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Atlanta Smiles Foundation Reaching Out To Fellow Female Dentists

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Contact: Kristen Burns

(404) 835-9677


Atlanta Smiles Foundation Reaching Out To Fellow Female Dentists

ATLANTA (Sept. 12) – Dr. Dina Giesler D.D.S., M.A.G.D. and a handful of specialty dentists have treated more than 75 women within the Atlanta Smiles Foundation. To ensure the growing number of women receive the treatment that is necessary, and happily offered, Giesler is reaching out to all women dentists in the metro-Atlanta area to lend a helping hand.

Giesler established the Atlanta Smiles Foundation back in 2006 to aide those who have suffered from domestic violence. “There is an unfortunate number of women who are expected to be silent and it is time that our community is aware,” Giesler acknowledged.

Its mission is to help survivors of domestic abuse reclaim their self-esteem, their sense of value and their lives by providing dental and facial reconstruction services, giving them a smile with which to face the world.

Currently, Giesler treats Foundation patients on her own with the help of Dr. Gordon Brady, D.D.S. and Dr. Mollie Winston, D.D.S., both oral surgeons. However, as the Foundation continues to expand, the number of applicants does too.

Nearly 250 letters have been sent to women dentists in the surrounding Atlanta area.  Within days responses were returned, eager to help.

If you would like to volunteer your time, services or provide a monetary donation, please visit www.atlantasmiles.org or contact us at atlantasmilesfoundation@gmail.com.

Dr. Marianna Kovitch Passes the 2012 Fellowship Examination

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Dr. Marianna Kovitch Passes the 2012 Fellowship Examination from the Academy of General Dentistry and is on her way to receive her Fellowship

Atlanta (December 04, 2012)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public, is pleased to announce that Marianna L. Kovitch, D.M.D of Atlanta, Georgia, has passed the 2012 AGD Fellowship examination and is on her way to becoming a fellow in the AGD.

The Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. Dr. Kovitch is actively working on completing 500 hours of continuing dental education, in order to receive her fellowship award.

Dr. Kovitch graduated from Medical College of Georgia in 2011 and currently practices dentistry at Atlanta Smiles & Wellness with Dina J. Giesler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. In addition to the AGD, Dr. Kovitch is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Georgia Dental Association, and American Dental Association.

Dr. Kovitch and her husband, Sam, enjoy traveling, ballroom dancing, cooking, biking, and skiing.

About the Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs.

Dr. Dina Giesler Awarded The Real Leadership Award

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Dr. Dina Giesler was recently awarded the The Real Leadership Award From The Oxford Center’s 2014 NYC Conference. View the press release here (copied below).


From The Oxford Center’s 2014 NYC Conference

Atlanta-based Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs (OCE) announced the 2014 Entrepreneurs of the
Year during its first annual NYC Conference with a “Get Real” headline theme (see complete list below).
The interactive, high energy conference gathered hundreds of fast growth entrepreneurs from across the
country for in-the-trenches discussions, Q & A sessions, innovative entertainment and networking venues
to share challenges and successes.

“The winners from this hallmark conference represent some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs I
know, particularly because of their exceptional get real attitudes and results,” notes Cliff Oxford, Founder
of OCE, New York Times blogger and Forbes columnist. After nominations were received from the
expansive membership of the Oxford Center, a committee of seven prominent professionals selected the
finalists and ultimate winners based on revenue growth, EBDIA, and written responses on market
leadership and team culture.

Additional features of the Get Real Conference included a candid Q & A session with David Karp,
Founder and CEO of Tumblr (28 year-old technology entrepreneur who recently sold his company for $1.1
billion), and kick-off comments by CNN Money anchor Christie Romans.

Oxford Center’s 2014 Get Real Conference Entrepreneur Award Winners

Paul Webb, Pulsed Power Technologies, LLC
Fast Growth Entrepreneur Emerging

Steven Levy, Medium
Blogger Entrepreneur

Dr. John-Ross Rizzo, NYU – Tactile Navigation Tools
Rising Star Entrepreneur

Richard Thomas, Co-Founder Bojangles
Lifetime Legacy Entrepreneur

Ben Gibson, PNC Bank
Corporate Leader in Entrepreneur Partnership

Mike Salvador & Rick Franza, Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University
Academic Leadership for Entrepreneurs

Debra Johnson, MBA Student
MBA Entrepreneur Student

Clint Gharib, The Gharib Group
Fast Growth Entrepreneur Large

Dr. Jerry Williams, Urgent Care 24/7

Bonner Black, Nashville Musician
Entrepreneur Artist

Dr. Dina Giesler, Dental & Wellness Pioneer
The Real Leadership Award

The Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs is the nation’s largest education, commerce and
media platform for entrepreneurs who want to grow fast to the next level and exit
triumphantly. It is for emerging markets and category leaders across all industries. The 2014
Get Real Conference sponsors included Brenau University, Brenau University Oxford MBA,
Ear, Nose & Throat Institute, PNC Bank, UBER, FForward and Cosmo.

Tis The Season To Stress

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By Dina Jackson-Giesler, DDS, MAGD

You probably know how bothersome it is to hear someone snore, but have you ever experienced someone grind their teeth?  It’s like nails on a chalkboard.  Believe it or not, it is just as common as snoring.  Sleep studies confirm that the majority of people grind or clench during specific stages of sleep.  It is also common during the day to clench your teeth together and not even realize you’re doing it – waiting in gridlock traffic at the mall is the perfect example.

Many people that suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) are unaware of the problem or know that there are even ways to treat it. To better understand teeth grinding, let me answer some common questions; what are the causes of bruxism, what should I look for to determine if I have bruxism, are there any complications that may appear if untreated and what types of treatments are out there.

CAUSES. As of 2009 there is no known cause of teeth grinding; however there is a link to the CNS (central nervous system).  Anxiety or stress seems to be the most frequent causes among adults. As for children, about 15-33% grind, which may result as early as teething, carrying into the developmental stages of the jaws and teeth.  Personality traits for all ages can also play a part of the cause; hyperactivity, aggression, etc. Additional general sources include, malocclusion (teeth don’t fit together properly), hormonal changes and prescription anti-depressants.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS. Most cases are mild enough to not cause any discomfort, however symptoms tend to vary based on the length of time of grinding and frequency.  Symptoms include pain, morning migraines, fractured or sensitive teeth, unusual wear of teeth and gums, the breakdown of existing restorations and earaches.  Make note of how often your symptoms occur and the severity of pain to take to your dentist.

COMPLICATIONS. If untreated, teeth can fracture or you may experience chronic headaches and facial pain from tension building in the jaw.  This tension can also lead to a more severe outcome, TMJ.  TMJ is a condition that causes pain in and around the jaw area, ultimately affecting the way you use your mouth (chewing, swallowing, speaking, etc.)  Two hundred and fifty pounds can be exerted on the posterior molars, so the pain is real!  Grinding increases stress on the ligaments of the teeth and can lead to endodontic therapy and gum abcesses.  As you get older, teeth, just like our bones, become more brittle, easier to break.  Fractured teeth are becoming a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

TREATMENTS. There are treatments available within dentistry to ease or possibly eliminate teeth grinding.  Splints and mouth guards are the most common treatment and can be made by your dentist.  Think of these custom appliances as an Orthotic for your mouth and more importantly, stay away from the store bought ones as they can make matters worse.  As an alternative to a dental approach, particular medications also have been a positive effect on teeth grinding – muscle relaxers have been found to relax the muscle and break the pain cycle.  A soft diet, anti-inflammatory medications, consistent hydration and the elimination of caffeine are recommended as well.  Recently, Botox has been used to inject into the facial muscles, relieving pain and headaches.

Stress management is important and should be combined with any of the suggestions above or from your doctor. Don’t stress this season, visit with your dentist and have a less stressful holiday.

Dr. Kovitch Talks About Childhood Obesity

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We have all seen the billboards around town about childhood obesity – let’s face it, America seems to be one of the unhealthiest nations. From our portion sizes to our food ingredients, we tip the scale.  It is understood that people are overweight, but the health risks don’t resonate as much.  The study below explains the rise in sleep apnea and childhood obesity.  It is recommended that appliances are custom fitted, which is one of many services we specialize in. If you or your child suffers from any of the symptoms listed, make an appointment with your dentist to see what the best treatment would be.

Sleep Apnea and Childhood Obesity 

News in HPV Vaccine

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The HPV Vaccine has recently made headlines again, now encouraging young boys to get the vaccine as well as young girls.  While we do not administer the vaccine, we are also encouraging a proactive approach.  Atlanta Smiles and Wellness is one of the only dental offices in Atlanta that offers a quick and easy screening to patients of all ages.  Teaming with OralDNA Dental Labs, patients are able to take a simple salivary diagnostic test, OraRisk.  While in the chair (the test can be taken at the same time as your cleaning), patients swish with a solution for 30 seconds and then expel into a cup that is later sent to the lab for testing….that’s it!  Click here for more information on these services!


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Our great friends over at Aesthetic Specialty Centre are having a ‘cool’ event!  On February 27th, at their Old Alabama Road office, staff and reps will give you the inside scoop of their newest treatment, Coolsculpting.  The best part, those who attend receive 20% off….space is limited, so reserve your seat today. And remember to tell them that Atlanta Smiles and Wellness sent you.

February Specials!

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February has a lot in store for our patients! Specials include:

  • The Take Home Teeth Whitening System: a 2 for 1 for only $350 (typically this package runs $375). *Restrictions Apply.
  • The Zoom! In-office Teeth System for $250 (typically this package runs $495).*Restrictions Apply.

Ask our Atlanta cosmetic dentists if you qualify for our February specials!

Video Testimonial Coming Soon!

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Ah, the age of Social Media! As Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media sites flourish, so has another way to spread the word about products we love – video testimonials! What a better way to see how people feel about products they use than hearing it directly from the source?  We are happy to announce that we have received our first video testimonial, which should be up soon!  Stay tuned….