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Tooth Brushing Tips: Are You Using Your Toothbrush Ineffectively?

Dr. Matt Holley - Monday, October 30, 2017


Tooth Brushing Tips: Are You Using Your Toothbrush Ineffectively?


If you brush your teeth regularly, using toothpaste containing protective fluoride, you're likely to have good teeth. But your teeth may be less well protected than you think, depending how effectively you're brushing them. If your dentist is finding cavities, despite your efforts, this may be because you're using your toothbrush ineffectively. By adopting a logical approach and applying it systematically to every area of your teeth and gums, you can keep a handle on decay. Here are some guidelines to help.


1. Brush upwards from the lower gum, and downwards from the upper gum. This will sweep the sides of your teeth clean, just as a broom sweeps dust from a carpet. You'll need to almost close your jaw and stretch out your lips to reach this part of the back teeth, and pull your lips away when brushing the front area. Start each sweep at the gum, to ensure no food particles get lodged between gum and tooth, where rot and infection can quickly set in.


2. Brush the insides of your teeth. When you've brushed down all around the outside, do the same on the inside. This is not so easy, and you'll have to tilt the brush different ways to reach every part, so you'll need a loose wrist. As with the outsides, sweep food particles and plaque away from the gums to the tips of your teeth, from where they can be washed away.


3. Brush the backs of your furthest teeth. The 4 wisdom teeth at the back of your mouth may be hard to reach, but they need brushing like the rest, from gum to tip, including the backs of them, that face your tonsils and throat. To maintain effective sweeps of the brush right around this area, open your mouth wide and hold the brush loosely, tilting it at different angles, as necessary.


4. Brush the flat tops of your teeth - the parts you bite and chew with. This is the easiest area to reach, so keep it as a reward for all that fiddly maneuvering. Work your way systematically around both lower and upper sets of teeth, brushing at different angles to sweep out every last crumb from all the little dents and dips.


5. Hold the toothpaste froth in your mouth for a minute or so before rinsing out, to allow the fluoride to start taking effect. When you finally rinse your mouth out, don't rinse away every last drop of the toothpaste foam. If you can still faintly taste it, that's a good sign as it means you still have a tiny trace of fluoride left in your mouth to fend off the bacteria for a while.


6. Use a good toothbrush, and when the bristles start to wear down or go out of shape, exchange it for a new one. The bristles need to be straight and strong to be effective. When choosing between hard, medium and soft brushes, consider your personal needs. If your gums are swollen or liable to bleeding, a soft brush will be gentle on the damaged skin, whereas a hard one could interfere with healing. A hard brush, used with pressure, could possibly wear down your teeth's protective enamel, too, especially if it is already thin. However, you may feel the need of a hard brush for more effective brushing. If in doubt, ask your dentist for advice, or consult the online dental care sites and forums.


If you're brushing your teeth effectively and regularly, you're looking after them well. If you cut down on your sugar intake, you'll be protecting them even more. True, that may be easier said than done when you're passing a tempting cake stall, but an extra brushing after your sugar-drenched doughnut will help.


Top 5 Steps to Keeping Your Teeth Whiter for Longer

Dr. Matt Holley - Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Dr. Matt Holley, a Prattville dentist, doesn’t just want to restore your smile, he wants to give you information that can empower you to keep your smile brighter for longer.



Food and beverages can stain your teeth, causing your smile to look dull. Even healthy foods or beverages can cause staining like, beets and carrots. You should avoid tea, coffee, red wine, for a daily consumption, and only partake in occasional use. When you drink or eat these things, be sure to not let any remanence rest on your teeth. You should brush and floss immediately afterward, including using mouthwash.


Tobacco Usage

It is not a secret that smoking can kill you. Sadly, that is not where it stops. It destroys your oral health as well. Tobacco of any kind, whether chewing or smoking, you are prone to get cancer, in addition, tobacco stains your teeth and causes gum diseases. It is essential to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, and if you already are using tobacco, quit.


Regular Professional Cleanings

Routinely going to your dentist is so important. I cannot stress that enough. Maintenance and preventative maintenance can save your oral health. Untreated tooth decay can cause infections throughout the entire body. If you have a regular dentist, ask about scheduling routine cleanings throughout the year. Professional cleanings remove all the bacteria that gets into the grooves of your teeth that brushing cannot remove. Professional cleanings also remove plaque that builds up between visits. Consistency is key. Regular cleanings can keep your smile brighter for a longer period.


Professional Whitening/At Home Whitening

Teeth Whitening is a sure way to a brighter smile, and scheduling a professional whitening with your dentist at least once a year can ensure a brighter smile. However, there are a variety of whitening methods that can be used. Between home remedies and professional whitening, the safest route is professional whitening of course, and here is why. At home remedies are not monitored or rationed by a professional. Even if you purchase an at home whitening kit from your dentist, it is still best to go with a professional whitening at the dental office. It is just too easy to use to much of the whitening substance and causing sensitivity to your teeth and gums. None of the products are designed to be overused. Using more product will not make your teeth whiter, so keep that in mind. Home remedies like lemons and baking soda can do damage to your tooth enamel, as acid wreaks havoc on your smile.


Dental Sealants

My suggestion to you would be, that you go in to your dental office for regular checkups and routine cleanings. I would get a tooth whitening treatment or cleaning and then invest in dental sealants. Your teeth have grooves in them, and that is where bacteria get in and cannot be completely removed. It is the hardest to clean on your own, and beverages and food that stains your teeth, like coffee or tobacco, can get in those grooves as well, and the stain is deep. Dental sealants work as a protective layer on your teeth, keeping your tooth enamel strong and your teeth whiter, longer. Ask your dentist about dental sealants today.





Daily Brushing and Flossing and Fluoride usage is of course a sure way to ensure a brighter smile, and whiter teeth that will last longer. It is always good to take extra measures in caring for your oral health, and keeping a cleaner mouth, will not only keep your smile brighter, it will improve your oral health.


Frenectomy: We Offer It Here at Diamond Dental Solutions

Dr. Matt Holley - Sunday, April 16, 2017


Frenectomy or also known as frenotomy, is the removal, or alteration of Frenulum. Frenulum is a small fold of tissue found throughout the body, that is attached to an organ to keep it in place to avoid it moving about through the body (Medical Dictionary Inc., 2017). For this purpose, we will discuss Dental Frenectomy.


As a service that Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley provides at Diamond Dental Solutions, a Frenectomy procedure can save a patient from more discomfort and periodontal issues. A Frenectomy procedure can serve as an alternative procedure to some treatments for a periodontal issue (Medical Dictionary Inc., 2017).


Technological advances have enabled the dental industry to propel in altering the way we perform surgical procedures, to minimizing the trauma caused to the body from surgical procedures, to recovery time for patients, and minimizing the scar tissue that develops from most surgeries. Laser Dentistry has changed the face of general and cosmetic dentistry, bringing positive strides forward for all parties; patients and doctors. What used to be mechanical and invasive for dental surgery, can now, for many procedures, be done much more efficiently today. Laser dentistry, and soft tissue lasering has made procedures like the Frenectomy procedure an easy process (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).


There are a few reasons a patient may need, or even want a Frenectomy procedure versus some of the alternative oral procedures. The most common of which, would be a receding gum line or gap between the two top front teeth. To put in laymen terms, the part of your gums that folds over the base of the tooth where it emerges from the gums is not bonded or attached to anything, therefore, it is movable. Hence many complications with the varied forms of periodontal disease. However, not everyone that is a candidate for a Frenectomy procedure has periodontal disease. Patients that have a gap between their top two front teeth are also a good candidate for a Frenectomy (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).


The frenum in your mouth is the tissue between the top indention where the gums meet the beginning of the upper lip. That tissue can create a tension that begins to pull the protective away from the tooth. That tension can also cause a larger gap between the top two front teeth in many patients. By removing this tissue, the Frenum, the gingival margin (the gum that overlays the tooth) can be reduced. By means of the soft tissue lasering, a general or cosmetic dentist trained in laser dentistry can perform this procedure rather simply, and quickly in the dentist’s office. Patients endure minimal pain, have a faster recovery time, develop little to no scarring, and can see results far quicker than those from the traditional mechanical procedures to address these issues (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).


When soft tissue lasers for Dentistry were first introduced, doctors had to work quickly with the lasers in the procedures to avoid damaging the surrounding tissues from thermal temperatures. Today, dental soft tissue lasers have come a long way, and now, doctors are allotted more time for each procedure, expanding the amount of work that can be accomplished each session. Most surgical procedures can be done in one session, and in the office of the dental practice. Patients experience very little discomfort during and after the laser procedure. The Frenectomy performed by soft tissue lasering is especially held in high regard for the preferred technique. Dentists are able to get in and out in a fraction of the time it used to take doing the surgical procedure with mechanical devices and tools, and they are able to do so without causing damage to the surrounding tissue (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).


Diamond Dental Solutions provides the most up-to-date technology and procedures for their patients, enabling them to better serve you, and practice dentistry more efficiently. If you suffer from the tension caused by the frenum in your mouth, and you have a gap present, or notice a large gingival margin on your upper teeth, call us and schedule a consult today. Come and see what we can do for you.




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Many Adults Don’t Know How to Properly Brush their Teeth

Dr. Matt Holley - Monday, March 27, 2017

Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley wants to remind us on the basic to good oral hygiene. The truth is, that most people do not even practice the recommended basic regimen of daily practice for one’s dental health. Many of you out there are probably thinking, “well I brush and floss twice a day, so I know I have good oral hygiene”, but that does not ensure that you do.


Firstly, let’s break down what exactly is the best practice for your oral health, and why you should practice these things. Health thrives in routine. Whether it is a healthy diet, work ethics, parenting, our relationships, and yes, your hygiene; all of these things thrive with success when regularly practiced. Did you know that it takes 10 consecutive days to form a new habit? It takes a lot longer to break a bad one, however, 10 consecutive days is a good start to breaking a bad habit, the trick is sticking to it, whether it is good practice or bad practice.


So, with routine, there are positive aspects and negative aspects. The positive aspects are obvious ones, but what are the negative aspects of routine? Well, as humans, we tend to go through the motions when we get comfortable in our routines, and not necessarily pay attention to our efficiency of action. We see signs in our relationships, the husband comes home, kisses his wife, then goes to the TV to decompress and relax. He may still be going through the motions of showing affection, but is he efficiently expressing his love? In a relationship, you have the feedback of a spouse speaking aloud and bringing your attention to things that fall in the cracks. With your oral hygiene, however; it may take longer before you receive the feedback, and it doesn’t speak as loudly until it gets serious. But, the fact of the matter, is that it is always serious. So, while routine provides the opportunity for your oral hygiene to thrive, it is essential to pay attention to your efficiency. Most of you know the recommended time for brushing your teeth, 2-3 minutes. But, how many of you actually brush for even 2 minutes? You may think you do, but I challenge you to time yourself next time; you will be surprised. At Diamond Dental Solutions, they see a plethora of general dentistry cases where patients simply are not practicing good oral health routines. The patients are going through the motions, but without fully understanding why they should be practicing these things, they lose touch with their efficiency in their practices. Did you know that if you are not flossing regularly, you most likely have bad breath? Do you know what the main culprit of that bad breath is? Rotting food. Tiny pieces of food leave trails of bacteria lingering between your teeth and gum lining that cannot necessarily be seen with the naked eye. But who needs to see it, when you can smell it? Flossing isn’t the only practice that often gets skipped over, brushing your tongue is actually very important to your overall oral hygiene. What is the purpose of brushing your teeth and flossing, if you’re not going to remove the bacteria from your tongue? Brushing your tongue promotes fresh breath because you are removing bacteria. Gingivitis and gum disease are caused by the buildup of plaque and lingering bacteria. You are addressing plaque buildup by brushing regularly, and even if you are brushing properly and efficiently, if you are not incorporating regular flossing and tongue brushing with each time you routinely brush your teeth, you are creating the opportunity for gum disease and gingivitis.


Let’s recap: Brushing your teeth regularly, 2-3 times a day for a minimum of 2-3 minutes each time should be a part of your regular oral hygiene routine. If you really want to practice good oral hygiene, you would brush after every snack and meal, including after chewing gum or drinking any beverage other than water.

Flossing your teeth every time you brush is also essential and plays a vital role in your oral hygiene.

Brushing your tongue and mouthwash help carry the torch of efficiency for the removal of any bad breath causing bacteria, in addition, it helps prevent gingivitis and gum disease.

Brushing your gums should never be omitted, and should be a part of your regimen of brushing your teeth. Brushing your gums as you brush your teeth, will help you reach that 3-minute goal for your routine. Remember, people see your smile first, and remember your smile after you leave the room. Why not make your smile your number one attribute?

The Repercussions of Untreated Tooth Decay

Dr. Matt Holley - Saturday, February 11, 2017

What happens when you let tooth decay go untreated?


Well, for one, you are going to be in a World of pain and discomfort. The simplest tasks like eating and drinking beverages will be painful. Hot or cold beverages will be out of the question. But let’s say, you let it go and accept the fact that you’re going to live in discomfort until it becomes unbearable (My Tooth, 2017).


What are the implications that could arise from putting off addressing the issue?


  • Cavities and Tooth Decay are unsightly. Yellowing and dark holes in your pearly whites tend to show when you smile. Even decay below the gums can show if it is close to the line of the gums and tooth. Even if the decay is at the back of the jaw on your, molars, when you laugh, people can see the dark spots (My Tooth, 2017).
  • Cavities and Tooth Decay can cause bad breath. Plaque and bacteria build up in our mouths daily, that is why we are on constant defense combatting build up by brushing and flossing consistently (My Tooth, 2017).
  • Medical Issues can arise from tooth decay if you let it go untreated. Even putting it off, treating it later rather than sooner can cause serious implications. Abscess, which is an infection, can cause tooth loss through extraction. This can be very costly (My Tooth, 2017).
  • Abscesses and bacterial infections can travel through your blood stream and cause a far more serious, systematic infection. This can lead to life-threatening health complications.
  • Headaches, earaches, and jaw pain can occur as a result from untreated tooth decay.
  • Believe it or not, allowing tooth decay to go untreated can actually shift the lining of your jaw and change the makeup of your facial structure. Have you ever looked at before and after photos of people with other issues that have led to tooth decay, and their after photos, their entire facial structure has altered? In many cases, this is due to untreated tooth decay and oral infections.
  • When tooth decay causes infection, the infection can move throughout your system causing other health issues that are not oral related. Pierre Fauchard, the “Father of Dentistry”, identified in the 17th century that your oral health can directly affect your overall general health. He identified the links between the two (Soratur, 2002). As infection moves through your body, you have a blood stream that is all interconnected. There have been cases when a bacterial infection from a blemish around the nose has traveled into the brain causing irreversible damage.
  • Tooth Loss has more of a long-term effect than you would think. When you lose teeth from tooth decay, gum disease sets in, and functionality of your mouth for chewing digresses dramatically. When you are unable to chew properly and chew your food small enough, your body does not break down the foods and digest them efficiently. A very uncomfortable side effect of this is GERD, or also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Sharecare, Inc., 2016).
  • Scientific studies show that when you feel pain and discomforts, your concentration level is poor. You tend to sleep less, and become more distressed as time goes on. It is like the domino effect. Tooth decay is infested with bacteria in your mouth, and yes, that spreads from tooth to tooth (Sharecare, Inc., 2016).
  • Root canals are very unpleasant and can be costly. Allowing tooth decay to go untreated can lead to the deterioration of the pulp of the tooth, severe gum disease, the list goes on. Multiple dental treatments and procedures will be required to bring your oral health up to par, and a lot of extra costs too. It is best to address the problem at the first sign of sensitivity, or visual appearance.

Prattville dentists at Diamond Dental Solutions bring you affordable dental care, so that putting off treating tooth decay or early stages of cavities is not an option. Efficient and affordable oral health care is essential in maintaining good oral hygiene. We strive to make patients feel comfortable through treatment programs as well as through the payment process. Keep your smile in good health, call for a consult today!




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Veneers: It's Possible to Have a Perfect Smile

Dr. Matt Holley - Saturday, January 07, 2017

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you; it’s the lasting impression you don’t have to work for. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your smile was a beautiful, perfect smile? Today, your dentist can make that possible for you with affordable cosmetic dentistry by way of veneers. What exactly are veneers?


Well, veneers are a shell that goes over your existing tooth. They are made from two different types of material; there are porcelain veneers, and resin veneers. Either choice offers you the opportunity of a beautifully constructed smile. Covering any kind of anomalies, veneers offer you a solution to your problematic smile that can last for several years (WebMd, LLC, 2017).


What is the Difference Between Porcelain and Resin Veneers?


Porcelain Veneers are made from porcelain while resin veneers are made from resin composite materials. Veneers a permanent, and are placed over the tooth with a bonding agent. This bonding agent sticks to your existing tooth. However, in order for the veneer to look natural and not bulky, most cases, the process may require the removal of some of the surface of the existing tooth. Because the surface of your existing tooth is partially removed, take the necessary time to consider all the factors in this procedure. You should have several consultations with your dentist before beginning the process. Speak to your loved ones and family to share thoughts on the total procedure and its benefits. Once you come to feel confident in your decision, then you can proceed with the treatment plan (WebMd, LLC, 2017).


Once you are certain veneers are for you, it usually takes just a couple more doctor visits following your consultations. The first visit is to make the veneers specifically customized for your teeth, and the second is to apply the veneers (WebMd, LLC, 2017).

Porcelain is a thicker material than the resin composite. Because of the difference in density, resin veneers require less removal of the surface of your existing tooth. There are many patients that report little to no discomfort during this process. However, note, that the removal of some of the tooth surface may cause a little sensitivity. This generally goes away in a matter of days following the procedure (WebMd, LLC, 2017). Porcelain veneers tend to have that glistening luster that natural healthy teeth have. The resin composite material for resin veneers look great, they just don’t shine as much as porcelain veneers do (WebMd, LLC, 2017).


What Are Some of the Reasons to Get Veneers?


If your teeth are stained, veneers can help the discoloration by using a brighter color that makes your smile priceless! The same goes for yellowing teeth, veneers can give you bright white teeth. If your teeth are malformed veneers can hide the appearance of that. A great option for veneers, is the fact that you can have individual teeth done versus having to get veneers on all of your teeth. You may have just one or two teeth that do not match the rest of your teeth. You can have those two teeth covered with veneers to make a consistent, cohesive smile (WebMd, LLC, 2017). Perhaps you do not like the way your teeth look after having braces removed, you could have veneers put on your upper teeth in the front to create a beautiful smile. The options are plentiful when it comes to choosing veneers for your treatment plan in creating a perfect smile.


Porcelain veneers have several advantages over resin composite veneers. In addition to more luster, porcelain veneers are able can make dark, stained teeth appear much whiter (WebMd, LLC, 2017). Porcelain veneers are also more resistant to stains than resin veneers. The material is stronger, and porcelain is a material that the gums can tolerate well (WebMd, LLC, 2017).


Important Factors:


While this is a wonderful, natural looking solution for a perfect smile, veneers are irreversible. Because your existing teeth must have some of the surface partially removed for the bonding process, if you are not happy with the look of the veneers, you would not have strong or sustainable teeth if removed. Veneers can last up to ten years, and in some cases, up to twenty years. If you are having just a couple teeth covered by veneers, know that the veneers will not be able to match the color of your existing teeth exactly. There may be some difference. Once veneers are set in place, they cannot be altered, so make sure you have a good idea of possible outcomes before delving into this direction for your smile solution (WebMd, LLC, 2017).


Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley can help you come to the best decision in your smile solution at Diamond Dental Solutions. Call for a consult today.




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Your Diet Plays a Big Role in Your Overall Oral Health

Dr. Matt Holley - Thursday, December 15, 2016


Over the past decade or so, more and more studies have unveiled that we are indeed what we eat. Seeking healthier foods to supply the much-needed nutrients our bodies require for optimum health is far more than a trend, it is because science continuously points us to what we are feeding our bodies as the solution to society’s growing health issues. However, our diet is not just a solution to existing problems, it is proven that our diets are the number one most efficient preventative health care available. So, it should not be a surprise to hear that your diet plays a major role in your overall oral health.


According to the American Dental Association, there are a number of avoidable foods that can destroy your oral health. And while we all know that we should avoid sugary foods, there are some forms that are worse for our teeth than others. For example, hard candies propose a higher risk for your oral health over other candies because of the added risks that come with them. Firstly, hard candy sits on your teeth longer, and if you chew them, you run a higher risk of enamel damage and dental emergencies such as chipped teeth (American Dental Association, 2016).


Foods high in acidity also destroy your tooth enamel. From citrusy foods to spicy foods, a consistent diet of acidic foods and beverages will break down your enamel over time, not to mention acidic foods and beverages cause irritation to inner mouth abrasions and sores (American Dental Association, 2016). Spicy foods can also cause acid reflux for those that have problems with indigestion and acid reflux. A constant state of exposing your oral cavity to acid leads to a total breakdown of your tooth enamel.


While coffee and tea in their natural state are not rigorously unhealthy, the common additives that we use are severely unhealthy. Try to avoid adding sugar to these beverages. In addition, just like tobacco, regular use of coffee and tea in your daily diet stains your teeth. In caffeinated form, coffee and tea also dry out your mouth. A direct effect of dry mouth is bad breath, and increased growth of bacteria. Our mouths need saliva to wash away excess remains of foods and beverages, and to rinse bacteria from the oral cavity (American Dental Association, 2016).


Foods like dried fruit and fruit snacks or gummy candies are horrible for your oral health. Just as hard candies reside on your teeth for a long time when you chew them, sticky foods adhere to your teeth and the grooves in between your teeth. This causes plaque buildup, in addition, it is one of the major causes of cavities. So, if you are thinking of adding dried fruit to your diet as a healthy alternative for snacking, keep that in mind, and make sure you have time to brush your teeth thoroughly and floss afterward (American Dental Association, 2016).


The prevention of poor oral health is promoted with a balanced, healthy diet. When thinking of snacking, we tend to lean toward the crunchier foods like potato chips. Unfortunately, potato chips not only wreak havoc on your waistline, they also wreak havoc on your beautiful smile. Potato chips are high in starch, and starch sticks to your teeth and gums. Try choosing a healthier alternative for crunchy snacks: apples, salads, raw nuts, carrots; any of these are a wonderful alternative for your oral health and your waistline. Now that sounds like a win win, right? (American Dental Association, 2016).


Matt Holley, MD, a Prattville Dentist encourages you to have a balanced daily diet, and recognize that flossing is just as important to your oral health as brushing your teeth. In fact, without flossing, you are doing such a disservice to your oral health, it is almost like not brushing your teeth at all. Aristotle said it best, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” Keep that in mind when you reach for the next thing to put into your mouth. Once in a blue moon having spicy food shouldn’t erode the enamel on your teeth, and an occasional sticky fruit snack may not be the end to good oral health for you, but be sure to floss and brush your teeth following these foods. It is your habits that determine your oral health, so be smart about your daily diet.





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Periodontal Disease: 80% of American Adults Have Some Form of The Disease

Dr. Matt Holley - Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Most people think they take pretty good care of themselves. This can include getting plenty of sleep, exercising daily, eating healthily, brushing and flossing, so on and so forth. When you really think about it, taking care of yourself can be actually quite complex! But, as difficult as it is for some to maintain, it can be just as equally important to sustain.


Oral hygiene is so hard! Right?


Not really. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with some mouthwash are the main components to a healthy mouth. That, and also going to the dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings. It isn’t that difficult to brush twice every day, and floss once every day. Yet, there are millions of Americans that struggle to maintain a healthy mouth.


So why is it so difficult for us to regularly brush and floss?


It’s simple; life is a dynamic and complex structure with never-ending circumstances that can ultimately make or break you. Life is a tough cookie, and every single person’s life is different. So how can we all fit something as tedious as brushing and flossing every day into our constantly evolving schedules and lives? Good question.


Regardless of how you figure it out, we all have to make time for what is important. Importance, however, is a relative concept. What is important to one person, might not be so important to another. There are mutually shared importances in life though. For example, good health is something that almost everyone strives for. Some of us might not put much time and effort into it, but ideally we all want to be healthy.


Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a plague to Americans. If you’ve been told you have periodontal disease, don’t worry. You are among the 80% of Americans that have some form of this disease. Although the preventative measures to staying away from this disease are the simple concepts of brushing and flossing, there is a pandemic of cases throughout the U.S. But do not worry; there are people in place to help you prevent and care for gum disease if you are one of the afflicted patients suffering from periodontal disease.


Ensuring you are properly caring for your gums and teeth is vital. That includes brushing and flossing regularly, but more importantly, maintaining an effective relationship with your dentist by visiting twice per year for cleanings and routine check-ups. By making sure you visit your dentist and discuss any changes with your oral health, you can prevent most cases of periodontal disease, and also can keep your teeth healthy and strong. It really isn’t that hard to see your dentist twice in a year! Finding the right dentist can be tricky, but making sure you do can be the difference between a healthy smile and a very unpleasant one.


Diamond Dental Solutions, located in Prattville, Alabama, has been successfully operated by Dr. Matt Holley for over 15 years, and has been one of the leading dental offices in the Prattville area. Prattville dentist Dr. Matt Holley has made his career in Alabama, graduating from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, and choosing to serve his local community by opening an institution that practices leading research and procedures to ensure his patients are at the peak of their oral health. A dentist like Dr. Holley can be a wizard at helping you stay away from gum disease!


By taking advantage of a great dentist and maintaining your own brushing and flossing, it can once again be extremely easy to sustain an overall healthy lifestyle. Brushing and flossing are easy, but keeping a dentist in the loop can prove to be instrumental in preventing ailments such as periodontal disease. So if your dentist has told you that you have some form of periodontal disease, don’t be afraid, and don’t lose your cool. There are plenty of Americans that share the same plight, and there is hope for everyone affected. If you are in the Prattville area and are in need of a caring and qualified dentist, turn to Dr. Matt Holley. With him in your corner, gum disease will be in full retreat and you will back on track to a beautiful and healthy smile.

Oral Cancer: Symptoms to Watch For

Dr. Matt Holley - Friday, October 28, 2016


Oral Cancer can come in many forms. Your throat, gums, jaw bone, lips, and cheeks can all be classified as oral cancer. Anything malignant found within the oral cavity is considered Oropharyngeal Cancer. As with all forms of cancer, it is important to be diagnosed early on so that one may seek treatments that will be more effective in combating the disease. In many cases with patients that have been diagnosed in the early stages of oral cancer, surgery and treatments have allowed these patients to have a full recovery. In today’s industry of diagnosing and treating cancer, there have been great strides in innovative treatments as well as higher success rates. If you suspect you may have oral cancer or experience any of the below-mentioned symptoms, please schedule a consult immediately with your doctor. Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley, and his skilled staff have experience with an oral cancer diagnosis as well as innovative treatments. It is in your best interest to end suspicion and get a consultation to address any issues promptly (Rising Tides, 2015).



Symptoms to Look Out For:


Well, oral cancer is tough to identify from merely symptoms alone. This is because the symptoms often are mistaken for common symptoms of colds and a series of other non-serious ailments. Persistent bad breath would not seem likely to be a symptom of oral cancer, but it is. Before reading the list provided below of symptoms of oral cancer, please take a mental note that firstly, these symptoms will be present for days and weeks. Secondly, see if your symptoms align also with risk factors. Meaning, it is important to ask yourself if you are also at a high risk for oral cancer. One thing about pharmaceutical companies today, is they list a plethora of possible symptoms to sell you a new drug. The symptoms are vague enough and broad enough to make everyone a candidate for their drug. That is why it is essential to consult with your doctor if any of these symptoms persist beyond a few days into weeks and get a professional opinion before you worry yourself.


Symptoms of oral cancer include but are not limited to:


  • Persistent Bad Breath
  • Weight Loss
  • Tooth aching
  • Sore Mouth
  • Lumps in Cheeks
  • Swollen Cheeks
  • Sores that do Not Heal
  • Consistent Oral Pain
  • Voice Changes
  • Numbness of Tongue or Throat or Gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Lump in Neck
  • Sore Throat

  • Difficulty in Swallowing (Rising Tides, 2015).

We all have probably experienced one to multiple symptoms listed above and did not have oral cancer. That is why I state that it is essential to seek a professional opinion. Dr. Matt Holley would be happy to put your mind to rest and end the guessing game.


Risk Factors:


  • Age does increase the odds of getting oral cancer. That is common with most cancers, however. The average age range for oral cancer diagnosis is over the age of 55 to 62 years of age.
  • Men are two times more likely to be diagnosed with oral cancer over women. Gender sadly plays a role here, however; that may be due to lifestyle choices per gender.
  • UV Light- A person with heavier sun exposure is more likely to be diagnosed with lip cancer. Many people diagnosed were documented as working outdoors or spending extended time outside in the sun.
  • Tobacco Use- Tobacco use of all kinds, cigarettes, dip, chew; they all ring common in patients diagnosed with oral cancers. 80% of people with oral cancer use tobacco. 80%! If that doesn’t encourage you to quit, then I don’t know what will.
  • Alcohol Use- 70% of patients diagnosed with oral cancers has reported use of alcohol.
  • HPV- HPV increases your chances of getting oral cancer.
  • Lowered Immune Systems- Like most diseases, with any lowered immune system whether from drug use or immune deficiency diseases, suppressed immune systems, the odds of getting oral cancer are dramatically increased.
  • Stem Cell Transplant- Those that undergo stem cell transplants are at higher risk for getting oral cancers (Rising Tides, 2015).


The above-mentioned risk factors are *Proven Risk Factors*. There is much speculation in today’s society over *unproven risk factors such as mouthwash, dentures, etcetera. Consult with your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms or are at high risk for getting oral cancer (Rising Tides, 2015).



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Wisdom Teeth: The Various Types of Erupting Patterns and Impactions

Dr. Matt Holley - Friday, September 09, 2016

What are Wisdom Teeth?



Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of the jaw. It would be great if growing these teeth actually made you wiser, however; that’s not the case. They are called wisdom teeth because they generally come in later in development; about 18 to 24 years old. These molars are specified for chewing and are located in the farthest part of the mouth. The growth of these molars can be discomforting, and sometimes even painful. However, mostly, these molars are just bothersome in their development. Many people have these molars removed. There are many reasons to have them removed. Firstly, as we have evolved, our need for this third set of molars is less necessary than it used to be. There are also numerous complications that can arise with the development of these molars including but not limited to overcrowding in a person’s mouth because they cannot accommodate the third set of molars. Often times, this causes slow development, hindered eruption, or crooked teeth in the rest of the jawline (WMDS, Inc., 2016).



What is Impaction?



“Impacted” is a term used in the dental industry describing teeth that do not have the room to fully erupt from the gums for full-growth. There are various types of impaction:


  • Mesial- Mesial or mesial-angular is when the tooth comes in pointing toward the front of the mouth.
  • Vertical- For the most part, this type of impaction is a normal orientation, yet still, the tooth does not have enough room in the mouth to fully erupt from the gums.
  • Horizontal- Also known as Traverse Impaction, this type of impaction is when the tooth is lying on its side trying to push through the gums. This can be very 
  • uncomfortable and even quite painful for some people.
  • Distal- Disto-angular impaction is the opposite of a Mesial Impaction. This is when the tooth begins to erupt, it is pointing toward the back of the mouth.

Each of these types of impaction can cause damage or distress to the surrounding teeth and gums as they try to push through and fully erupt. All of which is very uncomfortable. It also causes difficulty in maintaining good dental hygiene as food often times gets caught in between these points (WMDS, Inc., 2016).


There are also more types of impactions such as:


  • Soft Tissue Impaction- This type of impaction is when the tooth’s crown penetrates through the bone, but not quite fully through the gums.
  • Hard Tissue Impaction- Of these kinds of impaction, there are two forms.
  • 1.Full-Bony Impaction- This is a complete bony impaction and is when the tooth is completely or fully encased in the bone. The tooth remains inside of the bone.
  • 2.Partial Bony Impaction- This is where the crown of the tooth is covered only by a thin layer of soft tissue and the length of the tooth is still beneath the hard tissue.


In both cases of the Hard Tissue Impactions, surgery requiring large amounts of bone being removed in order to remove the wisdom teeth makes for an extensive surgery. Soft Tissue Impactions are of the easiest to be removed, thus requiring less time in the chair (WMDS, Inc., 2016).


In Prattville, dentist Dr. Matt Holley of Diamond Dental Solutions is certified in sedation dentistry. This helps to make the experience of having your wisdom teeth removed (if necessary) a smooth process as well as pain-free. With years of experience and a wonderful rapport with patients, Diamond Dental Solutions has established a reputation for clarity and comfort with their dental patients. With the approach to dental services from an efficient comprehensive treatment plan, Diamond Dental Services can assist in making your smile the best and first thing people notice about you. While many doctors treat issues one-by-one, Dr. Matt Holley looks at a patient’s whole situation and evaluates the best route to achieve the patient’s goals for aesthetics and dental hygiene. If you are experiencing discomfort, suspect that your wisdom teeth are coming in, feel your teeth are becoming over-crowded, or are just of the age range (18-24) to be expecting your wisdom teeth to be coming in, please give us a call for a consultation. Dr. Matt Holley and his skilled team at Diamond Dental Solutions would be happy to explore your status and possible solutions that best suits your needs. Don’t wait on making your smile your #1 attribute.



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Matthew D. Holley, D.M.D., P.C.

542 McQueen Smith Road North,

Prattville, Alabama 36066

Phone: (334) 310-8866

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