Sedation Dentist serving High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and the Triad area.
General Dentistry Resources
Browse our selection of dental care resources. Whether you want to find out what’s new with our NC dental practice, learn more about the dental industry or finance your dental treatment, you can find the information you’ve been looking for within our general dentistry resources.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry Blog
Our staff regularly updates the blog with informative, interesting content. Visit our blog often to learn about the transformative power of cosmetic and sedation dentistry by reading the stories of former patients. The blog also contains tips on preventative dental care as well as helpful general, cosmetic and sedation dentistry news.
We are committed to improving the general dentistry knowledge and oral healthcare knowledge of our patients, we provide a list of general dentistry links. Follow the links if you want to learn more about dental procedures your doctor is recommending, or if you just want to learn more about what you can do to improve your oral health.
We do this by:
- Working with you to create a game plan for your comfort and health
- Alleviating anxiety with nerve relaxing treatment options
- Reducing daily pain and stress over your dental health
If you are new to the area or looking for a new dentist for your family then you have come to the right place!
It can be challenging finding a dental office that is kid-friendly and parent-friendly too! We love helping families stay healthy together because a happy, healthy family, is a family that has fun.
We’ve assembled a list of some of the most common questions we get from our clients. Find out how often you should visit the dentist, what you should do if you knock a tooth out or how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile.
“What causes bad breath?”
Bad breath is usually caused by microbial deposits on the tongue, particularly near the back. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue can reduce bad breath by 70 percent. Other causes of bad breath include:
- Just waking up – Saliva flow slows significantly during sleep, which allows bacteria to grow.
- Poor oral hygiene – When food particles remain in the mouth for long periods of time bacteria tends to grow.
- Periodontal Disease – Pockets of bacteria underneath inflamed gums.
- Dry Mouth – Whether caused by medications or salivary gland problems (or even continuous mouth breathing), dry mouth can diminish the mouth’s ability to fight off bacteria.
- Tobacco products – These can dry the mouth out and promote bacterial growth.
- Dieting – Sometimes chemicals called ketones are released as the body burns fat, which can cause bad breath.
“How often should I have a dental cleaning and exam?”
You should have a dental cleaning at least twice per year. Not only does the cleaning keep plaque under control, but it gives your dentist the opportunity to check for cavities and other more serious problems with your teeth and gums. The earlier your dentist can detect and treat these problems, the easier and less expensive it will be for you.
“How do I know if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?”
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! This is largely because in the early stages there is no pain, unlike tooth decay which can become uncomfortable.
Periodontal disease begins when plaque is left on teeth and gums. The bacteria begins producing toxins that wear away at teeth and gums. It can be difficult to tell at first when this begins happening, which is another reason regular visits to the dentist are important.
“Why do I need to floss?”
Brushing doesn’t remove all the food particles, plaque, and bacteria from between your teeth. Food that builds up here is a big cause of periodontal disease.
The most effective way for you to remove this debris is by flossing. Use 12-16 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches of floss between your hands. Gently guide the floss between your teeth with your forefingers using a slow sawing motion, cleaning both sides of each tooth.
If you have difficulty maneuvering conventional floss, floss holders are recommended.
“Why are my teeth stained or discolored, and what can I do about it?”
Over the years our outer layer of tooth enamel wears away, which can reveal a darker or yellower shade. Smoking, coffee, tea, and wine can all discolor teeth. Certain medications, particularly during childhood, can also discolor teeth.
A popular method for correcting stained or discolored teeth is professional whitening. This is a simple, non-invasive procedure used to enhance the brightness and color of your teeth and restore your smile. Over the counter methods of tooth whitening are also available, but are less effective and slower acting than what your dentist can offer. Additionally, not all over the counter whitening products are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
“What do I do if a tooth is knocked out?”
A tooth that has been knocked out can potentially be re-implanted if certain conditions are met. First, after you’ve located the missing tooth handle it only by the crown, or the part of the tooth used for chewing. Try not to touch the roots of the tooth.
If the tooth has dirt or debris on it, rinse it only in whole milk or your own saliva. If that is not possible you can rinse it very gently with water.
If it’s possible, try to place the tooth back into its socket immediately, and bite down gently to keep the tooth in place. Apply a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling as needed. If the tooth cannot be placed back into its socket, place it in a small container covered with whole milk or your saliva. You can also place the tooth under your tongue or lower lip to keep it moist during transport. Try to make it to your dentist within 30 minutes of the tooth being knocked out to maximize the chances the tooth can be re-implanted.
Financing Dentistry Treatment
Caring for your mouth is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. That is why our office offers credit to help you receive the cosmetic and sedation dental treatment you need. Learn more about financing your dental treatment today.
Dental Links and Resources
Here is a list of some useful dental links and resources. If you have suggestions for new links, please contact us to let us know! We love hearing about new resources for dentistry.
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- University of Maryland
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