August 25, 2010

Are You Ready for Friday Night Lights in Atlanta?

High school football is back, and most of our local teams hit the field this week. Some of our schools are perennial powers. Some are new programs. Some are rebuilding. All offer a great opportunity for some good old-fashioned fun and healthy competition.

Head out to a high school football game with your friends, neighbors, and family this Friday, and be sure to kick off the night with a tailgate picnic. (Throw some dental floss in the ice chest to rid your teeth of those pesky popcorn kernels, and be sure to rinse with water after drinking sugar-filled sodas!) You’ll get caught up in the excitement, crazy fans and team spirit as you cheer on your team.

Call your local high school for game time and ticket information, or plan to purchase tickets at the gate. And if you have a football player in the family, be sure he wears an athletic mouthguard! At Dentistry in Buckhead, we care about community, kids, and strong, healthy smiles. And we know how to have fun.

Click here for a sneak peek from WSB-TV Channel 2 Sports, featuring some of our local talent!

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August 17, 2010

Clear Braces for Straight Teeth and a Gorgeous Smile

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_pate @ 7:29 pm

If your teeth aren’t quite straight; if your front teeth are unevenly spaced; if you wore braces in your youth and your teeth have shifted out of alignment, you should talk with me about Invisalign clear, removable braces. In just 6 to 18 months, custom Invisalign aligners straighten teeth without  wires and brackets.  I’m Dr. Peter Pate, a cosmetic and restorative family dentist in Atlanta, and I want to give you a reason to show off your smile.

Invisalign is an innovative style of orthodontics that works well for many adults and older teens. After a consultation, if we determine that clear braces are right for you, I’ll use 3D imaging technology and special software to create your custom treatment plan. Then, a certified Invisalign laboratory will fabricate your series of clear acrylic Invisalign aligners. (more…)

August 5, 2010

Buckhead Kids Should Be All Smiles for Back to School

It’s that time again! Kids everywhere are trying to deal with the pain of summer’s end and the excitement of seeing all their friends again at school. Parents across the nation are clearing the school supply shelves at Wal-Mart.

School is about to begin.

If your child needed vaccinations or an athletic physical, you probably made a trip to the family doctor’s office. But let me ask you, did you get to the dentist?

Firemen recommend that you change the batteries in your smoke detectors when daylight savings time starts and finishes each year. This habit ensures fresh batteries twice a year—and could save lives.

I recommend, if your kids aren’t already on a six-month dental checkup rotation that works for your family, you consider aligning dental checkups with school starting. If you get your kiddos on this schedule, they’ll visit the dentist in July/August and February/March (after the hectic holidays, but before spring break). (more…)

August 4, 2010

Don’t Be Scared! Ask Dr. Pate about Sedation Dentistry

First of all, more people avoid dental visits because of fear (est. 30%) than avoid airplanes because of fear of flying (est. 18%). I want you to know, dental fear, dental phobia, call it stress, anxiety, apprehension, or what you will—being too scared to go to the dentist is a common and very real problem. You, my friend, are not alone.

When you visit my office, Dentistry in Buckhead, we can sit down and talk about your concerns. Please be open with me and my staff so that we can help you. I’ve assembled a compassionate, dedicated team of professionals who understand dental phobia and sedation dentistry. Personally, I’ve taken continuing education through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), and I maintain active membership with this respected association.

We offer two levels of sedation, and I’ll be happy to talk with you about which is best for your situation. Here’s a summary of each… (more…)

What Pregnant Moms Need to Know

Do you have a bundle of joy on the way? Congratulations! We’re so very happy for you!

I’m Dr. Peter Pate, a restorative and cosmetic family dentist in Buckhead Atlanta, GA. During pregnancy, women visit their OBGYN regularly.  But what about the dentist? Only 22 to 34% of women visit the dentist during pregnancy, and only half visit the dentist if they have an oral health problem.

It’s important that you understand, oral health has a great impact on overall health and the health of your baby. The American Academy of Family Physicians released these facts about pregnancy and oral health. Take a look. An informed patient is a wise patient! Besides, aren’t parents supposed to know everything?

  • Gum disease, or periodontitis, can contribute to a low birth weight.
  • A deep hygiene cleaning, with scaling and root planing, on pregnant women with gum disease can reduce the potential for low-weight birth.
  • In the third trimester, treating tooth decay with a topical antibacterial reduces the oral bacteria level in the pregnant mother. It also lowers the risk of transmitting bacteria to the baby. (more…)

Dedicated to Dental Education for Great Buckhead Dentistry

As a dentist, I hold myself and my team to high standards in education—because you deserve our very best. My name is Dr. Peter Pate, and my practice is Dentistry in Buckhead. While we have fun and sincerely enjoy serving patients, my team and I take professional growth seriously. I regularly invest in new technology and training, as well as continuing education.

Most recently, I received the prestigious Fellowship award in the Academy of General Dentistry. This particular designation requires 500 hours of approved continuing education, three years’ membership with the AGD, a dental license in good standing for at least five years, and passing the extensive AGD Fellowship Exam. About 7% of American dentists achieve fellowship with the AGD, and I’m proud to be in this number. You deserve it! I’m also undergoing a rigorous five-year program to earn mastership status with the AGD. The Mastership Program requires 1100 hours of approved continuing education. (more…)

How to Choose Your Children’s Dentist in Buckhead & Greater Atlanta

As a parent, some of the most important decisions you make will be choosing your children’s healthcare providers. The Dentistry in Buckhead team loves kids. I’m Dr. Peter Pate, a father, husband, and family dentist. I understand the heavy responsibility of choosing the right medical team to care for your children and loved ones because I’m sitting right beside you in that boat. Of course, I want you to choose me and my team to take care of your family’s smiles, but regardless of your choice, these questions should help you make a good decision.

  • Hours: Are the dentist’s hours conducive to your child’s schedule? To your schedule?
  • Location: Is the dental practice located in a convenient area for your family?
  • Services: Does the dentist provide the services you need? Does the dentist see children? How young?
  • Kid-Friendly: Does the team like working with kids? Does the office have television and wi-fi to entertain kids?
  • Tour: Can you take a tour of the office to determine if it’s the right place for your family?
  • Team: Can you meet the team to get a feel for their personalities before scheduling your visit?
  • Payment: Does the dentist accept credit cards? Can you pay with a CareCredit loan? (more…)
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