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We’ve been growing here at Gardens Dental Care. We’re always working to find new ways to make our care as convenient and professional as possible. We expanded our hours recently. We’re now open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on every other weekday — and the response has been tremendous. It didn’t take long after announcing the change for the new time slots to fill up fast. People love being able to stop in before or after work, and we’re happy to be here for them.

In addition to adding hours and staff, we’re happy to offer the latest and greatest in services. Recently, I’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of patients receiving mini-dental implants. These implants are less invasive and less time-consuming than other options, and our patients are raving about them. You no longer have to deal with messy impressions and three-week temporary crowns. Our same-day service lets you start and finish treatment in one visit, whether you need to replace one tooth or several. Dental technology is always growing, and we are excited to grow alongside with it.

Speaking of growing, it’s hard to believe that my son Dawson is entering his final year of high school. We went on four college tours recently, so the application process is right around the corner. After a trip to the Carolinas, he came away liking Furman University and Wake Forest. He has a few more schools he’d like to visit before settling on where he’ll study political science and history after graduation next spring.

For many parents or grandparents, this time of the year is busy attending preschool, kindergarten, high school and college graduations. Congratulations! And it’s a time we hope that our sons and daughters continue to grown and learn – and ultimately find their purpose in life. For we know that will bring fulfillment and joy.

Robin and I are so proud to see our youngest son ready to take the next big step in his life. We’re also excited to see the team here at Gardens Dental Care find new ways to make patients’ lives better. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful end of spring and start to summer. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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WE’VE SAID IT BEFORE AND WE’LL SAY IT AGAIN… taking care of your teeth and mouth is more than just about cosmetics, it’s about your health! When you think of being healthy, your mouth probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But your oral and overall health are more intertwined than you think.

Your Mouth Is The Gateway To The Rest Of Your Body
According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2000 report, “Oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities. … As the gateway of the body, the mouth senses and responds to the external world and at the same time reflects what is happening deep inside the body. … You cannot be healthy without oral health.”
Periodontal Disease And Its Connection To Chronic Diseases
Not only can many illnesses and medications have a direct effect on your mouth, your oral health can also affect your body. This is especially true of periodontal or “gum” disease.
Diabetes
Did you know that gum disease affects 22 percent of people diagnosed with diabetes? People with diabetes have a decreased ability to fight off harmful bacteria and are thus more susceptible to gum disease. In like manner, bacteria from the mouth can cause blood sugar to spike and fluctuate, making diabetes harder to manage.
Heart Disease
While health care professionals aren’t completely sure as to why, heart and gum disease often go hand in hand. In fact, up to 91 percent of patients with heart disease have gum disease. It is believed that the link between these two conditions is inflammation.
Cancer
These statistics may surprise you, but researchers have found that men with gum disease were 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers.
What’s more, cancer treatments often have oral manifestations. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause sores in the mouth, sensitive gums, jaw and facial pain and dry mouth.

Other Complications
Gum disease has also been linked with stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis, certain lung conditions and rheumatoid arthritis. Pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have preterm births and low birth-weight babies.
And at Gardens Dental Care we also look for signs of sleep apnea, another health issue that has huge consequences of your quality of life.
The Health Of Your Mouth Is In Your Hands
As you can see, there is a strong connection between oral and overall health. That’s why it’s important to make your dentist a part of your health care team by going to your regular dental appointments and updating them on your medical history. We care about your whole body health!
The good news is that, for the most part, dental disease is entirely preventable. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily can keep gum disease at bay and protect you from cavities. Your oral health is in your hands, so choose to be mouth-healthy!
Thank you for supporting Gardens Dental Care!
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WE OFTEN GET THE QUESTION from our patients, “What’s the difference between plaque and tartar?” Many people think they are the same thing. There is an important difference between the two, however, and it can help explain just why a daily oral hygiene routine is so crucial, as well as twice-yearly visits to your dentist.

What Is Plaque?
Dental plaque is that soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and under your gums throughout the day. And guess what? It contains millions of bacteria! When you eat—especially carbohydrates or sugar—you’re not the only one getting a meal, so are the bacteria on your teeth. After “eating,” these bacteria produce acids that erode your tooth enamel and cause cavities.
That’s why good daily oral hygiene is essential to preventing tooth decay and protecting your smile from the bacteria in plaque. To prevent plaque buildup, remember to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Drinking water and chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks can also help!

What Is Tartar?
So if that’s plaque, what’s tartar? Tartar is what accumulates on your teeth when plaque is not removed. Plaque left on your teeth for too long will harden into tartar and is much more difficult to remove. In fact, a dental professional can only remove tartar – you can’t get rid of it with regular brushing and flossing. Tartar removal is one of the reasons that visiting your dentist every six months is so important!
Plaque buildup that hardens into tartar can cause more than just cavities. It can cause tooth discoloration and sensitivity as well as gum recession and periodontal disease. To reduce plaque buildup and tartar from forming, make sure you are brushing and flossing daily.
Come And See Us Every Six Months or More Often if that’s what’s necessary
No matter how great your oral hygiene is, plaque and tartar formation are inevitable. So come in to see us every six months! Our job is to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile that’s plaque- and tarter-free!
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Don't Let Your Insurance BENEFITS Go To Waste!!! THE END OF THE YEAR IS approaching fast! Before year’s end, Gardens Dental Care wants to remind you to take a look at your dental insurance benefits!

Insurance Benefits Typically Don’t Roll Over To Next Year
Each year your dental insurance company probably gives you a maximum amount of available benefits. Since those benefits don’t typically roll over into the following year, you’ll want to contact us now to get your appointment scheduled! Our reservations are already filling up quickly for November.
We all know how it is, once the holiday season is upon us—hectic! Life can get really busy and some things fall between the cracks. So remember that your dental health needs your attention too—not just for the sake of your teeth, but for your overall health. If you’re due (or overdue) for an appointment, make sure to talk to our office. Take advantage of those dental insurance benefits before time is up!
Dr. Yates advises patients who’ve put off treatment that the last thing you want is to be spending time with family and friends, off work and experience mouth pain and discomfort, especially if you’re on vacation. This will not only cost you more in the long run but also be at the expense of your fun!
And consider asking for a gift of a more beautiful smile for Christmas – start the process before the holidays roll in and have a more beautiful smile for the family photos.
Do you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits? Call us! We’re happy to work with you to create a dental health plan that works for you!
Thanks for being our valued patient!
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What Scares a Dentist More Than Anything?

What’s not to love about planning for the fun of Halloween? With the witches, ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, and scarecrows, it’s the spookiest time of year. And it just so happens to be one of my favorite holidays, too! Although I get quite a friendly scare from our neighbors in costume on Halloween, I know something that’s scarier than goblins and ghouls. You guessed it — untreated dental problems. They usually get progressively worse over time without intervention of a doctor. If you have any of the problems below, it’s important to get them taken care of before they get any worse.

Cavities, which everyone knows at least a little bit about, are usually a very simple fix. But when left untreated, cavities can lead to bigger problems like root canals and could eventually cost you a lot more money. For most, that’s the scariest part.

Another common problem that can lead to scarier issues is gingivitis. Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is easily treated with regular dental cleanings. If you leave gingivitis untreated, however, you could face the risk of developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or infection of the gums, can be treated conservatively early on. If not, some patients need to have surgery. It can cause destruction of the bone or connective tissue of the teeth, which can lead to tooth or bone loss. Periodontal disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults.

Another problem that might be more obvious to you is crooked teeth — or misaligned bites. Although very common, these problems can be scary because they can interfere with proper chewing and can often make cleaning more challenging.

Obstructive sleep apnea/snoring is possibly the scariest of medical conditions because 70 percent of people don’t realize they have it. Left alone, sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, and could take as much as 10 to 15 years off your life. The earlier you identify and treat sleep apnea the better. Sleep apnea can be treated with oral appliances, so don’t live with the assumption that there’s nothing you can do about this dangerous condition.

I see people all the time who haven’t been to a dentist for years. It’s very common for patients who have taken a dental hiatus to be fearful of the news they’ll get when they sit down for a check-up. Unfortunately, burying your head in the sand and pretending the problem will go away just doesn’t work. More often than not, when they finally make the first step, it’s never as bad as they thought it would be! Your dental issues can be easily fixed, but don’t put it off. Many conditions get worse the longer you wait.

To save yourself the hassle — and cost — of dealing with issues that have progressed, come in as soon as you can. And, of course, always remember to brush and floss daily to maintain that beautiful smile.

Happy upcoming Halloween from everyone here at Garden’s Dental Care!

— Dr. Yates
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IF YOU COULD HAVE any superpower, what would it be? Would you choose super strength? How about the power of flight? Maybe you’d like the ability to see through solid objects! Although super strength and flight may not come too easily, you don’t have to search far for x-ray vision (in a manner of speaking)!
Today, we want to share with you a little bit about x-rays and how we use them in our practice to spot troublesome cavities and other issues before they have a larger effect on your smile!

X-Rays Were Discovered By Accident!
X-rays were first observed in in 1895 by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923). Roentgen accidentally made this discovery while conducting an experiment testing whether cathode rays would pass through glass. After covering the glass cathode tubes he was using for his experiment, he noticed a glow coming from a nearby chemically coated screen. He was unsure what rays were causing the glow so he dubbed them “X-rays” for the time-being, and the name stuck!
Roentgen is also credited with discovering the medical use of X-rays. The first photograph of a human body part using X-rays is actually his wife’s hand!

Dental X-Rays Help Spot Problems Early
X-rays have become an incredibly valuable tool in modern medicine—especially for dentistry! We learn a lot from visually examining your teeth, but not everything is visible to the naked eye during a routine dental exam.
Dental X-rays allow us to detect and diagnose tooth decay between teeth, on hard-to-reach surfaces, and under existing dental work. X-rays can even be helpful in identifying dental and orthodontic issues that exist beneath the gum line—something that was impossible without invasive procedures before X-rays became widely available.

We Have Your Safety In Mind
Both traditional and digital X-ray exams are safe. Though low levels of radiation are used to capture the X-ray images, each technique is designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation. A leaded apron and thyroid collar are often used to minimize exposure to the abdomen and throat during an examination. These protective measures are helpful for everyone, but especially recommended for women of childbearing age, those who are pregnant.
If you are pregnant and in need of dental X-rays be sure to tell your dentist. They will be sure to use the leaded apron and thyroid collar during your exam to protect you and your fetus from any radiation. Dental X-rays do not need to be delayed if you’re breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant, but talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns.

Some typical sources that may expose you to radiation include smoke detectors, living in a brick house, cooking with natural gas, reading a book 3 hours a day and even flying in an airplane. You wouldn’t stop doing these activities and they don’t help prevent health issues that can become big problems if not found and left untreated.

Prevention Is The Key To Healthy Smiles
We want to keep your mouth as healthy as possible and preserve your beautiful smile. That’s why it’s essential that we discover and diagnose the earliest sign of a problem. X-rays are an essential tool in helping spot these problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. If you have any questions about dental X-rays, please let us know! We’d love to speak with you about this or any other questions you may have.
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