Hope Mills Dental Treats Canker Sores, Lesions, And Fever Blisters

Hope Mills Dental Treats Cankers Sores Lesions and Fever Blisters

At Hope Mills Dental, one of the most common complaints our dentists hear is problems with mouth sores.

There are many different kinds of oral lesions which can make eating and talking painful. Some are annoying yet harmless, while other sores are more serious and require medical intervention.

Though not contagious, the most common complaint is canker sores, which affect an estimated eighty percent of the population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods.

We can prescribe a topical dental paste to relieve pain and guard against infection. Recurring canker sores can sometimes be a symptom of a larger health problem.

Another common complaint is fever blisters or cold sores, which are contagious fluid-filled blisters. Raleigh cold sore sufferers should be aware that they can become infected. At Hope Mills Dental, we advise our patients on how to treat cold sores and avoid further breakouts.

Fungal infections and oral cancer can cause sores in the mouth and throat. See your Raleigh dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Lumps or discolored patches in the mouth lasting longer than three weeks
  • Unusually large lesions
  • Multiple sores

Hope Mills Dental dentists remind you that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in oral health and hygiene.

Hope Mills Dental provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dentistry, including pediatric 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

 


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

dental cleanings Hope Mills

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

enamel erosion treatment Hope Mills

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

 


Have You Made An Appointment Yet?

An appointment at Hope Mills Dental twice a year is essential to your dental health, and to your overall health. By seeing us for a check up, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy – and you’ll have a great smile, to boot.

A typical appointment is in two parts. First, one of our hygienists gives your teeth a thorough cleaning. That in itself is worth coming in for. But part two, the checkup, is just as important, because we’ll take x-rays, check for any cavities, make sure your gums are healthy, and look for signs of any problems like bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Seeing us twice a year is also a great way to protect your overall health. We won’t give you a wellness exam like your doctor, of course. But there are more than a hundred systemic diseases that can be detected in the mouth. We can find signs of diseases before you even know about them.

In between your visits, make sure you take care of your teeth and gums at home. That means a daily regimen of flossing and brushing. We recommend at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. That way you are consistently removing that plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup and cleaning with Hope Mills Dental, pick up the phone and give us a call. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment 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