Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” How true! While it can be frustrating to watch your health change as you age, you don’t have to accept poor oral health and tooth loss as just an inevitable part of the aging process. Your oral health is just as important now as it has ever been, and it has a great deal to do with your overall health and wellness. When it comes to senior dentistry and oral health, Fuquay-Varina dentist Dr. Bryden McCormick shares the top concerns you may have, and how to address them.
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It’s common to see people wearing mouthguards for protection during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Fuquay-Varina dentist Dr. Bryden McCormick has helped many patients improve their quality of life with nightguards. Our team at Fuquay Family Dentistry invites you to come to visit us today to find out more.
Nightguards for Bruxism
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Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need. As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest, and some may hurt you if applied directly to your skin.
Essential oils are distilled from plants and usually sold singularly with one ingredient per bottle, although you can also find oil blend products. Like other supplements, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate their safety or efficacy. Read more ›
What is oil pulling?
Claiming to achieve everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a dental hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash. Read more ›
At Fuquay Family Dentistry, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier want every Fuquay-Varina resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to contact us! Read more ›
So, you’re missing a tooth—or a few!
An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Fuquay Family Dentistry in Fuquay-Varina is an experienced practice you can trust to help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile. Read more ›
Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Fuquay-Varina smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier and the expert hygienists at Fuquay Family Dentistry.
Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss & Mouthwash
Before we talk technique, we need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’re going to need a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss. Pick whatever floss is most comfortable for you and any toothpaste that you like, provided it has fluoride. Mouthwash is not required, but some Fuquay-Varina residents really like the extra health boost you get from a good swish and gargle.
How do you pick a good toothbrush?
- Always go with soft bristles. Medium or hard bristles can damage enamel.
- Choose a brush that fits your mouth. The head of the brush should be small enough to reach all the way behind your back teeth and fit comfortably in your mouth and hand.
- Electric toothbrushes are fine, but you can achieve the same results with a regular toothbrush if you know how to brush like a pro.
- Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, every time you get over a cold, or whenever the bristles start to look mangled.
Floss Like a Boss
Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier reminds us to floss before brushing. That way you can ensure that the particles and bacteria unearthed during flossing will be removed during the expert brushing session that follows. Make sure to floss at least once a day.
- Wrap about 18 inches of floss around your two index fingers, with most of it on one finger.
- Work the floss in between two teeth, wrap it around the back tooth and work it up and down several times. Then, repeat with the front tooth.
- Make sure you don’t “snap” the floss because this can injure your gums.
- As you get to each tooth, let out a little more floss and wrap it around the finger, tightening the slack. This will avoid putting the nasty stuff from one tooth back between two other teeth.
Expert Brushing Techniques
We’ve talked toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste, so now it’s time to teach the fine folks of Fuquay-Varina how to brush like a dentist. Here we go!
- Brush at least twice a day. The best times are before breakfast and right before bed.
- Don’t overdo it on the toothpaste. You only need a pea-sized dollop. Any more than that will make your mouth unpleasantly foamy and increase your chances of swallowing fluoride, which is not good for your health.
- Brush for at least two minutes. The most common mistake is not brushing long enough. Using a stopwatch, hourglass, or just humming a song can help you stay on track. There are even smartphone apps available to keep you on track!
- Start with your brush on your gum line at a 45-degree angle.
- Brush up and down and/or in a circular motion, but NOT across.
- Don’t brush too hard! Brushing harder doesn’t make up for not brushing long enough. In fact, brushing too hard can damage enamel and even injure gums enough to cause painful gum recession and exposure of tooth roots.
- Make sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth – that means front, back, sides, corners, and chewing surfaces. If you divide your brushing time into 30 seconds for each side of the upper and lower teeth, you stand a much better chance of covering all of your bases.
- Brush your tongue. The worst of bad breath-causing bacteria live on your tongue.
- Rinse out your mouth, rinse off your brush, use a little mouthwash if you like, and pack it in.
- Pat yourself on the back for brushing the right way and giving yourself the excellent oral care you deserve!
If you have any questions or would like to come in for a professional cleaning, contact us at Fuquay Family Dentistry today!
You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all that has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done? You need some soft food recipes!
For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist when we were kids. Depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work -and milkshakes will only get you so far. Read more ›
In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to hear the truth among all the other health-conscious noise. People are frequently misinformed and misled about the health benefits of trends such as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Fuquay-Varina dentist Dr. McCormick would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda.
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If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Fuquay-Varina teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier are going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Fuquay Family Dentistry can do to help. Read more ›