Just Bite Me - Cornelia Dental Blog


Defeat Monster Mouth That's the message from the American Dental Association.

Want to defeat Monster Mouth?

  • You need to brush 2 minutes 2 times a day

  • Clean between your teeth daily - THAT MEANS FLOSS :)

  • Limit snacks and eat healthy meals.

  • Visit your dentist regularly
Overdue for a cleaning?

Don't Get Flagged on the Play

Habersham Raiders Football Helmet We recommend custom mouthguards for anyone involved in an activity that could result in a dental-related injury. Contact sports like football and hockey obviously require mouthguards. In his role as a college football official, Dr. Jackson has directly seen the benefits of custom mouthguards. Ill-fitting mouthguards can make it difficult to communicate on the football field. When players stick their mouthguards in their helmets in between plays they sometimes forget to put the mouthguard back in -- resulting in a costly unnecessary penalty.

Many athletes in other non-contact sports like baseball and gymnastics can benefit from the use of a mouthguard. A bad hop of the baseball or a slip on the balance beam could result in a blow to the mouth. Players that aren't wearing Invisalign should know that it's no fun getting your lips and tongue cut up from metal braces! As a baseball umpire/dentist, Dr. Jackson has provided emergency care on the baseball diamond to help a first baseman untangle his lips from painful wires. Definitely NO FUN!

Protect your investment and your smile by wearing a mouthguard! Get a custom mouthguard today!

Are Crooked Teeth Costing You Money?

invisalignCould your teeth be standing in the way of your success? Think straightening your teeth is just a matter of vanity? Think again. You could increase your earning potential by enhancing your smile with straighter teeth. Several studies have indicated that people who are more attractive can earn up to 10 or 15 percent more than unattractive employees. A pair of University of Michigan scientists discovered three reasons why attractive workers make more money:

  1. Physically attractive workers are considered more able by employers and therefore paid up to 10% higher salaries than unattractive workers.
  2. Physically attractive workers are more confident, and higher confidence increases wages.
  3. Physically attractive workers have better social and communication skills which increases their employer's value of the employee.

Want to climb the corporate ladder? Increase your earning potential? Invisalign technology can give you straighter teeth that will allow you to approach your boss for a raise with confidence or secure that job interview with a dazzling smile. Don't worry, with clear aligners, no one has to know you're wearing braces. Your secret is safe with us. With invisible braces, you can discreetly remove them whenever you choose and tackle your power lunch with confidence.

You don't need to sacrifice time from your busy career. We use our iTero scanner to take digital impressions of your mouth – (no goopy impression material and better results). Invisalign ships back your computer-generated clear braces. Because we send several sets of aligner trays home with you at each visit, you'll have more time to spend with your own clients - not at the dental office.

Ready to enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening?

Invisalign Consult

Straight Teeth Without The Sacrifices

invisalign vs metal bracesWe all know the problems with metal braces. Not only do you have to endure the incessant teasing (metal mouth, brace face), you may have to deal with pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by metal wires and brackets. You invest in straight teeth but suffer from plaque buildup, tooth decay, and tooth discoloration because you aren’t able to brush and floss like you normally would. Most of us are willing to sacrifice to have straighter teeth, but what if you didn’t have to sacrifice the foods you love. Who wants to give up their favorite foods? Goodbye popcorn, chips, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzels, nuts, candies…No more apples, carrots, corn on the cob.

Say hello to Invisalign. Eat what you want. Brush and floss the way you should. Straighten your teeth without the brace face.

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Is It Smart to Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

dental x-ray While many dentists recommend removing your wisdom teeth during the teenage years long before any symptoms occur, not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Why would you want to go through that procedure when you aren't experiencing any problems? Our job as dental professionals at Cornelia Dental is to help you to weigh the benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed against the risks involved in removing the teeth.

Complications can arise when these third molars become impacted as they are blocked from growing into the mouth completely by either the jaw itself or surrounding teeth. When that happens ... these little troublemakers have the ability to really ruin your day. Our digital panoramic x-ray is an excellent tool for diagnosing the level of impaction, assessing risk factors, and determining the best course of action for you. This x-ray is quite comfortable since the x-ray head rotates around your head while you stand still. The digital image appears on our computer screen and allows us to see your entire jaw and sinuses as well as all of your teeth.

Since you may not experience any signs of an impacted wisdom tooth, we screen for potential problems with 3rd molars at your preventive dental visits. Some people choose to deal with wisdom teeth proactively before they have symptoms. In between your regular six month visits, it is possible that you may experience symptoms which could range from mild to severe:

  • Localized pain where the tooth is growing in the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Redness in the area where tooth would erupt
  • Headaches
  • Tenderness at site
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Periodontitis (recession and unprovoked bleeding of the gums)
  • Unpleasant breath odor
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Pressure localized around the molar/gum area
  • Swollen, tender, red, or bleeding gums
Not experiencing any of these problems? You may choose to keep your wisdom teeth if:
  • Your teeth have completely erupted (grown normally through the gum surface) and are in correct alignment with your other teeth
  • You are able to bite and chew with your wisdom teeth without problems
  • You are able to keep your wisdom teeth as clean as your other teeth
  • Your wisdom teeth and the teeth surrounding them are healthy
  • The risk of removing the wisdom tooth is greater than the benefit of removing the tooth.
Concerned about your wisdom teeth? Want to know which course of action is right for you?


Half of Americans have it. Do you?

bleeding gums One out of two people over the age of 30 has it. What is IT?


It is an infection of the tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth.

What causes it?

Plaque. It’s a sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. If you don’t remove it DAILY by brushing and cleaning in between your teeth (floss... hint, hint) it can eventually harden into calculus (AKA tartar).

If I don’t have cavities – I can’t have gum disease. Right???

Congratulations! You're cavity free!

Unfortunately many people who don't have cavities still have some form of gum disease. Since gum disease is often painless it goes untreated because people have no idea that they have it. Do your gums bleed easily or are they red, swollen or tender? Those are common signs of gingivitis. Fortunately, if you catch gum disease in this early stage – it is reversible. A professional dental cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar --- followed by daily brushing and flossing can eliminate gingivitis and get you healthy again.

I’ve got gum disease. That means I will lose all my teeth.

Not necessarily! Your hygienist and Dr. Jackson can often design a treatment plan to help you keep your gum disease under control. You’ll also need to make a commitment to good oral hygiene: brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth every day, choosing a healthy diet, and scheduling and keeping regular dental appointments.

My friend said bleeding gums during my pregnancy is normal.

Some women do develop a condition commonly called “pregnancy gingivitis” but not everyone experiences this. You will want to be even more meticulous with your dental care and may want to schedule more frequent dental cleanings during this important time of your life.

My girlfriend says I have “dog breath”. Does that mean I have gum disease?

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be signs of gum disease, other oral diseases or possibly a medical disorder. Make an appointment to see us at Cornelia Dental first so that you can find out exactly what’s causing the problem. If the problem is medical, we can refer you to the proper health care professional.

If I have diabetes, am I going to get gum disease?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects your body’s ability to process sugar. High blood sugar can have a detrimental effect on many parts of your body, including your mouth, eyes, nerves, kidneys, and heart. You may also be less resistant to infection and may not heal as quickly as other people. Be aware that you are at a greater risk or developing some oral health problems and we will be honored to work with you in being diligent in maintaining good oral health.

Concerned that you may have gum disease? Call us and we will be happy to set up a complimentary consultation for you with one of our hygienists.

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It's Like Pulling Teeth

rotten toothWe've all heard the expression - it's like pulling teeth. It is used when referring to something that is difficult to do - especially if it is referring to extracting information or the truth from some people. Fortunately, pulling teeth isn't as difficult for the doctor or the patient as it once was when the expression originated in the 1800s.

Whenever possible, we will recommend that you save your tooth. However, teeth may need to be removed for a variety of reasons:

  • infection
  • unrestorable decay
  • severely damaged or fractured tooth
  • fractured tooth
  • extreme mobility of tooth
  • extraction of premolars for orthodontic purposes
Prior to your extraction you will be advised of your options for removal of your teeth. Teeth are safely and comfortably removed in our office under local anesthetic and/or oral conscious sedation. We also offer nitrous oxide and NuCalm to help make the experience as comfortable for you as possible. You may elect to go to an oral surgeon to have the teeth removed while you are under general anesthesia. These options and the complications and risks involved will be discussed with you in order for you to make an informed decision.

The process of extracting a tooth will begin by reviewing your medical history and medications, obtaining an accurate blood pressure and explaining what to expect during the procedure. You may be given nitrous oxide or NuCalm to help you relax during the procedure. Some of our patients prefer a higher level of sedation and we are happy to accommodate your request by either performing the procedure while using oral conscious sedation or by referring you to an oral surgeon who can use IV sedation to allow you to be completely unconscious while the extraction is being performed.

The doctor will apply topical anesthetic to numb the area before administering a local anesthetic. After insuring that you are completely numb, the doctor will use instruments to loosen the tooth from the gum and jaw before removing the tooth. You can expect to hear popping or cracking sounds as the tooth is removed. You will feel pressure, but should not feel pain during the procedure. Depending on the situation, a tooth may need to be removed in sections or pieces or an incision may need to be made.

The process of removing impacted teeth (such as wisdom teeth) generally requires that the dentist make an incision through the surface of the gum above the tooth. Any bone covering the tooth will be removed. When the tooth itself is removed it may require that the tooth be divided in to pieces to safely and comfortably remove the tooth with the least amount of trauma to the surrounding bone, nerves, and tissues.

While wisdom teeth obviously do not need to be replaced, other teeth may need to be replaced in order to:
  • keep teeth from shifting and drifting
  • avoid losing other teeth
  • chew properly
  • smile with confidence
The good news is that many different options are available for replacing missing teeth if you do require an extraction that requires replacement.

After Care Instructions

You will be given oral and written detailed instructions to follow to ensure the successful healing after your extraction.

It is normal to experience discomfort for the first 24 hours.

Please call us immediately if you experience:

  • Increased or heavy bleeding
  • Pain or swelling that increases or does not subside after 2 - 3 days
  • Bad taste or odor in your mouth
  • Reaction to medication
How to avoid dry socket:

Dry socket is a painful condition that you want to avoid by protecting the blood clot that is forming on the extraction site:
  • Bite on the gauze we have provided for you firmly for 30-60 minutes. Blood and saliva mix in the mouth and make it look like there is more bleeding than there really is. Some oozing is normal; however, after 1 hour, repeat with a clean gauze pad if oozing is profuse. The site could ooze for as long as 24 hours.
  • Don’t spit, and don’t suck on candies or through a straw.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth, and don’t brush or floss next to the site.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco. Avoid tobacco for at least 72 hours because it slows healing.
  • Don’t sneeze or cough, so have sinus or allergy medication on hand if necessary.
  • Limit yourself to calm activities, and elevate your head with pillows when you lie down to reduce bleeding.
  • Don’t drink hot, carbonated, or alcoholic drinks, and avoid hot or spicy foods.
During first 24 hours:
  • To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off. We usually recommend taking whatever you would normally take for a headache.
  • To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack over the area, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
  • After the numbness has worn off completely, drink lots of fluids and eat only soft nutritious foods, chewing on the opposite side.

After the first 24 hours:
  • Begin to eat normally as soon as it’s comfortable.
  • Resume brushing and flossing, but clean gently around the site for about a week.
  • If you were prescribed an antibiotic, continue to take them until they are gone.
  • Apply moist heat to reduce soreness or swelling.
  • Gently rinse with warm salt water.