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Family dental care tips from your Kennesaw dentist

As family dentists, one of our primary goals is to protect patients’ teeth from the damaging effects of harmful bacteria. Providing excellent family dental care is what we do in our Kennesaw office. Even more importantly are the habits we encourage our patients to establish at home. Because more time goes by between dental visits than time is spent under our direct care, the bulk of each patient’s oral health lies primarily on his or her own shoulders.

Taking care of our teeth is a daily practice, complemented by professional cleanings, preventative measures such as sealants or fluoride treatments, and restorative care when needed. The strength and attractiveness of our teeth is affected by daily care, as well as lifestyle habits. This means that what we eat and drink is important as well as the standard of oral hygiene we maintain. Recent research has brought to light the fact that many people are putting their oral health at risk with the regular consumption of certain types of popular beverages.

When we consider the foods we eat and drinks we enjoy, what most of us look at sugar content. Not only does sugar feed the body empty calories, this substance plays a role in the formation of cavities. Sugar is not the direct cause of cavities, but rather the fuel source for bacteria that naturally live in the mouth. Fed on sugar, bacteria produce acid that eats away healthy enamel. Many of the drinks people enjoy, including sugary sodas, actually contain enough acid to pose a real threat to teeth.

Like sugar, acid from foods and beverages lingers in the mouth long after the sweet treat has been consumed. Like sugar, acid is dangerous to enamel, a porous substance that coats our teeth. Whether acid comes from bacteria, or from your favorite sport or energy drink, this substance breaks down healthy enamel and makes way for bacteria to progress into teeth.

Is that beverage really a healthy alternative?

In an effort to protect themselves and their families from sugar in soda, many parents switch to sport drinks as a healthy alternative. In our busy lives, we could all use more energy, which is a primary reason for the popularity of energy drinks. With the research now available, a link between these types of drinks and a whole new dental problem has been discovered. It seems the acid content found in many sport drinks, especially energy drinks, tooth erosion is now a common occurrence.

A report found in General Dentistry stated that the acid in these types of beverages break down healthy enamel on teeth within days. In a study, 13 varieties of sports drinks were evaluated, with damage noticed after just five days of regular consumption. In the same study, energy drinks proved to be twice as damaging in the same amount of time.

With this type of evidence showing the impact of our dietary habits, the importance of food and beverage choices, and of excellent oral hygiene practice, takes center stage. Dr. Vo and Dr. Breckley are committed to helping you and your family experience optimal oral health. Contact us to schedule your check-up and professional cleaning.

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    Dr. Vo and Dr. Breckly are absolutely fantastic! Never worry about another painful trip to the dentist if you are going to see them. They make sure you are never in any pain throughout the entire procedure. I just had my wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Vo did a fabulous job, as always. I had four impacted wisdom teeth and they were out before I knew it. I was up and eating solid food the very same day, and could have been back at work if I needed to. My stitches fell out within a few days and everything healed up much faster than any of my friends who saw other doctors. I stayed awake for the procedure, and I would say that it definitely is much better than being put to sleep. It has a faster heal time and less discomfort. My face honestly didn't even swell. I've gone to Dr. Vo and Breckly for minor things before and they have always been amazing, but after my great experience with something more major, I know they are by far the two of the best dentists, I have ever seen.
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    Dr. Vo and Dr. Berkley are the ONLY dentists we see. Dr. Vos taken care of my parents, my husband, our daughter and son, and myself for the past 7 years. We love the care and the personal relationship she establishes with her patients. She takes the time to get to know us, our families, our dental concerns, which is NOT the usual in the business.Thank you for everything. Dr. Berkley is very attentive and gently with my children. We came in for a cleaning yesterday and they did great under his medical care. The staff is extremely professional and willing to help. Amazing team. If you have been afraid of the dentist, check them out and theyll change your mind about dentistry.
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    My family and I love Dr. Vo. I would suggest this practice to anyone who wants a dentist and staff that truly care about your health and will go above and beyond the typical dentist. I followed Dr. Vo from a previous office, and although this office is farther away, it is worth it because of how caring the staff is.
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    Switched to 32 dental after Dr. Breckley left Dr. Goetees practice. Great staff, and nice space. They use the latest technologies and have K cups in the waiting room!
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    Dr. Vo is fantastic. She is patient, knowledgeable, and excellent at her job, and most importantly, she takes time to answer your questions and explain any concerns she has about your teeth, so you really know what\'s going on. It inspires me to take better care of my teeth. By far, she is the best dentist I have been been to, and I highly recommend her. No more of those dime-a-dozen dentists for me!
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