AreYourTeethSensitivetoWhiteninglikeDrewBarrymoresHeresWhatYouCanDo

Best known for her roles in E.T. and Ever After, and more recently as a suburban mom/zombie on Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet, Drew Barrymore is now bringing her trademark quirky optimism to a new talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show on CBS. Her characteristic self-deprecating humor was also on display recently on Instagram, as she showed viewers how she keeps her teeth clean and looking great.

In typical Drew fashion, she invited viewers into her bathroom to witness her morning brushing ritual (complete with slurps and sloshes). She also let everyone in on a little insider Drew 411: She has extremely sensitive teeth, so although she would love to sport a Hollywood smile, this condition makes teeth whitening difficult.

Barrymore's sensitivity problem isn't unique. For some, bleaching agents can irritate the gums and tooth roots. It's usually a mild reaction that subsides in a day or two. But take heart if you count yourself among the tooth-sensitive: Professional whitening in the dental office may provide the solution you are looking for.

In the dental office, we take your specific needs into account when we treat you. We have more control over our bleaching solutions than those you may find in the store, allowing us to adjust the strength to match your dental needs and your smile expectations and we can monitor you during treatment to keep your teeth safe. Furthermore, professional whitening lasts longer, so you won't have to repeat it as often.

After treatment, you can minimize discomfort from sensitive teeth by avoiding hot or cold foods and beverages. You may also find it helpful to use a toothpaste or other hygiene product designed to reduce tooth sensitivity.

The best thing you can do is to schedule an appointment with us to fully explore your problems with sensitivity and how we may help. First and foremost, you should undergo an exam to ensure any sensitivity you're experiencing isn't related to a more serious issue like tooth decay or gum recession.

Having a bright smile isn't just advantageous to celebrities like Drew Barrymore—it can make a difference in your personal and professional relationships, as well as your own self-confidence. We can help you achieve that brighter smile while helping you avoid sensitivity afterward.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
October 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you unhappy with your smile? Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA can use cosmetic dentistry to transform your mouth. Our smile is how we communicate with the world, and it is often your first impression of someone. Having teeth that you feel insecure about can hinder that impression and leave you wishing for help. With cosmetic dentistry in Norcross, GA, and other practices, there is no need to hide your smile or feel embarrassed about your teeth or gums. Dr. Baek is an expert at whitening, replacing, straightening, and more. 

Cosmetic Dentistry options

  • Invisalign- This is a great option for those who are looking to straighten their smile. Invisalign is a wire-free, clear option that is often more affordable than traditional braces. It is done by taking an in-office impression of your teeth and turning that impression into a set of clear aligners that you wear until treatment is complete.
  • Porcelain Veneers- Veneers are thin layers of porcelain made to match each individual tooth. They cover the front of your tooth enamel in the instance of chips, cracks, or generally undesirable appearance, giving you a bright, clean smile no matter what.
  • Teeth Whitening- If you want the brightest smile in Norcross, GA, cosmetic dentistry offers teeth whitening services. A professional will assist you in-office by applying a hydrogen-peroxide gel to your teeth for one hour. Take-home options are also available but require more effort on the patient's part.
  • Dental Implants- In some instances, your teeth will need to be taken out due to cavity or decay. But with dental implants, you can stop worrying about a few troublesome teeth and be assured of long-lasting and great-looking implants.

Everyone deserves to have a smile that they are proud of, and with cosmetic dentistry, a new and improved smile is more than possible. Dial (770) 446-5700 to call Smart Family Dental Care for an appointment with Dr. Baek using cosmetic dentistry in Norcross, GA. A transformed smile is only one phone call away.

By Smart Family Dental Care
October 06, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  
ShouldYouTakeanAntibioticBeforeImplantSurgery

Although getting an implant requires surgery, it's usually a minor affair. Chances are good that after just a few days recuperation you'll be back completely to your normal activities.

But like many other minor surgeries, an implant procedure does pose a slight risk of post-op infection. That's especially so with any dental procedure like implant surgery, since the mouth harbors numerous strains of bacteria that could escape into the bloodstream. For most people, though, a post-op infection doesn't pose a major problem since their immune system kicks in immediately to defeat it.

But some patients with less than robust immune systems or other health problems can have serious complications from an infection. Among other things, infected tissues around an implant may not heal properly, putting the implant at significant risk for failure.

If you have a condition that makes a post-op infection problematic, your dentist or physician may recommend you take an antibiotic before your procedure. Known as prophylactic (preventive) antibiotic treatment, it's intended to give a weakened immune system a head-start on any potential infection after a procedure.

Using antibiotics in this way has been a practice for several decades, and at one time were recommended for a wide list of conditions. That's changed in recent years, though, as evidence from numerous studies seems to show the risk to benefit ratio isn't significant enough to warrant its use in all but a handful of conditions.

Both the American Dental Association and the American Heart Association recommend prophylactic antibiotics for patients with prosthetic heart valves, past infective endocarditis, a heart transplant and some congenital heart conditions. Some orthopedists may also recommend it for patients with prosthetic joints.

Even if you don't fall into these particular categories, prophylactic antibiotics may still be beneficial if you have a compromised immune system or suffer from a disease like diabetes or lung disease. Whether or not a prophylactic antibiotic is a prudent step given your health status is a discussion you should have with both your physician and your dentist.

If they feel it's warranted, it can be done safely in recommended doses. If your health isn't as robust as it could be, the practice could give you a little added insurance toward a successful implant outcome.

If you would like more information about dental implant surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Implants & Antibiotics.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
September 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  
HowtoPreventToothDecayinYourSpecialNeedsChild

Preventing tooth decay from developing in your child's teeth requires a strong commitment to daily oral hygiene. But if you have a child with a chronic physical or behavioral condition, you might find it difficult to keep that commitment in the light of other pressing health needs.

But tooth decay is just as important a health issue as the others with which you may contend. Because primary teeth guide incoming permanent teeth to erupt properly, losing them prematurely can lead to a poor bite and other associated problems. This could further diminish their quality of life already compromised by their chronic condition.

Helping your special needs child avoid tooth decay isn't easy—but it can be done. Here's how!

Brush and floss for them. Normally, a parent's goal is to help their children learn to care for their teeth on their own. But depending on the nature of your child's chronic disease, that may not be possible. Instead, you may need to take an active role in their daily hygiene for the foreseeable future, even brushing and flossing for them if necessary.

Model proper dental care. Even so, it's still a good idea to guide them toward performing oral hygiene tasks without assistance, according to their abilities. This could be a long road, though, one that requires your active participation. You can ease this process by continuously modeling good dental care behavior for them through brushing and flossing together.

See an understanding dentist. Although caring for a special needs child can be isolating, you don't have to go at it alone. That includes taking care of their teeth and gums: A dentist who has both training and experience in treating children with chronic health conditions can become an important partner in your efforts to fight tooth decay.

Communicate between all care providers. Likewise, having everyone involved in your child's care on the same page can make decay prevention a much easier process. Be sure then to share your concerns about your child's needs, including dental care, with attending physicians, therapists and, of course, dentists.

If you would like more information on dental care for special needs children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Managing Tooth Decay in Children With Chronic Diseases.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have lost a tooth, replacing it can restore the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can cause more trouble than just the way they look. The gap they leave behind can cause food to get stuck and can allow surrounding teeth to shift leading to problems with plaque and decay. You have options when it comes to restoring your smile, but dental implants represent the best option in matters of appearance, use, and longevity. Learn about dental implants in Norcross, GA, from your Smart Family Dental Care dentist, Dr. Orson Baek.

Improved Support

One of the major differences between dental implants and other treatments is the way they are supported.

Dental bridges are held in place by reshaping the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. A crown is then attached to these teeth so that they can support the replacement tooth in between.

When restoring multiple teeth, removable dentures are the traditional solution. Many have complaints about shifting dentures at the time of eating and speaking. This happens because our mouth changes shape over time and dentures depend on suction to remain in place.

Dental implants do it all completely differently. They are held in place by a titanium post that is permanently bonded to the bone of your jaw which is possible thanks to a process called osseointegration. Both single dental implants and implant-supported dentures are supported the same way.

Dental Implants in Norcross, GA

Dental implants do require a larger initial investment of time, as compared to other treatments. But unlike these others, dental implants are made to be a complete and permanent restoration. The result is a tooth that looks just like any other, with comparable bite strength.

Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants in Norcross, GA, by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Baek of Smart Family Dental Care. You can dial (770) 446-5700 to book an appointment.





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