Archive for December, 2013

New Year’s Day Around the World

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the calendar year in most parts of the world. The holiday is celebrated on January 1st of each year. Customs and celebrations vary by country, religion, and even individual desires. Whether celebrated quietly or with gusto, the day brings the start of new opportunities for those that observe it.

United States and Canada

In both the US and Canada, celebrations begin on New Year’s Eve. At midnight on January 1st the New Year is welcomed with bells, horns, whistles, and other noisemakers. Fireworks are often part of the celebrations. In New York City, Times Square comes alive with revelers. In Toronto, there are large celebrations which may feature concerts, late-night partying, sporting events, and fireworks, with free public transit service during peak party times. Many individuals in North America greet the year by making resolutions for improvements in their lives.

China

In China, many people celebrate two forms of a new year. They may observe January 1st, but the traditional Chinese New Year is based on a lunar calendar. Parades with paper lanterns and dragons made from silk are a significant part of the festivities. Legends say that the dragon spends most of its time in hibernation so fireworks are used to keep the dragon awake.

Jewish Celebration

Jewish New Year’s observances begin with Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the New Year, and end with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This ten-day celebration is held in September or October, based on the Hebrew calendar. The New Year is not marked as much with loud celebrations as with personal insight to mend wrongs and resolve to better oneself.

Other countries and cultures also have different dates for New Year’s Day observances:

  • Vietnam observes the New Year in February
  • In Iran, the day is celebrated on March 21st
  • Islamic cultures often observe the tenth day of the month of Muharram
  • Russian Orthodox observers use the Julian calendar and celebrate on January 14th
  • Buddhist celebrations are held from April 13th through 15th

If you observe New Year’s Day by making healthy resolutions, include dental care in your plans with Dr. Darrel Gilbert. The health of your teeth and gums contributes to your overall health. Caring for your mouth now can prevent many dental problems later in life. the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. wishes you a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year!

What is biofilm?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Biofilm, the protective housing for bacteria, is a hot topic in the medical and dental fields. Routinely taking an antibiotic for a bacterial infection has become more complicated because of biofilm. Bacterial infections may become resistant to antibiotics in part because the biofilm allows for communication among the bacteria, allowing the infection to be sustained.

You’re probably wondering, Dr. Darrel Gilbert , what does this have to do with teeth? Since we’re dental professionals, we can tell you why it’s important and what you should know! There is biofilm in your mouth; healthy biofilm and diseased biofilm. Both are made of the same general compounds, but when combined with certain amino acids and cellular chemicals, the diseased biofilm conquers and destroys.

Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease or pyorrhea, is a biofilm disease. If you are undergoing treatment for gum disease and you do not continue with the treatment plan the disease will progress and/or spread due to the biofilm.

There are several ways to treat diseased biofilm. But remember, antibiotics cannot touch the bacterial infection if the biofilm is established.

When your exam is complete, the Ultrasonic or Piezo Scaler should be used. This method of spraying water disturbs the biofilm and provides an opportunity to treat the infection causing bacteria.

Remember, we all need healthy biofilm. Just as your skin protects your body, biofilm housing good bacteria protects your body. The bacteria in the biofilm replicate every twenty minutes. If your body has healthy bacteria, low levels of hydrogen peroxide are produced by the biofilm, preventing harmful bacteria from residing. Harmful bacteria do not like oxygen.

At your exam, we will take measurements around your teeth checking for “pockets”. The higher the number, the deeper the pocket giving more room for harmful bacteria where there is no oxygen. Ask what your numbers are and be involved in restoring your healthy biofilm.

Hypersensitive Teeth

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

It is common to experience dentine hypersensitivity, with symptoms ranging from moderate to severe. Why does it happen and how do you know if this sensitivity is something to be concerned about? The first step is to determine the cause.

The most common cause of the sensitivity is exposure of the dentin. Dentin is the layer immediately surrounding the nerve of the tooth. It is alive and usually covered by the gum tissue. When gum recession is present hypersensitivity is common. Other contributors to temporary tooth hypersensitivity include teeth whitening and dental procedures such as fillings, periodontal treatment, and braces placement or adjustment. These are temporary and should be of no concern.

Permanent hypersensitivity, however, may require treatment. To understand the cause of sustained hypersensitivity, let us explain the structure of dentin and why it serves as a ‘hot spot’.

The dentin contains a large numbers of pores or tubes that run from the outside of the tooth to the nerve in the center. When dentin tubes are exposed, there is a direct connection between the mouth and dental pulp, which houses the nerve and blood supply of the tooth. External stimuli, such as mechanical pressure (tooth grinding or clenching – bruising the ligaments holding the teeth in place), temperature changes, as well as chemical stimuli (sweet–sour) are transmitted to the pain-sensitive dental pulp and activate nerve endings. A short and sharp pain is the result. These external stimuli cause fluid movement in the open tube that is transmitted as pain sensations. Something needs to be placed into the dentin tube to plug it and stop this fluid movement.

The first step in doing something about dental hypersensitivity is to determine the cause; our professional team at the office of Darrel J. Gilbert D.D.S. can help you with this. Whether the sensitivity is due to exposed dentin or an underlying cause such as abscess or decay, corrective measures are needed. Contact us sooner rather than later so Dr. Darrel Gilbert can reduce the sensitivity, and provide you with some relief!

Refresh and revitalize your look at Dr. Gilbert’s office using Botox® and dermal fillers!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Dr. Gilbert is known to improve your smile, and is now proud to refresh your face using Botox and dermal fillers. Nothing complements your dazzling smile than a face that is free of lines and wrinkles. Botox and dermal fillers, which have exploded in popularity, can help rejuvenate your look in just one visit to our Sandy Springs office.

Our patients have been pleased to find that facial wrinkles and lines between the eyebrows can be significantly reduced with this injectable treatment. Botox works by temporarily interrupting the signals between nerves and muscle tissue, causing the injected muscles to completely relax and smoothing away wrinkles in the brow. Additionally, with Botox treatments Dr. Gilbert is able perform brow lifts, making patients’ eyes appear open and youthful, rather than tired.

Although Botox injections are best known for their cosmetic applications, they are also a proven weapon in lessening the harmful effects of severe jaw clenching and grinding of the teeth.

Dr. Gilbert is also proud to offer dermal fillers, like Juvederm, which can eliminate wrinkles by restoring volume, as opposed to Botox. Often times as we age, we lose volume in our upper cheek, which can cause facial tissue to sag resulting in deep crevices from nose to mouth. By using dermal fillers, Dr. Gilbert is able add volume back to patients’ cheeks, resulting in quick and painless face lift. In addition to restoring a more youthful appearance to your smile, dermal fillers are useful in treating uneven or thin lips and marionette lines.

Give us a call today to replenish your face! Ask Dr. Gilbert and our team how you can get improvement with Botox injections and dermal fillers and start looking younger today! Give us a call at our convenient Sandy Springs office to learn more or to schedule an appointment today!