Questions About Dentistry and Oral-Systemic Health

man worried about oral-systemic healthAlthough it focuses on your mouth and oral structures, dentistry is about more than just maintaining a clean and beautiful smile. As experts have known for quite some time, the state of your oral health can have a long-lasting effect on other vital systems, including your cardiovascular health, respiratory system, immune system, and more. With what we now know about dentistry and the impacts of oral-systemic health, good hygiene is no longer a suggestion, but a necessity for reducing your risks of a variety of other chronic health conditions. (more…)

Jaw Functions and TMJ Disorder

woman suffering from tmj disorderIf you’ve ever felt or closely observed your jaw as you open and close your mouth, then you may have realized that it’s controlled by two joints on either side of your face. Known as temporomandibular joints (TMJs), they’re combination hinge-and-sliding joints that work simultaneously to power your jaw’s movement. TMJ disorder, or TMD, describes a dysfunction with your jaw’s joints that could lead to severe, chronic discomfort throughout your jaw, face, mouth, head, ears, neck, and shoulders. (more…)

The Best Tips for Better Dental Hygiene

better dental hygieneDental hygiene is your own way of practicing preventive dentistry on a daily basis to ward off tooth decay and gum disease, among other things. If you don’t keep it up to par, then your teeth, gums, and general oral health can fall victim to any number of dental health issues. So how do you know if your dental hygiene is working? The best way is to attend a dental checkup and cleaning as often as your dentist recommends, and to make sure you keep your teeth as clean and safe as possible with better dental hygiene practices. (more…)

What Can Dental Implants Do?

older woman with dental implants eating an appleNot all replacement teeth are the same. Some are designed for a single lost tooth (like a dental bridge), while others are equipped to rebuild your smile after severe or total tooth loss (like partial and full dentures). What they all share, however, is the need for a support system that mimics your lost teeth roots as closely as the restoration mimics their crowns.  That’s where dental implants come in. (more…)

3 Reasons Why We Recommend Tooth-Colored Fillings

woman smiling healthy teethEven if the main goal of your dental treatment is to restore a tooth, aesthetics (visual appeal) still plays a big role in maintaining your smile. If you’ve ever had a cavity treated with a metal filling, and you see it every time you smile or brush your teeth in the mirror, you might already understand. Fortunately, today’s dental fillings don’t have to be crafted from metal, and are often made from innovative composite resin, instead. Dubbed tooth-colored fillings, restorations made from resin offer a few advantages over their metal predecessors, which is why we typically recommend them to patients with mild to moderate cavities. (more…)

Making Family Dentistry More Comfortable

comfortable familyIf you aren’t really comfortable visiting the dentist’s office, you’ll be less likely to visit as often as you should, which can raise your risks of developing a serious dental issue. At our Fuquay Varina family dentist’s office, our entire approach to dental care is centered on you, the patient, and making you as comfortable as you are confident in the dental care we provide. (more…)

Why Grinding Your Teeth Should Concern You

woman with sensitive toothYour teeth are pretty formidable. Usually, they can adequately withstand the forces of biting and chewing your food several times every day, as well as the scrubbing of your toothbrush and floss. However, strong though they are, your teeth aren’t indestructible, and when forced against each other with nothing between them, your teeth can wear themselves down significantly. Grinding teeth is a serious concern for many patients, and if you exhibit the symptoms, then we recommend seeking dental treatment as soon as possible.   (more…)

Tools for Healthy, Beautiful Teeth

dental hygiene tool setThe things you need to keep your teeth clean and healthy aren’t a mystery; toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and if you prefer (or need it), mouthwash. How effective these things are, however, depends on a few not-so-obvious factors, such as what they’re made out of and how you use them. To help you maximize the tools you use for maintaining healthy teeth, we offer a brief guide on how to optimize their potential for reducing your risks of dental health issues. (more…)

Tracing the Cause of Your Toothache

lady with severe toothacheEven if you never experience tooth decay or gum disease, there’s a good chance that you have, or will, experience tooth sensitivity at some point in your life. Sensitive, aching teeth are one of the most common dental health symptoms, and they can be caused by any number of different issues. To successfully treat your discomfort and find lasting relief, we’ll first have to find the cause of your toothache, which can range from tooth damage, to a dental disease, to something else entirely. (more…)

What Foods Are Best for Your Teeth?

couple eating cheeseYour diet can affect more than your physical frame and fitness. For better or worse, what you eat and how often you eat it also has a significant influence on the state of your dental health. While some substances, like sugars and organic acids, are known for their ability to damage teeth and cause cavities, other foods essential to feeding your teeth the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy. (more…)