Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings from Hope Mills Dental. You might wonder if you need a professional dental check up and cleaning if you already brush and floss twice a day at home.

The answer is that both processes are essential because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

At Hope Mills Dental we encourage our patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

Brushing
Flossing
Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
Regular dental cleanings
Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prohibit food particles from lodging in small spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can talk to Dr. dentist about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call Hope Mills Dental to schedule a professional cleaning. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Hope Mills Dental:

910-716-0102

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3020 N Main St Ste 270
Hope Mills, North Carolina
28348

 


Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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Our teeth work hard and are constantly under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. At Hope Mills Dental, we help our patients take care of theirs  with regular cleanings and check ups.

Enamel erosion is omnipresent, though largely preventable. Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal conditions, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

At Hope Mills Dental, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and prevent additional erosion if some has already occurred.

Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it is gone, it can’t be regenerated.

2. According to the NIH, 41% of teenagers already have enamel erosion.

3. Aggressive brushing can hurt enamel.

4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as dangerous as sugared sodas.

5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to do something about it. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been harmed. Call Hope Mills Dental today at 910-716-0102 to schedule an examination. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Hope Mills Dental:

910-716-0102

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3020 N Main St Ste 270
Hope Mills, North Carolina
28348

 


Wear A Crown In Hope Mills

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Some Hope Mills residents who have a weak or broken tooth may want to research dental crowns as a way to improve their smile and overall oral health. A crown is a cap or covering that is tooth-shaped and when it is in place, covers the portion of the tooth that is above the gum line.

Crowns can be made of metals, resin, ceramic, porcelain, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal material. At Hope Mills Dental, we will put in a temporary crown while a permanent crown is being created especially for your mouth in a dental laboratory.

If you think a dental crown may be right for you, or, if you are searching for quality dental care in the Raleigh area, call us here at Hope Mills Dental. We are located in Hope Mills and are currently accepting new patients at our state-of-the art, yet warm and comfortable dental office.

Call us at 910-716-0102 and our staff can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, or any other dental services.

Contact Hope Mills Dental:

910-716-0102

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3020 N Main St Ste 270
Hope Mills, North Carolina
28348

 


Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist? Family Dentistry in Hope Mills

Hope Mills, North Carolina Residents Visit the DentistIf you are looking for a practice experienced in family dentistry, we invite you to come in to Hope Mills Dental for a consultation.

Nervous? You Are Not Alone

The very idea of visiting a dentist makes a lot of people nervous. In fact, up to twenty percent of the adult population in the United States puts off seeing the dentist because of anxiety. If you’re one of them, here are a few recommendations that may help ease your concerns.

  • Choose a dentist who is appropriate for your needs. If you decide to schedule an appointment with Hope Mills Dental, we’ll want to get to know you, and help you get to know us, so you feel comfortable and relaxed.
  • Be prepared to provide us with information about your lifestyle and health. Too many people avoid expressing pain or revealing sensitive issues. As your dentist, we need to know your history and everything you are experiencing.
  • The best way to have a positive experience is to communicate. Let us know what you are experiencing so that we can make adjustments and help you feel more comfortable and secure.

At Hope Mills Dental our staff will work to make your dental experience a pleasant one. We like to see our patients every six months for checkups and cleanings. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family. And because we know it can be difficult to fit appointments into a busy schedule, we have evening and Saturday hours for your convenience.

Contact Hope Mills Dental:

910-716-0102

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3020 N Main St Ste 270
Hope Mills, North Carolina
28348