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 ›
Know 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 ›
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 ›
Imagine 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 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 ›
Whitening strips are among the most popular health and beauty products in Fuquay-Varina. Brightening up your pearly whites is a great way to give your smile a boost, and with all the over-the-counter options, there’s no reason not to pick one up and try it out. Dr. Bryden McCormick wants you to be informed about every aspect of dental health, so here’s a guide to which whitening options can give your teeth a bright new shine. If you have any questions or would like to visit Fuquay Family Dentistry for a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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You might not even know it, but you probably have gum disease. 3 out of 4 people do! But, the good news is that it is easily treatable, especially when caught in its early stages. Fuquay Family Dentistry can help you get a happy, healthy mouth with simple treatments such as frequent cleanings and antibiotics.
You might ask: if you don’t even know you have gum disease then why should you treat it? Dr. Bryden McCormick hopes this post helps clear up how serious periodontal (gum) disease can be, and gives you at least five good reasons to come in for a gum disease consultation. Call our Fuquay-Varina office today to make your appointment!
1) Get more energy – Periodontal disease is an infection of your gums by the bacteria in your mouth. And like any infection, your immune system will try to fight it. You know how when you get a cold you just want to sleep all day? Your body feels the same way when it’s fighting gum disease. Who knows, treat your gum disease and you might find yourself wanting to run a marathon! Read more ›
One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Bryden McCormick would like everyone in Fuquay-Varina to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums — should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? The truth about bleeding gums is they are a sign of infection and/or irritation and can lead to serious problems that go way beyond your mouth if left untreated. Please read this article and educate yourself on how to keep your family’s teeth and gums safe.
Gums Are Not Supposed to Bleed
No matter what you may have heard, gums are never supposed to bleed. If your gums are bleeding during brushing or flossing, it is likely because you have a mild form of gum disease, known as gingivitis. It may also be because you are brushing too hard or flossing too deep into the gum tissue. Whatever the reason, bleeding gums is a sign that something isn’t quite right with your dental hygiene routine and it may be time to see Dr. McCormick. Read more ›
Sugar is not the only thing that can harm your teeth. In fact, there are plenty of other substances that slowly chip away at our smiles. One of the biggest offenders is acid. Maybe you have heard of acid erosion, but just in case you haven’t, Dr. Bryden McCormick wants all Fuquay-Varina residents to have the facts about how dietary choices affect our teeth. Read on to learn what causes sensitive teeth, what acid erosion is, and how to stop it from tarnishing your smile.
How does acid affect teeth?
Teeth are sturdy little nuggets of bone that do a great job of chewing our food, but they have their weaknesses. As we have discussed in other blogs, bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugars and starches from food and can cause problems. However, most Fuquay-Varina folks don’t know that Read more ›
Every Fuquay-Varina parent remembers seeing their baby’s first teeth emerge, watching the rest pop up, and finally cheering as their child loses their first baby tooth, all in the blink of an eye! In fact, baby teeth come and go so quickly that some people are led to believe they don’t have an impact on a child’s dental health later in life. Dr. Bryden McCormick wants you to know that that couldn’t be further from the truth! At Fuquay Family Dentistry, we are committed to giving our community access to reliable information on dental care, so here are the facts about why baby teeth matter. Feel free to give us a call with any questions.