Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Are floss picks as good as regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. At Durham Dental Group, we recommend traditional floss or tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. But teeth are rounded, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just won’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional, string floss.

By wrapping string floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can clean plaque off your teeth far more effectively. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a guide to proper flossing:

  • Cut a segment of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • 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 critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • 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. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean segment for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new piece.
  • Some people find it simpler to start 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 opt for, 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.

At Durham Dental Group we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. That means daily flossing and brushing, and a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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5 Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry For Kids

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At Durham Dental Group we promote preventative dental care by developing decay prevention plans and promoting good dental health in all our patients. We take that approach with general and pediatric dentistry. If today’s kids can avoid tooth decay, it will benefit them more than you may realize.

  1. A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining optimal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.
  2. A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for kids.
  3. By keeping teeth and gums healthy when they’re little, you avoid the need for costly restorative dental work down the road.
  4. Strong teeth help kids get proper nutrition. Tooth decay makes eating difficult.
  5. Proper dental hygiene beginning at birth and twice-yearly exams commencing with the eruption of the first tooth promotes normal speech development. (The American Dental Association recommends toddler dental visits to begin when the first tooth appears.)

At Durham Dental Group we want all of our patients to enjoy good dental health, no matter their age. We offer pediatric dentistry, and a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Been A While Since You Had Your Teeth Cleaned?

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At Durham Dental Group, we provide  our patients with full service dentistry to ensure they have healthy teeth and great smiles.

We are devoted to providing each patient with personalized care in our state-of-the-art dental practice.

Maintaining your dental health 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 us for regular checkups and cleanings.

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. Use a fluoridated toothpaste and take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. We have to include this one. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip to our office, but the dentist can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Durham Dental Group, our team works hard to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schecule a cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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At Durham Dental Group we are big advocates of good dental health, and regular brushing and flossing. Since we’re a dental practice that comes as no surprise. Many of our patients bring questions with them to their checkups, from which toothpaste to use to proper tools and techniques. We think that’s great, since we are all about educating our patients. Some of our answers are as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

We strongly recommend gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It will clean your teeth and massage your gums. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Visualize your mouth in four sections and spend a good 30 seconds in each one. Get the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently brush the gums. Be sure to pay attention to the far side of the back tooth. It’s never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin.

Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening. You’ll remove any debris the toothbrush couldn’t get.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult if you aren’t home for the midday meal. To maintain good dental hygiene, brushing is priority one.

There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth. Choose the flavor you like best, but be sure it has fluoride and carries the American Dental Association seal.

At Durham Dental Group, the dental health of each of our patients is always out top priority. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and weekend hours to fit any schedule. Call for your next checkup today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Bright And Healthy Smiles

Most people agree that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull smiles. At Durham Dental Group, we use cosmetic dentistry to give our patients bright, healthy and beautiful smiles they love.

Cosmetic dentistry is very versatile. It creates positive changes to your smile with a blend of function and appearance.

The procedures of cosmetic dentistry can correct a range of issues, such as:

  • Stains
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Gaps
  • Uneven gumlines

Put all of this together, and it’s fair to say cosmetic dentistry not only improves your smile, it can make you look younger.

Procedures

These are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Clear braces
  • Crowns
  • Dental implants

One of the biggest benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that it not only improves the appearance of your smile, it makes them healthier and stronger. And with stronger teeth, you’ll get more out of life.

Cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group can give you the bright, health, and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Have You Thanked Your Dental Assistant Lately?

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The office of Durham Dental Group would be a very different place if it weren’t for the dental assistants who work here. In this blog post we would like to recognize the importance of these specialists, who are too often overlooked.

Dental assistants not only make your dental appointment more pleasant, they make it effective, efficient, and safe.

You, the patient, are prepared for treatment by dental assistants, and during care they speed things along by passing instruments, taking x-rays, holding devices, and recording essential information.

We think most patients would agree that anyone who helps to shorten their time in the dental chair is a person who deserves recognition!

Keeping the dental office clean and sterilizing instruments are other essential duties performed by dental assistants. What would we do without them?

At Durham Dental Group, we recognize our assistants as important members of the team that works for the dental health of our patients every day. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

Durham Teeth WhiteningAt Durham Dental Group, we restore decayed teeth to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. Recent advances in techniques and materials have made the impossible not only possible, but affordable, too.

Decay is easily the most common dental problem and the second most common ailment in the nation (number one is the common cold). If you have one or more teeth with decay, it’s time to take care of them.

Fillings, inlays, onlays and crowns are used to restore teeth for our Durham cosmetic dental patients. Even the most basic procedure – filling a cavity – has evolved. There are several types of new materials available including porcelain and composite resin. Each has specific strengths and aesthetic considerations. Durham patients who replace silver amalgam with tooth-colored fillings love getting the metal out of their smile.

Inlays and onlays are more extensive restorations. There are two types: direct or indirect. Direct inlays and onlays are made on the spot and applied in one visit. Indirect inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab. They usually require a second visit but the results are well worth the extra trip.

When a patient has a tooth that cannot be restored with an inlay or an onlay, a natural-looking crown is the answer. At Durham Dental Group, we create crowns that blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Let us show you some photos of patients who have received smile makeovers – you will not see any “Chiclet” crowns that stick out like a sore thumb.

At Durham Dental Group we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, including crowns. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Creating Memorable Smiles At Durham Dental Group

Creating Memorable Smiles at Durham Dental GroupA smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. You can make your smile memorable with a cosmetic dentistry smile makeover at Durham Dental Group in Durham.

Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that means dentistry with an emphasis on aesthetics. But it isn’t just about appearance; it can be good for your dental health, too.

For example, straight teeth in the correct position look great, but they are easier to care for, and make for a healthier mouth. That probably explains why clear braces are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options; they can straighten your teeth, and are almost undetectable as you wear them.

Also in demand are porcelain veneers. They can completely transform the appearance of your smile, and like other cosmetic dentistry, are minimally invasive. A thin layer of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are permanently attached to your teeth. After that, you’ve got a mega-watt smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can be completed without any pain at all. So if you’re looking to upgrade your smile, or simply restore integrity to yellowed or damaged teeth, we have a procedure for you.

At Durham Dental Group, we want all our patients to have memorable, healthy teeth. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, including clear braces and porcelain veneers. Schedule an appontment with us today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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The Durham Dental Group Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

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Hearing that you have gum disease can be upsetting. Here at Durham Dental Group, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing gum disease. If you discover that you already have gum disease, 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

Whether you are just being diagnosed, working to undo problems of the past, or trying to avert gum disease for the future, we can help.

Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease

  • Brush at least two times a day—morning and night
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
  • Use a fluoride rinse before brushing
  • Avoid between-meal snacking
  • Avoid tobacco products

Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

  • Scaling
  • Root planing
  • Antibiotics
  • Surgery

Gum disease has a way of sneaking up on you. Regular check-ups and daily oral hygiene is the key to preventing it. At Durham Dental Group, gum disease prevention and treatment is central to what we do. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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No matter what age you are, dental exams are essential for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful!  At Durham Dental Group, we are committed to excellence, and the dental health of each of our patients.

Knowledge is Power
Sometimes people put off seeing the dentist because checkups don’t seem all that imporant. After all, they brush and floss every day. Isn’t that enough?

Not really! Regular checkups are one of the best methods for preventative care, which is why we recommend seeing us every six months.

At each check up, a hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, they’ll get a careful analysis. They will be inspected for any signs of tooth decay, gum recession, wear, or other risks. Catching these issues early is essential so they don’t turn into larger problems.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving quickly, so it’s important to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At Durham Dental Group, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past Doctor dentist. If an issue is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be designed.

After your entire mouth has been examined, we will detail what is necessary moving forward. At Durham Dental Group we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and also pediatric dentistry for the kids. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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