Common Dental Questions

At Gastonia Dental Group, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Common Questions

One of the questions we’re frequently asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a more nuanced answer includes that time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

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

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

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.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Gastonia Dental Group. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric 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


Been A While Since You Had Your Teeth Cleaned?

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Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we stress to all of our patients, at Gastonia Dental Group. Coupled with twice-a-year checkups and cleanings, it’s the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every day without fail, is essential to your overall dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too. But we understand that for whatever reason, some people let it slip. Some have even been known to skip brushing and fossing so often, you could say they never do it at all.

In cases like that, some people may think their teeth are too far gone – that no amount of treatment can restore their dental health. If that sounds like you or someone you love, we’re here to tell you it isn’t so. There is always a way to make your teeth look and feel better.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it will be worth it. In cases of neglected teeth, initial treatment begins with an inspection in our office. At that time we will identify the need for any fillings or extractions. A root canal may be in order, too – but don’t let those words frighten you. Modern dentistry has taken the pain out of even difficult cases.

We’ll also be looking for signs of gum disease, which is common in cases of neglected teeth. If we find it we’ll begin a sequence of cleanings and treatments to revive your gum health.

Once we have your mouth back in a healthy condition, we start looking at what needs to be done to fix any damage. It won’t be a walk in the park, but it won’t be as bad as you might imagine. And it will definitely be worth it, in the long run.

Your biggest takeaway from this post should be this: there is hope for your teeth.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Ours services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a cleaning and checkup 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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The Techno-Toothbrush

Are electric toothbrushes any better at cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes? The answer depends on who you ask, because both have their advocates. In this article from Gastonia Dental Group, we aren’t going to recommend one over the other. We’re just going to take a look at the world of the electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. But they first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have evolved considerably since then. When it comes to electric toothbrushes, there is a lot of choose from.

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

Sonic

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but we think they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But advocates say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

When all is said and done, it depends on the person doing the brushing. A manual toothbrush used properly does a fine job cleaning your teeth. But you can always take it to the next level with a standard electric, or even a sonic, toothbrush.

At Gastonia Dental Group, what we really want is for each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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

 


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 Those Nooks And Crannies

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At Gastonia Dental Group, our dentists are passionate about the prevention of cavities, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. We encourage our young patients to develop good brushing and flossing skills, to put them on the road to a lifetime of good dental health.

There are some places, however, where a toothbrush and even floss can miss. Enamel degeneration can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most difficult area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for cavities to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing frequently is essential, an additional safeguard against cavities is the application of dental sealants. Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught and breed harmful bacteria They are especially effective in the back teeth, where most cavities occur.

The application process takes only one short visit. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment. We usually recommend having sealants applied as early as possible.

If properly cared for, sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.

Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly cleanings and checkups at Gastonia Dental Group are essential for good dental health. Our services include pediatric dentistry. Schedule a cleaning and checkup 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 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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Less Is More In Dentistry

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There are meaningful new developments in dentistry: stronger, natural-looking materials; improved techniques; more effective diagnostic methods; and more precise instruments. Combine these with the experience and expertise of the Gastonia Dental Group team and you’re left with less of what used to make people dread going to the dentist.

Less Pain
Improved painkillers, lasers, and industry-leading techniques take the pain out of dental procedures.

Less Inconvenience
Laser dentistry, which employs powerful beams of light, has significantly shortened the time required to complete dental treatment.

Less Time Needed To Heal
Laser dentistry helps alleviate recovery times for procedures such as dental implants, root canals, smile redesigns, and other types of oral surgery.

Less Risk
The overall success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implants, has increased.

Less Loss of Healthy Tooth Structure
Dental procedures such as decay removal, inlays, porcelain veneers, and crown restoration can be performed with less loss of healthy tooth structure.

At Gastonia Dental Group we use advanced technology in our 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

 

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Your Smile Doesn’t Have To Show Your Age

Your Smile Doesn’t Have to Show Your Age in GastoniaIt’s been said that everyone wants a long life, but no one wants to get old. How true! As we grow older, we may welcome many changes. Most of us do not welcome wrinkles, gray hair and dental problems. In this post from gastonia Dental Group, we examine how your smile can be attractive and healthy throughout your golden years.

Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of wear such as enamel loss, staining, and chips, it is not too late to restore your youthful smile. And though tooth loss is fairly common for Gastonia residents over sixty, in most cases it is preventable.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we treat patients of all ages and offer a full range of dental services, including general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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Raise Your Dental IQ

Raise Your Dental IQ

Small things can raise your Dental IQ and benefit your smile. One simple lesson from Gastonia Dental Group involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. It’s the balance of bacteria that’s important. This is where brushing and flushing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.

This is yucky to think about, but it’s a good idea to store your toothpaste as far away from the toilet as you can. Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, cavities, as well as bad breath.

If you have sensitive teeth, don’t rinse your mouth out after you brush your teeth at night. The fluoride in the toothpaste can help remineralize your enamel. If you go to bed with some toothpaste left on your teeth, it has a chance to go to work.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we want our patients to have the best possible dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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How Long Should You Brush?

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At Gastonia Dental Group, our dentist  recommends two minutes as a minimum time for brushing your teeth. Most men and women think they brush that long, but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Most of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

We also recommend, strongly, that you brush your teeth at least twice each day. After each meal is better, but twice a day should be your goal. One of those times should be right before going to bed. Whenever you brush, be sure to use a tootypaste with fluoride.

In addition, you should be flossing your teeth. Flossing once a day is the minimum; again, after every meal is best. Many people find it tricky to floss during the day, because they’re out and about and don’t have time. You might try using a floss pick, or an inter-dental cleaning (but not a toothpick).

On top of all this, remember to see us at Gastonia Dental Group twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to 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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