When you go to your dental appointment, you might be periodically told that it’s time for dental x-rays. Why are these films important? And when should you have them done? Are they safe? Check out this guide to dental x-rays so you can make an informed decision. Why Are Dental X-rays Important? When your dentist … Continue reading Dental X-rays: Why Are They Important?
Tooth decay is an all-too-common problem that affects countless individuals around the world. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers several solutions for restoring the health and appearance of decayed teeth. One of the most popular and versatile options available today is composite fillings. What are Composite Fillings? Composite or tooth-colored fillings are made from plastic and glass … Continue reading Composite Fillings: Aesthetic and Functional Tooth Restoration
Our diet significantly impacts our oral health, influencing the development of cavities, gum diseases, and other dental conditions. Understanding the correlation between diet and oral health is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Foods That Can Cause Damage: Sugary Foods and Drinks: Consuming high sugar can lead to tooth decay. Sugars feed the bacteria … Continue reading The Impact of Diet on Oral Health: A Closer Look
When it comes to dental procedures, many people experience anxiety and apprehension. Fortunately, sedation dentistry provides various options to help patients relax and stay comfortable throughout their appointment. Two popular methods of sedation are oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation. These methods are effective but used in different circumstances and have other effects. Here’s … Continue reading Oral Conscious Sedation vs. Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Which is Right For You?
A dental crown can restore the normal size and shape of your natural teeth, make your tooth stronger, and improve your smile and confidence. Crowns can be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth, restore a broken tooth, cover an implant, or cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth. They do, however, still require … Continue reading 6 Common Dental Crown Problems & How To Avoid Them
Have you ever tried to bite into a carrot or a piece of fruit and really struggled? Does your jaw feel tired and achy after eating something chewy? Do you have difficulty opening your mouth really wide, or does your jaw “pop” when you do? While these may seem like minor inconveniences or discomforts, they … Continue reading The Connection Between Jaw Pain And Bite Alignment
Wisdom teeth have gotten kind of a bad rap for causing problems and needing to be removed, but that isn’t always the case. Here’s what you need to know about your wisdom teeth and why they might need to be removed.
Whether you have dental insurance, a Flexible Spending Account, a Health Savings Account, or no insurance at all, Carolina Family Dentistry can help you navigate the financial aspects of paying for your dental care.
You roll over, yawn, stretch, and…YIKES! You rub your jaw thoughtfully, trying to ease the soreness. What the heck? Why does my jaw hurt? Pain or discomfort happens to most of us sometimes, but it may be time to talk to your dentist if it’s frequently happening. Various things can cause a sore jaw … Continue reading Why Does My Jaw Hurt? A Guide to Bruxism.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease (gum disease). According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) over 47% of adults over 30 have some form of periodontal disease. If caught and treated early, your dentist can reverse the effects of gingivitis and prevent it from advancing to periodontal disease.
At Carolina Family Dentistry we pride ourselves on establishing trusting relationships with our patients and involving patients in their own dental care.
During the busy holiday season it’s easy to fall into bad dental hygiene habits. But if you don’t want to ring in the new year with tooth pain, it’s worth the effort to take a few precautions.
Knowing the signs of decay as well as understanding what a decayed tooth’s effect on your overall dental health might be are both important.
With veneers, teeth whitening, crowns, and orthodontics, there’s no shortage of options to help bring back a smile you’ll love.
Both bridges and implants can improve the look and feel of your smile and can even bring back the functionality you thought you lost.
Oral cancer is one of the lesser-known types of cancer. Though treatable, oral cancer often goes undetected until it’s too late for patients to seek effective treatment. Regular dental screenings are among the best weapons to keep oral cancer at bay and increase recovery rates. Here’s what you need to know about this disease. What Is … Continue reading Oral Cancer and the Importance of Early Screening
If you’re looking for a new dentist, you have two primary options: corporate dentistry or private dentistry. Corporate dentistry operates more like a franchise. As with a chain of fast-food restaurants, this type of business will deliver a predictable, streamlined experience. Meanwhile, private dentistry is like a friendly mom-and-pop diner where the waitresses all know … Continue reading The Difference Between Corporate vs. Private Dentistry
According to the American College of Prosthodontics, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, you might think you’re stuck with a gap in your mouth forever. Luckily, dental implants can help, and they’re a comfortable and secure way to replace your missing tooth or teeth. You might be … Continue reading Dental Implants: What Works Best for Your Budget?
Even if you don’t think about it, everyone needs saliva in their mouths. Saliva enhances your ability to taste, making it easier for you to chew and swallow, and it aids in digestion. So what happens when you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth to help with these tasks? You might be experiencing xerostomia, … Continue reading Xerostomia: Ways to Get Rid of Dry Mouth
One of the first things that people notice when they meet you is likely your smile. According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry study, 96% of adults believe having an attractive smile can make a person seem more appealing. Teeth whitening is one common elective procedure you can choose if you’re seeking to improve … Continue reading Teeth Whitening: Optimizing Your Smile
If you are unfamiliar with what a root canal procedure entails, chances are good that you have many questions about what will happen during a root canal. While root canals can be an undertaking, keep in mind that they help your overall oral health. For some people, going without this procedure may result in multitudes … Continue reading Scheduled For a Root Canal? Here’s What to Know Before You Go.
Does it seem like every time you turn on the TV these days, you see a commercial for the latest and greatest in electric toothbrush technology? Many of these ads make bold claims about the effectiveness of electric toothbrushes versus brushing with a traditional toothbrush. Here are a few things to consider when deciding which … Continue reading Electronic Toothbrush Vs. Traditional Toothbrush
Let’s say you are craving your favorite ice cream or a piping hot slice of pizza. The thought made your mouth water, and you had to have it. So you go to the store or the pizzeria, buy your food, and bring it home. You sit down and get ready to enjoy your food. You … Continue reading Tooth Sensitivity: The Hot and Cold Truth
Everyone wants a healthy, straight smile. If you have misaligned teeth, you have a few options to achieve the smile of your dreams – namely, braces or clear aligners. Both braces and clear aligners do a great job at aligning your teeth. However, since the two aren’t created equally, you might be wondering which option … Continue reading Braces and Clear Aligners: Which One is Right For You?
Halloween was on Sunday which probably means your children have a bucket full of candy. You know that candy is bad for your teeth, but do you know why? It’s because your mouth already has plaque bacteria in it, and when you eat candy, the bacteria feed on sugars which then produce acids that attack … Continue reading Halloween Candy: Tips for Your Teeth
Coming to the dentist for a checkup every 6 months is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health. People often site dental anxiety as their reason for not coming in, but if you prolong your visits it may end up making the dentist more stressful. Here are some tips … Continue reading How to Combat Anxiety at the Dentist
A sports mouthguard is an incredibly important piece of your athletic equipment. Here’s what you need to know:
We cover a wide variety of serious topics on our blog, but today we wanted to share some interesting facts about your mouth, teeth, and dentistry that you may not have heard before.
While you should always brush and floss, here are some of the food and drinks you should try to consume in moderation to protect your teeth.
We talk a lot about the consequences of not taking care of your teeth – cavities, gum disease, decay, yellowing. It’s time to give things a positive spin. Here are a few healthy habits that you can choose every day to prevent decay and take care of your smile: Brush (Properly!) Sure, you brush your … Continue reading 5 Daily Habits for Healthy Teeth
According to the American Dental Association, 2 million people visit the emergency room each year for dental emergencies. The problem with this is that most emergency rooms don’t have dentists to provide treatment, and most physicians aren’t able to provide dental care. Believe it or not, it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist … Continue reading How to Handle Dental Emergencies
Most people get their wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 21. Here are four reasons you should consider getting them removed.
Smoking can cause all sorts of problems in your mouth – from teeth discoloration and bad breath to tooth loss and even mouth cancer.
As dentists, we handle a majority of your dental procedures. But sometimes, it is necessary to refer you to a dental specialist.
Whether you’re moving to a new city or you want to find a new dentist where you live, there are a few things you should keep in mind before making your decision.
There’s tons of misinformation about teeth and dental health out there, so we’re here to set the record straight. Here are five myths about cavities and how you can prevent them.
How can you be sure you are choosing the most effective products for whitening? Here are the most common forms of whitening and information on which ones may work for you.
Are you afraid of seeing the dentist and avoid going because of this fear? Let’s go over some strategies we recommend to nervous patients, specifically, the sedation dentistry options we offer.
Losing teeth is common and isn’t life-threatening, but you should always have the tooth replaced as soon as possible after losing it.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and bacterial infection. Let’s go over the four signs that you might be suffering from gingivitis.
There are both pros and cons of getting teeth implants. Learn more about the dental implant process and decide if it is right for you.
Teeth grinding can be uncomfortable and you might not know you are doing it. Make sure you know the signs before getting fitted for a nightguard.
By the time your child is a teenager, they’ve lost all their baby teeth and hopefully have gotten over any fear of the dentist. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to be concerned about your teen’s dental health. Your teenager’s mouth is changing as rapidly as the rest of their body is at … Continue reading Dental Health Tips for Parents of Teens
Everyone wants to have a healthy body and a healthy mouth. When it comes to your diet, a lot of advice focuses on which foods are healthy for your body, and many people assume that the same foods are also good for your teeth. But that’s not always the case. Take a look at some … Continue reading Are Healthy Foods Always Good for Your Teeth?
Is your smile as bright and white as you want it to be? Many of our patients are not happy with the color of their teeth. The good news is that there are many teeth whitening options available. Here are some of them. Over the Counter Strips and Gels One of the easiest and fastest … Continue reading Teeth Whitening Options
Do you struggle with anxiety? While everyone experiences stress from time to time, those with anxiety disorders or phobias deal with these uncomfortable — and sometimes debilitating — feelings on a regular basis. Anxiety can raise your blood pressure and cause various health issues, including dental problems. Read on to find out how anxiety can … Continue reading Is Anxiety Causing You Dental Problems?
If you have had healthy teeth and gums to this point, you might wonder whether it’s really necessary to take time out of your busy schedule twice per year to see the dentist. After all, you brush twice a day and floss every night before bed. Does it really matter if you see your dentist … Continue reading Why Regular Dental Appointments Are So Important
Have you ever had a sore on your inner lip or cheek that was very painful every time your teeth rubbed against it? It’s possible that it was a canker sore. Here’s the lowdown on what canker sores are, how you get them, and what you can do about them. What Is a Canker Sore? … Continue reading What You Should Know About Canker Sores
A habit that many people have and might not even know it is clenching and grinding the teeth, otherwise known as bruxism. Bruxism can lead to enamel erosion, broken teeth, lost fillings, and pain. The tricky thing about it is that many tend to do it in their sleep, which means they might not be … Continue reading Bruxism: Do You Clench and Grind Your Teeth?
As the weather warms up, there are some joys of spring that go along with the sunshine. Chances are good that you are getting outside more, becoming more active, and enjoying the seasonal foods of the spring, but are you thinking about how you can keep a healthy smile this season? Check out these tips … Continue reading Keep a Healthy Smile This Spring