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Atlanta Sports

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Sports play an indispensable duty in the culture and economy of Atlanta, GA. With a wide variety of sports teams, there is some thing for everyone. Whether you are a fan of baseball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, or even MMA, Atlanta delivers.

Until the Milwaukee Braves became the Atlanta Braves and the NFL passed over the Falcons, Atlanta could hardly have been considered a sports destination. This 1960’s era surge of pro league teams calling Atlanta home transformed the formerly college-centric emphasis to a more wide love of sports. Now, however, the city is a genuine sports hub in the South, encouraging fans of various loyalties to congregate in (relative) harmony. Between the adored major league teams and the well-loved college teams, sports presents many Atlanta natives something in common.

Cheering for their favorite team isn’t the only reason Atlantans love sports so much. Being the most extensive post-grad destination for SEC and AAC schools coupled along with the fact that the Braves by themselves brought in 267 million us dollars in revenue in 2014 means that Atlanta sports offers a major economic boost. In 2013, the Atlanta Falcons raked in 57 million in income. While significantly less than the Braves, 57 million is nothing to sneeze at.

Let’s not overlook the Atlanta Silverbacks, our resident professional soccer team. While not as extensively commemorated as the Braves and Falcons, soccer fans do not let anyone forget our stake in Major League Soccer.

As one of one of the most vital cities in the southeast, Atlanta not only brags of productive baseball and football pro league teams, but also of many other sport fields. One of the biggest sports amenities in Atlanta is The Atlanta Speedway. NASCAR fans get together every Labor Day to watch the Sprint Cup. The Speedway attracts nearly 200,000 fans per event. If you’re from the South you recognize how very seriously we take NASCAR races.

For those who like wrestling over field and court sports, Atlanta is home to MMA fighters like Clay “Heavy Metal Harvison”, Raphael Assuncao, and world renowned Muay Thai champion Khunpon Dechkampu.

Professional golf fans will not be disappointed with the major golf events locateded in Atlanta every year. The TOUR Championship backed by Coca-Cola draws in many followers from all over the world.

Regardless of which mode of sports you are an extreme fan of (or if you just enjoy participating in the tail gate action) Atlanta has more than enough alternatives to select from.

Do You Dislike The Numb Feeling After Going To The Dentist?

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by Dina J. Giesler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.

Do you avoid the dentist because it is not convenient? Do you feel numb for hours after getting a shot? For a lot of people, it’s hard to schedule a dental appointment during the day because of busy schedules. An important business lunch, dinner, or important presentation hinders many from seeing a dentist during a typical business week. No one wants to go back to the office when their face feels numb and huge.

We now have a way to reverse the local anesthesia at the dentist office. OraVerse (Phentolamine Mesylate) by Novalar is a vasodilator that has been used in Medical indications since 1952. It is safe and has undergone rigorous clinical studies at 20 universities and private practice research centers across the US. No drug interactions or contraindications were noted. OraVerse is administered at the same location that your dental injection is given. The average length of time that a patient “feels numb” after leaving a dental office is 3-5 hours depending how the type of anesthesia used and how much. With OraVerse patients can return to normal sensation and function in half the time with the onset in about 20 minutes. OraVerse accelerates the reversal of the soft tissue numbness that we all tend to dislike. This is a safe drug and can be used in children 6 years and older. This application can be very useful in children who tend to chew on their lip after a dental procedure is completed. OraVerse is also useful in cosmetic dental procedures in that patients need to be able to feel their upper lip and be able to evaluate the length of their upper teeth while still in the office. Ask us about OraVerse or go to www.novalar.com for more information.

Halitosis / Bad Breath

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Do you have Halitosis?

Halitosis is bad breath….how do you know if you have it? What causes it? How do you prevent it? Rely on your Dental Professional or loved one to help you in this matter.

More than 80 million people are affected with bad breath. Have you ever noticed that a baby doesn’t have bad breath until their teeth erupt? Typically bad breath is related to your gums, your teeth and or your tongue. Halitosis is caused by the waste toxins of bacteria, old food particles and bad oral hygiene. Certain foods such as onions, garlic, spicy foods, and even coffee can stay on the breath for up to 72 hours. Over the counter and prescriptions medications decrease saliva flow and can increase bad breath and decay tremendously. Dehydration is another cause for bad breath. Saliva is a bath for the oral cavity and when you sleep the saliva decreases and this allows the bacteria to grow which causes the morning breath smell. Bad breath can also be caused from systemic disease such as an infection, diabetes, kidney failure or liver malfunction. Hormonal changes especially during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can also affect your breath. The most common reason for tonsillectomies in adults is due to crypts (holes in the gland tissue) that form and adults are extremely motivated to have the surgery performed because food gets caught in these crypts and can stay in the tonsils for days which can also cause bad breath. Periodontal disease, decayed and abscessed teeth can be a major cause of bad breath. Tobacco is a contributing factor as well. Smoking increases the temperature in the mouth, the bacteria breeds faster and it also contributes to dry mouth. No one wants to smell like an ashtray.

What can you do to prevent bad breath? Visit your dentist! Don’t be embarrassed to talk to us…we are experts in this field. . We are here to help you. First oral hygiene is very important. Brush and floss every day! A tongue scraper is very important because the bacteria and their by-products hide in the rough surface of the tongue. A metal tongue scraper is best. Use sugarless gum and mints containing Xyitol. Chewing on fresh parsley can help. There are many products that we can recommend to increase your saliva flow. A clean mouth is a healthy one. Many over the counter mouth washes only give you a false sense of security for a short period of time. Periodontal therapy to treat gum disease is the number ONE treatment priority. Abscessed, necrotic teeth need to be treated. Very distinctive bad breath can be associated with a physiological disorder. Your dentist will refer you to your Physician if they think it is necessary. Halitosis can be treated….

Don’t ignore it……see your dentist!

A Smile Buckhead Living Magazine Article

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A SMILE……The Universal Language

It’s about the smile. It’s ALL about the SMILE. Just smile at someone and see what happens. The Smile is the Global communicator. No one should be ashamed to smile….it’s too easy to for us to give our patients great teeth. If you don’t smile because you are embarrassed of your teeth; it is misunderstood by others.  Studies show that a nice smile can enhance success in the work place and in the social arena.  Modern dentistry is amazing and now more than ever we can create beautiful smiles in one appointment!

There are many options available to you today to enhance your smile without spending a small fortune. First before you consider having cosmetic dentistry performed, a beautiful smile needs to be healthy. Your smile “says” a lot about you as a person. Ask someone you trust to give their honest opinion of your teeth.  It can be hard to be objective when looking in the mirror. Cosmetic dental procedures can boost your self confidence so you’ll have a smile that you can be proud of.

There are three reasons why people do not visit a dentist on a regular basis….Time, money and fear.  All these issues can be addressed and if your priority is to have a more healthy, attractive smile, now is the time to have the SMILE you have always wanted. It is easier now more than ever and very rewarding!

Cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty, so do your homework and find a dentist who performs cosmetic procedures every day. Always get several opinions, as there are many ways to design a better smile, just as if you are designing a new room in your home, there are always many options. The options vary with your individual wants and desires and the outcome can vary drastically. Minor improvements can have drastic results!  Some of these options include the following:

  1. Whitening (Prescription custom tray whitening and Zoom) gives the appearance of a cleaner smile.  White just looks clean.
  2. Bonding (fills in irregularities, gaps, chips)
  3. Reshaping (evens the length, width of your natural teeth to create better symmetry)
  4. Retainers or brackets to restraighten your front teeth
  5. Orthodontics
  6. Invisalign® (clear trays to straighten your teeth)
  7. Porcelain veneers, Porcelain crowns
  8. Implants, bridges to replace missing teeth.

Remember a nice smile is a healthy smile. See your dentist twice a year. Brush, floss daily to avoid periodontal disease and tooth decay. No one wants bad breath. Once your mouth is healthy and your teeth function properly, cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you have always wanted.

Atlanta’s Sports

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Sports play an integral part in the heritage and economy of Atlanta. With a wide variety of sports teams, there is some thing for everybody. Whether you are a follower of baseball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, or even MMA, Atlanta, GA provides.

Until the Milwaukee Braves became the Atlanta Braves and the NFL passed over the Falcons, Atlanta could barely have been considered a sports destination. This 1960’s era explosion of pro league teams calling Atlanta home changed the formerly college-centric focus to a more broad love of sports. Now, however, the city is an authentic sports hub in the South, encouraging fans of different loyalties to congregate in (relative) peace. Between the loved major league teams and the favorite college teams, sports offers many Atlanta natives something in common.

Cheering for their cherished team isn’t the only reason Atlantans love sports so much. Being the biggest post-grad destination for SEC and AAC schools coupled along with the fact that the Braves by themselves brought in 267 million bucks in revenue in 2014 means that Atlanta sports offers a major economic boost. In 2013, the Atlanta Falcons generated 57 million in income. While substantially less than the Braves, 57 million is nothing to sneeze at.

Let’s not forget the Atlanta Silverbacks, our resident professional soccer team. While not as extensively celebrated as the Braves and Falcons, soccer fans do not let anyone forget our stake in Major League Soccer.

Among of the most important cities in the southeast, Atlanta not only boasts of productive baseball and football pro league teams, but also of many other sport fields. One of the greatest sports attractions in Atlanta is The Atlanta Speedway. NASCAR fans get together every Labor Day to watch the Sprint Cup. The Speedway attracts nearly 200,000 fans per event. If you’re from the South you know how seriously we take NASCAR races.

For those who like wrestling over field and court sports, Atlanta is home to MMA fighters like Clay “Heavy Metal Harvison”, Raphael Assuncao, and world famous Muay Thai champion Khunpon Dechkampu.

Professional golf enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the major golf events locateded in Atlanta annually. The TOUR Championship backed by Coca-Cola attracts many followers from all over the world.

Regardless of which mode of sports you are an extreme fan of (or if you just enjoy participating in the tail gate action) Atlanta has plenty of choices to go with.

Safe Guard

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April has been named the National Youth Sports Safety Month.  Statistics show dental injuries are the most common injuries sustained during sports, most of which are preventable.  As a dentist, and a mother of three, mouth guards are highly recommended for nearly all athletic sports.

According to the Bureau of Health Education, it is estimated that annually, more than 200,000 oral-facial injuries are prevented because of mandatory mouth guard wear in football alone.  Because most coaches do not require mouth guards, many parents and children don’t know the benefits, but rather the repercussions of not having one.  Below are a few common questions from our patients…

What is a mouth guard? A mouth guard is a flexible appliance worn during sports and other recreational activities to protect teeth and its surrounding soft tissues from any damage.  Its purpose is a preventative appliance for broken teeth, lacerated lips, jaw fractures and other trauma to the mouth and neck area.

Who needs a mouth guard? Mouth guards should be used by all ages, old and young!    The American Dental Association recommends the use of a mouth guard for 29 sports activities.  It’s not restricted to specific sports, but more-so those that have a chance of contact with other players or hard surfaces.   These sports could include, but are not limited to, football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, gymnastics and skateboarding.

What are the different types of mouth guards? As a dentist, we recommend a custom-fitted mouth guard. Generic mouth protectors are available at most athletic stores, however many users complain that they are bulky and non-adjustable which defeats its purpose.  Custom-fitted protection is made by your dentist to fit each individual’s teeth and provide optimal protection.

Your ideal mouth guard should also:

  • Permit speaking and does not restrict breathing
  • Stay securely in place during action
  • Be comfortable and fitted
  • Be durable and tear-resistant

Can my child wear mouth guards with braces? Yes!  The chances of damaging the soft tissues around the mouth area are higher when wearing braces.  A mouth guard serves as the protective layer between braces, lips and cheeks, preventing lacerations, bruises and the like.

Why do my children need to wear mouth guards? Let’s be realistic, sports are naturally aggressive and involve contact with other players.  Being proactive is key!  Dental costs, time in the dental chair and the possibility of further dental problems are just a few repercussions for victims of knocked out teeth.  Rather than waiting for a tooth to get knocked out, take the extra step, in hopes to avoid that situation.

Where can I get a quality mouth guard? As previously mentioned, custom-fitted mouth guards are made within the dental office.  After taking impressions of your teeth, a special material is molded over the impression, forming the mouth guard.  It usually takes a few days to complete the guard.  Generic mouth guards are available at most athletic stores; however the response rate of users is dissatisfactory.

Take the proactive approach on your child’s team!  Should you have any questions about mouth-guards, you may refer to our website, www.atlantasmiles.com or visit with your local dentist.

When Sweet Turns To Sour

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On average, children consume 32 tablespoons of sugar per day.  Despite the health warnings against sugar, there is no sign of slowing.  It is found in most foods, including canned veggies, baby formulas, soda, bread, spaghetti sauce and microwaveable meals – whether it be natural or added.  Our lack of knowledge seems to be the cause of our overzealous consumption and more than likely is linked to the obesity epidemic as well.

Even while consumers are trying to make an effort to eat better, producers are making it virtuously impossible to understand exactly what we are eating.  By using words that we don’t commonly associate with sugar, like high fructose corn syrup, consumers are being fooled.  Before throwing in the towel on sugar, below are a few easy-to-understand facts that should help with you and your family’s day to day diet.

Buyer beware.  A few names to be conscious of when choosing your foods include, brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, fruit juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, malt sugar, molasses, raw sugar and any added sugar molecules ending in ‘ose’ – dextrose, glucose, maltose, sucrose.

Effects of sugar overload:

  • Feeds cancers
  • Increases cholesterol
  • Enhances risk of Diabetes
  • Raises insulin levels
  • Boosts hyperactivity
  • Kidney damage
  • Diminishes the immune system
  • Contributes to teeth loss and gum disease
  • Increases weight gain and overeating
  • Ages your skin

A great website to get a better idea of the amount of sugar in specific foods is www.sugarstacks.com.  What you find will be alarming to the eye, but great knowledge to take with you.

Now don’t get me wrong, a restricted amount of natural sugar is ok to include in your diet.  The American Heart Association ‘recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily calorie allowance – for women, 6 tsp per day and men, 9 tsp per day.’  Our body easily digests natural sugar, commonly known as glucose, which is found in whole, unprocessed foods.  For example, when craving something sweet, opt for fruits, which is easy for our bodies to digest.

As research continues to develop on the effects of sugar to your overall health, a few alternatives have been found to decrease its harmful impact; Stevia and Xylitol are two of the top two alternatives on the market today.  Stevia is an all natural sugar supplement derived from a plant.  Having over 300 times the sweetness of sugar, Stevia has been particularly popular with Diabetic patients because of its positive effect on glucose digestion.  Secondly, Xylitol not only acts as a sweetener, but is also found in many oral hygiene products to help decrease cavities (in two different forms, of course).

As mentioned above there area a variety of options out there for us to head in the right direction of decreasing our sugar intake.  Better your health and quality of life by truly knowing what you’re putting into you and your family’s bodies.  Sugar isn’t too sweet after all.

Atlanta Smiles and Wellness Goes Green

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Going green is familiar territory for many Americans and a lifestyle that is rapidly growing.  From reusable bags at grocery stores to energy efficient light bulbs to hybrid cars, eco-friendly solutions are on the rise.  With consumers relying more on their values, I have listened to my patients and am taking steps toward becoming a green practice.

Businesses have become environmentally conscious, using a variety of techniques to achieve being green.  Here are a few tips that we employ in our practice, on our way to being green!

PAPERLESS. This seems like the most logical place to jumpstart your eco-friendly office.  No more pulling charts, mailing out claims and wasting reams of paper per day.  There are numerous companies that offer dental software, providing a convenient and ecological option. The computer-based programs include, patient charts, electronic claim filing and referrals all at the click of a button.  Going paperless not only saves paper, but also decreases your bottom line. Offices average over $6,500 annually in stamps!

EMAIL & OTHER TECHNOLOGICAL REMINDERS. To coincide with our paperless system, we use additional computer-based software that works in conjunction with our dental software, to communicate with our patients.  It provides patients the ability to confirm their appointment, request an appointment, billing, receive birthday greetings and any other important information from our practice via phone or email.

DIGITAL X-RAYS. It’s no coincidence of the connection between the environmental choice and the high-tech choice – and digital x-rays is only the beginning.  With the technological advancement of digital x-rays, “patients are exposed to 90 percent less radiation than they would be with traditional x-rays (AGD, ‘It’s Easy Being Green’).”  Not only are digitals beneficial for the patients, offices don’t have to run through the process of printing each x-ray and when referrals are needed, there is no extra step for the patient, since we can email the treating doctor the patient’s x-ray.  Besides the time factor, with digital x-rays, there is no longer a need for the toxic chemicals used to print – fixer, developer, etc.

STEAM STERILIZERS. Which brings me to my next topic, get rid of the toxic chemicals used to sterilize equipment and use the eco-friendly steam sterilizers.  Steam Sterilizers subject the instruments to high pressure steam, sanitizing and ridding the instruments of any bacteria.  Again, you do not have to spend the time or money purchasing, stowing and discarding of those chemicals; which in turn, provides cleaner air in-office for your patients.  Generally speaking, decreasing disposables is a must, while still complying with OSHA.

WELLNESS-BASED HEALTHCARE APPROACH. This is a service in our practice that we offer to our patients.  We tend to focus on preventative dentistry and overall health by working with our patients to not only better their oral health, but also their wellbeing.  By incorporating a wellness-based approach to our patient’s treatment, we can limit their number of visits to our office, not to mention their physician’s office, and reduce their costs in the long run.  Education on nutrition in turn creates a better quality of life.  Prevention is the answer!  Stay well, and limit your physician appointments to wellness and check-ups only.  Doctors are paid to treat disease, not prevent disease.  We all have to take responsibility not only our own health and wellness, but for our environment. Eat your GREENS!!!

There is a common misconception that going green isn’t easy, but in reality you just need to take that first step and the rest will follow.  These are just a few of many green tips used at our office.  Being green undoubtedly has more benefits – for both the patients and the practice. We all need to do better; and together, we can make a difference.

Mike Gallaher – Fox News Visits Atlanta Smiles and Wellness

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Mike Gallagher, nationally syndicated talk-show radio host and frequent guest on Fox News, paid a trip to the offices of Atlanta Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Dina Giesler when he recently visited for a live broadcast of his show.

While a trip to the dentist might not seem like something a well-known political pundit would include on his business trip agenda, Gallagher wanted to take advantage of the extensive and pain-free experience provided by Giesler’s leading cosmetic and family dental practice.

Giesler is a Master Dentist of the American Academy of General Dentistry.  This distinction is achieved by fewer than 1% of American dentists and is a testament to her rare natural abilities and her drive to constantly better herself as a general and cosmetic dentist.  She has over thirty years of experience in the field of dentistry.

Regular visits to a skilled dentist are an essential key to good overall health.  A proactive approach to oral health provides a patient with much more than strong teeth and a great smile.  The mouth is often referred to as ‘the window to the body’ due to the fact that many ailments throughout the entire body can be detected early by observing symptoms that first manifest in the mouth.

Gallagher was also drawn in by the guilt-free atmosphere in Giesler’s office.  Both she and her staff understand that men are not as likely to visit the dentist as often as they should. Patients are never shamed for the long gaps between dental appointments or sub-standard tooth care habits. The welcoming environment and ‘no-pain zone’ anesthetic policy she upholds ensures that patients have an experience that make return visits to the dentist much less daunting.

In addition to being able to fulfill cosmetic dentistry needs, Giesler’s office is fully equipped to cater to any family dentistry needs.  A full suite of top-quality equipment, including digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, and diagnostic lasers assure you that the variety of procedures performed will be done right.

For more information on how Giesler can meet your cosmetic or family dentistry needs and provide a pain-free dental experience, visit www.atlantasmiles.com or call 404.262.7733.

First Dentist in Atlanta to Offer Newest Oral Cancer Screenings

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According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancers in 2011. Ever since a young age, we have always been told the rules for a healthy mouth; floss, brush twice a day and see your dentist on a regular basis; however, as technology changes so do the rules for a healthy mouth. Atlanta Smiles and Wellness has been designing beautiful smiles since 1999 and to continue on its streak, has incorporated new-age technology.

Unfortunately, the death rate of oral cancers hasn’t improved much over the past few decades, mostly
due to late detection in its development. Oral cancers commonly appear on the lips or tongue and may
also occur in the cheek lining, floor of the mouth, gums and the roof of the mouth. However, the most
recent string of oral cancer, HPV16, is significantly contributing to the increasing rate of oral cancers and
is virtually invisible to the eye.

This is where Atlanta Smiles and Wellness comes in. Dina Giesler, DDS, MAGD, is the first dentist in
Atlanta to offer the newest technology for early detection with Oral DNA Lab. “This technology is vital
to keep our patients health and overall wellness at its best,” Giesler said. “Early detection is key.”

The procedure is painless and even included in your routine check-ups. The patient swishes with saline
solution for 30 seconds and expectorates (spits) into a cup; it’s that simple!

With the new technology available to screen cancers, Atlanta Smiles and Wellness takes pride in the
comfort factor for its patients.

About Atlanta Smiles and Wellness:

At Atlanta Smiles and Wellness, we are a family-oriented practice with expertise in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Dina Giesler is a Master Dentist of the Academy of General Dentistry, a very high distinction achieved
by less than one percent of dentists. She received the 2004 and 2010 Atlanta Magazine, Top Dentist
Award and is a member of the ADA, GDA and the AACD.

Marianna Kovitch, D.M.D. has recently joined the Atlanta Smiles practice. She received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Chemistry from Georgia State University and completed her Doctorate of Dental
Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. She shares the same philosophy in conservative
treatment along with our passion of health, nutrition and wellness.