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August 25, 2015

Patients sometimes tend to wonder how important flossing really is when it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene, and the answer is that flossing is a crucial component. Frequent, regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams are critical to your oral health, but there's a lot you can do yourself in order to keep your teeth healthy and looking their best. If you are in the Richmond Hill region and are due for your dental cleaning, contact our general dentistry practice at (912) 355-0605.

While most people brush on a regular basis, general dentistry has long recognized that flossing needs to be a part of a patients regular routine. Regardless of how well you may brush your teeth, there are food particles in between your teeth and beneath the gum line that cannot be reached with ordinary brushing. Flossing helps remove these particles and prevent the growth and spread of bacteria.

Adding flossing into your daily routine reduces bacteria and benefits for your mouth and your overall health by:

  • Preventing gum disease
  • Preventing of dental caries and tooth decay
  • Preventing halitosis
  • Preventing tartar build-up
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease
  • Preventing the occurrence of complications in those with diabetes

Proper dental care begins at home and will help reduce the need for additional visits to the dentist. To schedule an appointment with our Richmond Hill general dentistry practice, call Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. We serve patients living throughout the areas of Savannah, Garden City, and Richmond Hill, Georgia.

August 04, 2015

Over 50% of the US population has bad breath at any one time, half of those individuals have the condition of chronic halitosis and may not even know it. August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day, a day for dentists and oral care professionals to help in the fight against bad breath. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath and would like to see if it is due to an underlying condition, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605  to schedule your Savannah dental appointment today!

Bad breath may be a result of many factors, such as plaque, decay, smoking, or even certain medications. The best defense against bad breath is good oral hygiene, however, there are certain foods and beverages that can actually help in the fight against bad breath. To help freshen your breath throughout the day, try out the following:

Stay hydrated - Drinking water throughout the day helps to promote the production of saliva, which is a natural defense against the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Vitamin C - Foods that are rich in vitamin C help reduce mucus and toxin levels that are a cause of bad breath. Additionally, vitamin C also help to fight bacteria.

Probiotics - When you consume something with probiotics, such as yogurt, it helps reduce hydrogen sulfide, which is known to cause bad breath.

Herbs - Chewing on herbs care a great source of promoting fresh breath. Some of the best herbs for this are parsley, eucalyptus, spearmint, rosemary, cardamom, tarragon, and coriander.

If you have been maintaining your oral hygiene and have found that nothing is helping with your problem of bad breath, contact Savannah dentist Dr. Carla Roher to schedule an appointment by calling (912) 355-0605. We serve patients residing in and around the communities of Savannah, Richmond Hill, and Garden City, GA.

July 21, 2015

A person is considered to have tooth decay when there is destruction of the tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. Unlike some conditions that may be linked to genetics, decay is caused by an irregular balance of disease causing and health promoting activities. If you are concerned about tooth decay, contact our Richmond Hill general dentistry practice at (912) 355-0605 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive exam and cleaning.

When the mouth has too much acid producing bacteria, it promotes tooth decay which can also lead to cavities and gum disease. Teeth are constantly forming plaque, so when you consume something containing sugar the plaque produces acids which then attack the tooth enamel. The following tips can help in the prevention of tooth decay:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Use a flouride toothpaste
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit snacking
  • Limit the consumption of acidic foods and beverages
  • Chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production
  • Don't skip your regular exams and cleanings with the dentist

If you have been following the recommended suggestions and still struggle with tooth decay, you can speak with Dr. Roher about the use of supplemental fluoride or dental sealants to help better protect your teeth from decay.

To schedule an appointment with our Richmond Hill general dentistry practice, call Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. We serve patients living throughout the areas of Savannah, Garden City, and Richmond Hill, Georgia.

July 07, 2015

One of the most popular cosmetic procedures is whitening. Though there are over-the-counter options available to lighten your teeth on your own, it is always more beneficial to get the procedure done professionally. If you are in the Richmond Hill area and are interested in tooth whitening, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 to schedule your personal consultation today!

Some may wonder why you would see a professional for whitening when you can do it yourself, but there are a number of benefits when choosing to get the procedure done in a dental office. Prior to whitening, you will receive an oral exam to make sure that the discoloration of your teeth is not due to a dental issue that needs further treatment.

At home solutions are not as powerful as those that are provided in a dental office. When you lighten your teeth professionally, you can get two to eight shades lighter in a single treatment. Additionally, your dentist will be able to supervise the process and monitor sensitive areas of you gums, teeth, and mouth, allowing for a comfortable and pain-free process.

Our Richmond Hill cosmetic dentist provides patients with safe, convenient, and effective tooth whitening. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Carla Roher, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 today! 

June 16, 2015

June is National Migraine Awareness Month, which is dedicated to helping spread awareness and understanding about migraines. This year's campaign theme is "help make Migraines visible!" in an attempt to reduce myth, misconceptions, and stigma about migraines, while also trying to increase research funding for better treatments.

Over the years more dentists and neurologists have discovered that the cause of long term headaches are correlated with a misalignment in a person's bite, many times due to TMJ.

Over 37 million people suffer from migraines in the United States alone. Migraines can often interfere with day-to-day activities and make it difficult to function. In an effort to spread some awareness about this debilitating condition, here are a few facts that many are unaware of:

  • Approximately 1 out of every 4 households includes someone who experiences migraines
  • Someone in the U.S. goes to the ER with a headache or migraine every 10 seconds
  • 50% of those who get migraines don't realize they have them
  • You can have a migraine without having a headache
  • Severe migraine attacks are classified by the World Health Organization as among the most disabling illnesses, comparable to dementia, quadriplegia and active psychosis 
  • In some instances, headaches and migraines can be treated with neuromuscular dentistry

If you experience frequent headaches, migraines, or jaw pain with no known cause, we recommend having your bite evaluated to determine whether or not it is related to a dental issue. Contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Carla Roher today. We serve the areas of Savannah, Richmond Hill, and Garden City, Georgia.

June 01, 2015

With spring sports in full force and summer right around the corner, protecting yourself from injury is critical. The use of a mouthguard can help prevent injuries to the teeth, jaw, mouth, cheeks, and tongue. If you are in the Savannah area and have experienced an oral injury, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carla Roher.

When participating in sports, the use of a mouthguard should not be overlooked. The American Dental Association states that 10-20% of sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries. If a protective mouthguard isn't worn while participating in sports that may cause injury, it's possible that you may obtain an injury that results in permanent damage to oral structures. Additionally, you also put yourself at risk for:

  • broken teeth
  • lip and cheek injuries
  • fracturing of crowns or bridgework
  • fracturing of the jaw
  • chipped teeth
  • root damage

With dental injuries being the most common orofacial injury to those involved in sports, athletes who choose to not wear a protective mouthguard are 60 times more likely to sustain some form of oral injury. The use of mouthguards can prevent the occurrence of more than 200,000 oral injuries a year.

When playing any sport that may involve contact with objects, players, or factors such as falling to the ground, a mouth guard is essential whether you are a child or an adult. If you or your child have experienced dental injury while playing a sport, getting prompt treatment is important as it can help prevent further damage.

Our experienced Savannah dentist can help to repair or treat any oral damage you may have incurred while playing sports, to schedule an appointment contact Medical Arts Dentistry by calling us at (912) 355-0605 today!


March 26, 2015

If your teeth are not as white and bright as you would like, a teeth whitening procedure may be an excellent option for you. The in-office teeth whitening treatment offered by Medical Arts Dentistry is designed to brighten your smile quickly and easily, doing wonders for your appearance!

When you opt for a teeth whitening treatment at our Savannah office, you will benefit from quick results and our commitment to patient safety. Your friends, family and co-workers will notice the difference right away.

White and bright teeth are important for several reasons:

  • Bright teeth can increase your self-confidence
  • Others will notice and admire your white teeth
  • White teeth can make you look years younger
  • You will enjoy the sight of your smile every time you pass a mirror

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and having brilliant teeth puts you at an advantage when you are trying to make a great impression! When your teeth are white, you look healthy and vibrant. There's no reason to put off your teeth whitening procedure any longer. Schedule your appointment today, and benefit from white and beautiful teeth in as little as one visit!

If you have noticed that your teeth are less white than they once were, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry in Savannah today at (912) 355-0605 for more information about the teeth whitening treatment options we offer.

March 23, 2015

Cosmetic dentistry can provide you with much more than bright and beautiful teeth! There are many benefits associated with cosmetic dentistry, and our Savannah cosmetic dentistry office is happy to provide you with information on all of the options available.

Some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Straight teeth
  • Healthy appearance
  • Higher levels of self-confidence
  • Smiling more frequently
  • Positive self image
  • Younger appearance
  • Better overall health

There are many cosmetic dentistry treatments available to our Savannah patients, including Invisalign, dental veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening, dental bridges, and more. No matter what your concern, our staff will provide you with guidance on which procedure will best address your cosmetic dentistry needs.

At Medical Arts Dentistry, it is our goal to provide the look you want to achieve through our cosmetic dentistry procedures. During your initial evaluation, our staff will explain all of the benefits cosmetic dentistry can offer you besides a pretty smile. While it's certainly true that others will notice your improved teeth and smile, the most important outcome of cosmetic dentistry is how you feel about yourself when the procedures are complete. Nothing says "I love how I look" better than an beautiful smile!

If you are in the Savannah area, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry today at (912) 355-0605 to schedule your initial consultation. There's no better time than now to start down the path to higher self-confidence and a positive self image.

March 19, 2015

Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic treatment option for many patients, and a desirable alternative to traditional metal braces. The aesthetic and functional advantages Invisalign offers have caused it to increase in popularity among patients and dentists alike.

 Unlike metal braces that use brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of almost invisible aligner trays that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The trays are removable and can be taken out of your mouth when you are eating, drinking or cleaning your teeth. If you are located in or around the Savanna, Georgia area, contact our office today to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign.

Typical candidates for Invisalign have the following orthodontic issues:

  • Minor spacing issues
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Invisalign is usually recommended for older teenagers and adults, not children in need of early orthodontic treatment. You must keep to a strict dental schedule to be successful with Invisalign. Aligner trays must be worn for 20-22 hours every day, and anyone who forgets or neglects to wear them might not have a successful orthodontic outcome.

While Invisalign is an excellent option, it cannot correct all orthodontic issues. If your teeth are severely crooked or you have a complex issue with your bite, another type of orthodontic system may be more effective. For an orthodontic evaluation, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. We typically work with patients in and around the Savanna area. 

March 16, 2015

It's never too early to be concerned about your baby's oral health! Even before your child has any teeth, it is a good idea to clean your baby's gums with a gentle washcloth every day. Once the first tooth erupts from the gums, the tooth (and subsequent teeth) should be cleaned with a soft toothbrush made for a baby.

Our family dentist serves patients in the Savannah area, and we see patients of all ages! A family dentist is optimal for families with young children because every member of your family can be seen by the same dentist in the same office.  

Tips on caring for your child's baby teeth:

  • Schedule a professional dental visit with a family dentist when your child turns one
  • Get your baby used to teeth brushing by using a soft toothbrush designed for a baby starting at a very young age
  • Don't ignore the importance of using dental floss once your child has multiple teeth that touch each other

When you schedule your child's first dental appointment, make sure to ask the dentist for advice on how to best care for your baby's teeth. Good dental health begins early, so even though your child's teeth are small and new, they should still be cleaned on a regular basis.

To schedule a dental appointment for your child, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. Our Savannah office staff and family dentist are experienced at serving patients of all ages - including babies!