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By North Park Family Dentistry
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

Trusting your family's dental care to a single dentist ensures that your loved ones receive the quality services they need. Our Columbus, GA, family dentistryfamily dentist, Dr. Tyler Myers, discusses the advantages of visiting a family dentist.

More quality time

Do you spend more time than you would like in dental waiting rooms? When several members of your family have different dentists, dental visits can take up too much of your time. Luckily, you can increase your free time by choosing one dentist for all of your family's dental needs. You can even schedule one block appointment for the entire group.

Knowledge and skill

Family dentists set no patient age restrictions. No one in your family is ever too young or old to see them. Family dentists offer unparalleled skill and expertise in treating dental issues that can affect your family members throughout their lives. They evaluate the growth of your children's jaws and teeth, diagnose developmental problems and recommend treatment options. If tooth loss is an issue as you grow older, they can recommend restoration options, such as bridges, dentures or dental implants.

The services your family needs

Family dentists offer services that will keep your teeth strong and attractive whether you're a child, adult or senior citizen, including fillings, teeth whitening treatments, crowns, veneers and root canals. Preventative care is an important aspect of keeping your smile healthy. After your teeth are cleaned in our Columbus office, Dr. Myers will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. In addition to checking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other problems, he'll also look for issues that could affect your general health, such as tumors.

An affinity for the younger generation

Persuading a young child to cooperate during a medical or dental visit isn't always so easy. When your child visits the same dental office you do, he or she will have ample opportunity to get to know the staff and the dentist and become more comfortable with dental visits. Family dentists and their employees truly enjoy working with children and strive to make visits stress-free for your kids and you.

Family dentists offer excellent care for the entire family. If you need a check-up or you're concerned about a toothache or other dental problem, call Columbus, GA, family dentist, Dr. Myers, at (706) 507-0606.

By North Park Family Dentistry
October 26, 2016
Category: Oral Health

We've all heard the old adage about moderation. Either too little or too much of something is seldom a good thing, especially where diet and lifestyle habits are concerned. While the occasional Snickers bar or pack of Skittles won't necessarily ruin your smile, the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums is to know how much is too much. Dr. Tyler Myers, a Columbus, GA, based general dentist, advises patients to err on the side of caution when it comes to consuming sweet food and drinks like soda and sweetened fruit juices.

General Dentistry and Preventive Dental Care in Columbus, GA

Most people understand that eating too many sweets and poor oral hygiene habits can lead to cavities, especially in children. But in addition to being a leading cause of tooth decay, sugar interacts with the bacteria in the mouth, which creates acids that can also erode the protective enamel layer of the teeth, making them more vulnerable to staining, sensitivity and decay.

So how much sugar is too much? Although an occasional sweet snack from time to time probably won't cause lasting damage for people with good oral hygiene routines (brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and regular dental exams and cleanings), many seemingly "healthy" foods and drinks contain excessive levels of sugar that can lead to accidental overconsumption.

In order to avoid consuming too much sugar on a regular basis, dentists recommend carefully reading labels on prepackaged foods and candy, drinking plenty of water, limiting processed foods and snacks and practicing good oral hygiene to prevent sugar and acid buildup from wreaking havoc on the smile.

Find a General Dentist in Columbus

Eating a healthy diet, practicing good oral hygiene, and regular visits to the dentist for a check-up and professional cleaning are the best way to prevent cavities and tooth decay and to maintain consistently healthy teeth and gums. For more information, contact North Park Family Dentistry by calling (706) 507-0606 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers today.

By North Park Family Dentistry
April 04, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Running a family, especially a busy one, is no easy task. From the kids’ sports practices and ballet recitals to your work meetings and daily schedule, it can be hard to keep track of who needs to go where and when. However, your family Columbus, GA dentist at North Park Family Dentistry can help you tame at least one area of your life with family dentistry.Family Dentist

What makes family dentistry special? 
Dentists tend to specialize in one age group. Some focus only children and some only see adults. Family dentists specialize in all age groups, from your teething toddler to your denture-wearing grandmother and everyone in between.

The Benefits of Family Dentistry
Family dentistry allows you ease of scheduling so that your entire family can see the dentist in one trip. The lack of scheduling conflicts allows you to save yourself the time and confusion of running from dentist to dentist. Since the kids’ appointments can be scheduled at once, it saves you a trip and perhaps even taking a day off work. With all of your information in one place, the need to call around to transfer records is eliminated. Additionally, your Columbus dentist can get to know your whole family, forging bonds that are priceless.

How can my family avoid cavities between visits? 
A strong at-home oral routine is crucial to keeping the teeth of people of all ages healthy and decay-free. With their love for candies and sugary snacks, children are especially notorious for getting cavities. Be sure that everyone in your family brushes their teeth at least twice a day and flosses once to reach the plaque and buildup which toothbrush bristles cannot. Finally, the strongest weapon in your oral health arsenal is your dentist. Everyone in your family should see your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

For more information on family dentistry, please contact Dr. Tyler Myers, DMD at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA. Call (706) 507-0606 to speak with an associate about scheduling your family’s regular examinations today!

By North Park Family Dentistry
May 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

FlossingYou know you should be flossing, but do you actually know how? Many people who visit family dentist Tyler Myers, DMD at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus are surprised to learn that they aren't flossing the right way. Learn the proper technique here so you'll always have superb oral health.

The Purpose of Flossing

While many people floss to remove small pieces of food stuck in between their teeth, flossing actually serves a much larger purpose. Not only does the floss remove the pieces of food you can see, it also helps remove the small pieces of food and bacteria you can't see. Removing this food and bacteria is essential for reducing build-up and preventing oral health problems such as cavities, gum disease and tooth loss.

How to Floss

The process of flossing is quite simple, but it can take some getting used to.

  1. Start with about 18 inches of floss.
  2. Wind one end of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Repeat with the other end and the other hand, so your two hands are tied together with the floss in between.
  3. Gently wiggle the floss between your teeth, all the way to the gum line.
  4. Gently pull the floss back and forth, working your way all along your tooth and gum line to remove any food or bacteria that may be hiding there.
  5. Repeat the process between every tooth and behind the back molars, replacing the floss as needed.

Flossing Tips for an Easier Experience

Flossing may be pretty simple and straightforward, but there are a few problems that Columbus residents mention to their family dentists again and again. If you are having difficulty flossing, here are a few tips that will help.

  • Not Coordinated Enough with the Floss: Use floss picks. These sturdy little picks make flossing easy.
  • Bleeding While Flossing: A little bleeding is completely normal when you first start flossing. It should go away on its own in just a few days. If not, it may be a sign of a dental problem or of a vitamin deficiency. Talk to your Columbus family dentist for advice.
  • Have Braces: Flossing with braces can be difficult. Be sure to take your time, be careful to hit every crevice and use the special tools Dr. Myers recommends, such as a floss threader.
Brushing and rinsing alone simply aren't enough to keep your mouth healthy and happy. You need to floss as well. If you have any more questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call your trusted family dentist, Dr. Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, for advice.
By Tyler Myers, DMD
January 10, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Columbus   Tooth Decay  
Columbus Family Dentist Tooth LossBad oral hygiene is only a piece of the equation when it comes to tooth loss. Bad habits all around can lead to dental problems, such as tooth decay. Bad habits lead to a cavity, and a cavity leads to tooth decay. To solve this problem, your family dentist in Columbus, Tyler Myers, provides some important dental advice.

Bad Oral Hygiene

It may not seem like a big deal now, but bad oral hygiene puts you at risk for tooth decay in the future. Once bacteria metabolize food particles and produce acid, tooth enamel can break down. With excessive exposure to acid, little caries can develop on the teeth. Bacteria can then spread through the inner tooth. You need to brush and floss on a daily basis to remove food particles and plaque bacteria. Follow these tips for better oral health.

Unhealthy Diet

We all want to eat what we want without dealing with the consequences, but that isn’t the case. You need to eat a balanced diet to improve overall health. To strengthen teeth and gums, you need to dress your plate with key food groups.
  • Vegetables – leafy, greens, carrots and celery are natural sources of vitamin A, which is essential for promoting strong and healthy teeth.
  • Lean meat and poultry – you can get the right amount of magnesium and zinc for healthy teeth and gums.
  • Dairy – products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are known to neutralize cavity-causing acid. Plus, calcium is good for your bones, teeth and jawbone.
As long as you eat well and have good oral hygiene practices, your oral health will improve and you lessen your risk of tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease.

Bad Oral Hygiene + Unhealthy Diet = Tooth Loss

If you couple bad oral hygiene with an unhealthy diet, it can lead to tooth decay. Severe tooth decay can cause the pulp to become infected, and a severe infection may call for an extraction. Or the tooth can naturally fall out. To replace a single tooth, a dental implant in Columbus may be your best option. It stimulates the jawbone and permanently stays in place. You don’t want to leave a space open for too long.
If you have questions regarding a dental concern, call our office to schedule an appointment with our Columbus family dentist. We look forward to hearing from you.