Monday, December 30, 2013

Scientists Grow Teeth from Urine

A team of scientists have successfully grown teeth with the dental pulp, dentin, enamel space and an enamel organ from urine.   The team was led by Duang Pei,a professor of stem cell biology from Guangzhou Institute of
Growing Teeth From Urine
Biomedicine and Health in China.  Epithelial cells were converted into pluripotent stem cells (IPS) cells.  IPS cells can be grown into different types of tissues including teeth.  "Normally, the way you get cells for reprogramming is that you do a biopsy on the skin," say Pei.  People would rather pee in a cup than hold still for a needle or skin biopsy, especially children.  It's a good way to get cells from kids without being invasive.

Urine is not the only way to get IPS cells, and it's unlikely. "You can drive a lot of IPS cells from a single hair." sais Paul Sharpe, head of the craniofacial development and orthodonticds dept at Kings College London.  "You could make teeth from a hair or from other teeth."

Making a new tooth is difficult.  There needs to be a periodontal ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone, and not just a tooth. Pei's tooth has good roots.  As for urine having bacteria, midstream it is pretty sterile. Pei has never encountered any type of infection.

Urine contains contaminants, so the overall viability of the cells produced poor specimens, explains Dr. John Comisi, a dentist and spokesperson or the Academy o General Dentistry. Chris Mason, a stem cell scientist at University College London, also agreed that urine would not be viable to regenerate teeth.  "You just wouldn't do it this way," he said.  Comisi explained that the science of regenerating teeth from stem cells has be around for more than a decade, using bone marrow and baby teeth. Companies are cryogenically storing baby teeth for science but it is three to five years out. Mason also explained that implanting newly grown teeth to work with existing teeth still needs tackled.

Although not as hard as natural teeth and not yet a viable way to grown teeth, maybe it can become a viable option in the future. Perhaps in the future when people need a dentist, they can replace a bad tooth instead of it.  +Verde Pointe Dental Associates and Marietta dentist  +Kirk Kimmerling DDS look forward to the research becoming a reality. The research was published in Cell Regeneration Journal on July 30, 2013.





Monday, December 16, 2013

Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest at Dentist and Veterinary Offices

Ugly Sweater Contest is officially underway at +Verde Pointe Dental Associates and +Marietta Vet Clinic for the 2013 season. +Kirk Kimmerling DDS +Suzanna Aguilera and +Julian Peckich DVM are hosting the event with prizes for the ugliest donned sweater on people or pets.
Marietta Dentist and Veterinarian Host Ugly Sweater Contest
To get in on the action, dress yourself or pet with the ugliest holiday sweater and head to the dental or veterinarian office.  On December 31st, two winners will be announced, one from each office. Winners will receive either free dental whitening or a free pet exam. 

The event is quite the rage of the offices, and both staff and doctors look forward to having people and pets participate in the fun!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Your Teeth, The Bite, Good or Bad?

Do you ever wonder if your teeth come together properly?  They should actually close a certain way for the chewing system to function harmoniously.  When teeth, muscles and the jaw joint work well together, muscles are relaxed, the joint is stable and all the teeth contact at the same time along the axis.   A bad bite can cause pain and destruction, and since most of us have bites that are less than ideal, only a dentist can decide if there's cause for concern.

Let's take a look at the common bite disorders.

Crossbite

A crossbite occurs when upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth on one or multiple teeth. Correction
Most People Do Not Have a Perfect Bite
is necessary, as it can cause dysfunctional chewing, asymmetrical jaws, gums disease, bone loss, premature wear on teeth and a less attractive smile. A crossbite generally requires braces, a retainer or expansion with an intra-oral appliance.

Underbite

An underbite occurs when lower teeth protrude past the upper front teeth.  It occurrs generally because of an undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower, both overgrowth, flared upper incisors, missing teeth or a combination of all.  An underbite can cause chewing problems, proper function of the front teeth, premature wear of teeth, joint malfunction and a less attractive smile.  An underbite can be modified and corrected through growth modification of the jaw, extractions, or orthognathic surgery.

Openbite

An openbite is usually caused by the patient, himself.  Front teeth, upper and lower jet forward causing them to jet forward and never touch.  Thumb sucking, finger sucking  tongue thrusting, or chewing objects, pacifiers, bottle feeding can cause the condition to occur.  Tempromandibular joint disorder or (TMJ) can also cause the to push teeth into a a comfortable bite.  Although prevention is most desirable, corrections can be made by braces, growth modifications, extrusion of front teeth, and surgery.

Overbite or Deepbite

An overbite, also called a deep bite occurs when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth.  Usually there is no contact between the upper and lower front teeth. Upper teeth can erupt too much, or there can be a discrepancy in the jaw where the front of the jaw grows more than the back on the same arch.  An overbite can cause difficulty eating, lower teeth biting into upper tissue, joint malfunction, wear on lower anterior teeth, an unattractive smile.  It can be corrected by orthodontics moving front teeth up possibly back teeth closer together.

Overjet

An overjet is when lower teeth are too far behind the upper teeth.  It can occur due to thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, molars teeth are improperly aligned, the upper and lower jaws are not properly balanced or missing lower teeth. An overjet can lead to improper function of teeth, premature wear of teeth, and a less attractive smile.  Correction can be possible through growth modification, appliances, and braces.

If you believe your teeth do not align properly, perhaps +Verde Pointe Dental Associates and Marietta Cosmetic dentists +Kirk Kimmerling DDS and +Suzanna Aguilera DMD can help with a consultation.  Only a dentist can help decide the best possible treatment when needed.  The office also accepts a dental emergency when you need them most.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

When a Dentist Says Dam to the Dental Assistant

Calm down if you hear your dentist say, "Dam" to a dental assistant.  The fact is; you now know he's doing a superior job.  The dam, dental dam, rubber dam or in German, Kofferdam is a square sheet of latex used to
"Dam" says a Dentist
reduce contamination during dental procedures, producing superior dentistry.  The dam is placed before treatment and after a patient is numbed.  Most people adapt to it well, and prefer it's use.  Not only does the usage of the dam mean superior dentistry, there is another significant benefit.  Debris created from drilling, dental water syringe, and dental materials are kept from the oral cavity and swallowing.  This too is an added benefit.

According to a study on rubber dam's by the NIH in Sept-Oct 2010, documented a low prevalence of usage by dentists during operative dentistry.  The information was from actual clinical procedures, rather than a questionnaires.  However, usage varied with certain dentist, restorations, and patient-level characteristics.

+Verde Pointe Dental Associates and +Kirk Kimmerling DDS believe in using the dental dam for every procedure possible.  Root canals, dental fillings, crowns, bridges and more are always performed with the use of the dam.   So, if you hear the word dam from a dentist, it's probably a good thing!




Monday, November 18, 2013

Shockingly, Your Tooth Can Be Dead!

Did you know people can have a tooth that's dead?  It's true, just because a tooth is in your mouth, does not mean it is alive and well.  The inside structure of a tooth is living and can actually die requiring a treatment from a dentist.  People walk around every day with a tooth that needs attention, because it is dead.  So, let's take a look at the facts.

How does a tooth die?

The answer is multi-fold.  A tooth can die for different reasons, such as a deep cavity reaching the living part of the tooth called the pulp. When the pulp becomes infected with bacteria, it dies and a decaying process begins.

Trauma is another way a tooth can die. A sever blow can sever the nerve at the root tip causing it to die. Sometimes, it dies quickly or takes several years.

Dental procedures can cause a tooth to die.  Although the procedures are necessary, it can add stress to teeth, where it may not be able to withstand the drilling. The pulp inflames and dies.

Another reason a tooth can die is it fractures.  Some teeth crack deep into the pulp and can be repaired.  It is possible for the tooth to be cracked, and the only fix is an extraction.

Facts about a dead tooth are universal.

Generally a tooth becomes abscessed after the pulp dies, and requires a root canal to remove the dead, decaying tissue.  An abscess will form at the tip of the root and a pus pocket appear.  The puss formed in the area of the dead tissue, and if left go, will infect the bone around the root.  Sometimes, people develop a pimple on the gums, allowing the pus to drain.  This can cause a bad taste in the mouth.  The infection can spread to neighboring teeth.

In rare cases, people have died. Dead teeth require either a root canal therapy or an dental extraction.  If you have a dead tooth, see a dentist today!  Your health depends on it says +Kirk Kimmerling DDS.

Monday, November 11, 2013

What’s a Geographic or Fissured Tongue?

Most tongues are covered with tiny short, pinkish-white hair-like projections called papillae.  Some people are missing the projections on certain areas of the tongue, creating red spots with smooth raised borders and a map-like appearance.  This is called Geographic tongue.  Tongues can also have grooves of many shapes and sizes, a fissured tongue or scrotal tongue.  Let’s take a quick look at both.

The geographic tongue missing hair-like projections is not a cause for concern, as it is not cancer or infection.  The lesions can heal and reappear on different areas of the tongue in unlimited shapes and sizes.   It is also called benign migratory glossitis.  Although many have no symptoms, the lesions can cause discomfort or a burning sensation when eating spicy or acidic foods.  The cause of geographic tongue is unknown, however family history, genetics, aging and environmental factors are a consideration. 

People with geographic tongue many times also suffer another condition called fissured tongue or scrotal tongue.  The deep grooves in the surface of the tongue can cause discomfort, burning and soreness.  The grooves can differ in people considerable both in number, length, depth and orientation.  Fissures look can appear like maps of lakes and streams, sometimes branching from a large central furrow.


Always consult a dentist to eliminate more serious diseases of the tongue says Marietta dentist, Kirk Kimmerling DDS. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Red Gums, Purple Gums, Bleeding Gums and Gum Disease

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.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Not Every Tongue is Healthy

Do you ever wonder about the conditions of the tongue?  It the strongest muscle of the body which allows us to speak, taste and swallow.  A normal tongue is pink with small nodules called papillae on the surface.  Let's take a look at some issues and symptoms people can have.


There are a few reasons that can cause a tongue to have white spots or a whitish coating.  Leukoplakia is one condition where cells in the mouth grow excessively.  It can lead to white patches in the mouth or on the tongue.  The condition is mostly found in people that use tobacco products.  Leukoplakia is not dangerous on its own, but studies have shown it can be a precursor for oral cancer.  Its important to have it checked out by a dentist if the condition is occurring.

Candidiasis commonly known as oral thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth.  The condition leaves cottage cheese type white patches in the mouth or on the tongue.  It can be very painful and cause significant discomfort.  Oral thrush is normally seen in infants or elderly adults.  People with diabetes or use of inhaled steroids for asthma are more prone to this condition.  The dentist may  prescribe medications.

Some people suffer from a condition called oral lichen planus.  Although it occurs on many places of the body, it can occur inside the mouth on the cheeks, lips, tongue and gums.  The symptom are tiny white dots and raised white lines  that can become painful.  Researchers and doctors are unsure of the cause and have noticed it can resolve itself.  Tobacco products seem to worsen this condition, and proper oral hygiene can help avoid it.

These are just a few common conditions people see with the tongue.  Its always important to consult a dentist if any are occurring for good medical advice.  A dentist may give tips on how to prevent or treat any of these uncomfortable conditions.  Marietta emergency dentist, +Kirk Kimmerling DDS would be happy to consult with patients with mouth conditions or concerns.  

Monday, October 21, 2013

Quick Tip on Dry Mouth

Xerostomia or dry mouth can be horrible and a hard condition to deal with, as saliva is vital for the
Do You Have Dry Mouth?
mouth to stay healthy.  Certain medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, Sjogren's Syndrome, depression, anxiety or allergies can cause dry mouth.  It’s important to increase fluid intake if dry mouth is an issue.  Let's take a look at some of the issues associated with dry mouth:

1. Difficulty eating 
2. Cracking, dry lips
3. Corners of the mouth are cracked
4. Bad Breath
5. Sticky saliva
6. Mouth Ulcers or blisters, raw tongue
7. Waking from sleep due to dry mouth

If you suffer any of the above, perhaps it is time to consult a professional to determine a cause and right course of treatment for you.  A doctor or dentist will offer tips on how to help alleviate the situation. There are artificial saliva medications, if the condition is serious enough.  Therapeutic mouthwashes and rinses many times offer relief. 

Marietta dentist, +Kirk Kimmerling DDS is happy to consult with new patients experiencing dry mouth symptoms at the Verde Pointe Dental Associates office.   


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Help Avoid Tooth Decay, Gum Disease, Bad Breath, and Stained Teeth

Have you ever wondered what are the basics to maintaining great oral hygiene?  Basic everyday care involves brushing twice daily, flossing, regular professional hygiene cleanings and dental check-ups.  Basic care helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, bad breath or stained teeth. 

Basic nutrition also plays a big factor in great oral health.  Bacteria that is left in the mouth can spread through the body and may lead to other health issues.  

Lets take a look at steps and tools that are necessary...  

1. Its important to brush in the morning and before bed.  Brushing helps remove bacteria filled plaque from teeth and gums.  Brushing gums also keeps them from bleeding and healthy.  Talk to the dentist about what type of tooth brush they recommend.  A Sonicare is generally the recommended toothbrush from Verde Pointe Dental Associates.  The right toothbrush is important considering it will be used everyday.  

2. The AmericanDental Association recommends to use toothpastes with fluoride.  Fluoride helps strengthen teeth to prevent tooth decay.  Some dentist recommend using mouth wash that contains fluoride at night before bed.  Swish the mouthwash all around for about a minute and spit.  Try not to rinse mouth after so the fluoride stays on teeth while asleep.   

3. Flossing is also a key part in removing plaque and bacteria.  There are so many options for flossing so pick one that feels most comfortable.  Some floss contains fluoride which is great to use because brushing alone cant always get between teeth.  

4. Its also important to brush bacteria off the tongue.  The tongue can harvest lots of bacteria which can lead to bad breath.  A tongue scraper can be purchased and works well. Using a soft bristled brush back and forth is ideal to remove bacteria daily.  

5. Avoiding sugary foods also helps keep bacteria and plaque down.  Bacteria feeds off sugar and produces plaque on teeth and gum line.  

Basic oral hygiene can help maintain a great future of oral health.  

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Are You Clenching Your Teeth?

Do you ever have concerns about teeth grinding or clenching?  People tend to clench or grind teeth from time to time that does not tend to cause much harm.  However, people that constantly clench on a regular basis
Marietta Dentist Can Help with Grinding and Clenching of Teeth
can cause damage and complications.

Studies have shown that most people clench or grind teeth during sleep. Its often caused by stress and anxiety in which people may be unaware.  Most people usually find out about there clenching or grinding from a loved one that hears it at night.  

Bruxism is the term used for chronic clenching or grinding.  Bruxism can result in a mild headache and a sore jaw most.  Grinding can become harmful and result in fracturing teeth, loosening teeth and even tooth loss.  Some chronic grinders actually grind their teeth enough to require a Marietta crown, bridge, root canals, partial dentures, implant crowns, teeth extractions or full dentures.  Worse case scenarios can lead to hearing loss, TMD/TMJ, or change of appearance of the jaw.  

If suspected that clenching or grinding is happening, its important to contact a dentist for an check up.  The dentist can check teeth and jaw to see what steps need to be taken to stop this problem.  A night guard might be recommended to wear at night while asleep.  The night guard will help protect teeth.  If stress seems to be the issue then the dentist may give some tips on how to relieve stress to control clenching or grinding.  The dentist may recommend to cut back on food and drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee, chocolate or sodas because they often intensify the problem.  Avoidance of alcohol can also help for chronic cases.  It's important to get bruxism under control as soon as possible to avoid long term problems.  Grinding and clenching is a common problem that usually can be controlled with help from a dentist.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Junk Food and Your Teeth

Junk Food by a Marietta Dentist
Junk foods and high sugar content drinks have long been a weakness for many Americans, especially those in their teen years.  A recent study revealed teenage boys and girls drink a combined 140 gallons of soft drinks in an average year.  Such excessive intake of sugar and at such high frequencies can have serious damaging effects on teeth.  The high levels of sugar in conjunction with the bacteria in the mouth result in the formation of acid, which will immediately start to attack the enamel on teeth and can eventually lead to decay. 

It is important to note that not all sugar content is considered bad as some of the healthiest foods such as fruits and milk contain sugar.  A key to a healthy lifestyle is a healthy and balanced diet accompanied with high intakes of water.  Drinking optimally fluoridated water throughout the day can help rinse food particles from the mouth as well help build saliva, which will reduce acid build up.


Regularly scheduled visits to your Marietta Dentists along with proper oral hygiene can minimize damage caused by regular snacking.  Marietta cosmetic dentists have been trained to detect signs of damage early caused by high sugar diet and can treat the problem areas quickly and effe
ctively.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Can a Sugar Be Good For Your Teeth?

Can sugar really be good for teeth? The answer to sugar good for teeth is Xylitol.  It is a sugar that is tooth friendly and beneficial to oral health.  It helps teeth remineralize before cavities form.

Turku University in Finland demonstrated the dental significance of Xylitol in the 1970's with their Turku sugar studies. The studies found that cavity causing bacteria prefers a six-carbon chained sugar as an energy source, not Xylitol, as it interferes with bacteria's cavity causing growth and reproduction.  The bacteria is starved, as it can not use Xylitol as an energy source.

Xylitol has no known toxicity in human beings, although it;'s a life-threatening toxin to dogs, it's safe for humans.

Xylitol is used by companies such as Trident(R) in sugar free chewing gum.  The gum does not allow harmful micro-organisms that damage teeth to flourish, as it creates an unsuitable environment.  Six grams of Xylitol is the recommended amount for efficacy in dental health.

+Kirk Kimmerling DDS would be happy to discuss Xylitol and questions on its use.




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cracked Teeth by Your Local Marietta Dentist

If you have ever had difficulty chewing certain foods or experienced short lasting sudden spikes of pain in your teeth, you may be suffering from a cracked tooth. Characterized by a hairline vertical fracture along the tooth, cracked teeth are extremely difficult to diagnose due to their microscopic nature. In some cases, even dental X-rays fail to uncover the problem and can lead to more complicated problems in the future.

The sharp pain experienced in cracked teeth is usually due to the widening of the crack upon application of pressure. The pressure applied as a result of chewing or biting down widens the gap and exposes the root of the teeth, which is extremely sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. Failure to attend to the cracked tooth can eventually lead to deterioration of the root and require root canal therapy.

Causes for cracked teeth vary from chewing on hard objects or foods and clenching your teeth to trauma or even exposure to temperature extremes. Whatever the case, cracked teeth can be repaired by the application of bonding material to seal the crack. In more extreme cases, a crown may be necessary to stabilize the integrity of the tooth. Regularly scheduled dental check ups are the best method of ensuring cracked teeth are immediately identified and addressed.

Marietta dentist and emergency dentist, +Kirk Kimmerling DDS +Kirk Kimmerling DDS can help with cracked teeth in our Marietta dental office.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What's Up with Stained Teeth

Do you ever wonder about the stains on your teeth? Pesky stains can be embarrassing and sometimes hard to remove. Different food and drinks can have a huge impact on staining teeth. Teeth have little pores and it can absorb to make a stain. Here is a list of the beloved foods or drinks that can leave dreaded stains...

Tomato Sauce, Deep Colored Marinades, Soy Sauce, Basalmic Vinergarette, Light tea, Dark tea, Coffee, Sport Drinks, Dark Sodas, Red Wine, White Wine, Grape Juice, Cranberry Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Blueberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Red Grapes, Beets, Pickles, Ketchup, Bright colored candy, Curry spice, Popsicles

Smoking cigarettes is a huge factor in staining teeth. Its important to quit smoking to for overall general health.

Rinsing the mouth after enjoying any of the above is important to try to remove some of the staining additives. Don't feel its necessary to avoid these food or drinks, just be proactive in rinsing or brushing after enjoying these.

There are actually some common fruit and vegetable to eat that actually help clean teeth while chewing. Here is a list of food that doesn’t stain teeth...

Apples, Pears, Pineapple, Guavas, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Celery, Carrots, Onions, Hard Cheeses, Sesame Seeds, Salmon, Shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, ginger, basil

Of course, Marietta teeth whitening is always an option for whiter teeth.

These above actually help scrub teeth clean while eating. Try to drink through a straw to keep liquids from staining the visible front surface of teeth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing after eating or drinking will help reduce chances of stains. Dental professionals recommend getting professional cleanings every six months. Hygienist can help remove any unwanted stains to make smile brighter and give tips how to avoid them. Stains can be embarrassing and ruin some smiles. Some studies show that people have lower self esteem due to problem smiles. Be proactive and keep a bright smile.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Visit the Dentist People!

In the past ten years, adults visits to the dentist has declined.  Just like working out at the gym or taking vitamins, properly maintaining teeth is vital to the mouth and overall health.  At home hygiene and professional cleanings are crucial in keeping oral health on track.  Marietta cosmetic dentist+Kirk Kimmerling DDS believe oral health should be at the top of the list.

Dentist visits and proper home-care help maintain oral health by reducing plaque and bacteria in the mouth.  

Let's take a look at home-care.

Most dentists these days recommend the Sonicare toothbrush for better home-care because of it's significant cleaning advancements.  Brushing twice daily with the Sonicare reduces not only reduces cavities but helps maintain healthy gums.  It has advanced brushing technology and a timer that ensures proper amount of brushing time. 

Flossing is a must. Once daily helps remove unwanted food and bacteria between teeth that a toothbrush cant always reach.  Flossing removes bacteria from between teeth to promote better gum health.  

Let's look at visits to the dentist.

Professional dental cleanings are recommended every six months.  A dentist or hygienist can remove plaque and tartar missed at home. It gives the dentist an opportunity to make sure there are no present conditions that need address.  They may recommend taking x-rays to further examine and diagnose.  The dentist or hygienist may also tips on how to improve daily home care.  It's an opportunity to inform your dentist of any problems occurring. Fluoride may be offered and applied to help shield and strengthen teeth.  If there are any problem areas found, its important to get them treated as soon as possible.  

Time and money can be an issue when it comes to taking the first step and getting on a proper oral hygiene regimen. Avoid dental work such as dental fillings, root canals, crowns, tooth extractions, dental implants, and more with proper care.  If anyway possible, do not be a part of the decline in people seeing the dentist. Your oral health is up to you.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Meet Staff at the Marietta Cosmetic Dentist Office

Welcome to a sneak peek of the Marietta Dentist office of  Kirk Kimmerling DDS and Suzanna Aguilera DMD.  The staff  and dentists welcome new patients to the facility by servicing a full range of dental needs from cosmetic dentistry to emergency dentistry.  Interested in learning more about the dental office? Here's a video to watch.

video

How Healthy Are Your Gums and Teeth?

Gum disease also called periodontal disease can go undetected until it is diagnosed by a dentist.  Getting your mouth healthy is not only good for your teeth and gums, but important to overall health.  Periodontal disease eventually leads to tooth loss, and can wreak havoc on the body.  Heart disease, strokes, pulmonary disease, all have been linked to the mouth.  Regular check-ups at the dentist give opportunity to get a mouth back on a healthy track.
A Healthy Mouth Means a Healthier You Says Marietta Dentist
Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Let's take a look at periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is  plaque induced inflammatory response affecting the supporting structure of teeth. Plaque, a sticky film that forms on teeth and gums is full of bacteria  that irritates the gums.  As the plaque formation grows, it causes gums to pull away from the teeth and form spaces and pockets around the teeth. Plaque can harden into tartar, a more difficult substance that only a dentist can remove.  If left untreated, periodontal disease progresses until permanent damage and tooth loss has occurred.  Removing plaque daily by brushing and flossing can avoid the disease entirely.

Let's take a look at some of the warning signs for periodontal disease.

Bleeding gums present during brushing or flossing
Bad breath, even after brushing
Tender gums that have become engorged with blood
Pus between or around teeth
Teeth have shifted from their normal position
Partial denture does not fit any more
Bite has changed when teeth are put together

Let's talk about the stages of periodontal disease.

Gingivititis is the first stage of periodontal disease.  At this stage the gums have become irritated by bacteria infested plaque.  With proper treatment and home-care, the disease can be reversed.  Periodontitis is the loss of tissue and bone structure around a tooth.  It is a more serious stage, where some irreversible damage has occurred.  At the advanced periodontitis stage, the damage is severe to the supporting ligaments of teeth, and tooth loss has usually occurred.

The Marietta dentist, Kirk Kimmerling DDS is happy to welcome new patients concerned with gum issues to the dental practice.  It would be his pleasure to consult with you concerning options available for a healthy mouth and a professional teeth cleaning.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Toothaches and Your Marietta Emergency Dentist

Are you suffering a toothache and need answers?  Verde Pointe Dental Associates and Marietta emergency dentist +Kirk Kimmerling DDS have a website that's full of valuable information on dentistry and common questions that arise from toothaches and emergency dental treatment.  It would be the +Kirk Kimmerling DDS 's pleasure to help with the dental information you need. Your dental health is a number one concern.

Dr. Kimmerling's website is full of valuable information on most dental needs.  If you are looking for information on a toothache, perhaps we can help.  Our Marietta dentists are always happy to help serve the community and those in need. For more information on a toothache, visit the website and our toothache page.

http://www.drkirkkimmerling.com/our-dental-services-marietta-ga-kennesaw-georgia/toothaches-toothache-marietta-and-kennesaw-georgia/

Monday, August 12, 2013

Help Get fiteBac Get on the Shelf at Walmart

Marietta dentist+Kirk Kimmerling DDS has a unique hand sanitizer on the market, fiteBac SkinCare Germicidal Hand Softening Gel that needs your help getting on the shelf at Walmart.  "We need people to watch the fiteBac video and vote it onto the shelf at Walmart," says Dr. Kimmerling.  "It's a hand sanitizer without skin drying alcohol or water.  It's a hand softening gel."
Vote for fiteBac at http://ow.ly/nIaC6


Walmart's is allowing people to vote products onto the shelf.  The voting takes place through Facebook logins until September 6, 2013. Each entrant has produced a video about their prospective product, and fans vote once a day to let Walmart see enthusiasm.  fiteBac SkinCare has launched a get out the vote campaign to win in the cosmetic division of the contest.

Dr. Kimmerling has developed a sophisticated hand hygiene protocol in his office using the fiteBac SkinCare. "We believe our hand sanitizer to be very advanced, because it is also a hand softening gel, and my staff love that."  Dr. Kimmerling is a general cosmetic dentist in Marietta, GA that uses the product. The dental office belongs to Verde Pointe Professional Offices.  Many other professionals in the park use fiteBac.  Marietta veterinarian+Julian Peckich DVM enjoys using the hand sanitizer in his Marietta Vet Clinic.  "The feel of the product is terrific, so I offer the pet owners that come in an opportunity to try fiteBac," says Dr. Peckich.  "We always get a tremendous response to the feel."

fiteBac SkinCare and Dr. Kimmerling are enjoying the opportunity to spread the word about fiteBac.  Hopefully, it will have an opportunity to become on the shelf at Walmart.

To vote for fiteBac;   http://ow.ly/nIaC6

Monday, August 5, 2013

Marietta Dentist Talks about Professional Teeth Cleanings

Marietta Dentist and a Teeth Cleaning
A teeth cleaning should be added to your to do list for every six months says Marietta Dentist, +Kirk Kimmerling DDS.  Studies show that regular professional cleanings every six months helps improve your overall oral health.  Cleanings give your dentist or hygienist a chance to evaluate daily oral routine and check for any signs of oral cancers. They can also make sure there are no troubled areas in the mouth and any evaluate for any necessary treatment plans.  Your family dentist should review brushing and flossing and give tips on how to improve. 

People that properly brush and floss regularly daily don’t experience much discomfort during a routine professional dental cleanings.  If sensitivity or discomfort occurs, it’s important to figure out why and how to prevent it.  Daily oral routines help alleviate any discomfort for future cleanings, due to healthier teeth and gums.  Most routine dental visits include an evaluation, cleaning and x-rays to properly make sure oral health is on track. 

Sometimes dental professionals will recommend preventative solutions to help maintain great oral health.  Removal or plaque or tartar, fluoride treatment, dental sealants or polishing teeth are just some examples.  Dentists usually will professionally clean any dentures or partial dentures you may have.  It’s important to fix any troubled areas with cavities or gum problems right away.  Cavities and gum disease will only worsen if not evaluated and treated, however it’s important to be proactive and try to prevent decay or gum disease before it starts.  Making sure that you are brushing and flossing correctly and adequately is a huge step in the right direction. 


Scheduling a professional cleaning with your local dentist and hygienist to make sure you are on track to ensure great oral health.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Marietta Cosmetic Dentist Reviews

Marietta Cosmetic Dentist Kirk Kimmerling DDS
Marietta cosmetic dentist +Kirk Kimmerling DDS  is proud to announce he  has over 1,300 reviews across the internet.  Dr. Kimmerling has a terrific reputation as an excellent dentist offering cosmetic, family and emergency dental services. He has been honored by "Talk of the Town"," Celebration Media U.S. CMUS for a high customer satisfaction level two years in a row.

Excellent customer care is the hallmark of  +Kirk Kimmerling DDS  and his dentist office.  He is popular with the surrounding Marietta, Kennesaw, Dallas, Powder Springs and Acworth communities.  "Our dental office offers a high standard of dental care.  It is always an honor to see an excellent review from a patient," says Dr. Kimmerling.

Here is a typical review of the practice.

"Dr. Kirk Kimmerling and his practice provides you with the best care that modern dentistry has to offer. They continually update their skills to remain on top of the dental technology and allow their patients to benefit from new findings. The professional staff is compassioante, friendly, and accomodating. All procedures are explained thoroughly and they aim to make visits pain-free and comfortable. Dr. Kimmerling truly cares about your dental hygiene and overall health. Personally, I have been a patient of Dr. Kimmerling's for six years since relocating from New York. In fact, my first visit was during an ice-storm on a Sunday! He has performed extensive work on my teeth and has accomodated several emergency visits. He has helped me improve my teeth and oral hygiene tremendously. The level of trust and generosity he has given has led me to refer countless friends and family memebers to his practice. If you are looking for a trusted, educated, and caring dentist look no further!"


The dental office is a full service practice offering dental bridges Marietta, root canals Marietta, tooth implant Marietta, dental implants Mariettaveneers Marietta, dental veneers Mariettafillings Marietta, dental whitening Marietta, crowns Marietta, and bridges Marietta.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Marietta Cosmetic Dentist Talks about Canker Sores

Canker sores can be very painful sores inside the mouth.  Sores are small ulcers and can make eating or even talking very uncomfortable.  They may flair up on the tongue, roof of mouth or inside the cheeks.  There is usually a sore tingly feeling before sore flairs up.  The sores are usually round, gray or white with a bright red border.  Tissue injury and stress are thought to be the main causes sore appear.  Citrus and acidic food sometimes trigger sores to appear or make matters worse is already infected. 

Dental and orthodontic work can irritate mouth and gum tissue that sometimes lead to a sore.  Sore can also be caused by a low immune system.  Low iron, b-12, zinc and folic acid can cause health condition leading a sores being a possible side effect.   Severe cases of sores can lead to conditions such as swollen lymph nodes and a fever.  Untreated sores can take a week or two to heal.  If severe and persists, your dentist can prescribe medication or give ideas of over the counter products to use.  There are anti-microbial mouth wash and corticosteroid ointment over the counter that your dentist can give instruction on how to use to limit pain.  If the sore are unusually big, last longer than 3 weeks, terrible intolerable pain, high fever, difficulty drinking fluids, more than one sore, it’s very important to contact your dentist.  There is no cure for sores and re-occurrence but there are ways to try avoid getting them.  

If prone to sores, try to avoid acidic and citrus or spicy foods.  Proper daily hygiene is important to keeping bacteria low that could trigger a sore.  Brushing and flossing daily are vital to maintaining low bacteria levels in the mouth.  Sores can be hard on your health considering the length of time they usually take to heal.  Taking care or oral hygiene and proper nutrition can help prevent sores from appearing.

Marietta cosmetic dentist, +Kirk Kimmerling DDS  does a special prescription mouth rinse that can help.  Call and schedule an appointment, as he can help.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Unique Relationship Between Marietta Dentist, Kirk Kimmerling and Calvary Children's Home

It's time to honor Marietta dentist, +Kirk Kimmerling DDS  for his commitment to serving others in the community where he was raised.  Dr. Kimmerling has taken care of the children from Calvary Childrens Home of Powder Springs, GA gratis since 1999.  He is a cosmetic dentist and an emergency dentist with a thriving dental practice that believes in giving back to the community where he was raised.  His commitment to the children is for as long as he practices dentistry, because they mean that much to him.

Calvary Childrens Home's Mission is to provide a safe environment for children needing placement, so they can grow to reach their full potential in their personal, emotional and spiritual life.  "It's a place where children can live, go to school, work and live a happy, productive life while growing up happy.  I want to help give the children the best possible start to life, and a healthy mouth is my gift," says Dr. Kimmerling.  The home has serviced over 400 children since its founding in 1966.

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Marietta Dentist Kirk Kimmerling and Calvary Childrens Home Unite
Kirk Kimmerling DDS and staff have enjoyed watching many of the children grow into fine young adults, as some have even returned after college to work for the home. "It's an honor to be a part of a wonderful organization that makes a difference in the lives of so many children," says Dr. Kimmerling.  "It's my privilege."


Cosmetic Dentist Kirk Kimmerling Renews Pledge to Children
Marietta Dentist, Kirk Kimmerling DDS and Carolyn Mitchell of Calvary Children's Home



Monday, July 8, 2013

Dental Veneers Marietta

Have you ever thought you wanted to get dental veneers Marietta GA?  

The dentists at Verde Pointe Dental Associates would be happy to show you what is possible with restorative dentistry.  Dental veneers and crowns can improve the aesthetics of a smile in different ways such as improving color, shape and spacing between teeth.  When seeing a patient for a complete exam, not only does the dentists at the Marietta Dental office evaluate your teeth, but they also look at what cosmetic improvements can be done to enhance a smile.  

Have you asked the question, “What are veneers or how much do veneers cost?”  Although the price of veneers range from dentist to dentist,Verde Pointe Dental Associates and +Kirk Kimmerling DDS  welcome patients to the dental clinic for a cosmetic evaluation and full explanation of treatment options and costs involved. Even simple procedures such as cosmetic contouring or shaping of front teeth can make a big difference in a smile.
Marietta Cosmetic Dentist and Dental Veneer

Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Partnership Between Dentist and Veterinarian

The Marietta dentist,  Kirk Kimmerling DDS and animal clinic, Marietta Vet Clinic, Julian Peckich DVM have announced a new partnership where people can have their teeth cleaned while having their pet seen at the veterinarian.  All this takes place in Marietta, GA. (West Cobb) at 3698 Largent Way NW Ste 202, Marietta, GA 30064 and the building next door, 3696 Largent Way #400 Marietta, GA  30064.

Kirk Kimmerling DDS can be reached by callling 770-423-4900.
Marietta Vet Clinic can be reached by calling 404-919-5150.

"Patients are dropping off their dog or cat and then coming to get their teeth cleaned at our dental office," says Dr. Kimmerling.  "It's been great working with the veterinarian, Dr. Peckich, and patients love it."

 

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Tooth Loss and Dental Implants

Do you suffer from tooth loss?  Many Americans have tooth loss, despite modern improvements in dentistry.  Tooth loss is mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth injury.  However, there is a popular procedure that can replace missing teeth.

Dental implants are ideal to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth.   They can be used to anchor a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full denture.  Dental implants replace the missing root or roots of the missing teeth, and then a new crown(s) or denture is anchored.  It’s a strong foundation for replacement teeth that is fused to the bone permanently.  The replacement tooth is made to match and feel like natural teeth.  Implants relieve poor fitting dentures that slip while talking and provide better comfort.  Chewing will be easier and there will be no worries of a denture slipping.  Implants are made to last a lifetime and can, if properly taken care of.  Your dentist will provide you with information on how to properly take care of the implant in your daily routine.  Professional dental cleanings are easier done because the implant leaves space for proper cleaning.  Dental implants are also better for oral health because they leave all the other teeth intact. 
Let’s look at some facts about dental implants.


Dentist and hygienist recommend regular professional cleanings to ensure the implant stays in good oral health.  

Thursday, May 2, 2013

So Your 50 and Finally Getting a Gorgeous Smile

So, you're 50 years old, and have the kids raised, through college and now there's a little time and money available to use on yourself.  The over 50 year olds are a generation known to be hard working that took great care of their children.  So now it's their turn.

The next craze in America is people over 50 finally investing in the smiles they have always wanted.  An epidemic of older people getting braces, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening or just plain cosmetic dentistry is on the rise. "A nice smile is something I have always wanted, and now I've done it," says a 75 year old patient of Dr. Kimmerling.  "This is the kind of comment we are hearing over and over."

"I have referred many older patients for braces, and as a reward, I whiten their teeth for free.  I love it when a person smiles, and they light the room looking gorgeous.  It makes being able to change how people see themselves an absolute joy." says Dr. Kimmerling.

If you are older and have always wanted a gorgeous smile, it's your time to shine.  Looking good at any age makes people not only shine on the outside, but shine on the inside.  It would be the great pleasure of Kirk Kimmerling DDS, dentist in Marietta, GA to have you as a patient.

Monday, April 22, 2013

If You Hate Flossing, Read This

Even though everyone needs to brush and floss daily, but many people
skip the flossing.  It's one of those chores every one needs to do for a healthier mouth, but many don't.  Although nothing can replace flossing, there are alternatives that can help keep gums healthy.

The Marietta dentist, Kirk Kimmerling DDS believes a healthy mouth means healthy gum tissue, and let's examine how to be healthy when it comes to flossing.

http://www.drkirkkimmerling.com/are-there-other-alternatives-to-floss/

Friday, April 19, 2013

Thank You Marietta for the Wonderful Dental Reviews from Marietta Dental Office

Thank you to all our wonderful patients for over 1000 five star reviews across the internet.  Our Marietta dentist, +Kirk Kimmerling DDS appreciates the trust and confidence you have placed in the dental practice.  On behalf of the doctors and staff, thanks for the loyalty.  "Many of our patients have seen Dr. Kimmerling for years and know how brilliant he is, and with the outstanding technology in the office and beautiful dentistry, they love him," says Brittany, front office staff.  He's a general dentist, cosmetic dentist and an emergency dentist able to take care of all of your dental needs.  The office is a full service, customer friendly dental office that files dental insurance on behalf patients, keeping out of pocket expenses as low as possible for people.




Monday, April 8, 2013

Ouch, My Tooth Hurts

If you have ever had a severe toothache, it's usually an event you don't forget. Toothaches cause pain, and people naturally want immediate relief. Emergency dentists receive calls from people every day needing relief.  Most dental staff expect these call.  They know people with a true toothache need help immediately, and it's time to see them that day if the schedule allows.  If an open appointment exists on the schedule, the patient usually gladly accepts the appointment.  However, sometimes people wind up in a situation where they can not find a dentist, and emergency room is the only option.  Avoiding this costly option usually can be avoided by regular visits to the dentist.

Regular cleanings appointments gives a dentist the chance to examine, take x-rays and inform the patient of any pending concerns.  Problems caught early on usually means dental work is less costly in the long run.  Mouths are like cars.  Maintenance means less costly repairs, and teeth are no different.  

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cosmetic Dentist Kirk Kimmerling DDS and Kimmerling Holdlings Group

It's not every day that a dentist is the CEO of a company outside of the dentist office.   +Kirk Kimmerling DDS  , cosmetic dentist, family dentist and emergency dentist is the founder and co-owner of Kimmerling Holdlings Group LLC, a biotechnology company invested in changing the future.  The patented technology is working hand-in-hand with universities, researchers and companies.  "The technology can make that big of a difference in the lives of everyone," says Dr. Kimmerling.  "The technology speaks for itself.  We showed out fiteBac SkinCare Germicidal Hand Softening Gel at the Hinman Dental Meeting, and it was very well received." More about the event below.


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Gum Disease Needs a Dentist Now!

If you have ever been told or suspect you have gum disease, get to a dentist.  Gum disease not only is detrimental to your mouth, it affects your overall health.  The Marietta cosmetic dentists at Kirk Kimmerling DDS want to help set your mouth on a healthier journey.

http://www.drkirkkimmerling.com/gum-disease-and-your-dentist/


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Is There Ever a Convenient Time for a Toothache?

There is never a convenient time for a toothache.  That's why preventative care at the dentist makes so much sense.  Preventative care not only keeps your mouth healthy, it allows the dentist to diagnose necessary procedures before they become more costly or the need for an emergency dentist.  Kirk Kimmerling DDS believes most dental emergencies can be avoided if patients would get their teeth cleaned at least twice a year.  "Many of my patients understand the connection of a healthy mouth to a healthy body and come in four times a year for a dental cleaning. It's a healthy way to live," says Dr. Kimmerling.

At the dental practice of Kirk Kimmerling DDS, time is taken with every patient so that they understand why the hygiene of their mouth is important.  It's like taking vitamins or working out at the gym, a good oral condition is just as important, and helps to avoid the dreaded inconvenient toothache.

Let the dental professionals at Kirk Kimmerling DDS ensure a healthier you.  For additional information on dental health and your overall health, visit the American Dental Association's site today.

Kirk Kimmerling DDS, Marietta Dentist

Monday, March 4, 2013

Belk Health Fair and the Marietta Community

Verde Pointe Condominium Association was proud to help present health issues at the Belk's Health Fair on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.  Members of the Marietta office park,  Kirk Kimmerling DDS, Marietta Vet Clinic and fiteBac SkinCare offered information about health and wellness issues to the Marietta, West Cobb community.  Marietta Vet Clinic, +Julian Peckich DVM  was attended by local Veterinarian, Julian Peckich DVM.  "It was great to have the opportunity to meet and greet people in community along side the dental office and fiteBac SkinCare," says Dr. Peckich.  Drs. Kimmerling, Peckich and fiteBac SkinCare were there to increase awareness of dental and pet issues people face.  fiteBac presented it's revolutionary hand sanitizer that is free from skin destroying alcohol and water."Dry hands are a problem in the winter, so people loved the hand sanitizer," says Ashley Peckich, fiteBac SkinCare Event Planner.  Dr. Kimmerling is a reknown dentist that offers a full service dental practice.  His practice offers routine teeth cleanings, teeth whitening, dental implants, tooth implants, crowns, bridges, root canals, dental veneers, emergency dental treatment, extractions and much more. Dr. Kimmerling is a family dentist, cosmetic dentist and emergency dentist.  It was a successful event or Belks and the Condominium Association.

The Belk department store is located off Dallas Highway in Marietta,GA 30064 in the Kroger Shopping center.  It's a family store providing clothing and accessories for the whole family and home.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tooth Decay, Sealants and Your Children

Marietta dentist, Kirk Kimmerling believes a healthy mouth means a healthier life, and every child needs to be healthy. A simple procedure done at the dentist called a sealant can make a significant difference in preventing decay.  Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth.  They are applied to fill pits and fissures that occur naturally in teeth.  These defects offer bacteria a perfect place for plaque and pieces of food to hide.  Sealants fill and cover the pits and fissures, preventing the process of decay.

Prevention is always better than treating a tooth with decay, and since sealants are a highly effective way to prevent decay, it's excellent for your child.