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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Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

Chewing_IceKnow someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it? It’s interesting because, we keep hearing that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So, is it best to stop ice chewing? Absolutely, and there are more reasons than most people are aware of. Dr. Bryden McCormick wants all Fuquay-Varina residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

Why should I stop chewing ice?

Ice is hard. So hard, in fact, that pitting it against your teeth regularly will most certainly result in damage to your enamel. If you have pagophagia (the fancy name for ice cravings), it’s likely that Dr. McCormick will need to perform enamel restoration treatments, which are pricey and can be quite uncomfortable. Read more ›

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Fight Gum Disease at Home – Brush the Right Way!

5_Mistakes (1)Brushing your teeth is an everyday routine that most people give little thought to. The truth is there are a number of common mistakes people make in the course of brushing. After all, how often do we really think about brushing technique? Here at Fuquay Family Dentistry, Dr. Bryden McCormick is all about making sure his Fuquay-Varina patients know how to keep their mouths in the best health, while fighting gum disease and keeping their pearly whites sparkling. Here are some things to keep in mind when you pick up your brush every day.

What you are about to read may astonish you, because many common brushing techniques actually give the opposite of the desired results. Most importantly, don’t be discouraged! Even if you aren’t doing it quite right now, the key is that you have been brushing. That is certainly better than the alternative. If you ever have questions, feel free to call Fuquay Family Dentistry. We are all experts in the art of brushing teeth and we can certainly help you become brushing Jedi’s as well.

The most common brushing mistakes we see are not brushing for long enough, brushing too hard, focusing on the wrong areas, skipping teeth (on accident, of course), and thinking that brushing is the end all, be all of killing bacteria. Here are some specifics to help you become a brushing master: Read more ›

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A Guide to Cavity Prevention

Cavity_Keep_AwayImagine this- you have come to see Dr. Bryden McCormick for a cleaning and routine check-up. The cleaning goes well, but then Dr. McCormick tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong, since you have been brushing and flossing regularly.

We at Fuquay Family Dentistry see this happen every day and we want to put your mind at ease. Cavities are very common and usually a simple fix for Dr. McCormick. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them.

Cavities: The Basics

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Have a broken or loose tooth? We can help!

Accidental_Tooth_LossHave you or any of your family members injured a tooth these past few months? Maybe you got a little overzealous with some corn on the cob, maybe your daughter tripped during a game of tag and chipped her tooth, or maybe your mother chipped her tooth on a walnut, we can help fix these broken and loose teeth!

Fuquay Family Dentistry wants to restore your chipped, cracked, broken, or loose tooth to as much of its previous health and appearance as we can, so we’ve given you some tips for how to take care of the situation until you can get in to our Fuquay-Varina office.

However, if a tooth gets fractured, cracked, chipped, broken, or knocked loose, what matters is how you respond to the situation. Here are some pointers if you find yourself dealing with a tooth injury: Read more ›

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