1/31/2017 4:42:23 PM

Six Great Reasons to See Your Dental Hygienist

1.  Overall Health – Researchers have found that gum disease is associated with other health problems such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  Likewise pregnant women are at risk for delivering pre-term babies.

2.  Keep your teeth for a lifetime – There have been many advances in dental medicine and denture wear, but, if at all possible, it is still desirable to keep your own original teeth.  Over time people who wear dentures have difficulty eating certain types of foods and dental implants can be cost prohibitive for many.  Prevention is less costly than repair.

3.  To Prevent Gum Disease – Daily habits of brushing and cleaning between your teeth is important.  Gum Disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.  Many times people are unaware they have gum disease because it is painless in the early stages.  A regular visit to the dental hygienist for a dental cleaning helps to remove the hard deposits on the teeth, assess the gums and help you with any maintenance issues.  Just like that preventive maintenance on your car keeps the engine healthy so does this preventive maintenance on your teeth and gums.

4.  Oral Cancer Prevention – An oral cancer screening should be completed yearly, especially if you’re a tobacco user.  Oral cancer caught in its early stages is more likely to be treatable.  Your dental hygienist will complete an oral cancer screening during each visit.

5.  To Prevent Halitosis(bad breath) – A thorough dental cleaning by a dental hygienist can help individuals with bad breath.  If you are one of those that have a problem with halitosis, not having your teeth cleaned regularly will definitely make it worse.

6.  Healthy smile – By visiting your dental hygienist on a regular basis you can have your teeth cleaned, and take care of any other issues that may arise before your teeth or gums are damaged.  Over time everyone will have plaque and tartar build up on their teeth.  Having your teeth cleaned will remove the hard and soft deposits that have built up in areas that you are unable to get to.

Your Dental Hygienist is your prevention specialist for your teeth and gums.

Source: – Cheryl Redmond RDH – 1-9-17

12/1/2016 3:37:03 PM

Cumming, GA

We all want to look and feel our best, especially during the holidays.  Getting together with family and friends motivates us to put our best foot forward.  In this case, show your best smile! Make sure to schedule your re-care appointment before the end of the year if it has been a while since you saw your dentist and/or hygienist.  Seeing them twice a year keeps your mouth healthy and looking good.

If you are proactive with your dental health, you can avoid last minute emergencies that can pop up causing inconvenience.  Also, if you have dental benefits you will want to make sure you have optimized those for this year.  Now pick up the phone, schedule your appointment, and gladly put on a big smile and “Fa-la-la” through the holidays!

9/1/2016 3:12:19 PM

At Cumming Dental Care our goal is to provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care for our patients in a friendly and caring environment.  We strive to partner with our patients educating and encouraging them towards a state of optimal oral health.  One of the ways to fulfill this goal is by offering our patients a customer loyalty plan.  With this plan, our patients will receive cleanings, exams, and necessary X-rays for a low monthly fee.  Also, if other treatment is necessary a percentage off will apply, with very few exclusions.  This plan offers our patients optimal care options.  Many are familiar with dental benefit plans, paying monthly premiums and being at the mercy of the company to determine reimbursement or coverage.  With the in-house loyalty plan, Dr. Skognes presents treatment, there is no waiting period or phone calls to companies.  It is very straightforward and beneficial to our patients.

There are three plan options – Child Membership, Adult Membership, and Perio Membership.  After a visit with the hygienist and the doctor’s exam, it will be clear which plan is right for you.

Go online to and check out the plan options.  Call us at 770-889-1990 to answer any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you soon.



8/18/2016 4:29:31 PM

If you had a decayed tooth, your dentist would perform a root canal or remove the tooth.  They do this so the germs do not spread throughout your body. As you get older, other connections between the mouth and the body are important for good general health.

With increasing age, your teeth are not only important for chewing food, speaking and smiling. Your mouth is a pathway for systemic disease such as heart disease, stroke, lung disease, oral cancer, and diabetes mellitus through your teeth, gums, and saliva.  Your saliva is very important to keep healthy.  Some medicines reduce the amount of saliva resulting in dry mouth.   Because saliva’s function is so important, be sure to contact your dentist and medical doctor if this is happening to you. You can prevent and/or treat these mouth/body connections. Avoid this by brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, using alcohol-free mouthwash, and having regular dental exams twice a year and treatment when you need it.

If you have gum disease, tooth loss and other health problems can occur.  Untreated gum disease increases your chance of developing heart disease or stroke.  The germs that cause gum disease start a chain reaction in the gums very similar to the one that makes blockages in blood vessels around your heart (known as coronary artery disease). These blockages are called “plaques” and can potentially travel to your brain.  This causes damage and results in a stroke.  There seems to be a link between these two processes.  Proper medical treatment combined with excellent dental care, can improve your health.

Pneumonia is usually caused by being around another person who has it.  Sometimes, you can get pneumonia if you accidentally breathe in saliva.  Saliva has a lot of germs that are likely to get in your lungs and cause pneumonia.  The saliva itself protects you from infection by weakening the germs and food that would stay on the teeth, gums, and tongue otherwise.  If you keep your natural and false teeth (dentures and partials), gums, and the tongue clean, the germs that cause pneumonia can be reduced.

A dentist is trained to check for oral cancer during a dental exam. If you are checked for oral cancer and it is found early, you are very likely to recover.  If you are not seeing your dentist regularly, the cancer can travel through the body before it is found and it can be life-threatening.

If you are being treated for diabetes (problem with sugar use by the body), good oral care is very important.  Diabetes can make your gum disease worse and gum disease can make your diabetes worse.  In both cases see your dentist and medical doctor to best manage your condition.

Sue S. Spackman DDS
UCLA School of Dentistry–Restorative Dentistry
American Society of Geriatric Dentistry, Board Member
Director of Extended Programs, Paul & June Ehrlich Endowed Program in Geriatric Dentistry


7/12/2016 2:38:23 PM

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6/13/2016 4:13:21 PM

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?


More than 50 years ago, examinations of people entering the military showed that Americans’ teeth were in pretty bad shape. Few people took good care of their teeth. There were no guidelines for how often you should see a dentist. Many dentists focused on fixing problems rather than preventing them.

Dental and health organizations decided there was a need to set standards for preventive dentistry. They didn’t have much evidence, so they made a “best guess” recommendation. They said people should go to the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleaning because cavities and gum disease are preventable. Some say the first use of the twice-a-year advice actually came from Pepsodent toothpaste ads.

Whatever the origins, this has proven to be a useful rule of thumb for many people. But scheduling dental visits really should be based upon each person’s oral hygiene, habits and medical conditions.

Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see a dentist regularly. Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. Examples include cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Regular visits allow your dentist to find early signs of disease. Problems can be treated at a manageable stage.

On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for many people. Some can get away with fewer visits. Others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more. This high-risk group includes:

  • Smokers
  • Pregnant women
  • Diabetics
  • People with current gum disease
  • People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
  • People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque

The schedule for any person may change during a lifetime. In times of stress or illness, you may need to see the dentist more often than usual. The dentist may help you to fight off a temporary infection or treat changes in your mouth.

If you take good care of your teeth and gums at home and your dentist doesn’t find any cavities or gum disease for a few years, he or she may choose to lengthen the time between visits. Ask your dentist the best schedule for your routine dental visits.

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4/19/2016 5:41:23 PM

Are you hosting a Spring gathering or bridal shower?  Maybe you need an idea for Mother’s Day Brunch.  Here is a tasty recipe that your guests will be sure to love.

Crustless Veggie Mini Quiches

Crustless Veggie Mini Quiches

15 min.
Total Time 35 min.
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Crustless mini quiches filled with broccoli and corn and topped with Cheddar cheese

  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 6 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1 carton (16 oz each) Egg Beaters® Original
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 6 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1 carton (16 oz each) Egg Beaters® Original
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously spray 12 regular muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Mix together cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese in small bowl; set aside. Place broccoli in medium microwave-safe bowl with 1 tablespoon water; cover. Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes; drain well. Chop into smaller pieces. Spoon broccoli evenly into muffin cups; top evenly with corn, crumb mixture and Cheddar cheese. Pour Egg Beaters evenly over filled cups.
  3. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until puffed and knife inserted in centers comes out clean. Let stand 2 minutes; run table knife around edges to loosen.
Cook’s Tips

Use your favorite vegetables in these mini quiches. Firm vegetables such as carrots, broccoli or asparagus will need to be cooked in the microwave a few minutes and then chopped finely so they will be tender at the end of the baking time.

We hope you enjoy making this recipe and when you do remember it is very important to come in every six months for your re-care appointment.  When you do come in share with us your favorite recipe.  Cumming Dental Care wishes you a Happy Spring!

3/31/2016 4:47:32 PM

Cumming, GA-

As we all know it is very important to take care of what we are given.  With this comes responsibility such as having a lawn requires fertilizing, weeding, cutting, and watering.  Owning a home, automobile, or pet require various stages of maintenance as well.  Our bodies need attention and care even more than the things around us.  Each of our systems impacts the other making it very important that we practice a healthy lifestyle.  We all need healthy food, exercise, and rest.  Our mouth plays a vital role in our health.  Think about all the things you do with your mouth like communicating & taking in nutrition.  Our health can also be determined by the condition of our mouth.  Here at Cumming Dental Care, we strive to partner with you so that you can have a healthy mouth.  It is very important that you come in every six months for preventative care if you are on our healthy care program, if you require periodontal maintenance you will be coming in more frequently.  With periodontal disease it is necessary to see your hygienist and dentist more often.  You can read more about periodontal care in previous blogs or in the information portion of our website.  A home care plan for brushing and flossing is very important as well.  Our team at Cumming Dental Care is here to help you achieve optimum dental health.  Also remember it is a team effort between your home care and regular visits to see your hygienist and dentist.  It will give you a reason to smile and that is the most important thing you can do with your mouth!  Call 770-889-1990 or  online to schedule your appointment today.

3/15/2016 7:35:56 PM

Extreme dry mouth is not just uncomfortable; it can also put you at risk for oral health problems such as tooth decay and gingivitis. Normally, the saliva in your mouth washes away food particles, neutralizes acids that can attack tooth enamel and helps control the bacteria in your mouth. With dry mouth, or xerostomia, there is not enough saliva to protect your teeth and gums from bacteria. You may notice problems with bad breath, sore throats and difficultly speaking or swallowing. What can you do to relieve the dryness and put your oral health back on track?

Determining the Cause

The only way to get rid of dry mouth is to address the cause, reports the American Dental Association. A temporary dry, sticky feeling is usually not a cause for concern – it may be that your mouth is dry because you are nervous or need to drink more fluids. When dryness is a chronic, extreme problem, it is often a side effect of medications or an illness that affects the salivary glands, like Hodgkin’s disease or diabetes. It can also be the result of hormonal changes that occur during menopause. If you experience extreme dry mouth, see your doctor to determine what may be triggering it. He may be able to change your medication or offer a new one if need be. You can then talk to your doctor or dentist about what remedies are most suitable for relieving your symptoms.

Mouth Moisturizing Solutions

Here are some things you can do to help relieve dryness and to keep your mouth healthy:

  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow.
  • Sip on water throughout the day.
  • Cut back on caffeine, tobacco and alcohol, which can cause dehydration.
  • Ask your dentist about using an artificial saliva spray.
  • Try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth.
  • See your dentist for a prescription for Colgate® PreviDent® 5000 Dry Mouth toothpaste which will strengthen the teeth with fluoride and help to remineralize the root surface and less likely to cause dryness in the mouth.

Because a lack of saliva makes your mouth more susceptible to decay and disease, taking good care of your teeth and gums is essential. Brush your teeth in the morning and evening to help reduce mouth germs and fight plaque. Flossing daily is also essential for removing plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under the gum line. Visit your dentist regularly. He can help you manage dry mouth, but also examine your mouth for early signs of tooth decay and gum disease.

3/1/2016 6:12:52 PM

Cumming, GA

Have you ever wondered why the dentist and hygienist are always poking at your gums?  Do they bleed?  What is that pointy probe and what are those numbers they are calling out?  Well an important part of a comprehensive dental exam is a tooth by tooth periodontal check.  This is done with an instrument called a periodontal probe that is designed to check the attachment of the tooth to the jaw bone.  This exam gives us more than just information on your gums and teeth, it can also be a good indicator of your health in general.

The dentist calls out or charts a series of numbers ranging from 1 – 10+.  These are millimeter increments that translate to either a healthy mouth or a diseased mouth.  Usually 1 – 3 mm is considered good or healthy, 4 mm is borderline, and anything 5 mm and higher is classified as a periodontal pocket or disease.  This is important because bacteria like to hide under the gums and can do some serious damage in these pockets.  These bugs can make the gums bleed, cause inflammation/infection, and eventually tooth loss.   Worse still, many studies have linked periodontal disease to many other potentially deadly health issues.  Here at Cumming Dental Care we identify our patients that have periodontal disease and partner with them through a series of treatment to get back to a healthy mouth state.  This could also require collaboration with a periodontist.

Periodontal disease can lead to coronary artery (heart) disease, stroke, diabetes, some forms of arthritis, and cancer if left untreated.  All of these conditions are complex in nature but do have some similarities.  Inflammation caused from toxins found in the blood stream can do a lot of damage to organs and systems of the body.  Many times these toxins are a derivative of  the same bacteria found in the mouth.  Simply chewing food or a piece of gum can stir up quite a problem in a mouth with periodontal disease.  It is estimated that about 1/3 of adults over 50 have some level of periodontal disease.

The good news is that most diseases in the mouth, including gum disease, are preventable.  Scheduling regular check-ups, good oral hygiene, and proper brushing/flossing techniques are big contributors to a healthy mouth.  Our hygienists here at Cumming Dental Care can instruct you on proper brushing techniques and oral hygiene.  If it has been a while since you have had a professional cleaning (remember it is advised to come in every 6 months for a healthy mouth and every 3 -4 months for periodontal treatment), call our office at 770-889-1990 or schedule online  to have a thorough exam.  It could save more than your teeth!