The Oral-Systemic Link: Risk Factors for Tooth Decay

Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier in Fuquay-Varina are here to tell you more!

Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, and most heart attacks (and 85% of strokes) are caused by cholesterol build-up – aka plaque.

But there is good news. You can work with your Fuquay-Varina dentist and your doctor to understand and minimize your risk factors for developing plaque and tooth decay.

Risk Factors for Tooth Decay

In 2010, tooth decay was the most common condition in the world! Everyone struggles with tooth decay and plaque build-up for reasons unique to their own body and lifestyle. By learning what puts you most at risk for decay, you are investing in your health for the long term. Read more ›

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Dentists Are Doctors, Too!

There are many kinds of doctors – Doctors of English, Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of Medicine, Dr. Pepper… (wink).

Of course, when we use the term doctor, we most often mean a physician or doctor of medicine. But did you know that dentists are doctors, too? Every doctor has a specialty, and a dentist’s specialty is oral health.

Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier, your Fuquay-Varina dentists explain how dentistry is a specific branch of medicine, and what it all means for the link between oral health and overall wellness.

Dentists Are Doctors

Dentists are every bit as trained and educated as physicians. They have the same general education in science as physicians before they get clinical training in dentistry. This background education helps dentists look at you, the whole package, when taking care of your teeth. Read more ›

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Sugar: Teeth’s Worst Nightmare

People in the United States eat more sugar than any other country in the world!

(It’s a good thing we also have some of the best dentists in the world.

You hear it all the time: “sugar rots your teeth.” But is it true? What exactly does sugar do to your teeth and why is it so bad? Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier in Fuquay-Varina tell us why below. After reading that fact above, you might want to learn more about this substance that’s added to nearly every product at the grocery store.

Sugar 101

All food causes some build up on your teeth. After eating and drinking, little bits of food get left behind in your mouth. But out of all the food we eat, sugar does the worst damage to your teeth. Read more ›

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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, and Implants: The Facts

There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Fuquay Family Dentistry talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier know that folks in Fuquay like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to things that might end up in your mouth. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures, Oh My!

At some point in time, most of us will lose at least one adult tooth. The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease, but it could also be an accident, a sports injury, or a cavity on steroids. Some people are even born without the ability to develop one or more adult teeth! Either way, the point is that most Fuquay residents will one day face a decision: how do I replace my lost or damaged tooth? There are many ways fill a gap in your bite: Read more ›

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Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root. If you have a nasty toothache and remember biting down on something hard, it’s time to call Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier. Don’t worry though, because the dental professionals at Fuquay Family Dentistry are committed to giving you the best oral care that Fuquay has to offer. To find out more about cracked tooth syndrome, read on. Read more ›

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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier can offer Fuquay patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Fuquay Family Dentistry, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet. Read more ›

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Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Fuquay, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year and it’s not uncommon to see lips that suffer from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Fuquay Family Dentistry we are very much attuned the oral health needs of Fuquay, so here are a few tips from Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave! Read more ›

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The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Headaches in Fuquay are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having your day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier would like you to know about bruxism, or teeth grinding, a common condition that Fuquay residents rarely know they have. At Fuquay Family Dentistry , we love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life. Read more ›

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Choosing the Right Dentist

Choosing the Right Dentist

It’s no secret that Fuquay residents are careful about how they choose medical professionals for their family, but sometimes it’s not easy to find everything you want in a dentist. We at Fuquay Family Dentistry understand that choosing a dentist is no small feat, so we’ve put together this guide to picking a dentist for individuals and families. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! Even if you decide on a different dentist, Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier are always happy to help!

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Having Jaw Pain? The Importance of Teeth Alignment

Why Do My Teeth Need To Be Aligned?

The only reason people get braces is to improve their smile, right? Wrong! Occlusion, or the alignment of your teeth, is a crucial factor in the health and functionality of your entire mouth. It may not seem like anything more than a cosmetic issue, but malocclusion (misaligned teeth) can cause jaw pain, difficulty eating, jaw popping and more. Your mouth is a finely tuned digestive organ and even the slightest issue with teeth alignment could cause big problems. Read more ›

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