HPV & Oral Cancer: What You Need to Know

We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Fuquay-Varina, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papillomavirus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fuquay Family Dentistry. Read more ›

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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Fuquay-Varina children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Fuquay Family Dentistry, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call. Read more ›

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Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

Sure, dentistry is serious medicine, and daily dental hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too! And fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of fascinating dental facts out there!

Fuquay Family Dentistry in Fuquay-Varina treats our patients professionally and joyfully because teeth are cool. Take Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth. Read more ›

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The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as much fun losing teeth as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (not counting wisdom teeth). Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier want everyone in Fuquay-Varina to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Fuquay Family Dentistry a call with any questions or concerns. Read more ›

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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Keeping your health history updated with Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier may help save your teeth. Although you may think of general health and dental health as two completely unrelated categories, they are much more connected than the average person suspects. Just as the information you share with your general practitioner assists them in keeping you healthy, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier depend on your input for optimum dental health.

When it comes to your overall health, your dentist also needs to see the big picture so they can assist you with keeping your teeth vital. Most Fuquay-Varina residents might not think to inform their dentist about their general physical health, but would be surprised at the potential impact that information can have on their oral care. The Fuquay Family Dentistry team likes to go above and beyond for our Fuquay-Varina patients, but we depend on your participation to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why. Read more ›

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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. McCormick 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. Read more ›

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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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