Are You Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean?

Toothbrushes Buford GA

Did you know that you should be replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months?

Germs and bacteria can live on the toothbrush for weeks at a time if you do not properly clean and store your toothbrush. Taking care of your toothbrush should part of a healthy oral hygiene routine. Keeping your toothbrush clean can help promote a healthier, brighter smile. Try to follow these key tips to keep your toothbrush clean.

Toothbrush Care Tips:

  • When traveling, use a ventilated toothbrush cover to keep your toothbrush clean and dry. 
  • Make sure you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Over time, your toothbrush may begin to fray or fall apart, making it a useless tool for cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue.
  • Do not share your toothbrush with anyone. Bacteria and illness may be passed through sharing a toothbrush. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Make sure you sanitize your toothbrush. Try deep cleaning your toothbrush by putting in an antibacterial mouthwash. Make sure you properly store your toothbrush afterward so that it dries properly.
  • Store your toothbrush properly. Store your toothbrush in an upright position where it isn’t touching other items in your bathroom. You want to make sure your toothbrush is stored correctly to avoid bacteria and mold growth.
  • Before and after each use, make sure you run your toothbrush under running water to get rid of any unwanted residue.

Following these guidelines can help you maintain a clean, functional toothbrush. If you have any questions in regards to your oral hygiene routine, don’t hesitate to contact Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, GA. Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry would be glad to work with you to answer any of your oral health questions. If you would like to set up an appointment, you can contact our Buford, GA dental office or schedule an appointment online.

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Tips To Maintain A Healthy Smile Through The Holidays

At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, GA, we encourage our patients to enjoy this upcoming holiday season. However, in the midst of holiday traditions and yummy food, we hope you aren’t neglecting your oral health. Family dentists Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry are highly trained professionals that offer a range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services to patients in need. As committed dentists, Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry are invested in your smile and work with you to give you the tools and treatment you need to improve your smile.

Tips To Maintain A Healthy Smile Through The Holidays

  • Minimize the sweet treats you consume during the holidays. Consuming a lot of sugary treats and drinks can affect your oral health. The sugar from the treats can stick to your tooth enamel and cause issues like tooth decay and cavities. It is important to clean your teeth after consuming sweet treats to avoid damage to your smile.
  • Keep up with your oral hygiene routine. Don’t skip your normal hygiene routine just to save time. Brushing and flossing your teeth takes just a few short minutes out of your day, but provides a lifetime of benefits. Make sure you are brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh.
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. We understand that your teeth are sometimes the most convenient tools to use when opening packages and popping open a bottle. However, using your teeth as tools can cause wear and tear on your enamel and lead to chipping, fracturing, and cracking. 
  • Make sure you are staying hydrated during the festivities. Drinking water helps get rid of debris that may stick to your teeth throughout the day. Drinking water also helps promote saliva productivity and freshen your breath.

Schedule An Appointment

Take charge of your oral health during the holidays. Taking the proper steps to keep your smile healthy during the holidays will benefit you in the long run. Buford, GA dentistS Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry are committed to helping you achieve a healthy smile. If you need to schedule an appointment, contact our Buford dental office.

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All About Dental Bonding

At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we work with each patient to address their dental concerns and find the right solution for their smile. We offer an array of dental treatments that can improve the aesthetic of your smile, restore function, and promote a healthier smile. To better inform our patients on some of the treatments we offer in our Buford, GA dental office, this month we are highlighting a cosmetic dentistry procedure called tooth bonding.

Tooth bonding is a cosmetic treatment can address a wide range of dental concerns. Tooth bonding can be an ideal solution for patients with:

  • gapped teeth
  • mishappen teeth
  • fractured teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth

Tooth bonding is a quick, effective solution for patients with damaged teeth. Buford cosmetic dentists Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry work closely with each patient to determine which treatment will best suit their dental needs. If dental bonding is right for you, Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry will work with to determine a treatment plan that addresses your dental needs.  To determine if tooth bonding is right for you, schedule an appointment at Lanier Family Dentistry in Buford, GA dental office.

The Procedure: Tooth Bonding

Tooth bonding can be an ideal solution for patients in need of minor repairs. Tooth bonding requires minimal tooth preparation, so your existing teeth are not compromised. Tooth bonding can be completed in just one short visit to our Buford, GA dental office. 

During your visit, we will remove a small amount of tooth structure to prepare the tooth for dental bonding. Next, a biocompatible composite resin is carefully applied to the tooth. We use a high-quality composite resin that can be shaped, color matched, and molded to match your natural smile, giving you a seamless, durable solution for your damaged teeth. Once the bonding material has been appropriately shaped, we will use a unique light to cure the bonding material into place. Once completed, patients can expect to have a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

With excellent oral hygiene and regular visits to Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, your dental bonding can last years. For any cosmetic treatment to last, it is crucial that patients take care of their teeth after treatment to avoid any complications or damage. 

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It’s National Oral Hygiene Month!

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy and functional. At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Buford dentists Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry are committed to helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Sustaining optimal oral health is necessary to minimize the chance of developing complex dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Our goal is to help patients maintain healthy smiles and avoid the need for complex dental treatment which will save you money, time, and complications in the future.

Oral Hygiene

In order to maintain optimal oral health, patients should schedule regular visits to our Buford dentist office. Family dentists Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry suggest that patients visit our office at least twice a year for a routine preventive care visit. During a preventive care visit, Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry are able to examine the mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of complex dental problems. While preventive care visits are designed to spot any signs of complex dental problems, your oral hygiene routine should be designed to minimize your chance of developing those complex dental problems. In order to develop a proper oral hygiene routine, patients should:

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes a day, twice a day.
  • Floss your teeth to get rid of debris that may be hiding between the teeth. Flossing is a great defense against gum disease. 
  • Use mouthwash. Mouthwash can help remove any debris of bacteria in the mouth. Look for a mouthwash with an ADA approved seal.
  • Chew sugarless gum after meals. Sugarless gum gets help promote saliva productivity which helps debris from sticking to the teeth.

Schedule An Appointment

If you haven’t scheduled a preventive care visits, visit Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry will gladly answer any questions you may have about your oral health, as well as examine your teeth and provide a personalized treatment plan based on your dental needs. Patients can call our Buford dentist office to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online.

Posted in: Oral Health, oral hygiene

Halitosis

Oral health, halitosis, Buford, GA Morning breath and occasional bad breath happens to everyone. However, when bad breath isn’t solved by mouthwash, brushing, or chewing sugarless gum, you may have developed halitosis. Halitosis can be embarrassing for may patients, but don’t fret, Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers a full range of service to help improve your smile. Buford family dentists Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry are equipped to identify and solve a full range of dental concerns. If you are noticing persistent foul breath, it is important to visit our Buford dental office to get the treatment you need. Often, halitosis is due to poor oral hygiene; however, at other times, halitosis can be an indicator of a more complex dental problem. At Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are here to help you achieve your best smile!

Halitosis Treatment

Under the care of an experienced dentist, halitosis is a treatable dental concern. Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry will perform your initial comprehensive exam to determine the cause of your halitosis. Depending on the cause, we can offer the appropriate treatment. In the meantime, patients can maintain a proper oral hygiene routine to keep minimize the chance of developing complex dental problems. We suggest patients visit our Buford, GA dental office at least twice a year for preventive care exams. Preventive care exams allow your dentist to check your teeth for any signs of dysfunction thoroughly. After your visit, Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry will be able to provide a treatment more accurate to your dental needs.

Halitosis Causes

Halitosis can be an indicator of more serious dental concerns, so it is important to get your teeth checked to rule out other dental issues. Halitosis may be caused by:

Gum Disease: Gum disease causes an inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Over time, deep pockets for which store bacteria that may cause shifting teeth, foul odor, tooth sensitivity, toothache, and bleeding gums. In some patients, gum disease shows no symptoms, so it is necessary to get your teeth checked twice a year to rule of gum disease. If gum disease is present, we do offer a range of periodontal therapy to restore health back to your gums and teeth.

Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Dry mouth can leave you more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. Dry mouth may be a side effect of smoking, certain medications, aging, or dehydration.

Smoking: Over time, smoking can have a negative effect on your oral health. Smoking has been linked to increasing the risk of gum disease. Smoking can be a contributing factor in developing halitosis.

Poor Oral Hygiene: Poor oral hygiene is one of the leading causes of halitosis. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene routine can minimize the chance of developing issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis.

Visit Our Buford, GA Dental Office

We offer a range of cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry services to our patients. We will work with you to give you the dental care you need. If you have halitosis and are seeking treatment, visit Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Patients can schedule an appointment online

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Tooth Enamel Erosion

At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford GA, we are committed to helping our patients achieve a healthy, functional smile. We believe in educating our patients on proper oral health practices to help them maintain a healthy smile at home. One of the most common dental concerns is tooth enamel erosion. Tooth enamel erosion isn’t just limited to children, but patients from all walks of life can experience tooth enamel erosion if they do not properly care for their teeth. Once tooth enamel erosion has begun to take place, it can not be reversed. Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry offer a range of cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry service to help improve the function and aesthetic of a smile that has been damaged due to erosion. However, it is imperative that patients take the necessary steps to keep their enamel protected and avoid the need for complex dental treatment.

Protecting Your Enamel

    • Minimize the number of acidic foods and beverages you consume.  Acidic foods and beverages can harm the enamel over a period of time, leaving it susceptible to cavities, toothaches,  tooth sensitivity, and discoloration.
    • Drink more water and avoid sugary foods and beverages.
      If dry mouth is the cause of your tooth enamel erosion, drinking water can help promote saliva productivity. It is important to drink the recommended amount of water to help flush out any bacteria or food particles that may be hiding between your teeth.
    • Use ADA approved fluoride mouthwash and tooth paste. Fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste can help protect the enamel. Make sure you look for products with an ADA approved label. If you aren’t sure which products are right for you, Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry can answer any questions you may have.
    • Visit our Buford, GA dentist office. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers a full range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services in our Buford dental office. Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry will thoroughly examine your smile and find the right treatment to restore function and beauty to your smile.

    Visit Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, GA

    If you have a smile that has been damaged by tooth enamel erosion, visit our Buford dental office. Family dentists Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry will provide a comprehensive exam and determine which treatment is right for you. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 678.926.9357

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Making The Most Out Of Your Dental Visit

Cosmetic Dentistry, Buford, GA At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Buford dentist Dr. Alla Brown is dedicated to providing personalized, comprehensive dental care. Our Buford dental office offers a full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to patients of all ages. We believe dentistry is a partnership between dentist and patient, so we strive to offer patient focused dental care to each and every one of our patients. It is important for patients to feel like they can express their concerns to a trusted dentist, in hopes that their dentist can help develop the best plan to restore their smile. At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want each of our patients to make the most of their visit, so we have compiled a few tips to help you achieve that.

Tips On Making The Most Of Your Dental Visit

Tip #1: Tell Dr. Brown about your dental concerns. If you have a tooth that has been bothering you on and off or you’ve noticed that your gums bleed, let us know! No dental concerns are too big or too small to discuss. At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are here to help solve your dental concerns and get you one step closer to a healthier, brighter smile.

Tip #2: Ask Questions! We love questions at our Buford dental office.Family dentist Dr. Brown encourages patients to ask questions concerning their dental health. If you don’t know something, feel free to ask one of the members of our experienced dental staff.

Tip #3: Keep us up to date on any changes to your oral health: Are you experiencing a new symptom? Is there something you need to disclose to your dentist? At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, these are questions we would like to know. Keeping us up to date on changes in your health helps us get a better understanding of you as a patient and we are able to make informed decisions based on your needs.

Visit Our Buford Dental Office

If you are looking for a caring, dedicated dental practice, come visit Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Brown is an experienced dentist in Buford, GA, dedicated to providing exceptional, comprehensive dental care. Please feel free to schedule an appointment online or call 678.926.9357

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Dental Treatment For Your Missing Teeth

Woman showing her white smile At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we know that complex dental issue occur every day. We offer treatments to help patients restore their smiles in our Buford, GA dental office. Dr. Alla Brown is an experienced dentist dedicated to providing exceptional dental care. Take the time to visit of Buford, GA dental office. Feel free to schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 678.714.9199

Replacement Options For Missing Teeth In Buford, GA

No need to be embarrassed about your missing teeth, especially when Dr. Brown has a number of replacement options to help improve your beautiful smile. Buford dentist, Dr. Brown offers a variety fo replacement options for patients who are missing teeth. She will work with you to find a solution that is right for you.

Dentures & Partials
Dentures and Partials are a durable replacement option for your missing teeth. Dentures and partials can help restore your smile if you are missing multiple teeth, Dentures and Partials can be designed to resemble your natural smile and give you a great option for your missing teeth. Due to advancement is dentistry, Dr. Brown has the option to secure your dentures or partials with dental implants. Patients who receive dental implants need to have a strong jaw bone structure. Before your treatment, Dr. Brown will thoroughly exam your bone structure to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are a stable and durable solution to patients who are missing teeth. Before your appointment, Dr. Brown will discuss your dental goals and any concerns you may have. In order to receive dental implants, you need to have a strong jaw bone structure. Dr. Brown will exam your mouth, teeth, bone structure, and gums to determine if you are able to receive dental implants.

Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can replace one or consecutive missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges requiring neighboring teeth to be reshaped in order to support the dental bridge. Dental bridges can be secured with crowns or dental implants.

Dr. Brown is a dedicated general dentist dedicated to providing exceptional, patient-focused dental care to the Buford area. If you are looking for replacement options, visit our Burford, GA dental office.

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No More Excuses, Floss!

preventative dental care atlanta gaEveryone seems to have an excuse not to floss. But did you know that flossing can prevent a whole range of oral health concerns from gum disease to tooth loss? And, flossing could even save you time and money. Consistent, daily oral hygiene is the best way to protect your natural smiles and prevent the need for costly dental proceudres. Atlanta, GA general dentist Dr. Alla Brown emphasizes the importance of flossing for your oral health.

No More Excuses, Floss!

Common Excuse: I have straight teeth that have no gaps in between them.
The Reality: Everyone has some amount of space in between your teeth. Flossing reaches surfaces of your teeth that brushing can not. Flossing removes food debris and most importantly flossing removes plaque build up where bacteria grows. Even if your teeth appear very close together the reality is that bacteria will grow in between your teeth. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

Common Excuse: Flossing just takes up too much of my time.
The Reality: Sitting in a dental chair for dental fillings or a root canal takes a lot longer. You can properly floss your teeth in about 1 to 2 minutes. Flossing can deter the development of serious dental health concerns that will require complex, advanced dental procedures to treat.

Common Excuse: I do not know if I am flossing right.
The Reality: That is okay, a lot of people are unsure if they are flossing right. Dr. Brown and our dental care team will be happy to advise you on proper flossing techniques that will benefit the health of your teeth and gums.

Common Excuse: My gums bleed when I floss.
The Reality: If your gums are bleeding, then flossing is extra important! If your gums bleed when you floss, you are most likely already showing signs of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that left untreated can cause bone loss, tooth loss, and systemic disease. The most effective way to combat and prevent gum disease is by flossing and brushing twice daily to remove the build up plaque that bacteria feeds on.

Schedule An Appointment

Regular visits to Dr. Brown allow for early diagnosis of any oral health concerns such as gum disease or tooth decay. Early diagnosis is key for effective and conservative dental care. Contact our Atlanta dentist office or schedule a consultation online to learn more about how comprehensive and conservative dental care can improve your smile.

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Porcelain Veneers for a Smile Makeover

African American Man SmilingPorcelain veneers offer permanent, comfortable and offer natural looking and long lasting results. With proactive oral hygiene and regular preventive care with Buford, GA cosmetic dentist Dr. Alla Brown of Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry your dental veneers could last for years.

Dental Veneers Buford, GA

DENTAL VENEERS can be used to correct a range of cosmetic dental concerns. Veneers effectively correct dental problems such as gaps between teeth, discolored teeth, and chipped or broken teeth. Dr. Brown offers dental veneers as a treatment to correct cosmetic dental concerns and protect your teeth and gums from further damage.

Porcelain veneers are made using a high-quality translucent material. This state of the art dental material reflects light the same way as a natural tooth so that they will blend in with your natural smile. Porcelain veneers offer a permanent restoration and are matched to a patient’s natural tooth color for beautiful results.

Porcelain Veneer Treatment

Porcelain veneers require minor tooth preparation. Dr. Brown will remove a thin layer of your natural teeth to make room for the veneers. Once bonded, dental veneers are a permanent cosmetic restoration that can last for many years. Porcelain veneers are highly stain and decay resistant for durable, lasting results.

After careful placement and adjustments are made, you will be able to use your veneer teeth just like your natural teeth. Dental veneers require no more maintenance than your natural teeth.

Visit Your Dentist Buford, GA

Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is focused around providing comprehensive and quality restorative and cosmetic dental care so our patients may enjoy their optimal oral health. We welcome to new and existing patients to our Buford dentist office. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers complete dentistry for our patients’ optimal oral health. Our dentist office focuses on our patients’ needs and quality of life. Schedule an appointment at our Buford dentist office.

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