When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life is chaotic for many of us. At times, there just aren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the week. Sometimes your car has to wait another 500 miles for an oil change or you are a month late replacing your furnace filter. Many important things get put on the back burner, but at The Fayetteville Dentist we strongly advise you not to neglect your dental care.

Here are some typical dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?

Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve an attentive two minutes or more. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a method to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing Your Dentist When You Feel a Toothache
We hope none of our patients put off checkups and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be way too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t brush it off with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the tartar before it can hurt your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to understand that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. You can’t wrap it around a tooth to clean the whole thing. We have seen patients who are faithful floss pick users who neverthreless developed decay in places the floss pick skipped over day after day.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we urge our patients to brush and floss after every meal, to protect their smiles for life. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We’re open extended weekday hours, and on weekends, 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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Correcting Severe Dental Problems At The Fayetteville Dentist

Correcting Severe Dental Problems in FayettevilleEach separate restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure performed at The Fayetteville Dentist can address a specific issue. A porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or slightly misshapen. Dental bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.

Some dental problems are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with the root exposed. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontia followed by tooth bleaching totally transforms a smile by straightening and whitening.

We live in an age where severe dental problems can be permanently corrected. You don’t have to participate in a TV makeover show in Hollywood to access these premium cosmetic dental procedures. They are available right here in the Fayetteville NC area.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about making positive cfhanges to your smile, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of your teeth. Schedule a consultation at The Fayetteville Dentist to discover the perfect combination of procedures to achieve your ultimate smile. We also offer pediatric 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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If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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Should you stop flossing your teeth if you notice that it causes your gums to bleed? The Fayetteville Dentist says, in no uncertain terms, no! Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is hardly possible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

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

Gingivitis gum disease and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in North Carolina and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease.

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could lead to gum disease. The good news is that, unlike cavities, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is essential to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. 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 vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever system you elect, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

At the Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we want each one of our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. We recommend coming in to see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next applointment 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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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 kid’s dentistry. We also offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. 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

 

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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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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:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In Fayetteville!No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. Cosmetic dentistry from The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC can transform your smile.

You don’t have to live with crooked or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are a reasonably-priced and non-invasive way to correct misshapen or damaged teeth that are otherwise structurally sound. If you have a tooth that is beyond repair, don’t despair—an implant may be the answer.

You don’t have to watch your teeth become duller and more discolored every year, either. Whether you are young, older or somewhere in the middle, teeth whitening works wonders to perk up your smile.

People who upgrade their smiles with cosmetic dentistry procedures from The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC often wonder why they put it off for so long. Dazzling new smiles can give you renewed confidence in yourself. Because you’ll love your new smile, you’ll find yourself smiling more often.

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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5 Reasons To See The Fayetteville Dentist

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When we are young, we feel powerful. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon find that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us. The Fayetteville Dentist knows this as well as anyone else!

Since you have probably appreciated by now that your teeth are not invincible, this message offers some important advice about your dental health.

Developing a relationship with an experienced dentist is essential for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make The Fayetteville Dentist your partner in oral health.

Visit The Fayetteville Dentist For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits corrected right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit The Fayetteville Dentist For the Atmosphere.
At The Fayetteville Dentist, we make it a point to know your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, we would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere convenient.

Visit The Fayetteville Dentist For the Discussion.
The Fayetteville Dentist delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding family dentistry, general dentistry, and kids dentistry. We provide fresh, clear details regarding your treatment. You can count on considerate care and industry-leading oral treatment.

Visit The Fayetteville Dentist For the Answers.

When you enter our office, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of kids dentistry or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for cosmetic dentistry? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for emergency dentistry? Who is a candidate for orthodontics?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check-ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene, and healthy habits.

The Fayetteville Dentist offers general and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care. 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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Feel Like A Movie Star With A Smile Makeover

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Most celebrities flash stunning smiles that don’t appear to have any flaws. Some may be natural. Some may have had a little help from cosmetic dentistry, like what we offer at The Fayetteville Dentist.

Whether it’s porcelain veneers or a complete smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry can improve any smile.

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the accessibility of state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry.

The truly amazing thing about cosmetic dentistry is that it’s one Hollywood perk that is available to almost everyone.

Whether it is a relatively minor alteration, such as porcelain veneers, or a more involved procedure such as a complete smile re-design, more and more dentists are giving people just like you the beautiful teeth they have always wanted.

If you are looking for quality restorative and cosmetic dental care, give us a call here at The Fayetteville Dentist. Ask us about veneers, dental implants, clear braces, and smile makeovers.

Most of us will never star in a movie or walk the red carpet at the Oscars. But all of us can have a smile every bit as beautiful as our favorite actor, singer, or supermodel. Check out cosmetic dentistry from The Fayetteville Dentist. 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

 

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