The Fayetteville Dentist Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Fayetteville Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Many of our patients at The Fayetteville Dentist get a couple of dental terms mixed up. In this blog post, we would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. It develops as the food you eat breaks down during the courwe of the day. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. If it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. It won’t come off with brushing your teeth. Regular check-ups and cleanings are necessary to remove tartar.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities. At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, regular dental checkups remove any buildup and catches decay before it gets out of hand. Our 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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7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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People with chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration it can cause. At The Fayetteville Dentist, we can help you with this distressing problem.

There are several possible causes of bad breath, some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, brush your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to clean away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some committed oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prohibit particles of food from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

An examination and deep dental cleaning can also help. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and tartar off your teeth. During your examination, we’ll determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath. Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC. In addition to checkups and cleanings, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

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:

910-716-0105

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:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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What Can The Fayetteville Dentist Do For You?

Hello, and welcome to The Fayetteville Dentist blog. Our team of dentists works hard to keep the teeth and gums of each of our patients healthy.

Teeth may seem like bone, but they are actually living structures. Inside that hard exterior is complex system of tissue. And the teeth themselves are anchored to your jaw by ligaments and a material called cementum.

Because there is so much more than meets the eye, we urge our patients to take good care of their teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day, and by visiting our office twice a year for cleanings and a checkup. Our hygienists will remove any accumulation of plaque and tartar that has built up, and one of our dentists will give your teeth and gums a thorough inspection.

Why do we stress this? Because research has shown there is a connection between the health of your teeth and your overall physical health. In short, a healthy mouth can help you maintain a healthy body.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. And we love helping kids get started on a lifetime of good dental health with our pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Get On Top Of Your To-Do List

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Is it time to get your life back in order? If you’ve pushed dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. The Fayetteville Dentist can help.

At our practice in Fayetteville NC, we see patients for many smile adjustments, and strive to provide extraordinary service to our all our patients.

At your consultation feel free to ask about veneers, implants, invisible braces, bridges and all things dental. We answer cosmetic dentistry questions all day long and know how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

The Fayetteville Dentist, in Fayetteville NC, provides general and cosmetic dentistry. For your convenience, we have evening and weekend hours. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


The ADA: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

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Today’s message from The Fayetteville Dentist is about the American Dental Association. You have probably seen the ADA logo on toothpaste and floss—but what else do you know about this dental institution?

The ADA’s self-proclaimed objective is to improve the level of public oral health by supporting the dental industry through not-for-profit federal, state, and local societies. It was established in 1859 and is run by its members, which currently total over 160,000.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is not an endorsement of a product per se, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product. Companies who want the ADA credential for a product must submit proof of rigorous scientific testing. Once submitted, the ADA re-tests the product to further verify results. There are currently over 300 products with the ADA credential.

The ADA does more than analyze dental products. Here are some other ways the ADA works to discharge its mission:

  • Provides resources to support dentists and their practices
  • Educates the public about oral health
  • Works to maximize access to dental care
  • Offers advice on essential issues that affect the dental industry
  • Collaborates with other organizations on scientific research projects and public health initiatives
  • Offers scholarships to dental students

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including clear braces from Invisalign. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


Captivate Audiences Once Again

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Remember when being a toothless five-year-old captivated friends and family? When a lisp was considered adorable and endearing? Doesn’t really work for adults. But with help from The Fayetteville Dentist, your days of drawing delighted looks and commanding a conversation may not be gone forever—even if you have gaps in your smile.

Don’t keep your fans waiting any longer. It is time to find out what can be done to fill in those gaps and restore what you reveled in as a child—your dazzling smile and a healthy self-image.

If you are missing teeth, a dental implant may be your solution. Unattractive gaps can be masked with porcelain veneers. If you are just not happy with your smile’s current state, the talented group at The Fayetteville Dentist look forward to offering you the solutions to all your vital smile makeover, dental restorations, and cosmetic dentistry questions.

A simple consultation will bring not only clarity but hope that possibilities for family dentistry, kids dentistry, or emergency dentistry are well within your reach. Call The Fayetteville Dentist for an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


The Future Of Tooth Decay In Fayetteville

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Fayetteville

Dental patients may wonder what would happen if they didn’t get a checkup and cleaning from The Fayetteville Dentist twice a year. The answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, establish and maintain a good dental health routine. With daily brushing and flossing and regular checkups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

The Fayetteville Dentist in Durham NC provides general and cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Twice a Year! Dental Checkups in Fayetteville NC

An appointment with The Fayetteville Dentist twice a year is essential to your dental health, and to your overall health. By seeing us for a dental checkup every six months, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy, and have a great smile, to boot.

When you come in to our office, a typical appointment is in two parts. First, one of our hygienists gives your teeth a thorough cleaning. That in itself is worth coming in. But part two, the checkup, is just as important, because we’ll take x-rays, check for any cavities, make sure your gums are healthy, and look for signs of any problems like bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Seeing us twice a year is also a great way to protect your overall health. We won’t give you a physical like your doctor, of course. But there are more than a hundred systemic diseases that can be detected in the mouth. We can find signs of diseases before you even know about them.

In between your visits, make sure you take care of your teeth and gums at home. That means a daily regimen of flossing and brushing. We recommend at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. That way you are consistently removing that plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup and cleaning with The Fayetteville Dentist, pick up the phone and give us a call. We also provide pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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