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
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry procedures from your dentist in Norcross, Georgia can give you a great smile.

How much do you know about cosmetic dentistry? Did you know that no matter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry service to fix it? Cosmetic dentistry combines the skills and artistry of your dentist, with the science of cutting-edge materials and techniques, to deliver amazing results.

Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, Georgia offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services including whitening, bonding, and veneers, to give you a great smile.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services available from Dr. Baek:

  • Professional teeth whitening: to turn a dull, faded smile into a dazzling white smile; with professional teeth whitening, you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, and your results can last up to 5 years. The procedure is safe too because all materials and methods have been tested and approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Cosmetic dental bonding: to repair small chips, cracks, or areas of tooth wear; bonding uses composite, a material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, and sculpted into shape. The composite is then hardened with ultraviolet light, giving you a cosmetic and restorative procedure that blends perfectly with your smile. The procedure is non-invasive and can make your smile look whole again.
  • Porcelain veneers: to hide large defects and flaws in your teeth; veneers are the perfect answer to cosmetically hide large chips, cracks, fracture lines, areas of lost tooth structure, and other issues. Veneers are thin laminates of exquisite porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are also considered non-invasive because little to no tooth structure is removed, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.

These are just a few of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services available. To find out more about these amazing procedures, call Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, Georgia at (770) 446-5700.

By Smart Family Dental Care
November 30, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Gum Surgery  

Do you know what healthy gum tissue looks like? It should be pink and firm, forming a little collar around each tooth. Supporting and nourishing your smile, gum tissue requires routine care and if diseased, possible oral surgery. At Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, your dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, performs a variety of gum surgeries to improve periodontal health. Learn more about it here.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss among American adults, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Also called periodontal disease, this serious oral health problem affects systemic health too, as inflammation spreads throughout the body, and is linked to:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Premature births and other pregnancy complications

Symptoms of and treatments for gum disease

Poor oral hygiene habits, hereditary factors, smoking, and alcohol consumption commonly precipitate gum disease--from simple gingivitis to periodontitis. Gums bleed, recede, and even feel tender. They look red and pull away from root surfaces, forming deep periodontal pockets.

To heal infected gums, improve your brushing and flossing routine at home and receive a hygienic cleaning at your dentist's office in Norcross, GA. These practices remove the bacteria-laden soft plaque and hard tartar which degrade gum tissue.

However, if you have advanced periodontitis, you may require gum surgery. Performed by your dentist at his Norcross, GA, office, these procedures reduce inflammation, remove diseased tissue, and shape the tissue so it looks good.

Types of gum surgery

Depending on your need, Dr. Baek offers these gum surgeries:

  • Flap surgery lifts selected gum sites, cleans the roots beneath, and stitches the gum flap back in place
  • Gum grafting and regeneration which takes donor tissue from the patient's palates or other areas and covers exposed roots
  • Gingivectomy to remove excess gum tissue, forming a more pleasing gum line
  • Gingivoplasty sculpts gum tissue so it retains fewer food particles and therefore, is easier to keep clean
  • Laser gum surgery, debridement of diseased tissue using focused beams of light in a comfortable and quick procedure

Your gums are so important

To achieve your best oral health and smile appearance, see your dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, and his friendly team at Smart Family Dental Care. His precise diagnostic and treatment skills--including surgery if needed--will optimize your oral and overall health. Phone our Norcross, GA, office with any questions or concerns you have: (770) 446-5700.

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