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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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

 


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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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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3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything on your to-do list. At Durham Dental Group, we understand that. But we encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty items on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are crucial for keeping your smile in ideal shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Dental problems can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in jeopardy.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any damage.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. We will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is vital.

After your entire mouth has been examined, we’ll review what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often, or just staying the course with your dental hygiene regimen, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

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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