Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth. It makes sense, then, to brush our teeth more often to get them – right? Well, no. As we explain in this post from Winston-Salem Dental Group, brushing too aggressively can result in receding gums.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?
A common misconception is the idea that if you want to lighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get white teeth is to brush longer, not harder. The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

Why?
When you brush your teeth too quickly, you may not remove all the food particles. You don’t want this debris turning into plaque.

If you truly want whiter teeth, brush in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes. Methodically go over each tooth surface.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

Let’s Review
Brushing too aggressively can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria causes cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

The best approach is to brush longer, and with a light gentle touch. Don’t forget to floss!

If you’re gums have already begun to recede, don’t despair! It’s a treatable condition. At Winston-Salem Dental Group we offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry, and offer extended evening and weekend hours. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

Winston-Salem Permanent Tooth ReplacementHave you had a tooth extracted? If it was bothering you, it may have been a relief. Now, though, you have an unsightly gap in your smile. A dental implant from Winston-Salem Dental Group can fix it.

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It is composed of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post

  • Inserted directly into the jaw bone
  • Extremely strong
  • Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue

The Abutment

  • Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
  • Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Crown)

  • Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
  • Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
  • Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The innovative materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades.

Dental implants from Winston-Salem Dental Group are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement, and they’re among our general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call us to schedule an appointment tody!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Winston-SalemIt is an unfortunate fact of life that we get cavities in our teeth. When a tooth is compromised by decay, a filling is needed to restore it to its previous condition. At Winston-Salem Dental Group we offer white fillings that blend in easily with the rest of your teeth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with white fillings. White fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old metal fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly by getting rid of the metal.

While white fillings have an obvious cosmetic benefit, there are other reasons for considering them. Although traditional metal (amalgam) fillilngs still have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration, many people are concened that they are not healthy.

If you would like to improve your smile by replacing your old fillings with white fillings, call us at Winston-Salem Dental Group. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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This is an essential question occasionally asked by patients at Winston-Salem Dental Group. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is all but impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss, or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you do. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding generally stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease.

If you don’t make flossing a habit, you may wind up with gum disease. The good news is that gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is important to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s essential to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the other side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever operation you pick, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have extended evening and weekend hours for your busy schedule. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Calming Root Canal Fears

North Carolina Dentist Calms Root Canal Fears

Hearing that you’ll need a root canal is news that no one ever welcomes, because root canals are usually associated with pain. That may have been true, once upon a time, but at Winston-Salem Dental Group, rest assured: root canal therapy is relatively painless, and the benefits far outweight any drawbacks.

Root canals have improved greatly over the years, and today most patients report that they aren’t all that different than having a cavity filled. They are, in fact, a fairly common procedure.

Root canals become necessary when the nerve below a tooth becomes infected. The infection can be quite painful, which leads to another point about root canals: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

The procedure is done to remove the diseased pulp from within the tooth. If it wasn’t removed, the infection would get worse and lead to other issues, including systemic problems and diseases in other parts of the body. Done properly, a root canal preserves the natural tooth.

After treatment, you may experience a little discomfort. The usual remedy to this is an over-the-counter pain reliever. Most patients are getting back to normal within a day or so.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group, a root canal is nothing to fear. Other services incude general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Has Your Toddler Had A Dental Exam?

Children’s Dental in Winston-SalemThis message from Winston-Salem Dental Group looks at dental care for our youngest patients.

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to take their children to the dentist by the third birthday. Now parents are advised to take their toddler in for a checkup by his or her first birthday, or when their first tooth breaks through, whichever comes first.

Why? Prevention, prevention, prevention! Sadly, we continue to find severe tooth decay in very young children. This is completely unnecessary in a community with sufficient health and dental services.

High-risk little ones should be seen as early as possible. Following are some of the risk factors:

  • Sleeping with a bottle (if you put your child to bed with a bottle, we strongly urge you to stop this practice)
  • Drinking juice continuously during the day
  • Abnormal tooth development
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tooth grinding
  • A mother with considerable tooth decay
  • Other health troubles

The most effective way to ensure lifelong oral health for your child is to train him or her early on correct daily dental hygiene, provide a healthy, low-sugar diet, and form a relationship with a reputable family dentist. Doctor dentist urges all North Carolina parents to be passionate about their children’s dental health.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group we offer a full range of pediatric dentistry services, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Water flossers have been around for more than fifty years. During that time there have been at least that many studies on their effectiveness. In this post from Winston-Salem Dental Group we present what is known about water flossers, and whether they’re any better than ordinary string floss in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.

First of all, the main benefit of standard dental floss – string floss – is that it passes easily between the teeth to remove food debris and plaque. It is easy to use, inexpensive, readily available, and a very efficient way of removing plaque.

On the down side, some people find it hard to reach certain areas of the mouth, like way in back. It can cause minor bleeding, and gum sensitivity. People with agility issues may find it hard to use.

Water flossing

Water flossers use pulsing water to clean between teeth and along the gum line. A special machine directs a jet spray that can be very effective. They too are easy to use, and in addition to cleaning your teeth can also massage the gums.

They’re also great for people with braces and other dental work. The stream of pulsing water makes it easy to get those areas that are harder to reach with string floss. They are also an excellent solution for people with agility issues.

On the other hand, water flossers can be expensive. You need to find a place to store them when not in use. And they require electricity.

The Bottom Line

It isn’t necessarily an either/or situation. The best dental health routine at home may well be to floss, brush, and water floss (not necessarily in that order). The sequence in which these are done comes down to your personal preference. To put it another way: whatever works!

At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we think the most important thing, by far, is that you establish a dental health routine that you practice every day. We also like to see you for a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics Winston-Salem

At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we see more cavities in our patients than we would like to. Cavities are far too common in the United States, and there is a tendency to consider them inevitable.

Cavities happen when certain types of bacteria produce acids in the mouth. These acids destroy the enamel of a tooth, as well as its underlying dentin. Holes in the enamel are cavities.

If you’ve got a toothache or new sensitivity in your teeth, or if it hurts when you chew, then you may have a cavity. Call our office so we can get it filled.

Prevent Cavities

To keep your teeth from developing new cavities, we recommend the following three things:

  • Strengthen your teeth’s defenses with fluoride. Most municipal water supplies contain fluoride. Also, make sure it’s in your toothpaste. Not all toothpastes have it.
  • Get dental sealants. We can paint sealants onto your teeth – the back teeth in particular. Sealants act as an added layer of protection for your teeth. You’ll still need to brush!
  • Have regular checkups. Seeing us for a cleaning and checkup every six months means we’ll find any new decay early, and treat it.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner of grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli? Hitting  your favorite jogging path for a run? If the picture in your mind includes a white, healthy smile with no tooth decay, the team at Winston-Salem Dental Group salutes you.

We encourage everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include dental health in your definition of healthy living.

Brushing and flossing your teeth are an essential part of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brushing in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes. Be certain you reach all the surfaces!

Flossing should be done at least once a day. You need to floss to reach the areas your toothbrush can’t. A wide variety of floss is available, so experiment until find one you like.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group we want all of our patients to enjoy clean and healthy teeth and gums, and a bright beautiful smile. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One common reason people give for not flossing their teeth is that it’s hard to fit it into their daily schedule. The team at Winston-Salem Dental Group wants to remind those folks that flossing their teeth is every bit as important to their dental health as brushing.

It has an entirely different role, of course. Where brushing removes plaque from the surface of the teeth and along the gum line, flossing gets into the tight spaces between your teeth. It loosens the debris that always gets wedged in, and any plaque building up.

In short, it gets those places that your toothbrush can’t.

Should you floss before brushing, or after? The jury is out on that one. Some research suggests that flossing first can make brushing more effective. The idea is that after flossing, there is less gunk between your teeth. The fluoride in your toothpaste is able to get in there better.

Before or after? Do whichever you prefer. Just make sure you find the time to do it! While you watch TV at night, or while you take a bath – wherever and whenever you’ve got a few spare minutes.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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