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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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


Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

Fayetteville Dental Patients Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and at the Fayetteville Dentist we hope all our patients are brushing their teeth after each meal. Make no mistake, daily brushing and flossing are still the most important things you can do for your oral health.

It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.

However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrush.

First, be sure to store yours as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.

Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it dries completely between uses.

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep your risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.

Keep your smile bright by visiting The Fayetteville Dentist regularly and practicing proper oral hygiene.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and 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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4 Reasons To Make Sure Your Child Sees A Dentist

Fayetteville family dentistDid you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age? It’s true! The Fayetteville Dentist offers pediatric dentistry.

For many parents, it’s surprising to find that kids should visit the dentist at such an early age. In this post, we are going to review four reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.

  1. Twelve months of age is about the time when a little one’s first teeth erupt. Once those teeth come in, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.
  2. One of the things we’ll do at this first visit is clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.
  3. Visiting the dentist at an early age is a great way to help your child get used to our office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.
  4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults in establishing good dental habits in their children.

If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we believe in the importance of pediatric dentistry and are in line with the ADA. 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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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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Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

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This post from The Fayetteville Dentist is for new parents. It contains important information about kid’s dentistry, and caring for baby and toddler teeth.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended.

Young children rarely spit voluntarily after you brush their teeth. Instead they swallow, so get them to spit. When your child’s teeth start to appear, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of kid’s dentistry advises parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is essential for their oral health and also to help them become at ease with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call us right away to make an appointment. We keep extended hours during the week, and weekend hours too, for your convenience.

Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Never put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

How can I prohibit my toddler from getting cavities?

  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to guard enamel.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the required vitamins and minerals.
  • If your child has special medical conditions, bring this to our attention.
  • If you have severe tooth decay, seek additional counsel from your pediatric dentist.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Ask us about dental sealants.
  • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
  • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
  • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is essential.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper methods are followed. The diagnostic advantage greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of harmful radiation exposure.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we love having our youngest patients come in for a checkup. kid’s dentistry is one of our specialties. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your child’s 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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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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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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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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