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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Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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In this post from The Fayetteville Dentist we are going to talk about stomatitis.

Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is frequently caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most men and women have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are usually just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, we should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, we can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want the best possible dental health for each one of our patients. That is our goal, every single day. 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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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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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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Many of our patients at The Fayetteville Dentist walk in for a routine checkup and cleaning. A common question comes up: am I brushing thoroughly? Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered—from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques—is our business. At The Fayetteville Dentist we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will accomplish the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are flexible before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to reach the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve incredible dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is critical. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.

At The Fayetteville Dentist we provide our patients with general and cosmetic dentistry. We offer extended evening and weekend hours to fit any busy schedule. Make 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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Are Toothpicks Good For Cleaning Teeth?

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we always remind our patients how important it is to clean their teeth on a regular basis. Not just the front surfaces, but between the teeth, too. This is essential for cavity prevention.

What’s the best way to go about getting those narrow spaces between teeth? That’s an easy one: dental floss. Our rule of thumb is to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once – ideally, just before bedtime.

What about during the day, though? You’ve just had lunch, or a mid-afternoon snack, and you can feel the gunk that’s stuck between your teeth. It isn’t always easy to pull out dental floss in the middle of the day, especially if you’re in a meeting or some other appointment.

How about a good old-fashioned toothpick? They’re quick and convenient, easy to carry around, and have pointy tips that are good for digging into tight spaces.

Our quick answer? No. In fact, we frown on toothpicks. For one thing, they don’t do a very good a job compared to other options. For another, it is not unheard of for people to get splinters in their gums when a piece breaks off. You might also poke into your gums by accident.

But the bottom line is that they don’t clean off plaque. Which brings us back to those other options: when you’re out and about during the day, we recommend using an interdental cleaner. There are several types available at any grocery store: they’re usually made from a soft plastic with bristles on the end. They’re slender and compact, so you can slide them easily between your teeth to dislodge and remove food particles.

We’ll admit that chewing on a toothpick looks pretty cool. But they are not recommended for cleaning teeth. Use an interdental cleaner like those made by DenTek, or GUM. Floss picks are also good.

Above all, see us at The Fayetteville Dentist for a professional cleaning and checkup every six months. 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


Clean Teeth, Happy Mouth

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing the dentist twice a year.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is professional attention and care. A dental hygienist cleaning alone is worth the trip  to our office, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, your dental health is our number one priority. 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


Work With Your Pediatric Dentist To Monitor Wisdom Teeth

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Even if your youngster practices proper oral hygiene and has no known problems, it’s important to schedule twice-yearly exams with The Fayetteville Dentist. One reason for this is to monitor wisdom teeth.

If your child’s wisdom teeth emerge during adolescence, it’s critical to work with us on a course of action. When a wisdom tooth tries to erupt but is obstructed by an adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted.

This can cause a variety of issues:

  • It may become inflamed
  • It may become painful
  • It may trap particles of food that lead to tooth decay or gum disease

It’s hard for people of any age to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of cavities, we pay special attention to them.

If your youngster has braces, or you are planning for orthodontia in the future, you’ll need to involve your orthodontist in decisions about wisdom teeth.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed—but all of them need to be monitored.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, wisdom teeth are among our specialties. If your child hasn’t had a cleaning or exam in the past year, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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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