Fluoride: Good or Bad?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride can actually be toxic if ingested in large enough quantities.

So which is true? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? We at Fuquay Family Dentistry know that Fuquay-Varina folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a callRead more ›

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Dentistry for Kids: What the Tooth Fairy Won’t Tell You

Kids are constantly growing and changing, and their mouths are no exception! Throughout childhood, kids lose their baby teeth, gain adult teeth, and they begin to take ownership of their own oral health. From brushing to braces to practicing their smile, oral health is important for every kid at every stage. We know you love to see your child smile! Fuquay Family Dentistry does too. Read our kids’ dentistry tips to learn how to help keep your kid smiling for life.

Caring for Kids’ Teeth

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An Orthodontics Overview

The root word “ortho” means “straight or upright.” Orthodontics – you guessed it – help make your teeth straight. But oh, how it can do so much more!

A lovely smile with straight teeth and an even bite is equal parts functional and beautiful – and thanks to scientific progress, all that can be yours. Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on how the bones and teeth of your mouth are placed and fit together. Dr. Yakowicz and Dr. Meunier in Fuquay-Varina are professional providers of orthodontic treatments. Read more for our general overview of orthodontics and what teeth straightening can do for you.

How Do Orthodontics Work?

Orthodontics moves the placement of your teeth slowly over time. Appliances (fixed or removable pieces in your mouth) add a tiny bit of pressure to help your mouth and teeth achieve the perfect shape and alignment.

Your mouth is an incredible machine with many parts that work (or should work) in harmony to let you eat, speak, and smile easily. Dentists and orthodontists are trained to make strategic changes in your mouth over a period of time. They are skilled and careful to move your teeth just enough, but not too much, to improve the looks and utility of your mouth.

Depending on your unique needs and treatment methods, orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years or more. Slowly, the constant pressure from appliances moves your teeth around in your jaw.  The pressure and movement can cause soreness or a “tight” feeling in the mouth, but it’s not generally too painful.

Braces and retainers are common examples of orthodontic appliances. But many people are excited to try less obvious treatment options such as clear braces like Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®.

Who Needs Orthodontics?

If the alignment of your teeth is getting in the way of your health, your confidence and well-being, you should consider orthodontics. Cosmetic dentistry like orthodontics improves the appearance and, therefore, improves confidence as well as strengthening the most important functions of your mouth.

Orthodontics can fix:

  • Bite or Occlusion: A perfect “bite” is when your top teeth rest down comfortably and just a little bit in front of your bottom teeth. Very few people have a naturally perfect bite. If your top teeth rest unevenly, it’s called an improper bite or malocclusion. It’s usually cosmetic but an improper bite can cause jaw pain and make teeth difficult to clean (which increases your risk of decay). Overbite, underbite, buck teeth, and crossbite are all forms of malocclusion.
  • Spacing: Large or uneven gaps between teeth are unhealthy for your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Orthodontics can close the gaps for a healthier, more evenly spaced smile.
  • Overcrowding: If your mouth seems too small to comfortably hold all of your teeth, this causes crooked, overlapping and/or protruding teeth. Orthodontics can bring them into alignment.

Orthodontics can help:

  • Children & Teens: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children get an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. As children grow (and so fast!), their mouth goes through a lot of changes. Pacifiers, thumb sucking, and so many teeth in such a small mouth can lead to problems. And it’s easier to treat kids before they grow up and their problems become permanent.
  • Adults: Even though it’s easier to treat children and prevent problems early on, adults can still benefit a lot from orthodontic treatments. There are plenty of traditional and alternative orthodontic treatments available to help adults straighten their teeth with confidence and achieve a healthier smile.

Choosing an Orthodontist

You can choose to see either an orthodontist or a general dentist for orthodontic treatment. Both are professionals, but an orthodontist has extra training specifically in providing orthodontics. Orthodontics can be costly. Insurance companies may cover a portion – but not all of the treatment and appliances. Fuquay Family Dentistry is happy to offer flexible payment options so that anyone who wants treatment can get the smile of their dreams. If you’re interested in orthodontics, why wait? Call us today to make an appointment!

Sources

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/dds-dmd

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/malocclusion-and-orthodontics-topic-overview#2

https://www.aaoinfo.org/system/files/media/documents/Right_Time_for_Ortho-MLMS-hl.pdf

 

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Dental Crowns 101

Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth. Teeth are important players in your life! They’re not only the first responders for your digestive tract, but they can make a great first impression – so you deserve a beautiful, fully-functioning set. If your teeth need a real makeover, a crown might be just the thing you need. A crown is a custom-made shell that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Crowns look and act exactly like your original tooth – but better. Crowns restore broken and badly decayed or discolored teeth. Crowns also top off dental implants and build dental bridges. Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier in Fuquay-Varina share what you need to know about getting a crown.

If You Need A Crown

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Dental Inlays & Onlays

Bite. Crack. Ouch!

A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a broken tooth will not heal itself and needs to be cared for immediately. Depending on the extent and location of the damage, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, an onlay, or a crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to its full, healthy, and functioning condition. Another reason you may need an inlay, an onlay, or a crown is due to extensive tooth decay breaking down your tooth that requires more than a simple filling to fix.

Here’s how your options compare:

  • Fillings: only fill a small, center portion of the biting surface of your tooth and is not a treatment for extensive damage
  • Inlays: fill a larger portion of the biting surface than a filling contained within the cusp
  • Onlays: fill and cover the biting surface of your tooth including up and over the rounded ridges (cusps)
  • Crowns: covers the whole tooth; all or most of the portion visible above your gums

Benefits of Inlays & Onlays

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4 Dental Facts About Implants

Many Fuquay-Varina residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile needs to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today Dr.McCormick and Dr. Meunier would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give Fuquay Family Dentistry a call.

Implants function just like real teeth

If you are looking for a solution that will preserve and improve the health of your mouth, implants are the way to go. Although dentures and bridges can help simulate the function of real teeth, they do not stimulate the jawbone. Implants are placed directly into the jawbone, just like the root of a tooth. As a result, they can put a stop to painful, damaging reabsorption, so that you never have to deal with that “sunken face” look. On top of that, implants are sturdier than any other form of dental appliance.

Implants stabilize other appliances

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Dental Bridges 101

A hole in your smile is never a positive thing. It negatively affects physical appearance, eating, speaking, and your overall sense of confidence and well-being. Let Fuquay Family Dentistry bridge the gap between where you are with your smile and where you want to be!

A missing tooth or teeth can also cause jaw pain and bite misalignment. Without a full set of teeth, your other teeth tend to move into the empty space, causing unnatural alignment in your bite and jaw—which can be very uncomfortable and can lead to bigger headaches and TMJ/TMD problems.

Dr. McCormick shares how each tooth plays an important role in your health and everyday life, and how dental bridges can restore your smile and function of your teeth. Read more ›

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Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Fuquay-Varina dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Fuquay-Varina residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier at Fuquay Family Dentistry would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!

Pulling Teeth isn’t like “Pulling Teeth” Anymore

Just like root canals, tooth extractions have a pretty bad reputation. Many Fuquay-Varina folks may refer to something difficult by saying it was, “like pulling teeth.” However, Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier will be the first one to tell you that the technology and techniques of modern dentistry have made the process of extracting a tooth fairly simple and with minimal discomfort to the patients. As long as you take it easy after the procedure and follow the guidelines, you’ll be back to normal in a just a few days. Read more ›

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Caring for Your Dentures

The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier remind us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Fuquay-Varina residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Fuquay Family Dentistry.

How do Dentures Work?

Dentures are intended for Fuquay-Varina residents who have lost most or all of their teeth. Dentures are removable dental appliances that look nearly identical to natural teeth. They also function the same way, allowing folks with little or no remaining teeth to eat and speak normally. In addition to improving oral health, facial structure, and smile, having a good set of dentures can mean a world of difference for your general health. Read more ›

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Diabetes and Oral Health: What Your Dentist Sees

It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including in your mouth.  Consider that nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. who, according to the American Diabetes Association, have diabetes. Fuquay-Varina dentist, Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier want you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health.

When people with diabetes experience high glucose levels, those levels could also be helping bacteria thrive—causing major problems for their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths.

Because of the risk, it’s important that diabetics take extra special care of their teeth. People with diabetes have special oral care needs, so it’s vital that you share this information with your dentist.

Common dental conditions associated with diabetes are tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infection, delayed healing and more.

Everyone—especially those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, should: Read more ›

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