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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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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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

 


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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Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

Durham pediatric dentistryThis post from Durham Dental Group is for new parents. You’ve got a lot of new responsibility and a lot to remember. Make sure pediatric dentistry is one of them.

Here is some Q&A about caring for baby and toddle teeth.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended. Young children rarely spit after you brush their teeth, they swallow. When your child’s teeth start to appear, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is vital for their oral health and also to help them become comfortable with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call us to make an appointment. Before that you can rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Never put aspirin directly on the tooth, not even children’s aspirin. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling.

How can I prevent my toddler from getting cavities?

  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to guard enamel.
  • If your child sucks his/her thumb after the age of three, talk to your dentist or pediatrician.
  • If your child grinds his/her teeth, seek guidance from your dentist or pediatrician.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Ask us about dental sealants.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when standard procedures are followed. The diagnostic boon greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of detrimental radiation exposure.

If child’s baby teeth are widely spaced, does that mean their permanent teeth will be too far apart?

No, this is normal and does not necessarily mean that their permanent teeth will be spaced too far apart.

At Durham Dental Group we offer pediatric dentistry, and 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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5 Reasons To See The Dentist

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This post from the dentist at Durham Dental Group has some important guidance about your dental health.

When we are young, we feel unstoppable. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. But a funny thing happens. As we age, we realize that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and our parents had a little more on the ball than we gave them credit for.

Here are five reasons to make the team at Durham Dental Group your partner in oral health.

Visit Durham Dental Group For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars, and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits repaired right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Durham Dental Group For the Atmosphere.
At Durham Dental Group the dentist makes it a point to ascertain your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, we would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none.

Visit Durham Dental Group For the Discussion.
Durham Dental Group delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding family dentistry, general dentistry, and kids dentistry. We provide fresh, clear details regarding your treatment. You can count on cheerful care and first-rate oral treatment.

Visit Durham Dental Group For the Answers.

When you enter our doors, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of kids dentistry or the advantages and disadvantages of braces. and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for cosmetic dentistry? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for emergency dentistry? Who is a candidate for orthodontics?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check-ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene, and healthy habits.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and 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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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, it is far from the only one. The dentists at Durham Dental Group can assure you, many circumstances can contribute to or worsen the condition. One of these is the lack of saliva or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and eliminates odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel stability. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby shielding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This protects against cavities and infections.

Many people are plagued with occasional dry mouth, such as when they are feeling anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using over-the-counter saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have only occasional periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can bring about additional oral and physical health troubles.

At Durham Dental Group, we can help. Don’t hesitate to ask at your next dental checkup. Our services include 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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Be Glad For Our X-Ray Vision

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It’s not very enjoyable. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold a stiff piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while we take  x-rays. Is it really needed? At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we say absolutely! No question about it.

We can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.

What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?

  • Cavities beneath existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
  • Abscesses, cysts, and infections
  • Cavities between teeth just beneath where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
  • The position of wisdom teeth

How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the dental patient. A patient with no history of dental caries, no current tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have one or more of the following: previous tooth decay, existing restorations, braces, weak enamel, chipped or cracked teeth.

In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth extracted also need to be followed with x-rays more frequently.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, the state of your smile is important to us, and we do everything necessary to keep it healthy. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, including checkups and cleanings, and of course, x-rays. 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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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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