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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Twice A Year!

We say it all the time: see us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. And happily, most of our patients at Durham Dental Group are really good about making and keeping their appointments twice a year. It’s the best way to stay on top of their dental health.

As important as healthy teeth are, you should know that good dental health is also directly related to your overall health. Poor dental health has been linked to various diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, premature birth and low birth weight, and diabetes.

Furthermore, poor dental health leads to gum disease. With regular brushing and flossing, and twice yearly dental checkups, gum disease is 100 percent preventable.

More Reasons

The above should be enough to get anyone in to the dentist’s office twice a year. But if it isn’t enough, here are three more very good reasons why you should get a cleaning and checkup every six months.

  • Plaque and tartar. Even with brushing and flossing twice a day, plaque can build up on the teeth and gums. Plaque hardens into tartar. Simply put, there are areas in the mouth that your floss and toothbrush just cannot reach. Professional cleanings, however, can.
  • X-rays. By taking dental x-rays and updating them regularly, we can detect problems that a simple visual inspection won’t turn up. The sooner new issues are treated, the better: treatment will be easier, less painful, and less expensive.
  • Oral cancer. It isn’t just smokers who need to be concerned about oral cancer; anyone can get it. Finding it in its earliest stages gives you the best chance for successful treatment and a full recovery. We can check for any symptoms, and if we find them, tell you what you need to do.

As you can see, there are lots of reasons why it’s important to see us Durham Dental Group twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. And it’s just as important that you do your part with regular flossing and brushing. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call 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

 


Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

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As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Have you considered cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic teeth whitening at Durham Dental Group is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to look younger and more attractive.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Though some people experience a little short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.

There are several different methods for whitening teeth but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

DIY Whitening Products
First of all, the strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. If you have gum disease, cavities, crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, we recommend a consultation first. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.

Don’t assume that whitening offered at mall kiosks is risk-free. The industry is largely unregulated and the staff often have little dental training. Do you really want to take chances with your smile?

At Durham Dental Group, we brighten smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day.  We’ve got extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Call 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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Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have unattractive teeth, you may not smile very often. At Durham Dental Group, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve teeth and improve smiles, every day.

Do you think frequent smiling has an effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to making us happier, smiling improves our quality of life in many ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to verify this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Minimizes Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that reduce your stress level.

3. Smiling Bolsters Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to enjoy more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have established several ways smiling can improve the chance of a positive outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the people with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, portray honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group can transform your smile into something spectacular. 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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Rather Have A Root Canal?

Durham EndodonticsHave you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Durham Dental Group, we perform root canal therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canal procedures have come a long way in recent years. For many patients, the procedure is no more stressful than getting a filling.

If root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth, we provide the most advanced endodontic treatment in North Carolina.

How do you know if you need a root canal? You call us immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is essential to visit us for a thorough dental examination and cleaning twice a year.

In addition to root canals, Durham Dental Group provides general and cosmetic dentistry and many other services. 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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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Do you like your smile? Do you ever think there is room for improvement? At Durham Dental Group, we use the techniques of cosmetic dentistry to perform smile makeovers that improve the appearance of our patients’ smiles.

A smile makeover can produce dramatics results in your overall appearance. Even a small change can have a big impact, and give you a boost in your confidence and self-esteem.

Maybe there’s something about your teeth you don’t like. It could be a chipped tooth, a gap between a couple of teeth, too much gum tissue when you smile, or teeth that have lost their youthful luster over the years. It might even be a missing tooth. You can identify the things you don’t like, and we can use cosmetic dentistry to fix them.

The procedures available include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening

Any or all of these procedures can be used to customize your smile, according to your exact specifications.

Cosmetic dentistry is not foolproof, and you’ll need to take good care of your teeth once your smile makeover is complete. But with proper care, you should have a breathtaking smile for years to come.

At Durham Dental Group, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry services that keep your smile in tip-top shape. 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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Durham Mouths And Stomatitis

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Ouch! The mouth is a bad place for injuries, sores, or inflammation. Even the smallest irritation can cause serious discomfort for our patients at Durham Dental Group.

These non-specific irritations in the mouth have a name. They are called stomatitis.

A good general definition for stomatitis is the inflammation of the membranes in the mouth. These usually affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even get to sleep at night. If you suffer from mouth sores, you know that stomatitis can really impact the lives of Southpoint Crossing, Blands, and Genlee residents.

Some common causes of stomatitis can be canker sores, cold sores, gum disease, biting the inside of your mouth or your tongue, burning your mouth, and irritation caused by braces or broken teeth. Many sores in the mouth will generally clear up on their own in less than two weeks.

However, we can determine if it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and they can also advise you on treating the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

At Durham Dental Group, we encourage all of our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. If you have anything resembling stomatitis in your mouth, call us for an appointment right away.

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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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

Here is a statistic that should make everyone sit up and take notice: nearly half of all Americans over the age of thirty have some form of gum disease. That works out to about sixty-five million people. Gum disease treatment is available at Durham Dental Group.

These statistics come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and they refer specifically to periodontal disease, the more advanced form. In its earlier, milder stages, gum disease is called gingivitis.

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, which is the most significant
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Certain illnesses, like AIDS, and their medicationMedication 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 periodontist at Durham Dental Group provides gum disease treatment. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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A Wise Investment That Pays Off Every Day

You may not sport a sparkling 3-carat diamond on your finger or zip around town in a shiny Ferrari, but you can flash a celebrity-caliber smile. Cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group is an investment in you, and it pays off every single day.

There are a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures available. The most popular are teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Clear braces have generated a lot of interest, too.

While creating beautiful smiles is our goal with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it isn’t that simple. The overall objective is ensure the health and function of our patients’ smiles, along with their appearance.

Our teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and even the brightest smiles can become dull over the years. If you teeth have unsightly chips or cracks, cosmetic dentistry can address them with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thing shells of medical-grade porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth to produce a smile your friends will envy.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can all be drawn together into a smile makeover that leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. A smile makeover brings out your very best!

At Durham Dental Group, our cosmetic dentistry will leave you saying “Wow!” We also offer children’s 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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