Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

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Here at Durham Dental Group we approach all your oral care needs from two separate angles—what we can do in our dental office and what you can do at home.

For example, teeth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening methods are also safe and effective and sometimes more budget-friendly.

Additionally, we counsel you regarding food and drink choices that can impact your whitened smile. Be aware of staining substances such as coffee, tea, tobacco and soda. We understand that eliminating these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Mindfulness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with it and help neutralize the acids. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can negate the results of teeth whitening.

When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you—we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job.

At Durham Dental Group we work hard to ensure all our patients enjoy excellent dental health. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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4 Reasons To Make Sure Your Child Sees A Dentist

Blands family dentistDid you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age?
In this blog post from Durham Dental Group, we are going to review 4 reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.

1. Twelve months of age happens to be about the time when a child’s first teeth tend to erupt. Once those teeth are out, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.

2. One of the most important things we will do at this visit will be to clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.

3. Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help your child get used to the dentist’s office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.

4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults is establishing good dental habits in their children.

At Durham Dental Group we  want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Call to 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

 


Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This blog post from Durham Dental Group focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already brush and floss at home every day.

The answer is that both processes are important because they work together to maintain oral health.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. It may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

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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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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5 Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry For Kids

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At Durham Dental Group we promote preventative dental care by developing decay prevention plans and promoting good dental health in all our patients. We take that approach with general and pediatric dentistry. If today’s kids can avoid tooth decay, it will benefit them more than you may realize.

  1. A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining optimal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.
  2. A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for kids.
  3. By keeping teeth and gums healthy when they’re little, you avoid the need for costly restorative dental work down the road.
  4. Strong teeth help kids get proper nutrition. Tooth decay makes eating difficult.
  5. Proper dental hygiene beginning at birth and twice-yearly exams commencing with the eruption of the first tooth promotes normal speech development. (The American Dental Association recommends toddler dental visits to begin when the first tooth appears.)

At Durham Dental Group we want all of our patients to enjoy good dental health, no matter their age. We offer pediatric dentistry, and a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. 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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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