Archive for November, 2013

Thanksgiving in North America

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Thanksgiving marks the start to the holidays; a season filled with feasting, indulging, and spending time with family and friends are always special. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks, and while this may seem like such a natural celebration, the United States is only one of a handful of countries to officially celebrate with a holiday.

Unlike many holidays, Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, and it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday of October, which is, oddly enough, much closer to a time when harvests were likely gathered. In addition to the different dates, the origins of the celebration also share different roots.

Thanksgiving in the United States

Giving thanks for a bountiful harvest are not new, but the modern day holiday in the US can be traced to a celebration at Plymouth in Massachusetts in 1621. This feast of thanksgiving was inspired by a good harvest, and the tradition was simply continued on. At first, the colony at Plymouth didn’t have enough food to feed everyone present, but the Native Americans helped by providing seeds and teaching them how to fish, and they soon began to be able to hold a feast worthy of the name. The tradition spread, and by the 1660s, most of New England was hosting a Thanksgiving feast in honor of the harvest.

Canadian Thanksgiving

An explorer of early Canada named Martin Frobisher is accredited for the first Canadian Thanksgiving. He survived the arduous journey from England through harsh weather conditions and rough terrain, and after his last voyage from Europe to present-day Nunavut, he held a formal ceremony to give thanks for his survival and good fortune. As time passed and more settlers arrived, a feast was added to what quickly became a yearly tradition. Another explorer, Samuel de Champlain, is linked to the first actual Thanksgiving celebration in honor of a successful harvest; settlers who arrived with him in New France celebrated the harvest with a bountiful feast.

A Modern Thanksgiving

Today, Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with the best of Americana. From feasts and football games to getting ready for the start of the Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving means roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole. No matter how you celebrate this momentous day, pause for a moment to give thanks for your friends, family, and all the bounties you’ve received. Happy Thanksgiving from the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S.!

Dr. Gilbert and Team Proudly Offer Botox® and Dermal Fillers!

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

At the office of Dr. Darrel J. Gilbert, we believe that a youthful look begins with a healthy-looking smile. But it doesn’t end with the dental services we provide at our Sandy Springs office. That is why we are proud to provide Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm to compliment your dazzling smile. Using these proven treatments, Dr. Gilbert can smooth out wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, or folds on your face.

In the past, people would turn to a plastic surgeon for these treatments. But why go to a plastic surgeon when you can turn to the dentist you already trust to help you with your smile?


Botox treatment can give you a fresher, more youthful appearance that reestablishes your confidence and self-esteem. Botox works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses that normally tell our facial muscles, especially around the eyes and the brow, to contract or squeeze. After the procedure, the lines and wrinkles will fade, leaving you with the younger look you desire.

Dermal Fillers

Unlike Botox, which is known to relax the facial muscles, dermal fillers are used to treat lines, wrinkles, folds around the mouth, and loss of skin density by adding volume. Botox prevents your facial muscles

from contracting whereas dermal fillers work by filling your facial wrinkles with a gel and eliminate wrinkles and restore volume to the area around the mouth, chin, nose and cheeks. With the use of dermal fillers, Dr. Gilbert is also able to enhance the appearance of lips; giving them a subtle sexy look, without looking too plump. Treatments can last anywhere from nine to 12 months and be enhanced at each cleaning appointment.

If you’re ready to conquer those unsightly wrinkles and lines or loss of volume, we invite you to give us a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilbert. It is important, however, for Dr. Gilbert to screen patients to determine their eligibility for treatment. During your visit, you should discuss your medical history and concerns with Dr. Gilbert so he can thoroughly assess your particular treatment.

We look forward to working with you!

What are lingual braces?

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Patients who want corrective braces but don’t like the look of traditional braces with the metal showing on the front have an alternative in lingual braces. As opposed to metal braces visible across the front of the teeth, lingual braces are placed on the rear of the teeth. Most of the metal in lingual braces is not visible to other people, unless you have widely-spaced teeth. For those who make good candidates for lingual braces, Dr. Darrel Gilbert and our team at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. will tell you it is a great alternative with a significant cosmetic benefit.

Benefits of lingual braces

The primary benefit of lingual braces is that the metal is on the back of the teeth, which is very rarely seen by anyone. Patients can comfortably talk and smile, without the added worry of someone noticing the metal braces on their teeth. Another advantage of lingual braces is that they are just as effective as traditional braces and are worn for the same amount of time. They are also helpful for people who play contact sports or play wind instruments because lingual braces don’t get in the way. Finally, lingual braces are a great option for patients who have are sensitive to plastic and can’t wear other types of clear or invisible braces.

Who can get lingual braces?

While many patients qualify for lingual braces, not everyone who needs corrective orthodontic treatment will be a good candidate. The best candidates are teenagers and adults with normal-sized teeth. Children who get braces often have smaller teeth, so lingual braces may not be suitable. A patient’s bite also makes a difference, because a deep vertical overbite makes lingual braces difficult to place.

Talk to Dr. Darrel Gilbert the possibility of lingual braces if you’re thinking about correcting your smile but don’t like the idea of metal braces worn on the front. Lingual braces have the same basic benefits of straightening teeth, correcting misalignments, and fixing overbites and underbites that regular braces offer, but are a great aesthetic alternative.

For more information about lingual braces, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Darrel Gilbert, please give us a call at our convenient Sandy Springs, GA office!

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

In our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology and highest quality care available to our patients at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S., we proudly screen our patients for oral cancer. The fact is, every hour of every day in North America, someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved.

Oral cancer can occur on the lips, gums, tongue, inside lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth, and the floor of the mouth. Symptoms of oral cancer may include a sore in the throat or mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal, a red or white patch that persists, a lump or thickening, ear pain, a neck mass, or coughing up blood. Difficulties in chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaws are often late symptoms. While there is no way to predict exactly which individuals will get oral cancer, there are some potential causes we want you to know about. In some cases, it is possible to minimize these risk factors.

  • Age (most patients diagnosed with oral cancer are over the age of 40)
  • Tobacco use, either from cigarettes or smokeless chewing tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Persistent viral infections, such as HPV16
  • A diet lacking or low in fruits and vegetables

Finding out you have oral cancer can be devastating news. If you are concerned that you might be at risk for developing oral cancer, talk to us about screenings and other things you can do to reduce your risk. Through a routine visual inspection, Dr. Darrel Gilbert and our team at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. can often detect premalignant abnormalities and cancer at an early stage, when treatment is both less expensive and more successful, and can potentially save your life. Ask Dr. Darrel Gilbert and our team at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. about a screening at your next appointment!