5 Critical Things To Know About Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, it is preventable by brushing and flossing at home twice each day, and see the dentist at Durham Dental Group for regular checkups.

Gum disease condition is so omnipresent in the US that it has been called a ‘health crisis’ by the American Dental Association. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be treated.

  1. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss.
  2. Practicing proper dental hygiene and having 6-month dental exams are the best way to prevent periodontal disease.
  3. Periodontal disease can be present where there is no tooth decay.
  4. Almost half of all 30+ adults in the US have periodontal disease.
  5. In some cases, periodontal disease produces no noticeable symptoms.

Even if you have an excellent dental health regimen at home, we strongly recommend seeing us at Durham Dental Group for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. 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

 


5 Cavity Basics

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The desire to prevent tooth decay is one of the main reasons people visit the dentist at Durham Dental Group, in Durham NC.

This blog post highlights five things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings emerge. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to dental caries are:

  • Frequent eating
  • Consuming sugary beverages
  • Oral bacteria
  • Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should call us right away to set up an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is a straight-forward process. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right, forego frequent snacking, and have regular dental checkups.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and weekend hours that fit just about any busy schedule. 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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Help Me, I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

Durham Sleep DentistryIf you are afraid of your dentist, you are not alone. Far from it! At Durham Dental Group, we encounter many nervous dental patients.

Millions of adult Americans worry about going to the dentist. For some it’s so bad, they end up cancelling their appointments or don’t make them to begein with. This is a bad strategy, because it puts their dental health at risk. How do we calm their fears, provide a comfortable dental environment, and earn lifelong patients?

1) We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended care. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control. This allows our patients to make informed decisions about their oral health and necessary dental services.

2) We practice gentle, pain-free dentistry.  Dental treatment will not begin until you are numb. Keep in mind, however, that every dentistry patient reacts to numbing agents and sedation medications differently.

Speak up promptly if you start to feel discomfort. We will pause treatment, give you an additional analgesic and wait until it takes effect. At Durham Dental Group, we never rush dental procedures.

3) We provide many in-office amenities that help our patients concentrate on something pleasant during dental treatment. Sometimes diversions such as listening to your favorite music provide a distraction while letting you remain clear-headed.

At Durham Dental Group, your dental health is our top concern. Our servies 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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Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During PregnancyIf you are pregnant, 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 Durham Dental Group contains important information about dental health for expectant mothers, and those planning to become pregnant.

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 triggered by hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you receive dental treatment at Durham Dental Group during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Doctor dentist that you are expecting. This will impact decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle impact your baby. Once your new bundle of joy arrives, remember that Durham Dental Group in Durham NC provides excellent pediatric dentistry and should see your baby by the first birthday. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for your smile. Healthy teeth make a beautiful smile, and at Durham Dental Group we remind you it can also help with gum health, and even keep your breath smelling sweet.

For some of us, brushing can be an irritating chore that gets in the way of a good time. Hopefully you don’t think of brushing in such dire terms, but we know it happens.

The best way to built brushing into your routine is to make it a habit. A habit is an automated practice that becomes hard to give up. Some habits can be bad, of course. Brushing can be a good habit.

If you can make brushing your teeth a habit, you’ll be one step closer to a life of successful checkups.

Here are some tips for creating a good habit that you can teach to your kids. These tips will also work on teens. And they work on adults, too:

Keep It Simple

One of the best ways to create a habit is to keep the requirements simple. Brushing teeth is already a simple task, but we can focus on the simplicity to help it stick as a habit.

Don’t complicate the instructions for your kids. Keep it as simple as possible at the start. A small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush, brush for about two minutes, rinse with clear water. Simple.

Regular Timing

One of the cornerstones of a habit is routine. Routine is rooted in consistent timing. Choose at least two, or three regular times to brush your teeth. Set a timer if you have to, but it’s best to create a habit around other regular activities. “First thing in the morning” or “after breakfast” are good times. After dinner or just before getting into bed are also good times.

Regardless of when you choose, make sure it is a daily activity, and that it is tied to another routine or habit as a reminder. In this way you are actually appending an existing habit or routine, and that makes it easier.

Stick To It

Research indicates it takes about two weeks to create a habit. You have to do a task for at least two weeks in a row before your brain will turn it over to auto-pilot and make it into a habit. Your brain tries to do this with routine things so you don’t have to keep the task in your short-term memory.

If you can stick with a task for two weeks, you’ll be well on your way to creating a good habit. If you can hold on for 30 days, you’ll imprint your new habit as a reflexive routine. You may never have to think about it again!

Improve It

Finally, any good habit needs constant improving. You can improve your habit of brushing your teeth by working on proper form, or by adding a little bit of time. Work toward the two minute mark; any longer and it may start to cause damage. You can also make sure you are using a soft or medium brush, and that you are using floride toothpaste to keep your teeth healthy.

Start Today

There’s no time like right now to get started on creating healthy habits for your teeth. If you are having trouble with brushing, make a commitment to work on it starting now. If you are caring for a child, or working with a teenager, help reinforce good habits with reminders, positive support, and a leading example.

At Durham Dental Group 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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Get Your Teeth In Shape, Durham!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Durham!

These days our patients at Durham Dental Group are more conscious of their health than ever – their dental health, and their overall physical health. Many of us are trying to stay active, eat a balanced diet, and better manage stress.

When you feel healthy, attractive, and happy, you smile more often. You want your smile to compliment and enhance your physical and mental condition. Here at Durham Dental Group, we want to make sure that all our patients have healthy, attractive teeth.

Eating right is a great step toward optimal oral health. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients will support dental health at every age. And, of course, water is always the beverage of choice for those who want healthy teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential healthy habits for your mouth. Also, regular check-ups and cleanings with your Durham dentist are a must.

Another way to get those teeth looking beautiful is by undergoing some routine cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you want to close spaces between the teeth, improve your gumline, or repair chips or cracks in the teeth, then dental bonding, gum recontouring, crowns, or porcelain veneers might be what you’re looking for.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, the dental health of our patients is our number one priority. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a 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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Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Durham Dental News Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Visiting Durham Dental Group for dental checkups and cleanings every six months can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but you may benefit in vital ways you never guessed.

A recent study showed that individuals who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

While the study could simply confirm that people who vigilantly schedule regular dental cleanings also practice healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.

Common oral conditions like inflammation resulting from gum disease are somehow connected to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study mentioned previously) said:

Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.

While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly glean the most health benefits, the Durham Dental Group team recommends coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months to catch potential problems early, saving patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.

Schedule a cleaning and checkup at Durham Dental Group today. We also provide 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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Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your Durham DietAt Durham Dental Group, our dentists are passionate about the dental health of our patients. Everyone in the Durham knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to our practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

We generally forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local Durham foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is critical to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices in the Durham area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be dangerous. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and offer evening and weekend hours for your convenience. 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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To Chew Or Not To Chew

To Chew Or Not To Chew In Durham

Hello gum chewers! In this post, we’re going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath. But we do a lot of cavity filling at Durham Dental Group, so we have to ask: is gum chewing worth the risk?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be beneficial in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener which not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that cut down plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes dental caries.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the ideal practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, settle upon a sugarless gum with xylitol.

Durham Dental Group offers general and cosmetic dentistry, and evening and weekend hours for your convenience. 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

 


Top Do’s And Don’ts Of Dental Hygiene

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At Durham Dental Group, the dentist team wants to furnish some uncomplicated tips for oral hygiene. So without further ado:

1.Do… remember you are just cleaning the plaque away before it turns to tartar. A gentle toothbrushing at the proper angle can gently clean the bacteria away. Once plaque has progressed into tartar, no amount of scrubbing at home can responsibly remove it.

Don’t… vigorously scour your teeth and gums. Your gums could recede, and expose parts of your tooth you don’t want exposed.

2.Do… remember your gums need to be cared for. Careful brushing and daily flossing can keep your gums healthy and strong.

Don’t… delay visiting your dental professional about sore or bleeding gums, tooth pain or mouth sores.

3.Do… establish a routine for brushing and flossing that leaves ample time to spend a full two minutes delicately cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your mouth.

Don’t… forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can disrupt an essential routine.

4.Do… schedule twice-yearly dental visits for cleaning and examination by a professional.

Don’t… worry if you don’t have the healthiest of mouths. Durham Dental Group can help you get back on track.

At the Durham Dental Group, our team of dentists and hygienists are committed to providing outstanding dental health care for each of our patients. Services include cleanings and checkups, general and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care. 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