Protecting Your Teeth Against Sugar

It's October which means that the stores are filled with candy. We understand that temptation sometimes gets in the way of your oral health, but you have to take the necessary steps to protect your teeth. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves offers a range of services to improve teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay and cavities. However, the best plan of attack is preventive dentistry. Part of preventive dentistry is practicing proper oral hygiene and scheduling preventive care visits so that Dr. Caves can properly examine your smile. We know that its hard to resist temptation during the start of the holiday season, so we have prepared a few tips to keep in mind.

Tips To Keep Your Smile Healthy This Holiday Season

  • Try to avoid sticky and hard candies. Sticky and hard candies can get lodged between the teeth, making it a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. The bacteria can stick to your teeth and cause problems for your oral health. Try chewing sugar-free gum if you have a sweet tooth. Sugar-free gum has been proven to increase saliva productivity which helps flush out harmful bacteria and debris.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes a day.
  • Incorporate flossing to get rid of debris and bacteria in those hard to reach spots.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Schedule preventive care visits to our Columbus, GA dentist office. Dr. Caves can properly check your mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw bone for any signs of dysfunction.Our preventive care visits also include a professional dental cleaning which can remove bacteria that regular brushing and flossing cannot. Depending on your needs, Dr. Caves can provide a restorative, general, or cosmetic dentistry service to improve your smile.

Schedule An Appointment

Schedule a dental cleaning and preventive care visit with Dr. Caves to help improve your smile. Patients can contact our Columbus, GA dentist office or schedule an appointment online.  

Posted in: Oral Health

Halitosis

The difference between bad breath and halitosis is that halitosis persists even after the use of mouthwash and brushing. If you are experiencing halitosis, it is easily treatable with proper care under an experienced dentist.  Family dentist Dr. Albert Caves is a trusted dentist in Columbus, GA, dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive dental care. Our Columbus dental office offers a range of general, restorative and cosmetic dental service to patients in need of dental care. If you are experiencing signs of halitosis, visit our Columbus dental office.

Halitosis

Halitosis can be caused by a variety of different factors If you are noticing persistent bad breath, it is important you get your mouth checked by a trusted professional. Halitosis can be caused by:
  • Infection: If you are sick, postnasal drip can affect the way your breath smells. The bacteria from the postnatal drip can produce a foul odor to develop. With proper medication, your nose and sinuses can return to normal and restore your fresh breath.
  • Gum Disease: Gum disease occurs when plaque turns into bacteria that infect the gums. Gum disease can cause loose teeth, tooth loss, bad breath, and other complex dental issues. Some patients may not notice any signs of gum disease, so it is important to visit Dr. Caves at least twice a year for preventive care exams.
  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that eat away at your teeth, leaving them susceptible to tooth sensitivity, toothache, infection, and foul odor. Dr. Caves offers a range of treatment for patients with tooth decay.
  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps keep the mouth moisturized and helps keeps out harmful bacteria. Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, medication, and even tobacco use. It's important to inform Dr. Caves of any medication you may use so that he can determine if it plays a role in your halitosis.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing halitosis, Dr. Caves can help you find a solution. Dr. Caves is an experienced dentist, dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 706.407.4851

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Q & A: Dental Implants

Are you missing teeth and looking for a way to restore your smile? You may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. Dental implants can create a reliable, sustainable solution to patients who are missing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to secure a dental bridge, denture, or dental crown depending on your needs. Due to advancements in dentistry, dental implants are on the forefront of teeth replacement options for patients who are eligible. Dental implants can be used to restore the natural look and function of your smile. Columbus dentist Dr. Albert Caves, DMD offers a broad range of service to help restore your missing teeth, including dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone by a certified surgeon or periodontist. Dental implants provide a stable, functional foundation for restoration options like dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures. Dr. Caves will work in close collaboration with a local surgeon to help patients achieve a beautiful, functional smile.

What issues do dental implants address?

  • Replace a single tooth that is either missing or broken
  • Restore a tooth with significant decay that can not be corrected with a dental crown or other restoration
  • Replace multiple teeth where a dental bridge may be used
  • Support a fixed denture to replace all of a patients teeth

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Prevents further bone loss
  • Provides a natural looking solution for patients missing teeth
  • Can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance
  • Retain your natural face shape and structure
  • Dental implants are convenient
  • Don't have to worry about slippage when eating or speaking

How long is the dental implant process?

The dental implant process can take anywhere from 3-6 months. Once the dental implant is attached to the jaw bone, a process called osseointegration takes place. Osseointegration happens when your dental implant fuses with the jaw bone, creating a stable foundation for Dr. Caves to attach a prosthetic tooth, crown, dental bridge, or denture. The dental implant process takes a few months, but the results are well worth the wait.

How do I schedule an appointment with Dr. Caves?

Dr. Caves works diligently to provide comprehensive; patient focused dental care. If you want to discuss your options for tooth replacement; visit our Columbus dentist office. New and existing patients can schedule an appointment online or call 706.407.4851.

Posted in: Dental Implants

FAQS: Wisdom Teeth

484166929 Your wisdom teeth usually appear in your late teen years and early twenties. Your wisdom teeth act as a third molar that can help you chew difficult foods. However, more often than not, your wisdom teeth don't develop properly, which may result in extracting your wisdom teeth. General dentist Dr. Albert Caves is committed to providing cutting edge dentistry and patient focused dental care. With over 15 years of dentistry experience, Dr. Caves has skillfully extracted wisdom teeth and helped patients restore the health of their smile.

How do I know if I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Growing wisdom teeth can cause mild discomfort in the mouth as they emerge from your gums. However, if you experience extensive pain and discomfort then it's best to get your teeth checked by Dr. Caves. If you experience these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Columbus dental office as soon as possible: Dr. Caves will properly examine your teeth and gums to determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth pulled.

Does getting your wisdom teeth pulled hurt?

At our Columbus dental office, making sure our patients are relaxed and comfortable during their dental treatment is important to us. To ensure that patients are able to feel comfortable and allow Dr. Caves to safely perform their dental treatment, we offer a range of sedation dentistry services. After treatment, Dr. Caves will provide detailed aftercare instructions to make sure you take care of your teeth as they heal.

How do I schedule a visit to your office?

We are here to help you achieve your best smile at our Columbus dental office. Dr. caves will gladly examine your teeth and find a treatment that is right for you. You can schedule an appointment online or call 706.407.4851

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The Impacts of Smoking

Over 50 years ago the first Surgeon General's report was published stating that smoking is bad, and potentially dangerous for your health. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves recommends that patients avoid starting, or quit smoking, so they may enjoy their optimal oral health. Smoking, vaping and chewing can all negatively impact your oral health and systemic health. smoking and oral health

Why Should I Quit Smoking?

  • Smoking is linked to causing gum disease. A serious medical condition, gum disease can lead to habitually bad breath, receding gums, and even tooth loss. Gum disease has also been tied to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's Disease. Routine oral health care, like brushing, flossing, and routine visits to our Columbus dentist office, can help prevent gum disease. Dr. Caves offers periodontal screenings that can help catch gum disease in its early stages. Dr. Caves will suggest an individualized treatment plan depending on your gum disease progression.
  • Tobacco products stunt saliva production, an essential part of your oral health. Saliva washes away debris and keeps your oral bacteria in balance. Smoking may lead to dry mouth which is a common cause for increased tooth decay and cavity development in adults. Cavities, if left untreated, may require advanced restorative dental procedures.
  • Smoking can prematurely age your smile making you look older than you are. Nicotine and tobacco cause discoloration and yellowing of teeth making them look aged and unhealthy. Smoking also creates fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and on your lips. Habitual smokers may appear older than they are due to the side effects of smoking.
  • Oral cancer is a potentially life-threatening disease that is directly linked to the use of tobacco products. Those who smoke are much more likely to develop oral cancer and patients as young as in their 20s are now being found to have oral cancer. Dr. Caves performs routine oral cancer screenings at every dentist office visit. Early diagnosis of oral cancer could be life-saving. If you notice white patches on your gums, be sure to schedule a visit to our Columbus, GA dentist office.

Schedule A Consultation

Do not ignore the signs of poor oral health, early diagnosis is essential in avoiding advanced dental restoration procedures. If you are experiencing tooth pain, notice white patches on your gums, experience frequent sensitivity or notice a strange smell or taste to your mouth, schedule a visit to our Columbus, GA dentist office.

Posted in: diet and oral health, oral cancer

Patient Testimonials

499585045Dr. Albert Caves has been serving Columbus, GA area communities with comprehensive and compassionate cosmetic dental care since 1999. Dedicated to advancing his dental skill and knowledge, Dr. Caves stays up to date with advancements in technique and dental technology. At the heart of our dentist office is our patients. We strive to provide quality dentistry in a welcoming family environment. Dr. Caves provides patients first with a stable oral foundation and then helps them build a smile they feel confident in through cosmetic dental treatments. Here are some things our patients are saying about our dental care team:

Personalized Family Dentistry

Our family has been going to Dr. Caves for six years now, he has taken wonderful personal care of us. I especially appreciate the kind and compassionate care he gave to me when my porcelain veneers fell off. He immediately reattached them, ushered me right into his schedule without waiting. He is even able to create a new porcelain veneer right in his office and immediately attach it. No weeks of waiting! Brenda P.

Welcoming and Compassionate Care

I tend to avoid dentists if all possible due to some bad experiences. A friend of mine recommended Dr Caves when I told her I had broken a tooth. I was very hesitant but I'm glad I went to him. He and his staff are very personable and professional. Together they helped alleviate my fears and accomplish the job. I would recommend them to everyone. Gena T.

Prompt Emergency Dental Care

I simply cannot find the words to express how much I adore Dr. Caves and his staff. My entire family goes to his office. I recently contacted Dr. Caves office due to sudden tooth pain over the weekend. I was told to come in the same day for an evaluation only to find out that I needed a root canal. I wasn't on the schedule but Dr. Caves knew I was in pain and stated, "I'm going to take care of you now so I can stop your pain". Dr. Caves performed an emergency root canal on me that same day!! I honestly feel like he's family. He's simply the best dentist anyone could ask for and his staff is the friendliest/professional group of individuals I've ever encountered. My hygienist Taylor and Leslie are so courteous. Janice C.

Complete Dental Health Care

I called this morning and asked to see Dr. Caves about an unusual tenderness in the lower gum line. The receptionist took my information and asked me to come in at two o'clock today. I was taken promptly and the dental assistant asked about my problem and took a couple of e-rays. Dr. Caves discussed my problem, answered all my questions, gave me a prescription for the infection and asked his receptionist to set up an appointment with an Endocrinologist. My problem was handled promptly, compassionately, and professionally, while taking the time to answer all my questions about my problem and the solution. Experiencing this quality of friendliness, concern, and professional knowledge inspires patient confidence. Gay D.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact our office in Columbus, Georgia to learn more about restorative dentistry and schedule your consultation with Dr. Caves.

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April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer awareness month, Columbus, GAApril is Oral Cancer Awareness month. This month we take the time to continue to educate patients on the severity of the disease and importance of preventative dental care for early diagnosis. Oral cancer rates continue to rise as the age of diagnosis is getting younger. Oral cancer is best treated when diagnosed as early as possible. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves uses state of the art dental technology to provide oral cancer screenings during all routine dental care visits.

VELscope for Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Velscope, Columbus, GAVELscope® technology is a blue fluorescent light used to examine soft tissues of the oral cavity. VELscope allows Dr. Caves to inspect your mouth and is non invasive and basically painless. VELscope helps to enhance Dr. Caves visual range while screening for oral cancer. The specially designed light allows for more accurate and earlier diagnosis. Early diagnosis can often be life saving. Survival rates of oral cancer patients drops dramatically with late stage diagnoses.

Signs To Watch For

Being aware of any changes in your oral health can also lead to early diagnosis of oral cancer or other complex oral health concerns. If you notice any changes in the soft tissues of your mouth or sudden changes in the alignment of your bite, be sure to contact Dr. Caves as soon as possible. Oral cancer often presents itself as an persisting open sore, red or white patch, thickening of the skin, or lump. If you have difficulty swallowing, chewing, or feel like you have a lump in your throat or hoarseness of your voice, these may be signs of oral cancer. If you smoke, vape, or chew tobacco, drink alcohol excessively, or have been exposed to HPV your risk for developing oral cancer is greater. It is important for all patients, of all ages, to get screened for oral cancer during their biannual dental checkups. Preventive dental care is the best oral health care.

Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening

Preventive dental care plays an important role in maintaining lifelong dental health and in the prevention of overall health concerns such as oral cancer. Dr. Caves and his staff emphasize the benefits of disease prevention and take time to understand the personal health concerns of patients and educate them on how best to achieve and enjoy lasting oral health.

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Same Day Dental Veneers

CerecIf you are looking for a permanent, quality and fast way to restore your beautiful, healthy and functional smile, cosmetic dentist Dr. Albert Caves may have the answer. Using state of the art dental technology and the latest in dental design and technique, Dr. Caves can rejuvenate your smile and restore your confidence in just one visit to our Columbus, GA dentist office.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a thin translucent ceramic that fit around the front and sides of your teeth. Dental veneers can close tooth gaps, repair chipped, cracked or damaged teeth and can correct tooth discoloration. Veneers are a permanent dental restoration that look and feel like natural teeth. Dental veneers are a long term cosmetic solution for a beautiful smile.

Same Day Veneers

CEREC technology has revolutionized cosmetic dentistry. Now, in just one dentist office visit, your can leave with a bright, beautiful smile. Dr. Caves utilizes the CAD/CAM technology to design, fabricate and bond your veneers in just one visit. Using digital impressions, Dr. Caves creates custom veneers that will fit, look and feel like natural teeth. The design is then used by the computer to fabricate the veneers with our in-office milling machine. CEREC technology saves our patients time and money. Not to mention the comfort and ease of digital impressions. Gone are the days of messy impression trays and third party dental labs. Your porcelain veneers, from start to finish, are in the hands of Dr. Caves for consistent and quality care. Many patients can benefit from CEREC same day dental veneers. In some cases, Dr. Caves may recommend additional procedures to ensure your optimal oral health. In these situations, multiple visits may be necessary. Dr. Caves will work with you to build a personalized treatment plan within your budget that will provide health and wellness to your teeth and gums.

Why choose Dr. Caves for dental veneers?

Dr. Caves is a highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentist. Dr. Caves has dedicated his advanced education to staying up to date with the latest dental technology and technique in order to provide his patients with quality and modern dental care. Dr. Caves focuses his dental practice on the well-being of his patients and encourages preventive dental care and conservative dental treatment plans. Contact our Columbus, GA dentist office today to schedule your consultation or schedule a visit online.

Posted in: CEREC technology

Did Your Know? February is Children’s Oral Health Month

first visit first toothHappy Children’s Oral Health Month! During the month of February, the American Dental Association shines a light on children's oral health concerns. Starting from birth, taking care of your baby's gums can help set them up for a life of beautiful smiles. Columbus, GA family dentist Dr. Albert Caves provides comprehensive oral care for patients of all ages.

Did You Know?

  • Did you know that you should never share utensils or toothbrushes with your baby? It is important to keep your baby's mouth clean. Many parents share utensils and toothbrushes with their young children without giving it a second thought. It is recommended by the ADA to never share mouth germs with your children. Your mouth harbors germs and bacteria that can cause cavities and even gum disease. It is best to not share toothbrushes, utensils, or anything with your saliva on it with your baby. Always give your child their own set of utensils to avoid spreading cavity causing bacteria.
  • Did you know cavities can develop at the first sign of teeth? Babies are born with teeth that sit below the gum line. From the day they are born they are susceptible to contracting cavity causing bacteria. The ADA recommends wiping your baby's gums after meal time from the very start of their lives. It only takes a few seconds and can help prevent sugar build up that can cause decay.
  • Did you know your baby should have their first dentist office visit at the sign of their first tooth? As soon as you see a tooth erupt, it is time to schedule your baby’s first visit to Dr. Caves. Dr. Caves will examine your baby's teeth and can start tracking their oral development. Dr. Caves may recommend using fluoride toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth twice a day.
  • Did you know fluoride can help protect your children’s teeth? Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Many cities and townships add fluoride to their water so that every citizen can enjoy the oral health benefits. You may also consider brushing your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Children under three need just a small smear of toothpaste on their brush. Once all of their teeth have emerged, a small pea size is the ideal amount of toothpaste to help build healthy, strong teeth.

Family Dental Care Columbus, GA

Family dentistry offers the convenience of a one stop service for the whole family. Dr. Caves has years of experience tending to the needs of all stages of oral development. From the first tooth to your golden years, our dental care team will provide attentive and quality dental care. Visit our Columbus, GA dentist office for more healthy oral hygiene tips. Whether it is time for you to schedule your next preventive dental visit to family dentist Dr. Caves, or if you are ready to start on your journey to your best oral health, our dental care team encourages you to contact our Columbus dentist office. You may also schedule an appointment online.

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Stay Healthy This Winter

Couple suffering from cold in bedYour mouth is the main gateway for the flu virus to enter your body. That is why oral health is important before, during and after suffering from an illness. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves offers some tips and tricks to staying healthy this flu season.

Good Oral Health for a Healthy Winter

  • Tip: Stay Hydrated How: Drink lots of water. When you are sick your body can become dehydrated quickly and cold medications can dehydrate you even faster. Staying hydrated keeps you from developing dry mouth and gives your body a boost to fight of germs. Dry Mouth is linked to increased development of tooth decay. Keeping your mouth moist while sick can help avoid cavities.
  • Tip: Avoid Sugar How: Avoid sugary fruit drinks or sodas. Water is the best liquid to consume when sick. Throat lozenges can also be loaded with sugar. Although they help stimulate saliva production while soothing your scratchy throat, try finding sugar free options. Sugar can build up in your teeth and cause tooth decay.
  • Tip: Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine How: Brushing and flossing while sick help keeps your teeth and gums clean. It can also help you to feel a little more alert and rejuvenated. Keep up with your normal oral health routine even when you are not feeling well to keep your gums and teeth healthy. You may also want to replace your toothbrush once you feel better. And remember to never share your toothbrush with anyone!

Visit Our Columbus, GA Dentist Office

Visit our Columbus, GA dentist office for more healthy oral hygiene tips. Whether it is time for you to schedule your next preventive dental visit to family dentist Dr. Caves, or if you are ready to start on your journey to your best oral health, our dental care team encourages you to contact our Columbus dentist office. You may also schedule an appointment online.

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