How Tooth Brushing Prevents Gum Disease

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Why should everyone brush their teeth at least twice a day? At Durham Dental Group, we’re using this space to discuss why it is so important.

The first, and most obvious benefit, is that brushing and flossing prevents tooth decay. It removes the food debris from teeth and clears away plaque, that filmy residue that forms on their surface.

When food stays on  teeth, the starches in the food mixes with theplaque and forms an acid that begins eating into the enamel. That is how cavities are formed.

Gum Disease

Second, and perhaps less obvious, is that brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy. The same plaque that causes decay can infect the gums. Eventually the gum tissue becomes infected and leads to gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.

Left untreated, it progresses into the more serious periodontitis.

The sequence generally goes like this:

  • Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  • Irritated gums pull back from the tooth.
  • Bacteria multiply in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  • The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. The good news is that gum disease is treatable, especially in its earliest stages.

At Durham Dental Group, we offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry, and have extended evening and Saturday hours for your busy schedule. Call us to 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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Bad Breath Treatment At Durham Dental Group

Bad Breath Treatment at Durham Dental GroupDo you suspect that you have bad breath? At Durham Dental Group we help our dental patients  overcome this unpleasant, annoying, often embarrassing condition.

Bad breath is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums, and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms.

Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious health matters. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly. And don’t forget regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienists are trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

At Durham Dental Group, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as children’s 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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Save Your Breath

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This post from Durham Dental Group focuses on a problem experienced by many people, bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most common is poor oral hygiene. Halitosis often happens in the middlle of the day, due to an to brush teeth between meals. Small food pieces on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. This in turn creates a sulfur compound, which emits the unpleasant odor.

While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause, other circumstances can contribute to or worsen the problem. The best remedy is scheduled, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be needed.

For example, a salivary gland problem or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist.

If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask about it at your next checkup with Durham Dental Group. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we keep evening and Saturday 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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Correcting Severe Dental Problems At Durham Dental Group

Correcting Severe Dental Problems in DurhamEach dental procedure performed at Durham Dental Group can address a specific issue. A porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or slightly misshapen. Dental bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.

Some problems are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with an exposed root. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontia followed by tooth bleaching transforms a smile by straightening and whitening.

What is the difference between tooth bleaching and whitening? Whitening is the term for procedures that remove surface stains to restore the degree of natural lightness. Bleaching goes even further by lightening teeth beyond their natural shade. That’s right: you don’t have to resign yourself to yellow teeth even if they have been that way your whole life!

At Durham Dental Group, we create beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry, every day. We have extended evening and Saturday hours that fit 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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Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

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The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and we hope all our Durham Dental Group patients are using them. Daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your dental health.

It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.

However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrush.

First, be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.

Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it can dry completely between uses.

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep your risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.

Keep your smile bright by visiting Durham Dental Group regularly and practicing proper oral hygiene. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and have extended evening and Saturday hours to fit your 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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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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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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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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