Posts for: December, 2017

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
December 20, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  

Laying out goals for the New Year is a great way to inspire yourself to make positive changes that can improve your health. For example, many habits—both good and bad—affect the health of your teeth and gums. Here’s a list of risky habits to kick, and mouth-healthy habits to adopt:

Habits That Risk Oral Health

Smoking. As if oral cancer weren’t enough to worry about, smoking also promotes gum disease and tooth loss. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, smokers have double the risk of gum disease compared to nonsmokers. And according to the Academy of General Dentistry, smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as nonsmokers. For help quitting, visit

Snacking. Nibbling all day can create the perfect conditions for tooth decay—especially if your snacks contain sugar and other carbohydrates. Sticky snacks like cookies, crackers, chips and candy bars that cling to teeth tend to remain in the mouth and attract decay-causing oral bacteria. The acid these bacteria produce can penetrate the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities.

Soft Drinks. Speaking of tooth-eroding acid, soft drinks have plenty of it. And this includes both regular and diet varieties of soda, sweetened iced tea, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks. The healthiest drink for your teeth is water!

Mouth-Healthy Habits

Brushing. You probably brush your teeth every day already, but are you doing it correctly? To get the most benefit from this healthy habit, brush twice each day for a full two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste that contains fluoride, and don’t scrub too harshly!

Flossing. Yes, it’s worth the effort! If you don’t floss, you’ll miss cleaning about 40% of your tooth surfaces. A toothbrush just can’t reach in between teeth, where decay-causing dental plaque can hide. If you find dental floss difficult to work with, try using disposable floss holders.

Regular Dental Checkups. Keep up a regular schedule of professional teeth cleanings and exams! This allows us to remove any hardened dental plaque (tartar) that has built up on your teeth, screen you for oral cancer, and treat minor dental problems before they become major ones. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to review your at-home oral hygiene.

If you have any questions about how to improve your oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home” and “10 Tips to Help You Stop Smoking.”

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

It's often subtle changes that make the biggest difference in your appearance, from new hairstyles to dental work. Atlanta, GA, dentist Dr. cosmetic dentistryTravon Holt of Midtown Dental Studio explains how contouring and reshaping, a common cosmetic dentistry treatment, can improve your smile.

What is contouring and reshaping?

During contouring and reshaping, your dentist removes or adds small amounts of tooth enamel to enhance the appearance of your teeth. As part of the contouring and reshaping process, composite resin, a flexible tooth-colored material, may be added to your teeth to achieve the ideal shape or appearance.

When is contouring and reshaping recommended?

When you visit our Atlanta office, Dr. Holt may recommend contouring and reshaping if:

  • Your Teeth Overlap: It's not uncommon for the edges of your teeth to overlap. Whether your teeth have always overlapped, or they've shifted slightly as you've grown older, overlapping teeth can be very noticeable. The problem isn't just a cosmetic problem but may also increase your risk of cavities. Overlapping areas can trap plaque, the substance that causes tooth decay. Removing overlapping areas is a simple way to improve your smile and decrease your cavity risk.
  • You Have a Chipped Tooth: The enamel at the bottom of your teeth can be prone to chipping. Even if you only have a small chip, you may avoid smiling because you're sure everyone is focused on your damaged tooth. In just a few seconds, the rough edges of your tooth can be smoothed during the contouring and reshaping process.
  • Your Tooth is Pointed: Contouring and reshaping is very effective in removing points at the end of teeth and improving the appearance of uneven or crooked teeth.
  • You Have a Bite Problem: Does your bite seem different lately? Normal changes related to aging can cause your teeth to move, affecting the way they fit together. Contouring and reshaping is an excellent option if you have minor bite issues. More severe problems will require orthodontic treatment.

Contouring and reshaping can help you reinvent your smile. Call Atlanta, GA, dentist Dr. Travon Holt of Midtown Dental Studio at (404) 937-6940 to schedule an appointment for this cosmetic dentistry treatment.

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
December 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: chipped teeth  

You’ve suddenly noticed one of your teeth looks and feels uneven, and it may even appear chipped. To make matters worse it’s right in front in the “smile zone” — when you smile, everyone else will notice it too. You want to have it repaired.

So, what will it be — a porcelain veneer or crown? Maybe neither: after examining it, your dentist may recommend another option you might even be able to undergo that very day — and walk out with a restored tooth.

This technique uses dental materials called composite resins.  These are blends of materials that can mimic the color and texture of tooth structure while also possessing the necessary strength to endure forces generated by biting and chewing. A good part of that strength comes from the way we’re able to bond the material to both the tooth’s outer enamel and underlying dentin, which together make up the main body of tooth structure. In skilled, artistic hands composite resins can be used effectively in a number of situations to restore a tooth to normal appearance.

While veneers or crowns also produce excellent results in this regard, they require a fair amount of tooth alteration to accommodate them. Your dentist will also need an outside dental laboratory to fabricate them, a procedure that could take several weeks. In contrast, a composite resin restoration usually requires much less tooth preparation and can be performed in the dental office in just one visit.

Composite resins won’t work in every situation — the better approach could in fact be a veneer or crown. But for slight chips or other minor defects, composite resin could transform your tooth’s appearance dramatically.

To see if composite resin is a viable restoration option for your tooth, visit your dentist for a complete dental examination. It’s quite possible you’ll leave with a more attractive tooth and a more confident smile.

If you would like more information on restorations using composite resins, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”