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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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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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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Protect Young Smiles From Childhood Tooth Decay

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We get it. Parents have a lot to worry about when it comes to their child’s health and safety. That includes denteal health, of course. At Gastonia Dental Group we offer pediatric dentistry, and love having the little ones in for a checkup.

Committing to daily oral hygiene will prevent the pain, inconvenience, and expense of dealing with decay in children. We have a few tips for you:

Set An Example

It’s important to make a commitment to proper oral hygiene for yourself. If you have negligent oral hygiene, now is the time to change your ways so you can set an example for your child. You will both be better off.

Start (Very) Early

Caring for your infant’s teeth should commence even before they erupt. To prohibit bacteria growth, parents should wash their baby’s gums with a wet washcloth after feedings.

Make The Crib A Bottle-Free Zone

Youngsters should never be put to bed with a bottle. The sugars in milk or juice that stay on teeth for hours can damage the enamel. When your child gets his first tooth, it is time to brush.

Fluoride Warning

Most young children ingest toothpaste, so use only a tiny dab of non-fluoride paste until the child turns two. If a child swallows too much fluoride, it can stain teeth.

Go Over Teeth Again After Child Brushes

When kids are old enough to brush on their own, instruct them to brush gently but thoroughly for at least two minutes. You can set a timer so your child understands how long they should keep at it.

For young children, it is important that an adult reviews their teeth when they finish. Many kids thoroughly clean the chewing surfaces but fail to clean the backsides and gumline.

Schedule Snacks

Monitor your child’s meals and snacks. Scheduling snacks and beverages (not including water) to set times during the day can also safeguard against cavities.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we want to see the littles ones as soon as their teeth start coming in. We offer pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry for the older set. 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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Protect Teeth From Cracks

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No one wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth. In  this post from Gastonia Dental Group we are going to focus on how to avoid this preventable problem.

The first thing to remember is that avoiding a cracked tooth is not rocket science. You should steer clear of chewing on hard things if you don’t want a cracked tooth! The usual suspects include ice, hard candy, and (sorry movie lovers) popcorn.

Also, protect your teeth when you play sports. That includes supposedly non-contact sports, like basketball. One simple mishap like an elbow to the jaw can do damage, so always wear a mouthguard. You can find one in any sporting goods store.

Teeth grinding is never a good thing, and it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions.

Be sure to keep your regular check-ups at Gastonia Dental Group. Our dentists can spot possible problems that could predispose you to a cracked tooth such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we want all our patients to have intact smiles, and good dental health. We can treat teeth grinding, and offer a full range 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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Excellence In Family Dentistry At Gastonia Dental Group

Excellence In Family Dentistry At Gastonia Dental Group

At Gastonia Dental Group in Gastonia, we are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. If you are interviewing family dentists, we invite you to visit our office.

Our dental service menu includes general, cosmetic, and orthodontic services for every member of the family.

We create a pleasant dental experience for our youngest patients at Gastonia Dental Group. We want to make sure they look forward to visits and never develop dental anxiety.

If you have toddlers and young children, we can guide you in pediatric oral care, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

If you have older children and teens, in addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouth guards, and teeth extractions.

Hundreds of our patients have dramatically improved their smiles with the marvels of cosmetic dentistry including smile redesigns.

Cosmetic dentistry techniques and materials are better than ever and some procedures can be completed in just one visit!

At Gastonia Dental Group, we treat you like family. To schedule an exam and cleaning, call our office 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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Check Out The Checkup!

At Gastonia Dental Group we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one.

There are some very good reasons for seeing us twice a year. Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important: it helps prevent plaque buildup! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.

Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it does a fabulous job removing any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

And that, in a nutshell, is how your visit to the dentist goes. At Gastonia Dental Group our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Schedulde 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

 


6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often. Some go for five years without seeing their dentist.  At Gastonia Dental Group, we recommend patients see us twice a year.

There are a lot of reasons to visit us every six months. Some are better than others. We searched around and found six good reasons to visit us more often. Here they are…

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people realize the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Oral cancer is a serious problem. The risk of getting oral cancer is increased significantly for tobacco users, but the risk is there for everyone.

Dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, and regular checkups can mitigate the risk. Oral cancer is very treatable, but you have to catch it early. Regularly scheduled visits to Gastonia Dental Group can help you avoid this problem.

2. Cavity Damage

Everyone gets cavities. They are a fact of life.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early enough and the damage requires a significant fix. Cavities are one of the reasons by most people avoid the dentist because they are associated with pain.

However, the fact is the opposite. People who visit the dentist more frequently have fewer cavities. Early treatment of cavities can be less invasive, and even cosmetically favorable. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.

Visiting Gastonia Dental Group can help you avoid cavities all together with regular checkups and cleaning.

3. Gum disease

Like cavities, gum disease is associated with discomfort. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Visiting the dentist more often means keeping an eye on the health of your gums. Your dentist can help you track the health of your gums and can prescribe healthful procedures to avoid or cure gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative impact on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Frequent visits to Gastonia Dental Group can help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. Your dentist can help you identify harmful habits and can prescribe procedures or treatments to help you recover.

5. Deeper Problems

Most of the reasons we have discussed so far involve oral inspection. However, we can look deeper with x-rays.

X-ray technology has come a long way and can be a great way to spot potential problems before they become visible. Many of the problems can be fixed before damage occurs.

6. More Than Just Teeth

The professionals at Gastonia Dental Group are concerned about more than just your teeth. We care about your overall health.

Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth and that includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.

A regular visit to the dentist can help you avoid health issues that can affect your overall health.

Visiting Gastonia Dental Group every six months can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Make 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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Is Mouthwash A Must?

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In this post from Gastonia Dental Group, we talk about mouthwash. You know that there are many different kinds. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they help meet your oral care needs?

Many people wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two important habits that have the most significant effect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash necessary?

When our dental patients ask about mouthwash, we tell them that as long as they follow the instructions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same benefit.

Individuals who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the issue. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the problem because they can cause dry mouth—a condition that can worsen bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are commonly more effective for freshening breath. These products are typically called fluoride rinses.

If you have chronic bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to determine the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your physician soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, choose a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

At Gastonia Dental Group in Gastonia NC, we provide first rate dental care to our valued patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric 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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