Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Are floss picks as good as regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. At Gastonia Dental Group, we recommend traditional floss or tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. But teeth are rounded, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just won’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional, string floss.

By wrapping string floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can clean plaque off your teeth far more effectively. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a guide to proper flossing:

  • Cut a segment of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean segment for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new piece.
  • Some people find it simpler to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you opt for, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. That means daily flossing and brushing, and a checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Maybe that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? If not, we can help improve it with cosmetic dentistry at Gastonia Dental Group.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups with us can prevent runaway decay and pricey corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.

Smile enhancement with cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. The smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even missing.

Traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that certainly has its place in what we do. Cosmetic dentistry aims to complement the overall general and dental health of each patient.

Are you at peace with your smile? Cosmetic dentistry from Gastonia Dental Group can improve whatever you’d like. Call our office to schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Porcelain Veneers And Instant Orthodontics

Gastonia Porcelain Veneers and Instant Orthodontics

If you have been paying attention to orthodontics in recent years, you probably have heard about clear braces. They have been welcomed by many people, especially adults who want an alternative to traditional metal braces, and they are available at Gastonia Dental Group.

There’s more good news for men and women who want to straighten their teeth. How about ‘instant orthodontics’?

We’re talking about porcelain veneers. Strictly speaking, they are not orthodontics; usually they are classified as cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are custom-made to fit over the front part of your teeth. They’re great for fixing slightly crooked teeth, which is why they’re sometimes called instant orthodontics.

Veneers are also a solution for abnormally spaced, stained or chipped teeth.

Along with Invisalign clear braces, porcelain veneers are available at Gastonia Dental Group. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Bright And Healthy Smiles

Bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull and yellow ones: you won’t get much disagreement there. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. At Gastonia Dental Group, we create bright and healthy smiles every day with cosmetic dentistry.

We use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to your smile. We can close unsightly gaps and brighten your smile with porcelain veneers, or replace old silver fillings with white fillings that blend seamlessly with your teeth.

A great smile is a huge asset. It’s how we express a range of emotions without saying a word. Our goal is to draw your teeth and facial structure into harmony, so that you are able to present the world with the best possible you.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, along with children’s dentistry and many other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Questions To Ask Your Dentist

Questions To Ask Your Gastonia Dentist Sometimes people research mechanics and hairdressers more thoroughly than their dental professional. Isn’t your dental health more important than your car or hairstyle? At Gastonia Dental Group, we think it is. We love to answer questions about dentistry.

One of the thinks we’re asked about the most is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. The answer is, yes! Prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then we examine your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

These are just a few of the questions we get from our patients at Gastonia Dental Group. What questions to you have? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Our Dental Team Takes Care Of You

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At Gastonia Dental Group, each member of our team helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of care. This post will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.

You most likely think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who puts the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.

Our patients are readied for treatment by dental assistants. During any procedure, they keep things moving by passing instruments, taking x-rays, holding devices, and recording essential information.

Dental assistants sometimes polish the teeth of our patients. They also explain dental hygiene, and perform any number of behind-the-scenes duties.

At Gastonia Dental Group, dental assistants are essential team members. Our services here include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and Saturday hours to accommodate any busy schedule. Make an appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Dental Bridge vs Dental Implant

Attention Gastonia Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethIn this Gastonia Dental Group blog post, we’re going to talk about the tooth replacement option known as dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of people, they are not problem free. Some people find it difficult to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course dangerous bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without you even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, you’re at risk of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant is a titanium post screwed directly into the jaw bone, where it fuses. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Gastonia. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

At Gastonia Dental Group, dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing strength, beauty, and natural function. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of our patients at Gastonia Dental Group pertain to getting whiter teeth.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can beautify your teeth, it’s natural to consider changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This frequently results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, in-office teeth whitening procedures that can usually lighten the color of your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, Gastonia dentists are helping patients get the remarkable look they desire.

At Gastonia Dental Group we use cosmetic dentistry to brighten smiles every day. We also offer children’s dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

Gastonia Oral DentistryAt Gastonia Dental Group we often hear questions about whether xylitol gum is an effective substitute for  brushing teeth, and regular dental exams.

Before answering that question, here is a little bit about xylitol:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually useful for teeth.

Numerous clinical studies have shown that xylitol prevents the growth of the bacteria that initiates cavities. It also lessens plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of people with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For those with frequent dry mouth, xylitol gum or mints can stimulate saliva production while safeguarding against decay.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At Gastonia Dental Group, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental issues before they start. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Dental Health And You

At Gastonia Dental Group we emphasize the importance of good dental health to each one of our patients, every time one of them sits down for a checkup. We stick to the basics: brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. But there’s more to it than that.

At every checkup, we examine you for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. Stepping up your dental care routine at home is often enough to do the trick.

In its more severe form, gum disease is called periodontal disease, and it’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of all Americans over the age of thirty have periodontal disease. That’s nearly sixty-five million people! It can be still be brought under control, but it takes more aggressive treatment.

What Else?

Good dental health means you probably don’t have much of a problem with bad breath. Of course, most of us have yukky breath when we first wake up in the morning. But brush your teeth after breakfast and you should be good to go. In most cases of chronic bad breath – about eighty-five percent of them – poor dental health is to blame.

Every dental checkup includes a screening for oral cancer. The American Cancer Society projects that about 53,000 people will get a form of oral cancer this year. Of those, nearly eleven thousand cases will be terminal.

As with any cancer, the earlier the detection and diagnosis, the better the chances of beating it. That fact alone should be enough to get most people in to see us every six months.

Finally, when it comes to dental health, your toothbrush and dental floss are your best friends. Brush and floss at least twice a day. When you brush, you remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities. Flossing gets out the gunk that builds up between the teeth.

And there you have it: a more detailed discussion on the importance of dental health, and seeing us twice a year at Gastonia Dental Group. In addition to checkups, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054