Posts for category: Oral Health

By Smart Family Dental Care
January 11, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Pain  

If you suffer from gum pain in Norcross, GA, Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care can help you find relief.

7 Common Causes of Gum Pain

There are several reasons your gums might be hurting, the most common of which are listed below.

Canker Sores

Canker sores or mouth ulcers are a common cause of gum pain. They’re typically red but sometimes have a white covering. These often go away within a week or two. If they last longer, it’s important to visit Dr. Baek in Norcross, GA, as it may not be a canker sore.

Cuts or Burns

At times, gum pain comes from simple cuts or burns caused by food or another common item. The pain may not show up immediately, making it difficult to pinpoint the cause. It will, however, typically go away quickly. 

Aggressive Brushing

A lack of dental hygiene can cause many problems in your mouth, including painful gums. However, brushing your teeth too hard can have the same impact. Be sure that when you brush, you are not doing so with too much pressure.

Gum Disease

Sore gums that bleed and are red and swollen are often a good sign of gum disease, such as gingivitis. Brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent and reverse this if caught early enough.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes can increase the flow of blood to the gums, which can cause them to swell and hurt. This includes hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menstruation.

Irritation from Dental Appliances

Sometimes, instruments such as dentures, mouth guards, and similar appliances can irritate the gums. This could be because they’re new and your mouth is adapting to them. It might also be because there is food stuck between them and your gums or because they fit poorly.

Infected Teeth

When you have an abscessed or infected tooth, the pain tends to extend beyond the tooth. The gums will swell and hurt, too.

You don’t have to live with painful and swollen gums. To find gum pain relief in Norcross, GA, call (770) 446-5700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Baek at Smart Family Dental Care today.

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Pain   Gum Disease  

Your gum pain could be caused by a number of factors, and often it can be mitigated by simple habit changes. But you shouldn't ignore gum pain, especially if it doesn't go away or is accompanied by other symptoms, as it could signal gum disease. Gum disease, in its advanced stages, can lead to tooth loss if unattended. To treat and to prevent gum disease look no further than your Norcross, GA, dentist of Smart Family Dental Care, Dr. Orson Baek.

Brushing Too Hard

A common reason for gum pain is brushing too hard, so a possible solution is to employ softer bristles and a gentler technique, both of which are perfectly effective at removing plaque as long as you employ a fluoride toothpaste.

Canker Sores

Canker sores can develop anywhere inside your mouth, so they can also affect your gums. They can be easy to spot if you can see them, they are typically small sores that appear different in color to surrounding tissue. They can make it difficult to eat and speak but often go away on their own in a week or two. Consult with your dentist if pain persists.

Ill-Fitting Appliances

Braces, dentures, and even mouth and night guards can cause gum pain if they don't fit properly. Always consult with your dentist if you continue to feel discomfort. If your mouth or nightguard is over the counter consider asking your dentist for a custom one.

Gum Disease

Swollen gums that are painful and bleed with ease can be symptoms of gum disease. You should never ignore these as they can lead to periodontal disease, a more advanced stage of gum disease. Its symptoms include loose teeth and receding gums, even abscesses. At this stage, treatment may require surgery.

Gum Disease Treatment in Norcross, GA

In its early stages, gum disease may present no symptoms so it's important to come in for regular visits. Bi-annual checkups and cleanings can prevent and treat gum disease. So schedule a consultation today with Dr. Baek of Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, by dialing (770) 446-5700.

By Smart Family Dental Care
April 16, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Nearly everyone understands the importance of brushing and flossing, but you may be neglecting an important part of oral hygiene. Regular visits to your dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, are an important part of oral hygiene and can help your smile be even more stunning.

What Your Dentist Does at a Checkup

At a dental checkup, your dentist in Norcross, GA, will perform professional teeth cleaning, which paired with your normal habits of daily brushing and flossing, will keep your teeth as healthy as they can be. During a teeth cleaning, your dentist will clean up any spots of built-up tartar and plaque that you may have missed and reach certain spots that can only be cleaned with the specialty tools in the office. Without regular cleanings, plaque and bacteria can build up in your gums and cause long-term issues that could be easily prevented with your regular checkups.

During a checkup, your dentist will also check for any problem areas and will be on the lookout for any issues that need to be solved immediately. When you have regular checkups, you lower your risk of letting any issues fester and become worse. Your doctor can treat any problems you may be facing immediately, helping to keep your smile healthy and bright for as long as possible. When you combine regular checkups and teeth cleanings with your other oral hygiene habits, you increase your chances of keeping your teeth and avoiding any lengthy dental procedures.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

It’s important to incorporate regular dental checkups into your routine so that your smile is as healthy as possible! Be sure to contact Dr. Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, as soon as possible to schedule an appointment today! Call (770) 446-5700 today!

By Smart Family Dental Care
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Have you lost one or more teeth? Dental implants, a restoration option provided by your Norcross, GA, dentist, Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care, may be the perfect choice for you. Implants offer several important advantages for your oral health, including:

Natural feel

If you're like most people, you probably won't be able to tell the difference between your implant and your natural teeth. Just like natural teeth, implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone. During the first step of the dental implant placement process, your dentist adds a titanium post (the implant) to your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The implant bonds to your jawbone in just a few months and is then topped with a dental crown, an artificial tooth that looks just like the visible part of your missing tooth.

Exceptional biting power

Your ability to bite hard, tough or sticky foods may decline if you choose a restoration option that doesn't replace your tooth roots. Roots give your teeth the power they need to tear, bite, grind and chew a variety of foods. Thanks to your dental implants, you won't have to give up certain foods or shred tough food into tiny pieces before you eat it.

Long-lasting results

In most cases, your dental implants will never need to be replaced. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the Norcross dental office will help you protect the health of your implants. Although the implants themselves won't need to be replaced, you will need new dental crowns every 10 to 15 years or longer.


Unlike other tooth restoration options, dental implants can be used to restore any number of missing teeth. Whether you've lost one tooth due to an accident, infection or decay, or all of your teeth are gone, implants offer a comfortable, attractive solution to tooth loss. Implant-supported dentures and bridges provide all of the same benefits as single dental implants.

Easy care

Your oral hygiene habits won't have to change just because you have dental implants. Daily flossing and brushing will remove plaque from your teeth and gums and keep your implants healthy.

Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good choice for you? Call your dentist in Norcross, GA, Dr. Orson Baek, at (770) 446-5700 to schedule your appointment.

By Smart Family Dental Care
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Did you know that half of American adults over 30 have gum disease? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports it. At Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, your dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, wants you to understand gum disease and how to prevent it. Your oral and systemic health depend on it.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, states the American Academy of Periodontology. This association of specialty dentists and researchers also reports that the bacteria and biofilms (plaque and tartar) which cause gum disease can be managed, reducing symptoms and health problems, such as diabetes, linked to it.

What are the symptoms?

Whether you have less noticeable gingivitis or advanced periodontitis, the inflammation from intraoral Strep bacteria causes several symptoms. They vary in intensity, and early on, you may not even notice them. However, your Norcross dentist and hygienist will observe them as they do their routine exams and other preventive services.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding when you brush and floss
  • Puffy, red, tender gums
  • Sores or fistulas on the gums
  • Pus at the gum line
  • Loose, widely spaced teeth
  • Dark gum tissue
  • Changes in dental bite and in how a denture fits and feels
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Formation of gum pockets between your teeth and soft tissues
  • Bad breath which does not go away

Unfortunately, the tendency to develop gum problems does run in families. However, other factors seem more causative:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Poor brushing and flossing
  • Neglecting professional cleanings
  • A diet low in fiber
  • Stress
  • Teeth clenching
  • Some medications such as birth control pills

Can it be treated?

Yes, even advanced periodontitis can be treated. Dr. Baek may recommend better flossing and brushing, a deep cleaning and root planing with your hygienist to remove tartar and even laser gum surgery to debride infected tissue, kill bacteria, and seal healthy tissue. Antibiotics may be prescribed as well. You'll see your hygienist for follow-up cleanings according to a set schedule.

How can I prevent gum problems?

Good oral hygiene practices at home, in-office care and a healthy diet are your gums' best friends. Also, limit your alcohol intake, and if you smoke, see your primary care physician about supervised ways to kick the habit for good.

Learn all you can about gum disease

At Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, your dentist and his staff really care about your oral health, teeth, gums and systemic health, too. To learn more about periodontal disease, please contact Dr. Orson Baek at (770) 446-5700.