Tooth Cavities: Fact or decide!


Think you know everything about cavities? Test your knowledge by reading the following 6 myths about cavities!

1. The only things that cause cavities are sugary foods, sugary drinks and sweets.

Yes it’s true that eating sugary foods and drinks without brushing your teeth can cause cavities. But do you know that other types of foods can also cause cavities? Sticky foods allow bacteria and sugar to stay on your teeth, especially if you don’t brush right away. The bacteria can absolutely cause cavities and tooth decay.

Furthermore, highly acidic foods and beverages (like orange juice) are not good for your teeth. The acid can break down the healthy, protective enamel that supports healthy teeth. If you’re going to consume acidic foods, be sure to brush and floss soon afterwards.

It isn’t a bad idea, also, to drink plenty of water in between meals. Not only will you hydrate yourself throughout the day, but you’ll help keep the bad stuff from lingering on your teeth in between meals. 

2. If your teeth aren’t hurting, then you don’t have a cavity.

Not necessarily! The early signs of a cavity usually don’t produce any signs or symptoms. Catching a cavity in its early stages by a dentist can prevent it from getting bigger and causing more issues. Because once a cavity gets bigger and the hole in your tooth gets bigger, you’ll likely experience pain, discomfort, and hot/cold sensitivity. 

Be sure to schedule your 6-month checkup appointments to catch problems early on before cavities and other extensive dental work are needed.

3. Brushing your teeth routinely is all you need to do to prevent cavities.

Yes, brushing your teeth 2-3 times every day is very important for healthy teeth and gums. But is that enough? Well, it’s a great start, but brushing isn’t enough.

You also should floss your teeth 1-2 times per day. Flossing will remove particles and plaque that get trapped between your teeth. Toothbrushes cannot reach into those tiny crevices in between teeth. Get in the habit of flossing!

Lastly, if you consume sticky, sugary and/or acidic foods or beverages, be sure to brush and floss as soon as possible. 

4. Fillings are a permanent solution for cavities, which means you don’t have to take care of fillings after they’re placed.

False! Fillings require care—regular brushing and routine flossing—after they’re placed. You see, bacteria and plaque can accumulate near and around the filling. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, issues can arise and you’ll be back at the dentist’s office to fix another dental problem.

You also need to keep an eye out if a filling breaks or cracks. This can happen over time or when eating hard candy or food. If you notice a cracked filling or a broken filling, call your dentist to get it fixed. 

So if you think you don’t have to take care of the fillings once placed, think again!

5. Chewing gum is really bad for your teeth.

Wrong…well, partially! Chewing sugar-free gum can be beneficial for teeth...just make sure it’s sugar free. On the other hand, gum that’s packed with loads of sugar can be bad for teeth since the sugar will sit on your teeth until you brush.

Be sure to choose sugar-free gum to chew in between or after meals. The gum will actually help create more saliva in your mouth, which will help remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums (decreasing your chances of developing cavities).

6. If your child has a cavity in a baby tooth, it doesn’t matter.

Very wrong! Cavities and tooth decay can be very serious issues, even though baby teeth fall out. Decayed baby teeth sometimes fall out too early before the permanent teeth are ready. This can lead to issues with the teeth lining up properly and lining up in the right spot. 

In addition to alignment issues, cavities and tooth decay in children can cause significant pain and discomfort. Sometimes the decayed baby tooth can lead to serious infection, which can be extremely painful. 

So be sure to teach your young son or daughter early on the importance of consistent brushing and flossing. Developing good oral hygiene habits at an early age is important for healthy teeth and gums!

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment for you and your family, call Shining Smiles in Marietta, GA. During your checkup appointment, we can make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Schedule your appointment today.


What is Sleep Apnea?


According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, “It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed.”

So what is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea (and it’s the focus of this blog post). The soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses while sleeping, which creates a blocked airway.

A blocked airway causes several interruptions in a person’s breathing. Even though the interruptions are brief, they can occur hundreds of times throughout the night.

Doesn’t sound healthy or safe, does it?

Sleep apnea is never a good thing. It should be accurately diagnosed and effectively treated in a timely manner.

Sleep apnea signs and symptoms: How to know if you have sleep apnea

According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea:

- Episodes in which you stop breathing while sleeping (oftentimes noticed by another person)

- Gasping for air/oxygen while sleeping

- Consistent dry mouth upon awakening

- Waking up with a headache

- Loud (often disruptive) snoring

- Difficulty paying attention throughout the day

- Irritability

- Excessive sleepiness throughout the day (called hypersomnia)

- Insomnia

If you experience any combination of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor or dentist. He or she can evaluate your symptoms to determine if further testing is necessary, such as a sleep study (a sleep study will determine if you have sleep apnea).

Think sleep apnea isn’t a serious problem? Think again.

You may have seen sleep apnea-related commercials on TV or maybe you know someone who has sleep apnea.

Is sleep apnea really a problem for these people? Could sleep apnea be a serious issue? Will sleep apnea just go away on its own?

We’re here to tell you that sleep apnea is a real problem AND a serious problem.

Sleep apnea can negatively impact you and others around you on a daily basis. You see...

— A person who has untreated sleep apnea gets behind the wheel of a vehicle and can put everyone else’s life in danger. You see, he/she can fall asleep at the wheel, which is never a good thing.

— A person who has sleep apnea typically snores and gasps for air at night. His/her bed partner typically will not get a good night’s rest (and no one wants to deal with a cranky, sleep-deprived wife/husband day in and day out).

— A mother or father who works full time caring for a newborn or a young child might not have the energy or the patience to be the best mommy or daddy. You see, sleep apnea causes restless nights (in addition to the newborn waking up countless times throughout the about being sleep deprived!).

So you see, sleep apnea can negatively impact you and others around you on a daily basis. Timely treatment is necessary.

In fact, if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to:

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Headaches

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Depression

  • Heart failure

  • Irregular heartbeats

(Sources: and

Pretty serious, right?

We want what’s best for you, so if you have sleep apnea get the most convenient treatment option out there...

A Sleep Apnea Intraoral Appliance

What is a sleep apnea intraoral appliance?

An intraoral appliance is similar in appearance to a mouthguard. It can mitigate or even eliminate the symptoms associated with snoring and sleep apnea.

In general, intraoral appliances work by slightly repositioning the jaw to promote easier breathing and less snoring. Many people consider the intraoral appliance as a better treatment, far superior to other sleep apnea devices.

Actually, in 1980, the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device was invented by Collin Sullivan as a treatment for sleep apnea. Many people use the CPAP device to treat sleep apnea.

However, with advancements and more research, the intraoral appliance was designed with sleep apnea patients in mind.

Most likely, for CPAP users, an intraoral appliance would suit them better (we’ll get into the reasons a bit later).

At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, Dr. Mohip will make sure the sleep apnea mouthguard/intraoral appliance is custom fit to your mouth. This will ensure maximum comfortability and effectiveness.

(NOTE: We often have specials to save you money on dental work, including sleep apnea treatment, so be sure to check our website regularly:

Why is an intraoral appliance one of the best treatment options out there? Why choose a sleep apnea mouthguard versus a CPAP machine?

Convenience — you don’t have to lug around a bulky CPAP machine; just slip the appliance in your pocket or purse when traveling.

Easy to use — putting the appliance in and out of your mouth is a breeze.

No electricity needed — forget about positioning your bed next to an electrical outlet to plug in a CPAP machine…no electricity required for this appliance!

Comfort — everyone who uses the lightweight, flexible appliance comments on how comfortable it is to wear while sleeping (you’ll see once you start wearing yours!).

What’s next? Call to schedule your appointment.

The longer you wait without getting effective treatment, the worse the sleep apnea symptoms can get. It will not go away on its own, so don’t try (no wishful thinking here).

Don’t put yourself and others around you in danger; call your dentist or doctor today for an appointment.

If you live in or near Marietta, GA, we invite you to call Shining Smiles Family Dentistry for sleep apnea treatment. Our dental office offers intraoral appliances to patients with overwhelming success.

So don’t suffer from sleep apnea any longer. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mohip at Shining Smiles Family Dentistry.

(NOTE: We often have specials to save you money on dental work, including sleep apnea treatment, so be sure to check our website regularly:

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What are the Early Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease? Can They Be Reversed?


While the reasons to visit your dentist on a routine basis are numerous, one of the most important reasons is to ensure that your gums stay healthy.

In fact, did you know that according to a 2010 study from the CDC, roughly 47% of American adults have mild to moderate periodontal disease?

It’s true (and staggering). You can read the full article below:

That begs the obvious question: what are the early warning signs of periodontal disease, and can they be reversed?

In this article, we’re going to share with you a few things you can look for to determine whether or not you may have some form of gum disease. By catching periodontal disease early you’re much more likely to keep it under control.

Also, visiting a dental office for your routine cleaning is paramount if you want to keep your mouth healthy and avoid any complex or difficult-to-treat dental issues down the road.

First things first: What is periodontal disease?

Simply put, periodontal disease (a term often used synonymously with gum disease) is an infection of the structures that surround the teeth, which is primarily the gums, but also includes the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone (which is the bone structure that contains your tooth sockets).

When the areas around your teeth become infected, periodontal disease is the result.

There are actually three different stages of periodontal disease. Here they are:

Stage 1: Gingivitis

The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which you’ve probably heard of before. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums caused by a buildup of plaque. It is one of the early warning signs of gum disease.

The reason it is so important to catch periodontal disease at this early state is because gingivitis can be reversed since it hasn’t yet reached the bone or connective tissue.

So if you are noticing any signs of gingivitis such as bleeding gums or a buildup of plaque, it’s important to schedule your next dental appointment as soon as possible.

If you are in or around the Marietta, GA area, then please contact our office at Shining Smiles Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shaila Mohip.

Stage 2: Periodontitis

Once you move into the second stage of periodontal disease (known as periodontitis), the damage that has occurred to your teeth and gums thus far cannot be reversed.

The reason? If your gum disease has reached the point that it can be diagnosed as periodontitis, it means the supporting structures (bones, sockets, etc.) have been impacted.

While this sounds like terrible news, it’s not the end of the world. If you have periodontitis you can prevent further damage by adopting a solid oral hygiene routine at home, avoiding certain foods and beverages that damage your teeth and gums, and seeing a dentist every six months.

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis

When you see individuals who have severe tooth decay or are missing teeth, they are likely in the advanced stage of periodontitis. At this point, the bone supporting your teeth (and the surrounding structures) are completely destroyed.

This means that your teeth can shift and even fall out. At this point, many patients opt for a dental implant restoration, which is a procedure that we perform routinely at our Powder Springs dental practice.

If you feel you may be in the advanced stage of periodontitis, here is some information on dental implants that you may find useful:

Here are the 5 early warning signs of periodontal disease:

1: Gums that are red, swollen or tender

Healthy gums are a nice, “comfortable-looking” pink color. If you notice that your gums are an “angry red” color, that could be a possible sign of gum disease.

Sure, not everyone’s gums are the exact same color, but if you notice that yours are more red than they have been in the past, it’s time to see a dentist to get evaluated.

2: Your gums bleed when you brush

Contrary to what many people believe, gums bleeding while brushing your teeth isn’t normal. It likely means that you are either in the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) or you are brushing with way too much force.

If you find that your gums constantly bleed while you brush (even after you start brushing a little softer), you should see a dentist immediately.

Remember, if caught early enough, gum disease is reversible so it isn’t something you want to wait on to get checked!

3: You have sores in your mouth

Mouth sores can be anything from harmless (although very painful) canker sores to very serious illnesses such as mouth cancer. They are also a common symptom of periodontal disease.

Bottom line: if you are experiencing any kind of mouth sores, seeing a dentist is a good idea. Again, if you are in Marietta or the surrounding area, please give Shining Smiles Family Dentistry a call today to schedule your appointment and get evaluated for gum disease.

4: Your teeth seem to shift or fit together differently

It isn’t normal for teeth to shift in the mouth. If you find that your teeth are shifting or they fit together differently when you bite down, it could be a sign of periodontal disease.

On the other hand, a bite that is “off” is also a common sign of TMJ. So, if you think you may have TMJ, you can visit our page on TMJ by clicking here.

5: You notice that some of your teeth are loose

If you have teeth that are loose or have fallen out, you could have an advanced form of gum disease called advanced periodontitis.

At this point, your gums and the surrounding tissue and bone have been impacted and the damage is irreversible. That being said, there’s still hope and you aren’t without options.

At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, we routinely place dental implants and crowns for patients who have lost some or all of their teeth. You have nothing to be ashamed of and we have a solution that will restore your smile and self-confidence!

Here’s an article from our blog that discusses restoring failing or missing teeth with dental implants:


Think you may have some of the early warning signs of periodontal disease? Here’s what’s next…

If you are experiencing any of the early warning signs of periodontal disease, then it’s time to see a dentist in your area. We hope that you’ll come see Dr. Mohip and the rest of our friendly, caring team of dental professionals at Shining Smiles Family Dentistry!

To book your appointment, give our office a call today.

7 Reasons Your Mouth Isn’t Healthy (and What to Do About It)


There’s no doubt about it; your oral health plays a significant factor in your overall health and wellness. Unfortunately, many people tend to do the bare minimum when it comes to taking care of their teeth and gums, which sometimes doesn’t cut it.

In this article, we’re going to share with you 7 reasons why your mouth isn’t healthy and what you can do to combat each of these problems. You’ll be able to smile confidently again knowing that your teeth and gums are in great shape!


1 Your teeth are stained

When you smile, the first thing most people notice is the color of your teeth. While some people’s teeth are a beautiful white color, many people have teeth that are stained a yellowish or brownish color. Because of this they don’t smile as much and tend to be self-conscious of their teeth.

While this is certainly a cosmetic issue it’s also a functionality issue. Teeth that are stained yellow or brown can be a sign of tooth decay, which is a problem you don’t want in your mouth.

For patients with surface staining, professional, in-office teeth whitening can lighten your teeth several shades in a short amount of time. For more severe problems such as tooth decay, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Mohip so that you can have a full oral exam and get recommendations on how to proceed with restoring your teeth.

2 Your teeth aren’t straight

While most people think that crooked teeth is simply a cosmetic or orthodontic issue, it can actually hurt the health of your teeth and gums. Teeth that are either crowded or have gaps in them along the gumline can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

While brushing and flossing are always important, it’s extremely important that your teeth are not too far apart, crowded, or crooked in any way. For patients who have severely crooked teeth and are also suffering from dental decay, dental implants with crowns or bridges may be an excellent option. Here’s a page dedicated to dental implants where you can learn more:


3 Maybe your jaw hurts, too

In certain cases, crooked teeth can actually be a symptom of a problem with your jaw.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (commonly referred to as TMD or TMJ) is a painful condition where the TMJ (a joint that acts much link a hinge) fails to move smoothly.

Think about it like a door that doesn’t fit perfectly and drags on the floor a bit when you push or pull on it; that’s quite painful when it’s going on between your mandible and temporal bone!

A few common symptoms patients with TMJ disorder report are:

  • Clicking or popping in the jaw area

  • Ear that feels painful or full

  • The inability to close or open the mouth

  • A bite that is out of alignment (the teeth no longer fit together properly)

Dr. Mohip treats TMJ right here at Shining Smiles Family Dentistry. If you would like to learn a little more about TMJ disorder and possibly schedule your appointment, visit the page below:

4 Your gums are red, swollen, or bleed when you brush

If your gums frequently have the appearance of being swollen, angry, or inflamed, it’s time for a visit to the dentist to see what is going on, as these are potential signs of gum disease.

There are three stages of gum disease:


This is the first stage of gum disease commonly characterized by gum inflammation and plaque buildup. Catching gum disease at this stage is important, as it can be reversed with minimal treatment and a solid oral hygiene routine.


At this point, your teeth are (unfortunately) permanently damaged. Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t take an active approach to minimizing your damage and it doesn’t mean that more advanced treatment, such as dental implants, aren’t a great option for you.

Advanced periodontitis

When you see someone who has lost several teeth or has several teeth that are yellow/brown, loose, and soft, they are likely in the advanced stage of periodontitis. At this point, your teeth will likely need to be removed and replaced with dental implants, a fixed bridge, or some other similar treatment.

Also, your teeth shouldn’t bleed when you brush them (it could happen on occasion, but it definitely should be the exception, not the rule)!

You can learn more about how we help patients with gum disease by visiting this page.


5 You constantly deal with bad breath

If your bad breath is more than just, “Oops, I ate some onions,” then you could have chronic bad breath (known as halitosis). There are many conditions that could cause halitosis and poor oral hygiene is certainly one of them.

If someone you love or care for is constantly telling you that your breath doesn’t smell great (and offering you some chewing gum), it’s time to get the issue checked!

6 Your diet isn’t right

We’re not saying you have to eat like a triathlete, but your diet does play a significant role in your oral health. For instance, eating too much sugar can create a breeding ground of harmful bacteria in your mouth that can lead to decay.

Another example is dark cola or coffee. While the occasional dark drink shouldn’t hurt your teeth much, drinking them day after day can stain your teeth. If you are going to drink dark colas or coffee, we recommend drinking them through a straw so they can bypass your teeth and gums (for the most part).

If you avoid sugar and dark-colored drinks it can go a long way to keeping your mouth healthy and in good shape!

7 You need to revamp your oral hygiene routine

A rock solid oral hygiene routine isn’t difficult to find or master, but consistency is the key. At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, we tell our patients they should brush their teeth twice a day for a period of two minutes each time and floss once daily.

It’s also a good idea to supplement with mouthwash. Also, many patients enjoy using an oral irrigator or water flosser to reach some of those stubborn spots that only water can reach.

Again, the routine is easy; become disciplined to follow it day after day without exception. Also, if you have a young child we recommend that you monitor their oral hygiene until they are at least 8 years old. While you want to encourage a young child to learn how to “do it themselves,” parents should still watch to ensure they are doing it correctly.


So what should you do if you’re experiencing any of these problems?

If you are experiencing any of the above problems and feel that your mouth isn’t as healthy as it should be, it’s time to see a different kind of dentist! At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, Dr. Mohip focuses, not only on providing patients with the best treatment for them, but has an overarching philosophy of preventative care.

You can read more about Dr. Mohip here:

And more about keeping your teeth clean and gums healthy here:

Once we correct the issue you are experiencing, we’re going to share with you a personalized care plan to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy for the rest of your life.

Don’t forget– your oral care is extremely important to your overall health and wellness. Give our Marietta dental practice a call today to schedule your consultation!

A Dentist for Kennesaw State Students (We’re Only 9 Miles Away!)


Are you a KSU student, but you’re not from the area? If so, you’re probably trying to find a few great places to eat, where you should get your haircut, where to go for fun and entertainment, and so on.

The Kennesaw area is a great place to go to school and as you probably already know Kennesaw State is quickly becoming one of the biggest and brightest universities in the state of Georgia.

While you’re probably busy with school, work, friends, and extracurricular activities, it’s important that you don’t overlook a very important aspect of your health while you’re in college…your oral health.

Yeah, yeah, we know you’re on your own and you don’t want to hear a lecture about how you’re supposed to brush your teeth and floss every day, but just following a few basic rules can ensure you come out of school with a degree and all of your teeth still white, bright, and healthy!

With that said, here are 6 basic oral hygiene tips to keep your teeth and mouth healthy while you’re studying hard at KSU:


Don’t skip brushing

Most college students brush their teeth before they leave their dorm room or apartment in the morning. However, what gets a lot of students is missing their nighttime brushing because they think, “I’m just going to bed. I’ll brush in the morning.”

While this sounds innocent enough, it’s a dangerous line of thinking that can lead to gum disease, stained teeth, and bad breath. You see, it’s important to brush your teeth before you go to bed, as your mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. By brushing before you go to bed, you remove most of the bacteria that would otherwise slowly but surely destroy your teeth and gums.

Floss once every day

Flossing is one of those simple habits that people of all ages struggle with. As a college student, now is the perfect time to make flossing part of your daily oral hygiene routine and it takes less than 60 seconds.

Here’s a quick tip: Leave your floss on your bathroom countertop beside your toothbrush. Most people have floss in their bathroom, but it’s often stuck in the back of a drawer, which leads to “out of sight, out of mind.”

If you keep your floss right beside your toothbrush, you’ll be more likely to take the extra 45-60 seconds to floss your teeth and get rid of those fine food particles that brushing can miss.

More water and less coffee, tea, and alcohol

If you’re over the age of 21 and you’re drinking responsibly, we aren’t here to tell you to stop. Speaking strictly from an oral healthcare perspective, tea, dark colas, coffee, and alcohol can have a negative impact on your oral health.

While it’s okay to enjoy some of these beverages in moderation, water is the best thing you can drink to ensure your body is adequately hydrated and your dental health is in excellent shape.

So next time you’re at the store, grab a pack of water instead of a pack of soda!

Eat healthy snacks and limit your sugar intake

Sugar can have a devastating impact on your teeth and gums. One way to keep your mouth healthier is to limit your consumption of sugary foods and beverages. If you eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and chew sugar-free gum (if you’re a gum chewer), your body (including your mouth) will thank you for it.

Use mouthwash routinely

Without mom or dad around you may find there is nobody to give you an honest opinion about your breath and you don’t want to be the person walking around campus with foul breath!

Mouthwash is another line of defense against harmful bacteria, gum disease, and of course, bad breath. I know you’re a college kid on a budget, but mouthwash is not very expensive and one quick 30-second “swish” per day can go a long way toward fighting gum disease and bad breath!

See a dentist every 6 months

As a college student, going to the dentist often gets put on the back burner. You don’t want to go to the dentist when you go home for the holidays or a long weekend, but at the same time you haven’t tried to find a dentist near Kennesaw State that you like.

Our advice to all college students:

Find a dentist near your school that you like. This way you can have a routine dental appointment on a quiet Wednesday afternoon when you don’t have class. You’ll get the dental care you need and won’t have to worry about seeing a dentist when you go home for a break.


If you’re a Kennesaw State student or parent of a KSU student, we’re not far away!

At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry in Marietta (just a little outside of Kennesaw), we’re only about 9 miles from the KSU campus and it’s an easy drive. Dr. Mohip and the rest of the team at Shining Smiles are a group of fun individuals who enjoy making patients laugh and smile (many of our patients think of us as family)!

If you’re a student looking to book an appointment for yourself or you’re the parent or guardian of a KSU student, we are currently offering a $99 new patient special! To learn more, give our practice a call or contact us right here on our website to get more information.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you take care of your teeth while you’re living your college experience!

Dental Implants FAQs: 7 Common Questions


Are you self-conscious about your smile? When talking to people or posing for a picture, do you try to “hide your teeth” and do the all gums smile?

We get it. When you don’t feel confident about your smile, it can really eat away at your self-esteem, and no one wants that.

For many patients who have lost the beauty of their natural teeth over the years, it can be a truly jarring, humbling experience. At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry in Marietta, we want to let you know that just because your smile isn’t what you want it to be now, doesn’t mean you can’t restore both the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth!

Below, we’re going to discuss some of the most common questions we get regarding dental implants, because we want to equip you with the information you need to make the best choice regarding your dental health.

1 What are some signs I may need dental implants?


At Shining Smiles, Dr. Mohip and our entire team always do a thorough exam and evaluation to ensure you’re a good candidate for dental implants. After all, we want to match every patient with the procedure that we feel is right for them (and that you’re comfortable with, of course).

You may be researching a lot of different options on how you can restore your teeth as well as your smile, and maybe you’ve already read through a lot of information on dental implants.

Based on our experience and what we see in our office day in and day out, here are a few signs that could mean you would benefit from dental implants:

  • You’ve already had a lot of dental work done (cavity fillings, crowns, etc.), but it’s been a long time and that work seems to be failing at this point.

  • You’re missing several teeth, and as a result, you no longer have the ability to chew certain foods or smile like you want to.

  • You have several teeth that are beyond being saved, and thus need to be extracted and replaced with a better, permanent solution.

  • Your missing or damaged teeth are starting to have an effect on your face. You may notice that your face has a sunken look because you do not have teeth to support it.

There are much more, but those are just a few of the ones we see when talking with potential implant patients.

2 Are they an effective solution for missing or damaged teeth?

While there are other solutions out there, dental implants are universally considered to be one of the top treatments available for replacing missing or damaged teeth and restoring your smile.

As we mentioned earlier, one of the factors that influence the success or failure of dental implants is ensuring you are in fact a good candidate and proper planning. In some cases, patients don’t have enough jaw bone for an implant to fuse with (a process called osseointegration), and as a result, a bone graft may be required.

This is why you want to schedule a consultation with an experienced implant provider like Dr. Mohip. She will discuss all these issues with you. Also, if you want to read more specifics about dental implants, please take a look at our page below:

3 How long do they typically last?


Dental implants themselves (which is the titanium screw that serves as an artificial anchor for your new crown, bridge, or denture restoration) will typically last a lifetime.

However, the real question you’re probably wanting to know is “how long will this entire restoration last?”

Obviously, your natural teeth didn’t last a lifetime, so it’s possible that your restoration won’t either. Dental crowns typically last 10-15 years (depending on how well they are cared for), and are the most likely component of an implant to need replacing years down the road.

That being said, replacing the cosmetic portion of your restoration with new crowns will not be nearly as involved as the original placement of your dental implants.

4 What does the process of getting implants involve?

This is something that Dr. Mohip can explain to you in detail at your consult, but here is a high-level overview:

  1. You decide you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, and schedule a consult

  2. You discuss your options with Dr. Mohip, and decide whether or not you are a candidate for implants (note: you certainly don’t have to decide immediately of course, but you’ll have the information you need at this point to make an educated decision).

  3. If you decide to move forward, an appointment will be scheduled for any needed extractions, and your implant(s) will be placed.

  4. The healing process begins.

  5. After healing (with can take a few months) your abutment and crowns, bridge, etc. are placed to finish your restoration. You’ll walk out feeling great with the ability to eat anything you want and smile big!

If you have any questions about any particular portion of the process, Dr. Mohip will be happy to answer!

5 Do they hurt? Is the placing of dental implants painful?


We’re not going to stand here and tell you that you will not have any soreness or discomfort, but when most people ask this question, they are referring to the actual process of getting dental implants.

At our practice, you’ll be under sedation the entire time, so you won’t feel anything immediately before, during, or after the procedure. It’s a commitment we make to all of our patients to keep them comfortable from the minute they walk in our office until they walk out.

Of course, being under sedation you shouldn’t drive, so you will need to arrange for a ride to and from our office on your surgery day.

6 Which cosmetic restorations are typically used alongside dental implants?

The dental implant itself is just the titanium screw that secures to your jawbone to mimic your natural tooth root. So, a question we get asked frequently is what cosmetic restoration will be used to “cap off” my full dental implant procedure?

At Shining Smiles, we’ve had great results using crowns and bridges, which are artificial teeth that are carefully crafted in a dental lab to mimic the look of natural teeth. In fact, most people cannot tell a difference due to advancements in crown and bridge technology over the past 20 years.

To learn more about crowns and bridges, visit our page below which is dedicated exclusively to this subject:

7 Aren’t dental implants expensive? How can I pay for them?

It’s no secret that dental implants aren’t cheap, and they can easily cost several thousand dollars. While you may be thinking “I can’t afford that right now,” we offer financing options that help make your dental care affordable with low monthly payments.

After all, you probably didn’t pay cash for your last vehicle; you likely financed it. We’ve partnered with CareCredit, a healthcare financing company who can help you get the dental care you need, without having to come out of pocket several thousand dollars.

You get the dental care you need, are able to set up low monthly payments, and CareCredit pays our practice for the services we have provided you; everyone wins!

Would you like to take the next step, and get more information on dental implants?


We’re conveniently located in Marietta, GA (formerly in Powder Springs), in close proximity to Hiram, Kennesaw, and the Northwest area of Atlanta. If you would like to schedule your dental implants consult with Dr. Mohip, please give our office a call today!

Remember…you don’t have to live your life being self-conscious of your smile, or not being able to chew the foods you love. We offer affordable payment options, and can get you on the books for a dental implants consult with Dr. Mohip soon. Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Why are My Teeth So Sensitive? 8 Reasons


Do your teeth feel sensitive or fragile when you’re drinking a hot or cold liquid, or brushing your teeth? Tooth sensitivity is a common issue that adults and children face, and the causes can be numerous.

If you find yourself struggling with tooth sensitivity, fear not! We’re going to share with you 8 possible reasons why your teeth might be sensitive, as well as offer a few solutions for what you can do to get rid of this nagging, frustrating, and sometimes painful problem.

1: You have a cracked tooth

It only takes the smallest crack or fracture to cause incredible pain or sensitivity. In many cases, you won’t be able to see that you have a cracked tooth, but if a particular area of your tooth or teeth is always sensitive, then it’s definitely a possibility.

If your tooth is cracked, visiting the dentist to get a filling or sealant is likely your best of course of action. In some cases, if a tooth is actually decaying, it could be that an extraction and tooth replacement will be necessary.

Here’s a little more information on fillings and sealants:

2: You’re suffering from gum or periodontal disease

In some cases, your teeth may be sensitive because your gums are sensitive. This is often the case with patients who suffer from gum or periodontal disease. In addition to sensitive teeth, here are a few other signs and symptoms that are commonly associated with gum disease:

● Persistent bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth
● Your teeth may start to come together differently
● Teeth that appear to be loose
● Receding gums
● Gums that inflamed, red, or bleed when you brush or floss

If you notice any change in your gums, you should see a dentist immediately. At Shining Smiles in Marietta, we recommend our patients schedule a routine oral exam and cleaning every six months as part of their preventative maintenance.

3: Your whitening toothpaste is too strong


While whitening toothpaste may keep your teeth whiter, they can actually cause sensitivity (if you have ever had your teeth professionally whitened, then you may know this feeling all too well!).

Did you know there is a scale that actually measures the abrasiveness of whitening toothpaste? It’s called the RDA value, and any toothpaste that is 100 or higher in the RDA scale is considered highly abrasive.

So if you have recently switched toothpaste, and have just recently started to experience tooth sensitivity, you could be using a toothpaste that is too abrasive for you and may need to switch back to your old toothpaste or find one that is lower on the RDA scale.

When selecting a toothpaste, whitening isn’t everything, you also want one that is gentle and healthy for your gums!

4: You’re experiencing decay and/or weak tooth enamel

Dental decay or weak tooth enamel could be the cause of your tooth sensitivity. When your teeth begin to decay, it can damage the nerve roots, which in turn can lead to that feeling of sensitivity when you eat, drink, brush or floss.

If a decaying tooth cannot be rescued, it may need to be extracted and then replaced with a dental implant, topped with a crown. If you have several teeth that are missing or decaying and you’re in the Marietta area, then we encourage you to read our page below discussing dental implants:

5: You’re an aggressive brusher and flosser

Do you feel like you need to brush extremely hard to get every last bit of junk and bacteria off of your teeth? If so, you may be an aggressive brusher, which can actually do more harm than good.

Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is a great habit, but you shouldn’t be bearing down or have to use any force when you do. Brushing slowly and gently twice a day for two minutes, and then flossing once a day is exactly what you should be doing to take care of your teeth (and visiting the dentist every six months, of course).

6: You eat too many acidic foods


Acidic foods can lead to tooth sensitivity because over time they can erode your tooth enamel. Without sufficient tooth enamel, more nerves are exposed, which can then lead to an increase in sensitivity.

If you eat a lot of acidic foods and have problems with sensitive teeth, you may want to limit your intake. In fact, here are some of the most common foods that can lead to tooth sensitivity:

● Soft drinks. Colas are highly acidic, and while never drinking any soft drinks may be unrealistic, limiting your consumption is a good idea.

● Acidic fruits. Fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits (amongst others) are highly acidic and can lead to tooth enamel erosion. While fruits are healthy, they could be contributing to your tooth sensitivity and should be eaten in moderation.

● Tomatoes. Tomatoes are delicious and healthy, but highly acidic. In addition to fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce or paste can also be acidic and may need to be limited.

When you schedule your appointment with Shining Smiles and meet Dr. Mohip, she will be happy to discuss how you can improve your diet to decrease your tooth sensitivity.

7: You grind your teeth at night

Teeth grinding is another potential cause of tooth sensitivity. In many cases, grinding your teeth that be a symptom of an underlying problem like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

At Shining Smiles, we help patients suffering from TMJ disorder, often times by fitting them with an oral appliance. You can learn more about TMJ and how we treat it below:

8: You have acid reflux


You’ve probably noticed throughout this article a common theme; when your enamel become compromised, it often leads to tooth sensitivity. This is definitely true with acid reflux, as chronic reflux can, over time, damage your tooth enamel leading to increased sensitivity.

While you should see your primary care doctor regarding your acid reflux or GERD, we also recommend that you follow a diet that is conducive to lowering reflux.

We can diagnose your tooth sensitivity, and get you on the path to recovery!

With our knowledge and advanced technology, the team at Shining Smiles can diagnose the reasons why your teeth are sensitive, as well as provide you with a game plan for getting rid of it.

If you’re in the Marietta area, give Shining Smiles Family Dentistry a call today!

Oh and if you’re on the fence about visiting a new dentist, just read our Google and Facebook reviews (which we’ve conveniently aggregated for you) at the link below: