Nashville Smile Team
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nashville Smile Team
Dr. Rushing & Dr. Coulter’s Nashville Smile Team • N E W S L E T T E R •Produced to improve your dental health and awareness Fall 2009 fromthedentists Digital X-rays, Faster, Safer… & Environmentally friendly Optimize Oral Health We learn a lot about your oral to a computer which are translated Maximize options health through a visual examination into large, crisp, electronic pictures Achieving a more glamorous of your teeth and gums. But even of your teeth, supporting bones, and smile is a very reachable goal. But with 20/20 vision, there are things gums. The pictures can be enlarged maximizing the beneﬁts of cosmetic that can’t be seen with the naked eye. and colored for clarification and dentistry means more than being Technological tools are invaluable in are stored in your file for future willing and able. To be ready, helping us detect potential trouble, reference. patients need optimal oral health. and by far the most effective of these The digital radiograph makes it Patients who brush, ﬂoss, and rinse is the dental radiograph, or x-ray. easier to detect, diagnose and plan are rewarded by pink healthy gums, We are now able to offer our treatment long before problems a strong, supporting bone structure patients a new type of x-ray, the become visible to the naked eye. ...and great cosmetic results. digital radiograph, which offers We’ll recommend digital radiographs Without consistent oral health benefits beyond the traditional x-ray, periodically, as you need them. It’s care, patients are susceptible to including up to 90% less radiation. the best and safest way to guard your more than dingy teeth and bad We place a sensor that is about the smile against unexpected problems! breath. Gum disease sneaks up size and shape of a domino silently when plaque, a sticky ﬁlm on the inside of your that builds up on your tongue, isn’t cheek. It sends signals brushed and ﬂossed away. Tooth and bone loss, the ultimate result of periodontal disease, can limit options. Yes – we’re willing and able to give you a more attractive smile with cosmetic procedures. With regular visits, we’ll make sure your oral health is ready for it! Yours in good dental health, Drs. Rushing & Coulter 20% Oﬀ Any Invisalign® turnthepage Treatment Get your sizzle back! started before December 31st, 2009 Keep oral cancer at bay! Healthy gums: facts & tips! Creating Beautiful Smiles!
4 STEPS ... In 3 minutes! Flossing for three minutes once a day is essential to clean between your teeth and at the gumline where gum disease can take root. Choose a regular time, like bedtime, and a ﬂoss that works best for you – thick or thin, ﬂavored or unﬂavored, waxed or unwaxed. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of ﬂoss… Wind 18” of ﬂoss around the middle fingers of each hand. Pinch 1-2” of ﬂoss between your thumbs and index fingers. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper then lower teeth. Gently guide ﬂoss between your teeth by using a zigzag motion. Contour ﬂoss around the side of each tooth. Gently slide it up and down against each tooth surface and under the gumline until your teeth are “squeaky” clean.Are You Progressing?Why the answer just might surprise you! Periodontal disease. The name has kind of a high falutin’ ring to it. That’s true of mostLatin-based medical names. Believe us when we say that there’s nothing grandiose aboutpain, bleeding, tooth loss, and bone loss due to inflammatory gum disease. This diseasedevelops gradually over time if the natural film on your teeth is allowed to accumulate,damage your gums, and interfere with the balance of oral bacteria.Periodontal disease is progressive… Gingivitis: Although healthy intact gums or gingivae act as a protective barrier againstdestructive bacteria, once damaged, they lose their effectiveness. Initiallyyou might be symptom-free or experience mild symptoms of infection suchas redness, swelling, and slight bleeding during brushing. This stage isrelatively simple to treat and reverse. Periodontitis: This is a more advanced infection, damaging theunderlying ligaments and bone. Without intervention, your gums will shrivelaway and expose your tooth roots, leading eventually to tooth loss.There are known risk factors for periodontaldisease… Tobacco consumption. Hormonal changes during adolescence, pregnancy, mid-life. Challenges to the immune system including poor nutrition, stress, and systemic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis. Side effects from some medications. Clenching or grinding your teeth. Heredity. Barriers to good oral hygiene include crowded teeth, ageing fillings and restorations, inconsistent home care routines, and missed recare appointments to remove plaque buildup and prevent gum disease.Call us for an appointment – any time!2
This Is One Hot Issue Find out why you need Practice Makes to know about it Perfect Scientists believe that chronic inﬂammation may be Word to the wise! at the root of many debilitating Wise people practiced green illnesses. Imagine how much fashion long before it became suffering could be relieved with environmentally chic. Investing in a single magic-bullet solution classic quality pieces has always that would cure or prevent been the quintessential way to avoid unnecessary waste and inﬂammatory illnesses like expense. Same with your smile! heart disease, arthritis, cancers When you invest in your oral …and gum disease. health, two things happen. First, Inflammation is your you avoid a lifetime of increasingly body’s reaction to threatening extensive and expensive dental pathogens. When the work. And second, there’s enemy has been destroyed, a bonus ... you can chooseinflammation should retreat until the next battle. That’s called transitory cosmetic procedures – dental orinflammation. When the process stalls out and inflammation continues instead, otherwise – with confidence.the body attacks healthy cells in the absence of an invader. Scientists speculate Think about it. What isthat a long-running bacterial infection like gum disease can actually tip your the point of cosmeticallybody’s balance toward chronic inflammation. rejuvenating your face only to Gum disease has been associated with inﬂammatory diseases that include… reveal puffy receding gums, or Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis discolored, crooked, chipped or Diabetes fractured teeth? Cardiovascular diseases If you’ve never liked the look Lung infections of your smile, or if your sizzle Gum disease has also been associated with some cancers, complications of has aged into a sputter, we canpregnancy and delivery, osteoporosis, and kidney diseases among other systemic provide cosmetic enhancementsillnesses. Monitoring of oral health is essential for everyone, but particularly if you like teeth whitening, bonding,suffer from a chronic inﬂammatory or systemic disease. Please keep us up to date porcelain veneers, and gumso that we can optimize your oral care. sculpting. With oral health, the choice is yours. Your healthy smile – it’s Live Life Well sustainable – and empowering! Fight oral cancer Knowing that the lifestyle choices you make can affect your risk for oral cancer is an important step toward its prevention. Although people who smoke or use smokeless tobacco remain at highest risk, for the great majority of those who do not use tobacco, dietary choices and physical activity are the most important modifiable factors of cancer risk. Here are the American Cancer Society’s recommendations for individual choices: 1. Eat a variety of healthful foods, with an emphasis on plant sources. 2. Adopt a physically active lifestyle. 3. Maintain a healthful weight throughout life. 4. If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption. Alcohol combined with tobacco increases the risk of oral cancers. Your other most important step? Regular dental exams. Oral cancer can be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. ML09-6 3
Power Toothbrush Our New Website The most important part of home dentalcare is regular tooth brushing, combinedwith daily flossing. For years we haverecommended the Sonicare® Brand. Here are a As part offew reasons why! our continued The Sonicare high-speed bristle motion, commitmentcombined with gentle sonic waves, has to enhancebeen proven in laboratory studies to attack communication withplaque beyond the reach of bristles alone. our patients, we areStudies have shown that the Sonicare happy to announceremoves nearly twice as much plaque new features with our Internet web site...between teeth as a manual toothbrush,and can even reverse gingivitis and shrink www.NashvilleSmileTeam.comperiodontal pockets. Also the built-in Some of you may have received an e-mail postcard totimers let you know when you’ve done a conﬁrm your upcoming dental appointment. In addition tothorough job! making conﬁrming your appointment easier, we are also We feel so strongly about the difference expanding the functions of our website. Our new featuresthat a Sonicare can make for you that once will include, looking up your next appointment date andagain we are carrying Sonicares in our time, as well as making online payments at any time! Asoffice. Along with replacement brushes for always, you can view previous issues of our newsletter, asnew and older models we are carrying the well as general information on dental procedures. Feel freeFlexcare, with an optional UV Sanitizer as to comment or ask questions about any of our services viawell as the Health White family pack that email. You can access our email from the web site or mailcomes with two separate handles for those us directly at ofﬁce@NashvilleSmileTeam.com. We’ll getthat do not like to share! back to you as soon as we can. officeinformation Your Dental Kristin Rushing, DDS Insurance Lee Coulter, DDS 4809 Trousdale Drive Get the most The signs of fall signal back-to- Oh Boy! It’s A Boy! Nashville, TN 37220-1303 work and back-to-school for many of Office Hours us. They should also be a cue to make Monday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm a dental appointment because your Wednesday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm dental insurance has seasons too. More Kristin Rushing and her Thursday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm than 90% of dental plans are based on husband Lewis Williams are Friday closed a calendar year. If you do not use the expecting their ﬁrst baby! John Contact Information beneﬁts you are entitled to, they are Douglas Williams is expected to Office (615) 331-9033 gone as of December 31st. Your beneﬁts make his debut around October Fax (615) 331-8140 are not carried forward into the next 3rd. While Dr. Rushing is out of the Email office@NashvilleSmileTeam.com year. ofﬁce, Dr. Coulter will be here full Web site www.NashvilleSmileTeam.com If you are thinking about getting time. For most of you Dr. Coulter Office Staff some dental care sometime this year, is a familiar face. For those of you Christa .......................... Office Manager now’s the time. Many treatments can who have not met Dr. Coulter, Karla .......................... Dental Hygienist take weeks to complete once treatment he originally opened this ofﬁce in Cynthia ....................... Dental Hygienist options are sorted out and insurance ’84 and has been working part- Rebecca .......................Dental Assistant considerations are resolved. That’s why time for the past several years. Summer .......................Dental Assistant it’s especially important to come in for Tentatively, Dr. Rushing plans a visit to get things on the go as soon as on returning to the ofﬁce with a possible, before your dental insurance light schedule in November before expires. So give us a call! returning full time.Information included is not dental or medical advice. For your Contents may not be reproduced without permission from the publisher.speciﬁc information be sure to consult our ofﬁce. If you do not wish © PATIENT NEWS PUBLISHING (800) 667-0268to receive this newsletter, please contact us directly. 28258-50348 ML09-6