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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Dental Confidence Or Caution

Whether you are one of the folks who goes willingly for your check-up, or are hesitant about getting dental work done, The Fayetteville Dentist wants you to make and keep regular appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Regular dental appointments are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. For most patients, we recommend a visit to our office every six months. We occasionally need to see a patient more often.

Parts 1 & 2

There are two parts to an average dental appointment: a cleaning and a checkup.

  • During a cleaning, one of our dental hygienists inspects your teeth and gums, and uses special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up. It also includes polishing your teeth, which removes any surface stains. The last step is flossing.
  • During a checkup, the dentist checks your overall dental health. If there are any issues, like a cavity or signs of gum disease, we’ll usually schedule a follow-up appointment. It will be planned for your convenience, of course, but sooner is better.

What you do between your six-month visits is really important. Plaque is contantly forming on the teeth, so we recommend – and we cannot say it strongly enough! – that you brush and floss your teeth. Ideally, you’ll do this twice a day.

You have a lot of toothpaste choices. The flavor is up to you, but be sure to choose one with fluoride.

By seeing us twice a year, and maintaining a good dental health regimen at home, you can have confidence that your teeth and gums are in great shape. At The Fayetteville Dentist, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. If you haven’t already, schedule your next appointment today! We also have an office in 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


Have You Neglected Your Dental Health?

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we stress to all of our patients, at The Fayetteville Dentist. Coupled with twice-a-year checkups and cleanings, it’s the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every single day without fail, is essential to your dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too. But we understand that some people, for whatever reason, let it slip. Some have even been known to skip brushing and flossing so often, you could say they never do it at all.

It’s Worth It!

In cases like that, some people may think their teeth are too far gone – that no amount of treatment can restore their dental health. If that sounds like you or someone you love, we’re here to tell you it isn’t so. There is always a way to make your teeth look and feel better.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it will be worth it. In cases of neglected teeth, initial treatment begins with an inspection in our office. At that time we will identify the need for any fillings or extractions. A root canal may be in order, too – but don’t let those words frighten you. Modern dentistry has taken the pain out of even difficult cases.

We’ll also be looking for signs of gum disease, which is common in cases of neglected teeth. If we find it we’ll begin a sequence of cleanings and treatments to revive your gum health.

There Is Always Hope

Once we have your mouth back in a healthy condition, we start looking at what needs to be done to fix any damage. It may not be a walk in the park, but it won’t be as bad as you might imagine. And it will definitely be worth it, in the long run.

Your biggest takeaway from this post should be this: there is hope for your teeth.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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


Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings with The Fayetteville Dentist are critical for good dental health. Sometimes a patient’s gums may bleed after a thorough cleaning. Is this a problem?

Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two, you don’t need to be concerned. But if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you really need to return to our office for some follow-up. There is the possibility of gum disease.

Gum disease is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.

No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we want to see our patients twice a year.

Risk factors for developing gum disease include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Certain illnesses, like AIDS, and their medication
  • Medication that reduces the flow of saliva

The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums

The type of treatment a patient gets for gum disease depends on the extent of the condition. Part of the treatment might include behavioral changes, like giving up smoking. And it is essential that the patient adopts good daily dental care.

We think there already are plenty of reasons to quit smoking, and to start brushing and flossing twice a day. But if you’d like another, there it is: to head off a disease that could result in losing your teeth.

The unfortunate truth is that anyone can get gum disease. But there is hope; the earlier it is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. The Fayetteville Dentist provides gum disease treatment, as well as 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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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in FayettevilleAt The Fayetteville Dentist, we counsel our patients to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to get sugar out of your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as conspicuous as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in grocery stores and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must!

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. We encourage everyone to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Our services include 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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Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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In this blog post from The Fayetteville Dentist, we’re reviewing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner or interdental irrigator.

The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960s by a and a hydraulics engineer. The device is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its origin, numerous other companies have entered the market with similar products. (The Fayetteville Dentist does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)

A water irrigation device oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out bits of food and plaque from around and between teeth. There have been over 65 studies that have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis care.

Water flossing devices are great for people with braces. People with limited dexterity also find them useful and effective. And they’re a great addition to a dental health regimen that includes regular brushing and flossing.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we want all our patients to practice good dental hygiene at home. We also like to see each patient for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedulde your next 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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Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

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At The Fayetteville Dentist we approach all your oral care needs in two ways: what we can do in our office, and what you can do at home.

For example, teeth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. In the office there are effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening methods are also effective, and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can impact your whitened smile. Be aware of staining agents such as coffee, tea, tobacco and soda. We understand that eliminating these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change (we like them, too).

Awareness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary beverage can cut down on the contact your teeth have with it and help neutralize the acids. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can negate the results of teeth whitening.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we are committed to providing superior care to all our valued patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have extended evening and weekend hours to best serve you. 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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The Fayetteville Dentist Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

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At The Fayetteville Dentist, the dental health of our patients is always our top priority. We want all of you to have a cleaning and checkup at least twice a year.

Those regular checkups not only keep your teeth clean, they help us stay on top of any potential problems. One of the things we’re careful to check is the health of your gums, and any sign of gum disease. If a checkup shows any signs,  don’t despair. We can help.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

Gum disease is a serious matter. Unfortunately, millions of Americans lose their teeth to it every year. In its milder forms it is called gingivitis. Left unchecked it can devleop into the more serious periodontitis.

Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

  • Scaling
  • Root planing
  • Antibiotics
  • Surgery

Gum disease can sneak up on you. And that is what makes regular check-ups and a daily dental health routine at home so important.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we offer gum disease treatment along with general and cosmetic dentistry. Your dental health means everything! Schedule your next checkup 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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8 Things You Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

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Life is hectic for new moms and dads and some function on very little sleep for several months. At The Fayetteville Dentist, where children’s dentistry is among our services, we don’t want the first year to fly by in a blur without busy parents giving a thought to their baby’s teeth.

Unfortunately “out of sight, out of mind” is often the case. It’s never too early for new parents to construct a plan for their child’s lifelong oral health.

1. Before the first teeth appear, wash gums with a soft damp cloth or piece of gauze after feeding.

2. Prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Most new parents are cautioned from the beginning not to put babies to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. However, since baby-bottle cavities is still fairly common, this warning bears repetition. Baby bottle tooth decay is entirely preventable. If your baby will not sleep without a bottle, use only water. Moms who breast feed should understand that breast milk is just as effective at creating an environment for decay. If your child uses a pacifier, don’t dip it in sugar or honey.

3. Take your infant to the dentist early. That’s right—infant. Your child’s first dental exam should occur when the first teeth come in, usually between six months and one year of age.

4. When your baby’s first tooth peeks through, begin brushing gently with a small, soft toothbrush and a grain of rice sized dot of fluoride toothpaste. This helps keep that tooth decay-free while allowing your baby to get comfortable with regular oral hygiene.

5. From the ages of 3 to 6, the amount of toothpaste can increase to a pea-sized dab. Most children swallow instead of spitting. You don’t want your child to swallow more than a tiny smear of toothpaste. While fluoride is essential, too much can be dangerous.

6. Consider dental sealants. Sealants safeguard the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the cracks and fissures where food particles can hide, breeding harmful bacteria that doesn’t take long to create cavities. Sealants are especially essential in the back teeth which, due to the abundance of crevasses, are hardest to clean properly. During your child’s first check-up at our Fayetteville office, you can communicate with The Fayetteville Dentist Dentist about sealants. Sealants aren’t usually applied until all of the teeth have come in, but it’s a good idea to seek a dentist’s advice at your first visit.

7. Talk to us about pacifier use, thumb-sucking, or any other habits that affect teeth and jaw development.

8. Teach your toddler to drink from a cup as soon as possible. The fewest months your child uses a bottle, the better. Even if your child loves his bottle, you are going to have to take it away sooner or later.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we love our littlest patients and offer children’s dentistry, along with general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Hope Mills. 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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Check Out The Checkup!

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one.

There are some very good reasons for seeing us twice a year. Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important: it helps prevent plaque buildup! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.

Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it does a fabulous job removing any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

And that, in a nutshell, is how your visit with the dentist goes. At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule you’re next checkup 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