Are You Getting Your Dose Of D?

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Most people know that vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and bones, but many of us fail to get adequate amounts. This blog post from Durham Dental Group is a friendly reminder to our patients – especially expectant mothers – about the importance of vitamin D.

Here is a sampling of vitamin D findings from around the web:

“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of vitamin D.”

“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.

“Inadequate vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”

“The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits. Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more,” Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.”

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we encourage all of of our patients to practice preventative medicine by eating a healthy diet complete with all vital nutrients. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and have extended and weekend hours that fit the busiest schedules. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-794-7116

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Do you recall what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, the people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces. The metal fillings you probably got with that first cavity changed all that. But at Durham Dental Group, we offer white fillings.

The replacement of metal fillings with composite fillings that match the color of your teeth is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure that can transform a smile as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings are made of a mixture of glass or quartz and resin, which results in a natural tooth-colored material. They are quite durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Of course, we advocate regular brushing and flossing, and don’t want any of our patients to have any new cavities. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure.

Many patients want to replace their existing silver fillings with composite white fillings. If this interests you, please give our office a call. At Durham Dental Group our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Make 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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Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In this blog post from Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we decided to share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists? How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material. (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find unmatched dental care and our c committed team of dental professionals. Our services includes pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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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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You Can’t Afford Cheap Dental Work

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Have you ever gotten a bargain on a used car that turned out to be a lemon? After a couple years of endless repairs, you realized that it ended up costing as much as a new automobile would have. And after spending all that money, you still have a a clunker. The same is true of substandard dental work, but you won’t have to worry about that with the dentists at Durham Dental Group.

You have probably received sleek postcard ads that proclaim amazing deals on cosmetic dentistry: porcelain veneers, crowns, white fillings, and dental implants. The prices may be enticing, but make certain you do plenty of research before committing. We aren’t trying to imply that all dental practices that publicize low procedure prices in their ads provide unsatisfactory work—we are just cautioning patients not to settle upon a cosmetic dentist based on price alone. Unlike a car, you can’t sell your smile and buy a new one.

We will use porcelain veneers as an example. What can go amiss if you fall victim to substandard porcelain veneers?

  • The dentist may be inexperienced and make mistakes: improper placement, inadequate color matching, bite complications.
  • The materials may be inferior: unnatural color, prone to breaking, veneers pop off.
  • The lab techs that create the restorations may turn out inferior work: unnatural color, poor fit.

If you are considering a cosmetic dental smile makeover, meet with the team at Durham Dental Group first. We provide a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, and have in-house specialists for many procedures. 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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Dental Sealants – Another Tool For Cavity Prevention

Dental Sealants - Another Tool For Cavity Prevention In Southpoint Crossing

Patients at Durham Dental Group in Durham NC know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal oral health. However, dentists know the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants can be invaluable.

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This material is a resin that bonds to them, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.

Many people assume that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can be beneficial for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, ask us at your next appointment.

Sealants are a simple dental procedure that can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we provide pediatric dentistry, and cleanings and checkups to patients of all ages. 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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Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe that the most important thing about flossing is to do it every day. You are correct! But at the Durham Dental Group, we recommend trying out different types of floss to establish or solidify the habit, and get the flossing comfort you want.

Let’s explore some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is commonly made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less pricey, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is commonly referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is useful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the shape of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Durham Dental Group patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to meet with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!

A good person to give you advice about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at Durham Dental Group, our adept hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

The Durham Dental Group provides general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and other services. Schedule your next 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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Smile Like You Mean It!

Hey Durham Smile Like You Mean It!

Have you ever noticed someone who refuses to flash a genuine smile? Even in a family picture, they stay tight-lipped. Even if they’re laughing at the funniest joke ever, they cover their mouths. Maybe this person is you and maybe you need a smile makeover with cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group.

Don’t be embarrassed! We provide the most advanced cosmetic dentistry care for our Durham area patients. There are many reasons a dental patient could be shy about their smile, such as injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, or missing teeth. But chances are, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help.

Wouldn’t it be remarkable to have the confident smile you’ve always wanted?

Many patients start with teeth whitening. Other procedures include dental implants, veneers, crowns, enamel shaping, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an orthodontist if necessary.

At Durham Dental Group we are passionate about helping our patients have healthy teeth and brilliant smiles. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. 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

 


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

 


3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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At Durham Dental Group, we enjoy helping patients have optimum oral health. Today’s post focuses on something mouth-related that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. Healthy oral habits benefit our taste buds as well as our smiles. Here are some recommendations to help you better enjoy all the flavors and textures that can make each meal a delight.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your dentist. Adequate saliva is also necessary for avoiding cavities and gum disease.

2) Steer clear of salt- and fat-heavy processed food with artificial flavors. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are bad for a host of reasons, but many men and women don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke. Olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

In addition to healthy teeth and keen taste buds, the team at Durham Dental Group want our patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry and pediatric 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