focus on the positive in life

Focus on eliminating stressful triggers

Practice relaxation techniques or yoga

Engage in relaxing hobbies

Make an effort to maintain a positive mental attitude

Reducing stress is important to oral health, as the risk of periodontal disease (gums disease) doubles in those affected by significant stress. People with increased stress levels also tend to increase poor habits such as eating junk food, skipping exercise or even forgoing normal oral hygiene practices.   It is best to do what you can to keep stress under control.

If you have sore jaws in the morning or are aware you clench and grind, perhaps speaking to a dentist is wise.  It may allow early detection of  a TMJ problem  before it becomes acute.  A simple fix can prevent more severe future problems with degenerative changes, says the dentist in Marietta, GA.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Marietta Dentist Introduces Blog On Dentistry And Involvment In Polymer Chemistry

Verde Pointe Dental Associates introduces a new blog on the practice website for better informed patients.

Marietta, GA- Leading dentist in Marietta and Kennesaw at Verde Pointe Dental Associates, Kirk Kimmerling DDS introduces the launch of the practice's new blog library.  With involvement in creation of new dental products, the Marietta dentist has recognized the need for a new informational blog.  It is different than any other blog.  It not only covers dental procedures and news, but also Dr. Kimmerling's involvement in polymer chemistry and the introduction of new incredible dental products he is currently involved with.

Dr. Kimmerling is able to communicate new information to his patients about dental care, new treatments and new procedures as they come available.  "More patients than ever are interested in a healthy mouth, as they know it relates to a healthy body," says Dr. Kimmerling.  "My partners and I are planning on changing the chemistry of dentistry."  Patients of the Marietta dentist will have the ability to keep up to date on Dr. Kimmerling's polymer chemistry group and its effects on dentistry.  Dr. Kimmerling believes they have a product on the horizon that is one of the biggest products ever in dentistry.

Dr. Kimmerling is a part of an organization of incredible minds across the country.  They are working together to change dentistry for the betterment of the world health.  Dr. Kimmerling is a unique Marietta dentist, as he received a degree in chemistry from Emory University before attending dental school.  He has been practicing dentistry for over 29 years, giving him the unique ability to contribute significantly in changing the product world of dentistry.  He's involved with Universities, large corporations, and brilliant individuals, all contributing to further the development of the polymer chemistry.  It will not only be used to change dentistry, but also in far-reaching applications and directions.

The blog on the website will allow patients and interested people to be kept abreast on the group's upcoming innovations in dental product development.  Informed patients allow the practice to provide a better quality of service overall.  Patients not only learn about dental topics, such as bonding, root canals, dentures, toothaches, dental fillings, dental cleanings, teeth whitening, sealants, dental veneers and dental implants, it will include information on the new polymer products.

The dentists and staff at Verde Pointe Dental Office are schooled on not only the dental services and treatments, but on the exciting upcoming dental advancements.

Patients that have been coming to Dr. Kimmerling over the years for teeth cleanings and treatment are excited about the upcoming dental products.  Dr. Kimmerling expects to change the face of dentistry significantly, and wants his patients to benefit immediately.  Patients are glad to be apart of such a significant dental office.  "We expect the blog to be the place our patients go to learn more," says Marietta dentist.  "Dr. Kimmerling is no ordinary dentist, says Katherine Worsham, Insurance Coordinator at Verde Pointe Dental Associates.  "He is highly intelligent and is able to work with brilliant chemists on a new polymer.  I find that amazing."

Verde Pointe Dental Associates has a new and exciting blog by a Marietta dentist that will be different than any other.  It's exciting because patients can be apart of the changes coming to dentistry.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Xerostomia "Dry Mouth" Can Be A Serious Problem

Everyone experiences a dry mouth once in a while says Marietta dentist.  It can happen if you are under stress or upset. It is the uncomfortable feeling of needing more saliva in your mouth.   Saliva is important for the overall health of the mouth.  It aids in chewing, digestion, and contains antibodies that keep the mouth clean.

The salivary glands produce saliva, a liquid that helps the mouth function properly.  An inhibited or decreased flow results in dry mouth.  It can occur more frequently as a person ages. Products such as Biotene, is a mouthwash that provides relief for oral dryness.  It also helps loosen the natural biofilm that accumulates in the mouth.  It is alcohol free and soothes mouth sores caused by dry mouth.

Biotene Dry Mouth Toothpaste and toothpaste gel are also available to help fight dry mouth.  If you are one of the millions of Americans with dry mouth, brushing with Biotene Dry Mouth Toothpaste may be just the method for you to help maintain the health of your mouth.

When a mouth is persistently dry, gums infections can occur.  The infection can allow bacteria to enter the blood stream resulting in systemic inflammation. Many diseases have been linked to inflammation.

Dry mouth can occur for a multitude of reasons.  It can be a side effect of medication, cancer, radiation, chemotherapy, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.  Salivary glands can be infected by a virus or bacteria.  Bacterial infections usually result from blockage of the duct causing dry mouth.  Antibiotics may be prescribed by your physician for a bacterial abscess.  Absence of saliva results in the inability to neutralize acids.  Surgical drainage may be necessary to relieve an abscess.  Warm salt water helps the healing process.  Autoimmune disease can attack the salivary glands resulting in dry mouth.

Dry mouth can be cause by a number of diseases or prescription drugs;
       
  • Sjogrens Syndrome
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  • Dehydration
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  • Anemia
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  • Diabetes
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  • Nerve damage
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  • Antidepressants
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  • Antihistamines
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  • Blood pressure medicine
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  • Muscle relaxants
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  • Chemotherapy
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  • Radiation
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  • Parkinson and Alzheimer's drugs

Possible symptoms of dry mouth;
       
  • cracked lips
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  • Red tongue and lips
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  • Tongue infection and irritation
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  • Thrush
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  • Trench mouth
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  • mouth sores
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  • difficulty swallowing
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  • diminished taste sensory
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  • difficulty speaking
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  • burning sensation
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  • Bad breath
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  • Increased plaque, tooth decay and gum disease
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  • Cracked or split skin in the corners of the mouth
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  • Sore throat
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  • Fungal infection in the mouth
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  • Thick saliva
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  • Swelling

Although treatments for dry mouth depend on the cause, there are a few tips to help alleviate discomfort
       
  • Carry a bottle of water for constant sipping
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  • Avoid drinks with caffeine
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  • Do not smoke tobacco products
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  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
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  • Chew sugarless gum may help stimulate glands
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  • Consult your dentist for products such as Biotene
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  • Suck on a sugarless candies
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  • Biotene Oral Rinse and Biotene Dry Mouth Toothpaste

Implementing consistent oral hygiene helps keep dry mouth under control, and visiting the dentist twice a year allows the condition to be monitored.  A referral may become necessary for more specific testing.

It is important to keep your mouth in the best oral condition possible.  Excellent home care and regular visits to the dentist help keep dry-mouth under control says Marietta dentist.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Periodontal disease and Your Health Explains Marietta Dentist

Preventing gum (periodontal) disease is an important factor in maintaining healthy hygiene in your mouth.  Knowing the link between gum disease and systemic disease, any person interested in maintaining optimal health should have the best oral hygiene possible.  Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and trips to the dentist for a dental prophylaxis is a must says Marietta dentist.

Unhealthy gums are linked to diseases such as; bacterial pneumonia, respiratory infection, cardiovascular disease, and a compromised immune system.  Many pregnant women with gum disease have a higher incidence of  premature birth and babies with a lower birth weight.  Studies show diabetes and periodontal disease can be closely related.  People with diabetes have a more difficult time controlling blood sugar, and as their periodontal health improves, so does controlling their blood sugar.  Therefore, a relationship between a healthy mouth and healthy body exists.

Lets explore what gum, periodontal disease is...

It's a disease that can destroy not only your gums but also the bone and other tissues that support teeth.  A sticky film of bacteria builds up on teeth called plaque that starts the process of gum disease.  Proper daily routine of brushing and flossing removes the plaque not allowing gum (periodontal) disease to take hold says Marietta, GA dentist.  A good routine keeps your gums from infection from the harmful plaque caused by bacteria. Proper oral hygiene prevents gums from becoming red and swollen, a condition called gingivitis; the early stages of periodontal disease. Eventually the plaque hardens and turns into tartar, a more difficult substance to remove.  If left untreated, it progresses to the next stage called periodontitis.  The gums begin to separate from the teeth and create deep spaces called pockets.  The pockets begin to collect bacteria that produce toxins and destroy the bone anchoring teeth.  If the disease is allowed to progress, teeth will become loose and eventually fall out.  A dentist may remove the teeth that affected. Bacteria present will have access to the bloodstream and begins to travel in the blood causing a harmful inflammation process.

Ideally, brushing twice a day using an ADA (American Dental Association) approved toothpaste with fluoride, and flossing helps maintain healthy gums.  Flossing removes bacteria and plaque that form in between teeth that a toothbrush can not remove.  It is important to  get on a schedule of regular professional dental cleanings to ensure that you are taking proper care of your teeth.  Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar that traps bacteria along the gum line.

Your dentist can also suggest ideas and answer any questions you may have about your oral hygiene.  Make sure you let your dentist know about your overall health, especially if you have had any chronic conditions or recent illnesses.  Let him know any medication you are on, or if your health has changed since you saw them last.  Your dentist needs to have a good idea of what is going on with your health so they can provide you with the best care possible.

Good oral hygiene is a very important step to ensure the best health and life possible says cosmetic dentist in Marietta GA.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dental Implants Can Restore A Smile And Quality Of Life

People missing a single or multiple teeth now have an excellent solution to restore their smile.  Dental implants can be the best option for many good reasons says Marietta cosmetic dentist.  Implants look and chew food like natural teeth, and only your dentist needs to know you have them.  Implants look beautiful, feel natural and give the confidence to eat, laugh and enjoy life.  Although they can be costly, implants are worth the value. When understood, it's easy to see why they have become the option people prefer when replacing missing teeth.  They give back the smile people desire.

A dentist will decide how many implants and what options are available to restore smiles with multiple missing teeth. Implants require several visits and multiple steps.  A metal implant, usually titanium is placed into the jaw for the bone to osseointegrate.  A second, smaller procedure exposes the implant and an extension is placed to anchor the crown (tooth).  Not every person is a candidate for implants.  Your dentist will make sure there is a sufficient natural bone ridge to support the implant.  After an extraction, the body may not fill in the area with bone well enough on its own.  It may be necessary for your dentist to place bone in the area where the tooth was extracted.  Many times, it can be done as the implant is placed.

Dental implants can keep a person looking younger.  When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone naturally begins to atrophy and dissolve.  Missing teeth result in an older appearance as teeth are lost and the bone deteriorates.  The face begins to change shape.  An implant and crown can help hold the bone level stable resulting in a fuller more natural shaped face.

Dental implants have many benefits.  Millions of adults with missing teeth understand the unpleasant consequences that accompany the loss of teeth.  Speaking and eating become more difficult. Teeth nearby eventually suffer by laying down to fill the open space. Teeth on the opposing arch eject from the gums, also trying to fill the space.  Movement of the teeth compromise the overall condition of the mouth, and wreak havoc beyond speech and eating.  Teeth that have laid down become more difficult to clean and can cause a periodontal (gum) condition.  Restored implants keep teeth in their natural position.

Implants are an excellent option because they anchor teeth securely.  Foods of choice can be chewed without  worry or embarrassment of falling out.  Implant teeth do not cause gum irritations or sores like removable appliances.  They are a positive advancement in dentistry that allow people to eat and smile more naturally.

Dental implants require excellent home care.  Regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist help them last a lifetime.  If you are missing teeth, do not compromise your life any longer. Seek a consultation from a dentist that places implants.   Missing teeth no longer hold people back from the full life they desire.   Dental implants may be the solution to restore your smile says Marietta Dentist .

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Is Flossing A Waste Of Time?

Patients often ask the question “Why is it important to floss on a regular basis?”  The truth is next to vigorously brushing, flossing is the next best thing to ensure excellent oral health says Marietta dentist.  Millions of microscopic bacteria use your mouth as a home to multiply.  Flossing and brushing highly reduce their number.  When left alone, the mouth is an excellent environment for them to multiply and wreak havoc.  The bacteria produce plaque, tartar, and gum disease if not kept under control.   Brushing and flossing are the tools to keep the mouth clean with less bacteria, as it feeds on food left on or in between your teeth.  If undisturbed, it produces an acid that can cause cavities by eroding teeth.

Bad breath can also be a very unattractive result of not properly flossing.  Flossing removes bacteria between teeth in the tiny spaces that a toothbrush cannot reach. The American Dental Society and Verde Pointe Dental Associates recommend that you floss at least once a day!

Now let’s discuss what happens if you choose not to floss on a regular basis…

When a person chooses not to floss, a buildup of bacteria and plaque between teeth occurs.  If left alone, the plaque will eventually harden into tartar that only your dentist can fully remove.  As time goes on, tartar can contain higher levels of more dangerous bacteria.  The bacteria will produce toxins that can irritate and inflame gum tissue. You will notice bleeding while you floss and brush.  This condition is known as gingivitis.  Gingivitis means plaque deposits are not cleaned away and a build-up causes gum and tooth issues.  Your gums can also become very swollen and tender.  Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease; a condition where not only are your gums infected by the bacteria but so is the bone and structures supporting your teeth.  The worst cases can lead to bone loss, loose teeth, and teeth that fall out.  Plaque can be removed by normal brushing, however using a Sonicare electronic toothbrush removes the plaque even better.  It is important to floss on a regular basis, because the health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth.

If you haven’t flossed in a while it’s time to start now...

If you happen to see a little tint of blood on the floss, this just indicates that your gums are slightly inflamed and in need of better flossing to remove unwanted bacteria.  Once, a better and correct regimen of flossing and brushing occur; the tint eventually will go away.  This means that you are on your way to better oral hygiene.   Just remember to floss first then brush. Good oral hygiene helps eliminate bacteria that can lead to problems such as bad breath, cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.  If you have been flossing on a regular basis, GOOD JOB!  Please make sure to continue.  Otherwise, if you start today, you will get on track to better oral hygiene and a beautiful smile.  A bright smile ensures great confidence, says cosmetic dentist, Marietta.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kirk Kimmerling DDS Honored By Talk Of The Town

Kirk Kimmerling DDS has been honored by Celebration Media, U.S. CMUS as one of its 2010 Talk of the Town Award Recipients for excellence in customer satisfaction.  Dr. Kimmerling offers a high standard of dental care in Marietta, GA, and his patients have rated him highly across the internet with 5 out of 5 stars.  It is the great pleasure of CMUS to offer Dr. Kimmerling the award in the category of Dentists of the Health and Medical sector.    Dr. Kimmerling's ratings are calculated on consumer reviews, websites, blogs and social networks across the internet.  Talk of the Town awards businesses that have  4 or 5 star overall rankings in many categories.  Dr. Kimmerling received the prestigious ranking of 5 out of 5 stars.  Only the very best businesses have been chosen to receive the award.  It can be viewed online at TalkOfTheTownNews.com.

Kirk Kimmerling DDS is located off Dallas Highway in West Cobb across from the Avenues of West Cobb.  He is a Marietta dentist that has demonstrated a high level of excellence in customer service as exhibited in on-line patient reviews on such sites as;  Yelp, Kudzu, Google, Yahoo, and more.  The award is offered to companies and professionals in the following categories; hospitals, dentists, accountants, physical therapists, veterinarians optometrists, insurance, chiropractor, lawyers financials planners, restaurants, bakeries, event centers, home improvement companies, florists, spas salons and mortgage companies and more.

Kirk Kimmerling DDS is a cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia (GA) at Verde Pointe Dental Associates near Kennesaw.  He a part of a group practice with Alex Krempa DMD and staff that is extremely passionate about helping every patient reach their optimum dental health.   Dr. Kimmerling has practiced as a dentist for over 26 years. He striving to provide the very best treatment in a friendly, relaxing environment. While Dr. Kimmerling specializes in cosmetic dentistry, he runs a full-service practice that provides everything from routine cleanings, tooth colored fillings and root canals to dental veneers, teeth whiteningdental implants and more. He and the courteous staff at his state-of-the-art dental office are dedicated to helping patients achieve the beautiful smile they desire and maintain a lifetime of excellent dental health.

Dr. Kimmerling was pleased to accept the award from Celebration Media, as he appreciates the kind words of his dental patients.  "It is a privilege to take care of the dental needs of  the people in Cobb County for the past 26 years and I enjoy the practice of dentistry," says Dr. Kimmerling.  The Talk of the Town Award recognizes a host of different businesses and professionals that have scored high across the internet for customer satisfaction.  Celebration Media, U.S. is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  It is a strong consultancy firm that specializes in solutions for improved customer care and operational development.   It is their mission to uncover businesses that are highly rated across the internet in service to their community.

Celebration Media. U.S. CMUS  has bestowed on Kirk Kimmerling DDS the honor of excellence in patient reviews and spotlights him for his achievements in success.  Congratulations Kirk Kimmerling DDS on the award of dentist in Marietta.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dental Office In Marietta, GA Introduces New Teeth Whitening System

Marietta, GA dentist, Kirk Kimmerling DDS  now offers an additional teeth whitening system at his Marietta dental office.  Opalescence Oh, is now available in addition to Colgate's  Supreme Professional Whitening and the Visible White Professional Whitening.   Oh!! from Opalescence is an easy system for patients wanting a brilliant white smile.  "Whiter teeth can drastically increases the beauty of a smile, so offering my patients more than one way to beautify their smile is a plus," says Kirk Kimmerling DDS.  Opalescence whitens teeth with potassium nitrate and fluoride (PF) that strengthens enamel while minimizing sensitivity and lessening the risk of decay.

Opalescence is a chemical process. It contains peroxide that breaks down molecules causing discoloration as it whitens the internal tooth color, enamel and dentin.  Since, tooth sensitivity can be common for many people whitening teeth, the formulation of Oh! contains a special ingredient, Potassium Nitrate and fluoride which desensitizes.

Opalescence is an award-winning gel that is viscous, causing better adherence to teeth.  Results usually can be seen with just one at home treatment, although one week works better. The gel is offered in mint and melon flavors for patients to choose, and the capsules are prefilled for the precise amount of gel necessary helping to eliminate guesswork.

Opalescence Oh! is delivered to teeth via trays  custom-made for each patient.  The tray is created after an impression is taken of the upper and lower arch of the mouth.  The trays hold gel against the teeth after placed into the mouth.  Wear time varies, so a plan is specifically designed for every patient.  The bleach in the Opalescence Oh! will remove most discolored strains on teeth without damaging teeth.  Stains can return, so periodically whitening is available.  A touch-up kit may be purchased using the same trays, also in predetermined capsules to eliminate waste of product.

The Opalescence Oh!  can only be purchased through a dentist, as your treatment will be supervised from the initial impression to treatment completion.

Many studies have rendered the importance of Opalescence Oh! whitening system using potassium nitrate and fluoride as a well-documented and safe bleaching system that helps eliminate sensitivity.  Studies reveal how the product whitens and the effects of the bleach on the bond strength of the teeth.

Although foods, dietary habits and medication cause stain, Opalescence Oh! combats the problem most times with excellent results.  It is important to establish good oral hygiene practices in conjunction with whitening.  Brushing twice a day, along with flossing will keep a smile not only whiter but healthier.  Using Opalescence whitening toothpaste with the whitening gel together helps achieve the best result.

It is the great pleasure of  the Marietta dentist to offer Opalescence Oh! whitening system to his patients.  It's an easy, safe and effective way to whiten teeth with the ease of preloaded capsules.  "A healthy and beautiful smile generates the confidence I want for my patients," says Marietta cosmetic dentist.  It is a prescription-strength whitening system that is an effective way to brighten a smile while accommodating  lifestyles and budgets.  Opalescence Oh! is safe, quick and effective.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Community Contributor, Kirk Kimmerling DDS Repeats Goodwill

Dr. Kirk Kimmerling, Marietta, GA dentist plays a big role in the community offering goodwill.  He is working hand-in-hand with Judge Juanita Stedman's Family Dependency Treatment Court rehabilitating smiles.  One of the recipients is Tosha Phillips, a Douglas County resident and referral from Judge Stedman.  She is appreciative of Dr. Kimmerling's efforts and is excited to have an improved smile. Since a healthy smile helps the women re-enter the workforce and community, he has agreed to rejuvenate two more smiles.   " When I hear that a person has overcome terrible odds and turned their life around, I want to keep the positive momentum  moving in the right direction with a smile they can be proud of," says Dr. Kimmerling, a Marietta dentist.

Dr. Kimmerling has completed Tosha Phillips smile, and is currently working on the others.  Born and raised in Georgia, Phillips has finished the treatment program and vows to continue living her changed life.  "This has just done wonders for my self-esteem,"says Phillips.

Dr Kimmerling trusts Judge Stedman to chose those that she feels are a success story and likely to succeed.  "It's obvious that she has experience with drug dependency and has good understanding who I should treat," says Dr. Kimmerling.  The partnership seems to be working out well for both Judge Stedman and the dental office.

Dr. Kimmerling was introduced to Judge Stedman through Jim Ruether and George Tingley, both patients of Dr. Kimmerling.  They are members of Reconnecting Families, a Cobb County agency designed to help people reconnect to society after a drug addiction.

Judge Stedman and Dr. Kimmerling have partnered to help people who have completed the treatment program and are well on their way to becoming productive citizens.  It is difficult to get a job if your smile is unattractive, and Dr. Kimmerling wants to give people the confidence to converse freely and smile.  The women chosen are very grateful to Judge Stedman and Dr. Kimmerling for caring and giving them the opportunity to turn their lives around.  "They key is to show people that someone cares, when they move their life in the right direction," says Dr. Kimmerling.

Dr. Kimmerling has great compassion for the well-being of others.   He is known to be a big part of the community and insists on doing so.  He also provides Calvary Children's Home dental services at no charge.  "Many of these children have had a difficult start to life, and I want them to have healthy smiles. It's my gift to them," says  Dr. Kimmerling.  He has taken care of these children for many years and plans to continue.  "Dr. Kimmerling is a wonderful person. He takes care of a multitude of children without hesitation.  Many years ago they asked Dr. Kimmerling how many children he could take, and without hesitation, he said all of them.  It profoundly revealed his heart," says Katherine Worsham, Accounts Receivable Manager at the dental office.

Dr. Kimmerling is known not only for his compassion in dentistry, but believes in new starts.  This compassionate dentist in Marietta, GA has changed many lives in his community and plans to always do so.   The world would be a much brighter place if more people had the compassion of Dr. Kimmerling.   He has a big heart.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Reshaping Teeth Or Gums May Give You A Better Smile

Healthy, well-contoured teeth and gums can make a significant difference in a smile says Marietta dentist. "It's always a treat to makeover a person's smile by contouring their teeth or gums, and see them elated with the way they look. It's a rewarding and enjoyable part of dentistry," says cosmetic Marietta dentist. A person's gum tissue frames the top of their tooth and should be within certain dimensions and parameters for a more attractive smile.  Many times, the shape of the tissue can be altered to expose the appropriate amount of enamel.  Teeth can also be re-shaped by contouring.  Dental contouring changes the length, edges and position of teeth making a smile more appealing.  Candidates for contouring must have healthy teeth and gums before these cosmetic procedures are considered.

Reshaping can often correct chipped, cracked or misalignment teeth due to bruxism (tooth grinding) and heredity. If the damage is minor,  the teeth can be smoothed to eliminate the appearance of rough and uneven teeth.  It is possible to re-damage teeth if continual grinding and clenching continue.  An appliance may then be considered to protect teeth from continual damage.  An impression is necessary for a perfect fit.  Contouring without anesthesia is performed unless the re-shaping is major.  In this case, a dentist may take an x-ray to determine the location of the pulp of the tooth. Otherwise only small quantities of tooth will be removed for a more perfect shape.

Well-contoured gums compliment well-contoured teeth.  People can be born with unsymmetrical gum tissue that can be trimmed for a better appearance. Gingival margins, the area where the teeth and gums meet should be a certain height. Gum tissue on certain teeth should be higher than others.  The front two teeth and canines should be the same, and the lateral incisors should be lower.  People with a gummy smile, have the appearance of small "chicklet" teeth because of lengthy gum tissue.  Many times it can be trimmed exposing more tooth creating a more balanced and attractive smile. Although, not all gum issues can be resolved with contouring, much can.

Removed gum tissue can sometimes grow back says Marietta dentist.  In this case, it may be possible to remove bone to keep the tissue from re-growing.  Although more invasive with a lengthier recovery, it can yield a beautiful result.  A "gumlift"  is  a cosmetic surgery that can be done by a dentist. Since cosmetic surgery and a youthful appearance the craze of today, this may be an inexpensive procedure to consider.

Healthy well-contoured gums and teeth can make a smile more beautiful.  Teeth and gum contouring can be a relatively simple procedure that makes a tremendous difference in a person's smile with relative ease.  It can be an inexpensive alternative to consider.  A smile is important to the way people feel about themselves and the way others perceive you. Teeth and gum contouring is a dental procedure that can make a significant difference in a smile with relative ease, say Marietta, GA cosmetic dentist.

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Kirk Kimmerling DDS is a cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia (GA) at Verde Pointe Dental Associates. Dr. Kimmerling is extremely passionate about helping every patient reach their optimum dental health. Having practiced as a dentist in Marietta, Georgia (GA) for over 26 years, Dr. Kimmerling strives to provide the very best treatment in a secure, relaxing environment. While Dr. Kimmerling specializes in cosmetic dentistry, he runs a full-service practice that provides everything from routine cleanings to dental implants. He and the courteous staff at his state-of-the-art office are dedicated to helping patients achieve beautiful smiles and maintaining a lifetime of excellent dental health.  He has a full service practice from teeth cleanings and teeth whitening to dental veneers, implants, root canals, tooth colored fillings, periodontal, toothaches, extractions and more.

For the top cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia (GA), please call Kirk Kimmerling DDS at Verde Pointe Dental Associates, or visit the website for more information. www.drkirkkimmerling.com

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Slow The Aging Process Says Marietta Dentist

A healthy smile can slow the aging process if you take care of your gum tissue says Marietta dentist.  Taking care of your mouth is not only important to the overall health, but also to how the world perceives you. When a smile looks good and is healthy, you look good and your body is healthier.  Bacteria floating in the blood stream from unhealthy gum tissue destroys the health of your mouth and wreaks havoc throughout your body. Evidence supports it heightens an inflammatory response of the body and speeds up aging.  If you want a healthier body and a higher confidence level, make sure your smile is in good condition.

Seeing the dentist regularly could save your life, as your dentist may identify other health issues you may be developing during oral examinations.   An unkept mouth can be an indication other issues are being ignored as well.  Your dentist can monitor your mouth and alert you early of certain problems.  A healthy mouth can mirror a healthy body, so keeping your mouth healthy can help prevent certain diseases from developing.  Gum disease can lead to strokes, heart disease, increased tumor formation and cause problems with major organs such as the kidneys and heart.

Teeth that are not straight are more difficult to clean and can lead to periodontal gum disease because they are not aligned properly.  They more readily trap gum disease plaque that contain bacteria.  Some people spend an extreme amount of money on fashion, plastic surgery, Botox and other items to make themselves look more attractive while putting their mouth low on the list.  Although these are ok, they are never ok behind the health of your mouth.  People can have a beautiful front smile, and still have gum issues in the back teeth.  If not treated, it can spread to the front.

It's important to take care of your teeth, as they can last a lifetime.  If your mouth needs the care of a dentist, put it at the top of your priority list. Do not be discouraged or embarrassed, as everyone starts somewhere.  If extensive work is necessary and finances are your concern, many dentists participate with financing companies making treatment possible.  A three-year dental plan to get your mouth in good condition is better than ignoring the issue totally.  Everyone knows someone with extensive work.

Your smile is an important focal point that others use to judge you.  It is a big part of interaction and a first impressions.  A healthy smiles allows you to have better communication, better confidence and a healthier life. It is an indication of happiness and general well-being. Dedication and commitment are a necessary. Home brushing, flossing, regular dental hygiene visits, a healthy diet and proper nutrition are each important pieces to your health. Gum disease can be exacerbated by the deficiency of vitamin A.  A lack of vitamin B Complex can produce lesions in the mouth, an entry point for bacteria to enter the blood stream.  Other vitamins strengthen the overall health of the mouth, so a well-balanced diet is crucial says dentist in Marietta.

Looking and feeling good requires knowledge and  dedication says a Marietta dentist.  Take care of your smile, so you look and feel better.

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Kirk Kimmerling DDS is a cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia (GA) at Verde Pointe Dental Associates. Dr. Kimmerling is extremely passionate about helping every patient reach their optimum dental health. Having practiced as a dentist in Marietta, Georgia (GA) for over 26 years, Dr. Kimmerling strives to provide the very best treatment in a secure, relaxing environment.  He and the courteous staff at his state-of-the-art office are dedicated to helping patients achieve beautiful smiles and maintaining a lifetime of excellent dental health.  While Kirk Kimmerling DDS  specializes in cosmetic dentistry, he runs a full-service practice that provides everything from routine teeth cleanings and teeth whitening to dental veneers, implants, root canals, tooth colored fillings, periodontal, toothaches, extractions and more.

For the top cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia (GA), please call Kirk Kimmerling DDS at Verde Pointe Dental Associates, or visit the website for more information. www.drkirkkimmerling.com

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Additional Online Scheduling Choices Now Available For Marietta Cosmetic Dentists

Outstanding cosmetic dentists in Marietta, GA., Drs. Kirk Kimmerling and Alex Krempa have added additional online scheduling choices. Patients can now request appointments through the internet from a host of sites.   They have been added to give internet savvy patients an opportunity to schedule with ease.  It is now possible to request an appointment through their website, Facebook and Demandforce.  All three choices make it easy to communicate with the office during or after hours.  It is possible to request any type of appointment through all three.  A Demandforce page designed with practice information and an Easy Scheduler is now available.  Facebook and Verde Pointe's website also offers the capability.  "It is our goal to make it as simple as possible for our patients to schedule an appointment with our office by whatever means is easiest for them," says the cosmetic dentists Marietta GA.   "Some patients would rather not use the phone, and it is these people we wish to accommodate."

"Our website, Facebook and Demandforce help us keep up in tune with our patient's needs and see first-hand the comments and concerns they have about our office," says Dr. Kimmerling.   They are very excited about the sites and technology. Their patients have begun using the technology to schedule in force recently.  Verde Pointe Dental Associates have a large patient base and a strong following, and patients of all ages give them the thumbs up on the technology.  It is convenient to set an appointment without using the phone and unnecessarily having to liaise with the staff.

Verde Pointe's website is currently designed, hosted and  created by Officite, a web firm with internet solutions that is pro-patient.  In addition to designing a premier website, the firm also added a blog to help keep patients informed on all that's new with Verde Pointe dental.  The blog is updated at least once a week with good information concerning oral health and the dental practice.  The blog automatically updates Facebook and Twitter with the interesting and fun articles.  Patients say they are amazed at how interesting dental information can be.

The website and Facebook have a coupon online that new patients can use towards services.  "It really helps pay the deductible and out-of-pocket towards any services needed," says Katherine Worsham, Insurance Administrator at Verde Pointe Dental.

Ease of scheduling a dental appointment in Marietta, GA is an important criteria for patients because of todays time challenges and hectic life schedules.  Many patients are commenting in the office that they prefer to schedule online.

Dr. Kimmerling and Dr. Krempa are well-known cosmetic dentists in Marietta, GA.  They not only provide excellent quality dental care, but also have staff of the same caliber. Drs. Kimmerling and Krempa are committed to providing quality gentle care to their patients in a modern office.  It is a full-service practice providing a wide array of procedures from cosmetic dentistry, cleanings, teeth whitening, crowns, dental implants, veneers, root canal therapy, emergency services and other assorted cosmetic procedures.  The award-winning doctors make scheduling much easier for the internet savvy.  Their ability to offer new and innovative ways to schedule is all the better for the patient.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blueprint On Designing A Dental Office

All dental offices are not alike, because they are not designed with enough forethought.  Drs. Kirk Kimmerling and Alex Krempa have an extraordinary dental office in Marietta, GA, and share insight and advice about designing a dental facility.  At the Verde Pointe Dental Office, innovations and attention to detail have made day-to-day operations more efficient and therefore easier.  Their mission is simple;  Dental offices need to be equipped with the latest technology and it is important to train the entire staff. Every dental assistant at Verde Pointe is required to be certified in expanded duties recognized by the Georgia Board of Dentistry.   The front staff regularly attends seminars to assist patients easily in billing, scheduling and insurance needs. Each patient has the consummate experience from the moment they enter the front door until they leave.  The modern high/tech decor is a further reflection of the goal of providing the latest in high-tech.  Each part of the office, the technology, the equipment and the decor, complements each other part of the space.

Every office needs an extensive computer system integrated throughout the office.  Information (patient charts, radiographs, referral letters, patient schedules, etc.) is accessible from every computer in the office.  This helps to accommodate a patient at any location, allowing for less chair time for every patient. Each operatory  has dual monitors, one for the staff to post, and the other allowing patients to view their x-rays, view patient education and to see the inside of their mouth with an intra-oral camera.  Each operatory has a compact mouse/keyboard combination, that fits conveniently on the Adec tub tray, creating an innovation in using Adec’s equipment.  The Cadent iTero Digital Impression System provides a highly accurate digital impression for crowns and bridges. The digital impression is more hygienic than traditional impression making, reduces time and the cost of mailing, and ensures the lab receives the case. iTero saves time by verifying the impression’s accuracy and eliminating any remake impressions. The efficiency of electronic model making allows for less time creating a precise crown, requiring less time for cementation making a better patient experience.

On the technical side, all operatories are equipped with Adec 511 chair and Adec 533 Continental or Side Delivery with touch-tone pads and an Adec ICV HVE cleaning system.  Each Adec delivery system includes an electric hand piece, intraoral camera connection for Sopro 595 cameras and Satelec scaler. Each of the four hygiene operatories also has a Prophyjet Cavitron.  The doctor operatories all have Denmat Sapphire Plasma Arc Curing Lights capable of the fastest curing of composites available and Danville Micro-etchers attached to Adec delivery systems. Quicker curing allows for quicker and better patient experience.  The doctor operatories have innovative rear delivery patient Adec lights specifically designed by Dr. Kimmerling and Atlanta Dental Supply Co. A KaVo DIAGNOdent caries detector and a Kavo DIAGNOdent pen are located in pass-through areas for easy retrieval, and better diagnosis.  The office has two Root ZX Apex locators to provide increased efficiency during root canal therapy helping to achieve desired results.  For sterilization, there are three Adec Lisa Sterilizers, and a Statim 5000 Cassette Autoclave. The two Lisa’s and the Statim are located in the assistant’s sterilization area and one Lisa is located in the hygiene sterilization. Electric hand pieces are cleaned and lubricated using KaVo’s QUATTRO care system.   The extra-oral radiography is the Planmeca ProMax unit with 3-D capabilities that can produce tomographic slices for detailed morphologic diagnostics
Verde Pointe Dental Associates, cosmetic dentists in Marietta, GA have created what they believe is a new trend in dental aesthetics. The modern, high-tech office is striking with its double glass front doors and handsome front desk/business area. A custom-built waterfall captures patients’ attention.  The dental office and philosophy go "hand-in-hand." The group strives to provide efficient, high-tech, modern dentistry in an efficient, high-tech, modern facility all surrounded by beauty.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Unique Marietta, GA Dentist Office Is Also A Fine Art Gallery

It isn't very often that a Marietta, GA dentist office is also a fine art gallery.  Drs. Kirk Kimmerling and Alex Krempa with great enthusiasm are supporting the local artists in the Marietta and Atlanta, GA. area.  Their vision is simple; a unique dental office for those visiting the dentist.  The gallery began about four years ago when Verde Pointe Dental Associates opened a new office across the parking lot, featuring five accomplished artists.

Angela Ocheltree, a native of Cobb County is a proficient sculptor, photographer and portrait painter. She has the talent to immortalize actual people in bronze and does so at request.  Drs. Kimmerling and Krempa feature one of her sculptures in a nook made just for the exquisite piece.  As an accomplished interior designer, she was commissioned to design the interior of Verde Pointe Dental Office, and has received breath-taking reviews.  "Angela made our office the most stunning dental office I have ever seen.  She has an eye for detail and color," says Dr. Kimmerling.   Patients comment on its beauty often.

Dennis Campay from Atlanta, GA. is a painter with an architectural flair.  He has many paintings throughout Verde Pointe Dental Office, and has one particular piece commissioned by Dr. Kimmerling, featuring an old-time dental chair.  His works are unique, contemporary easily identifiable.  Campay began with glossy renderings of buildings, skyscrapers and storefronts, and evolved with story-telling strengths.  He has been featured in many weekly magazines and has sold his work to corporations, universities, and serious art collectors.  His work is featured in the Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta, JSL Fine Arts Gallery in San Francisco and Sellers Gallery in Jacksonville, Florida.  Loved and respected in the south, he is making his mark in other parts of the world.

Michaela Linda Sotilla, a fine artist hailing from Germany features works in many mediums, styles and subject matter. After graduating with honors from the Art institute of Atlanta, she has displayed works in prominent galleries, universities and corporations.  Linda's art has a distinct quality featuring the outdoors, the streets of Atlanta, people, music and abstracts.  She calls much of her work a "natural state of being." Linda's work  is a fine addition to the office.

Denard Stallings is a versatile artist.  He paints on many different subject matters, but has a real flair for the music.  Using a variety of mediums, he paints realistic portraits and infuses his passion for music with strikingly beautiful instruments.  He has strong detail in his paintings giving rise to much conversation of his work from those that see it.  Denard Stallings' work is available through Vinings Gallery in Smyrna, GA.

Elizabeth Chapman is an artist featuring abstract works at Verde Pointe using mixed medias and diverse materials on canvas.  Her pieces are intricate in detail, as she has the ability to blend colors with sophistication. She has been written up by the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, and features her work at the 463 Art Gallery in Acworth, GA.

It would be the great pleasure of Drs. Kirk Kimmerling and Alex Krempa to share these fine works of art with patients.  Feel free to request a tour, information on the artists, or a dental appointment amidst the fabulous works.  The unique Marietta, GA dentist office welcomes new patients.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dentist, Kirk Kimmerling In Marietta, GA Gives Back To His Community

Most people in Marietta, GA know, Dr. Kirk Kimmerling by name.  Although he has an outstanding reputation as a dentist, it is his readiness to help others less fortunate that is bringing him attention. Recently, Dr. Kimmerling took Tosha Phillips, of Douglasville, GA under his wing.  After completing a Family Dependency Treatment Court Program in Cobb County, Dr. Kimmerling is helping Tosha by rejuvenating her smile at no charge.

Tosha, a 35-year-old Mother with a seventeen year old son has successfully completed a 14 month treatment program under the direction of Judge Juanita Stedman's Family Dependency Treatment Court. Tosha entered the program after being addicted to methamphetamines and is successfully re-entering society as a productive citizen.

Tosha said her front tooth has been black for almost 15 years, and Dr Kimmerling is not only fixing her black tooth, but whitening her smile as well. It is giving her the self-confidence she needs to re-enter the workforce in a more positive light.

Jim Reuther, Network Domino business owner and long time patient of Dr. Kimmerling approached him asking for help.  Dr. Kimmerling, no stranger to helping others in the community, immediately accepted Tosha.   Dr. Kimmerling provides dentistry, free of charge to Calvary Children's Home for over 15 years.

"It's my great pleasure to make a difference in people's lives and I enjoy helping through dentistry," Dr. Kimmerling said.

Tosha has turned her life around, and credits the treatment program to her success.  She recently has moved into an apartment of her own and is looking for employment.  Tosha is grateful for Reuther, Judge Stedman and all the Dr. Kimmerling is doing for her.  She has become a role model to many that have drug and court issues.  "Her motivation to make a difference in her life as well as her son's makes me want to help return her smile to something pretty," says Dr. Kimmerling.  Tosha has been clean from drugs for a year and a half.  She speaks openly about the mistakes that she's made, and vows to be a different person.  She's has a brightness and enthusiasm that let's you know that she has changed her life and intends to keep it that way.  Tosha does not mind talking about her journey, as there is no shame for Tosha  because she is the success story that makes other people and families hopeful.

Dr. Kimmerling is a practicing dentist in Marietta, GA for over 26 years that has a history of helping others. Although Dr. Kimmerling is Emory University trained and highly intelligent, it is not his intelligence that brings him accolades. It is his giving back to the community that people are talking about. Dr. Kimmerling helps people even though he knows that not all stories end in success.  "It's the people who do make it that keep me wanting to participate, and I don't mind helping those that don't make it.  My dentistry may be the only bright spot in a dark existence,"  says Dr. Kimmerling.  He plans on continuing as long as he is a practicing dentist in Marietta, GA.  Tosha Phillips is not the first person Dr. Kimmerling's helped, and will not be the last.  He's a mentor of people.  Cobb County needs as many Dr. Kirk Kimmerling's it can get.