Beware Of Hidden Sugar

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Most of us consume far too much sugar. That isn’t exactly a news flash, but at Durham Dental Group we want to remind you what sugar does to teeth, and what you can do about it.

We get cavities when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day. That is twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association!

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

Of course, some things are obvious. Eliminate or minimize the sweet stuff, like soda, candy, cookies, cakes, and donuts. Sweet things may seem to make life worthwhile, but there is a high cost.

If you have an incurable sweet tooth, you might try softening the blow by eating more fruit. The natural sugars in fruit aren’t as harmful as those in processed foods. If that sounds difficult, remember: a wise person once said that we like the things that we learn to like.

At Durham Dental Group we care about the dental health of each of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush your teeth at least twice a day, don’t forget to floss, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include general and cosemtic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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What Does Your Durham Dentist Need To Know?

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For the best possible dental health, you should see us at Durham Dental Group twice a year for a cleaning and exam. It’s our chance to make sure you’re brushing and flossing properly, and your chance to discuss any dental health concerns you may have.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Remember: if the eyes are the window to the soul, then your mouth is a window into your general health. Poor dental health has been linked to various diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, premature birth and low birth weight, and diabetes.

At Durham Dental Group, the dental health of each patient is our primary focus every single day. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have extended evening and Saturday hours that fit any schedule. Call to schedule 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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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

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At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, and that number grows each year. You can restore your smile with a dental implant from Durham Dental Group.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. They blend in with your remaining teeth, and look and function like the real thing. Dental implants are a long-term tooth restoration.

Dental implants also prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and helps strengthen the bone.

Implants can also be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry. To find out more, call Durham Dental Group. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and Saturday hours. Schedule an appointment 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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Is It All About Flashy Smiles And Trendy Styles?

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If you can’t be in Paris, then bring fashion home to Durham. Facial fashion, that is. The pouty, the flashy, the sultry, the glamorous, the gleeful. At Durham Dental Group, we’re committed to keeping your smile looking great!

It’s All About Working The Smile

For just about everyone out there, the way you look is vital to self-concept. Our self-esteem influences our interactions and relationships, and perhaps even our success. Let us work with you to vitalize that smile and bring it up to your standards.

We can discuss broken teeth, crooked teeth, and even missing teeth. Come down and see us. We will help you to work that smile on the proverbial runway of life.

It’s All About Being Uniquely You

Our single most exceptional feature is our multiple specialties. Right? So amazing. Be assured that your smile is in good hands. A dental restoration or smile makeover will set you apart. Be uniquely you.

Durham Dental Group offers general and cosemtic dentistry, and complete children’s dentistry for the youngsers in your house. 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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Not All Smile Makeovers Are Created Equal

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In this message from Durham Dental Group we’re going to talk about smile makeovers. Some people wonder if  the term is synonymous with cosmetic dentistry.

Are the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a dazzling smile.

Generally, however, a complete cosmetic dental smile makeover combines several carefully-chosen cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile metamorphosis. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts.

For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, tooth-colored filling replacement for old amalgam fillings, and teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

At Durham Dental Group cosmetic dentistry is all about making positive changes to your teeth and smile. We have extended evening and Saturday hours to fit anyone’s schedule. Call for an appointment 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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Have Your Dessert!

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Join the club! No one confuses dessert with healthy food, but for many of our patients at Durham Dental Group, it’s not realistic to recommend avoiding sugary treats.

If you fit that category, here is something useful to know: eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

That means that sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth, because your mouth is already in optimum cleansing mode. Sweets after meals are preferable to sweets eaten between meals as snacks.

Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. We constantly remind our patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create dangerous enamel-weakening acids.

A good choice? Chocolate! A lot of our patients are happy to hear that. Plain old chocolate (no nuts, no chewy inside) melts quickly away and won’t stick to your teeth.

At Durham Dental Group, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Call us to schedule 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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Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

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It is no secret that a beautiful, healthy smile can be your best physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. At Durham Dental Group, cosmetic dentistry can help your get the best smile possible.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many problems that are generally considered to detract from remarkable smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are ordinarily considered unattractive.

At Durham Dental Group we have improved countless smiles with our cosemtic dentistry. Our extended evening and Saturday hours fit even the busiest schedules. Call for an appointment 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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Love Your Smile

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There is nothing like bright white teeth that light up a person’s face when they smile and laugh. No one has to settle for dull, yellow teeth. With cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group, anyone can have a fabulous smile.

If you have an important upcoming event such as a wedding, party or formal family portrait sitting, a smile makeover will give you extra confidence as you pose for photos (even close-ups).

A smile makeover is a process that draws on different cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve your smile. We can whiten your teeth, restore missing teeth, close gaps between them, and repair chips, cracks, and other damage. We have an array of tools and techniques that can improve any smile.

Let’s consider teeth whitening as just one example. Our teeth get dull and discolored as the years go by, stained by the things that we eat and drink. Tobacco, too, can take a toll on your teeth. We offer several whitening procedures to restore the brilliance of your smile.

You can learn a lot from someone’s smile, and at Durham Dental Group we help you make great impressions on others by putting your best smile forward. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, and have extended evening and Saturday hours to fit your busy schedule. Call our office to schedule 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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Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One of the reasons some people don’t floss their teeth every day is that it’s hard for them to find the time. If you’ve found this to be true, the team at Durham Dental Group reminds you how important flossing is to your dental health, and offers up some thoughts about the importance of flossing.

Right before bedtime is the most common time people floss. It’s the best time, too, because it’s a good idea to sleep with a clean mouth.

Should you floss before you brush your teeth, or afterward? This may be a case of six of one, half a dozen of the other. On one hand, we think flossing the gunk from between your teeth before you brush is a good idea. That way, the fluoride in the toothpaste can bathe your teeth in their entirety.

When all is said and done, it really doesn’t make much difference. The important thing is that you floss every day, and that you do a good job of it. Remember, it’s the best way to get plaque and food debris from between your teeth – and plaque is what causes cavities.

There are lots of different kinds of floss to choose from. At Durham Dental Group we think it’s a good idea to shop around, and find the kind of floss you like best. Then make sure to use it! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Versatile Veneers For A Vivid Smile

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry in DurhamHave you ever wished you could attach perfectly shaped, dazzling white front surfaces to your teeth? Guess what? With porcelain veneers from Durham Dental Group, you can!

The state-of-the art porcelain veneer is one of the most versatile items in a dentist’s toolbox. They turn unattractive smiles into stunning smiles with minimal disruption to existing tooth structure. They are quicker and usually less expensive than complete crowns but are made with the same durable, translucent porcelain.

It’s no that wonder that a very large percentage of individuals in the public eye have porcelain veneers. An actress can receive a perfect smile in the morning and appear on a talk show that evening. A supermodel can permanently remedy a discolored tooth quick and pose for photos right after leaving her dental office. A local television news anchor can have his teeth perfectly aligned in a couple hours and report North Carolina news that same day.

At Durham Dental Group, porcelain veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry procedures we use every day to improve the smiles of our patients. Call our office to find out what we can do for yours!

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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