Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring

Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring In Fayetteville

People who are interested in a full smile makeover might want to first consider gum contouring at The Fayetteville Dentist. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is helpful for anyone who feels their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth.

If you feel that your gums cover too much of the surface of your teeth, it may seem that your teeth are too small and out of proportion with your mouth. Gum contouring may help with your appearance.

Talk to us about gum contouring. Many periodontists perform this procedure, as well as some general dentists.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we use cosmetic dentistry techniques to improve smiles every day. Call us to schedule a cleaning and checkup 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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Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In this post from The Fayetteville Dentist, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 1
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3 (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.4
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

At The Fayetteville Dentist, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find first-rate dental care with a focus on your dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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Missing Teeth? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

Missing Teeth In Fayetteville? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

If you have had years of dental problems or are embarrassed by your teeth, The Fayetteville Dentist can help you find the restoration procedure right for you. You could be a candidate for complete or partial dentures or dental implants.

A removable replacement for missing teeth, dentures can be made in advance and positioned as soon as the natural teeth are removed. Our dental lab creates dentures that look just like attractive, healthy teeth.

If you still have some healthy, natural teeth, you can benefit from dentures without having your healthy teeth extracted.

Partial dentures fill in the gaps, replacing missing teeth to complete a smile. Partial dentures can prevent natural teeth from moving.

Another alternative is dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone, actually replacing both the root and crown of the tooth. Dental implants have many advantages, such as preventing jaw bone recession which can occur when natural teeth are removed.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is ‘snapped on’ or attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.

The Fayetteville Dentist offers dental implants and dentures. Call our office to 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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10 Terrific Tooth Tips From The Fayetteville Dentist

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In addition to cleanings and checkups, The Fayetteville Dentist likes to share useful information to help you stay on top of your dental health. So without further introduction, here are some terrific tooth tips:

  1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
  2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
  3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
  4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
  5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
  6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water.
  7. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
  8. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition.
  9. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth.
  10. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want all our patients to take good care of their teeth. Brush and floss daily, and see us for a checkup every six months. Services include general and restorative dentistry. We also have an office in Hope Mills. Schedule your next exam 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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Saliva And Dental Health

Saliva And Fayetteville

In  this blog post from The Fayetteville Dentist we examine saliva, and its role in your dental health.

Saliva is mostly water. No surprises there. A small portion of it, though, is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The ideal pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a critical factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that you know how important saliva is to dental health, you can probably see why adequate salivary flow should concern you. For most people, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. But a condition called dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health problems occur.

At The Fayetteville Dentist we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. We’ve also got an office in Hope Mills. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have extended evening and weekend hours for your busy schedule. 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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Bad Breath Q & A

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This post from The Fayetteville Dentist offers some answers to common questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is horrible, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can propagate and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can review other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not eliminate food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and gives off a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can lead to smelly breath. Antihistamines can diminish post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth moist, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can bring about bad breath?
A. As addressed before, any condition that lessens saliva generation can cause halitosis. It is also a common side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my breath become offensive when I went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were probably the culprit. Ketones are produced when the body digests fat—which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the plus side, sounds like you weren’t cheating!

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we offer our patients a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today, and ask about treating your bad breath! We have offices in Fayetteville and Hope Mills.

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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Top 5 Do’s And Don’ts Of Dental Hygiene

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The Fayetteville Dentist is committed to the dental health of each one of our patients. Part of what we do involves sharing information, and in this blog post we offer up some tips for oral hygiene.

1.Do… remember that brushing your teeth is about clearing the plaque away before it turns to tartar. A gentle brushing at the proper angle can gently clean the bacteria away. Once plaque has settled into tartar, no measure of brushing will remove remove it.

Don’t… vigorously scour your teeth and gums until your gums bleed.

2.Do… remember your gums need to be cared for. Proper brushing and dedicated flossing can keep your gums healthy and strong.

Don’t… put off seeing us about sore or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity or mouth sores.

3.Do… establish a routine for brushing and flossing that leaves ample time to clean all the nooks and crannies of your mouth. We recommend a minimum of two minutes of brushing.

Don’t… forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can interrupt an important routine.

4.Do… schedule twice-yearly dental visits for cleaning and examination by a professional. Cancer screenings, cavity checks, and removal of tartar from the teeth are vital for maintaining a healthy mouth.

Don’t… worry if you don’t have the healthiest of mouths. We can help you get back on track.

5.Do… enjoy your mouth and all the wonders it is capable of.

Don’t… put off coming in to find out about everything a full-service practice can do for your smile.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also offer pediatric denistry, and love it when the youngsters come in for a checkup. 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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Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

The Fayetteville Dentist Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Fayetteville Dentist can transform your smile. But it’s about more than straight white teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

How can a smile makeover transform your life?

1. It shapes the way you are perceived by others.

Many of our patients say that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without self-consciousness.

2. It lifts the mood in social situations.

When you candidly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when needed.

3. You will feel more confident.

When you quit focusing on hiding your teeth, you have the strength to concentrate on ways to realize success in personal and professional pursuits.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we love improving the smiles of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Find out what we can do for your smile. Start by scheduling a 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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What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency

Fayetteville Dental EmergenciesMany of us will experience at least one dental emergency in our lives. You could break a tooth playing a sport, accidentally dislodge a crown, experience sudden pain caused by an abscess or break a wire on your braces. If you ever need emergency dentistry, remember us at The Fayetteville Dentist.

The following issues need immediate treatment:

  • Broken Tooth: Save any tooth fragments. Rinse mouth with warm water. If the area is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze. A cold compress held on the cheek can reduce swelling and lessen pain. Visit us as soon as you can.
  • Lost Filling: Save the filling if you can. It can help your dentist determine why it came out. Do not let food get stuck in the hole left by the filling. Do not chew on the tooth. Brush it gently. Call us to schedule an emergency appointment right away.
  • Displaced Crowns: If there is pain, you may apply a dab of clove oil with a Q-tip to the affected tooth (a common home remedy that may reduce pain). Save the crown. If you can’t get to our office right away, you can apply dental cement (available at drugstores) or denture adhesive to temporarily re-attach the crown. Never use other types of glue or adhesive.

By coming to our office as soon as possible, you avoid pain, infection and possible further tooth damage. If you delay treatment, even for a few days, you risk needing more extensive treatment later.

The Fayetteville Dentist offers emergency dentistry. Other services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an 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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Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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A wise person once said that everyone wants a long life, but no one wants to get old. Yet it happens. While some challenges that come with aging can’t be avoided, others can. At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we help patients of all ages with their dental health issues.

Gaps In Your Smile?

Many dental problems common among retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

Some people think losing their teeth as they age is inevitable. It isn’t. With a proper dental health routine at home and regular cleanings and checkups in our office (just like you’ve always done, we hope) your teeth can last a lifetime.

Changes

But the mouth does undergo changes as we age. The nerves in teeth may get smaller, to the point where teeth are not as sensitive to cavities and other issues. That means you may not feel as much tooth pain from a cavity as you once did. Regular checkups become that much more important.

If you do lose one or more of your teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Implants can:

  • Support a single artificial tooth
  • Support a set of dentures

To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for 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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