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Summerville Dentistry Augusta and Evans wishes you a healthy and happy labor day!  Visit out website at summervilledentistry.com.  

Happy New Year!  Your smile is the way you greet the world. Choose an experience that fits you.  Incredible results, in-office. Philips Zoom Whitening is performed in just one visit.

Diseases like diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV infections and AIDS lower the body's resistance to infection.  This can make periodontal disease more common and more severe.  Ongoing inflammation from periodontitis is linked with heart disease, blocked arteries and stroke.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is very important to total body health.

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth,  using a custom-made series of aligners.  The aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.  Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place.  There are no metal brackets or wires.  The best part is that most people will not even know that you are straightening your teeth!

Lights! Digital Camera! Action!  Digital radiography is similar to traditional xrays that use film, instead a sensor is inserted in the mouth.  The sensor is directly connected to the computer, so the dentist or hygienist gets an instant image. Digital xrays use up to 90 percent less radiation, takes less time since no developing is required, the images have higher quality, and the images can be emailed to specialists if needed.  The digital process is also environmentally friendly, no chemicals are needed to develop the film.

Dental floss is a key element in proper oral hygiene.  According to the ADA only 12% of Americans floss daily.  Research discoveries have suggested that cleaning between the teeth was practiced as early as the Prehistoric period.  The exact date of the first use of dental floss is unknown.  In 1815, American dentist Dr. Levi Spear Palmly introduces the idea of using waxed silken thread as floss.  Floss has evolved over time.  Today we even see the use of Gore-Tex in some varieties.   Brushing alone cannot reach the in between spaces where floss will.

Dental Crowns.  A crown is a complete tooth covering (above the gumline) that can be made from all porcelain, zirconia, or sometimes gold alloy. There are a variety of situations that require a tooth to be restored with a dental crown.  The most common are: large fillings- as these teeth are prone to fracture; root canal teeth-these teeth are no longer vital and prone to fracture; teeth with fracture lines; broken teeth; excessive wear-can interfere with the bite and chewing; and undesirable appearance of teeth-crowns or veneers can enhance the look of teeth.  Dental crowns provide a combination of long lasting strength and esthetics. 

Want a brighter smile?  When it comes to tooth- whitening, you have two options: in-office-based teeth bleaching, or at-home-care.
Both tooth-whitening options use peroxide-based bleaching agents.  At home systems contain from 3% to 20% peroxide (carbamide or hydrogen peroxides).  In office systems contain from 15% to 43% peroxide.
Generally the longer you keep a stronger solution on your teeth, the whiter your teeth become.  However, keeping the gel on longer can increase tooth sensitivity temporarily.  There are pros and cons to both options.  Talk to your dentist about the option that is best for you. 

The mouth is a window into the health of the body.  It can show if you are not eating foods that are best for you or if you may be at risk for a disease.  Diseases that affect the entire body (such as diabetes and heart disease) may be noticed because of oral problems.  Periodontal disease may be connected with diabetes , heart disease, and stroke.  Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body.

Dental Xrays(radiographs) help dentists visualize diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue that cannot be seen with an oral examination.  Xrays help dentists diagnose and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save money, time, discomfort, and possibly your life.  Xrays show areas of decay, reveal bone loss, show infection(abcess), and other abnormalities such as cysts and tumors.   
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