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Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During PregnancyIf you are pregnant or about to be, your dental health may be the last thing on your mind. Yet many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. This post from The Fayetteville Dentist contains vital information about dental health for expectant mothers.

We recommend having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning by one of our hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often linked to hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plaque production which can lead to tooth decay. If you are eating multiple small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your dental care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. Once your bundle of joy arrives, remember we like to see him or her by the first birthday and offer excellent pediatric dentistry. We also offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

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4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Suspect A Bite Problem?

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The topic of this blog post from The Fayetteville Dentist is malocclusion, which literally means “bad bite.” Many cases of malocclusion can be corrected with clear braces.

Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics, coined the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole, but  in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it causes no issues.

When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.

There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.

Children with a normal bite can develop bite problems with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.

The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to repair bite issues. Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be repaired with crowns or dental bonding.

If the jawbone is significantly misshapen or misaligned, maxillofacial surgery may be needed. Jaw surgery is a serious undertaking with significant risks and a long, painful recovery. While the jaw heals, it is secured with wires and screws. Ouch!

The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC is able to correct many cases of malocclusion with clear braces from Invisalign. We also offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

Fayetteville Oral DentistrySometimes our patients at The Fayetteville Dentist ask if chewing xylitol-sweetened gum is an effective substitute for tooth brushing and regular dental exams. The short answer? No! But before we explain, here is a little bit about xylitol:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark, but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually useful for your teeth.

Numerous clinical studies have shown that xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that initiates cavities. It also minimizes plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of our patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For those who cope with frequent dry mouth, xylitol gum or mints can stimulate saliva production while not causing cavities.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup and cleaning with us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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How Do You Measure Dental Success?

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How do you measure “dental success?” A check-up with no cavities? A perfect smile? A crown that looks as natural as the surrounding teeth? At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, it could mean all those things and many more.

For a child, dental success could be defined as a childhood free of cavities, learning daily dental hygiene practices, and gaining an understanding of why it’s important.

For a teen who is hesitant to smile because of misaligned teeth, dental success could be measured by a successful course of orthodontic treatment resulting in a beautiful smile that restores confidence and boosts self-esteem.

For a middle-aged man who neglected his teeth in his youth, dental success could be defined as restorative dentistry that stabilizes his dental condition and improves his oral health.

For a woman with tetracycline stains but otherwise healthy teeth, dental success may be as uncomplicated as quick in-office same-day tooth whitening.

Consider a man with several missing teeth who can only eat soft foods. For him, success might require natural-looking dental implants that allow him to eat steak for the first time in years.

What are your goals for your smile? What is the current state of your oral health? Schedule a consultation with The Fayetteville Dentist. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Do Veneers Make Teeth Look Bigger?

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A well-designed porcelain veneer does not make your tooth look larger – unless you want it to. A veneer can correct many dental issues, and are available at The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC.

Porcelain veneers are considered minimally invasive restorations. During the placement of some porcelain veneers, an extremely thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth.

Here’s a little veneer trivia: they’ve been used for nearly a century. As popular as they are today, the first veneers were used in the early days of the movie industry. A Hollywood dentist dreamed up the idea of veneers as a way of improving movie star smiles. It worked.

Veneers are ideal for teeth that have become discolored or stained. Years of drinking coffee or eating highly pigmented food may have left you with a dull, unattractive smile. Veneers are an easy way to brighten your smile. One of the great features of porcelain veneers is that they are largely stain-resistant. That means that once they’re in place, you don’t have to worry about discoloration, or having the veneers whitened.

Porcelain veneers are just one of the cosmetic dentistry options available from The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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What Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

Fayetteville Mini-ImplantsWhen you meet someone who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you make assumptions about their income, or level of education? It isn’t fair, but we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. If a missing tooth is an issue for you, The Fayetteville Dentist can help with a dental implant.

Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:

I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.

So a missing tooth can be a big deal.

Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as dental implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles. To find out more, call The Fayetteville Dentist for a consultation. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Successful Smiles

Fayetteville Teeth BleachingProfessionals who are happy with the face they present in business situations have a greater level of self-confidence. Confident people, in turn, are more likely to be successful in their business and personal relationships. Simply put; if you feel better, you’ll probably do better!

At The Fayetteville Dentist, our cosmetic dentistry patients experience a significant boost of self-confidence whether they undergo extensive smile transformations or an individual procedure.

Whether it is attractive or not, your smile is always with you. Every person you meet notices your smile immediately. Even if you never smile because you are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth, your teeth still show every time you talk.

How do you feel about the smile you present to the world? Are you happy with the color of your teeth? Would you like to straighten your teeth? Do have teeth with chips and cracks?

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we are dedicated to patient satisfaction. Our team has years of experience with cosmetic dentistry, and developing customized treatment plans. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Is Perfect Possible?

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Are you thinking about a smile makeover? Are you skeptical of promises of a “perfect smile” or a “celebrity smile?” Let’s discuss the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available from The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, and the results that can be expected.

Composite Veneers

The application of porcelain veneers can remedy numerous aesthetic dental issues and is generally a better solution than dental bonding.

Veneers can fix chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While a veneer cannot repair a decayed tooth, it can turn an unattractive tooth into an aesthetically perfect tooth.

Tooth Bleaching

Tooth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. However, some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee incredible results for any patient that desires a whiter smile.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville, we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not illuminate your smile.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Would you like to turn back the clock to your pre-filling smile? It is possible with white fillings. To get an idea of how the inside of your mouth would look without unappealing metal amalgam fillings, have someone without any fillings open their mouth. Do you remember when your mouth looked like that?

These are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry solutions that create stunning smiles for The Fayetteville Dentist patients. We also offer pediatric dentistry. Call us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Floss picks vs regular floss? It’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, but it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. At The Fayetteville Dentist, we recommend traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. But teeth are rounded or oval, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just doesn’t make sense, because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss.

By wrapping traditional floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can better clean that vital area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more nimble than a piece of plastic.

We have seen patients who are vigilant floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a refresher course on proper flossing:

  1. Cut a section of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  2. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  3. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s important to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  4. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece.
  5. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean length for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new piece.
  6. Some people find it simpler to commence on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you choose, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

For dental health tips, and for all your general and cosmetic dentistry needs, see The Fayetteville Dentist. We offer evening and weekend hours for your convenience.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Royalty At The Fayetteville Dentist

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When The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC crowns one of our patients, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile.

The necessity of a dental crown is usually readily apparent. Based on how much tooth is available to hold in a filling, a crown may be necessary to add more support and to keep the tooth from falling apart or breaking. Crowns are also needed as a sturdy support for dental bridges.

A crown restores your tooth to normal shape, size and strength, and allows it to resume its proper place as a team player with the other teeth.

Millions of people are enjoying the benefits of crowned teeth. Dental crowns and bridges are among the services provided by The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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