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A regular toothbrush (manual brush) does a very good job in removing dental plaque, the cause of decay and gum disease; however, studies have shown that for the average person an electric toothbrush (power brush) tends to be more effective than a manual brush in removing plaque. If you are going to buy an electric toothbrush buy a good quality brand such as Sonicare or Oral B.
The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Accumulating scientific evidence suggests that periodontal or gum disease may be associated with a number of systemic disorders such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Given this potential link between periodontal disease and systemic health problems, prevention may be an important step in maintaining overall health.
If you notice any of these signs you may have a periodontal problem (gum disease) and should be evaluated by a dentist.
A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to a chewing surface of a back tooth (premolars and molars). The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel by "sealing out" plaque and food. Sealants are easy to apply, and takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth.
Whitening your teeth, under the supervision of your dentist has been proven safe and not harmful to enamel in clinical studies over a period of many years. The primary whitening agent, carbamide peroxide, has been used safely by millions of people worldwide.
In general between the ages of two and three years old is the appropriate time for a child's first dental visit. Each child is different and it is more important that the child has a good, successful experience rather than what is accomplished at the first visit.
The first non-surgical step in treating periodontal disease involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planing also referred to as "periodontal" or "deep" cleaning. After a local anesthetic "novacaine", is given to eliminate any discomfort, an instrument called a scaler and/or an ultrasonic cleaner is used to carefully remove the plaque and tartar below the gum line. This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink.
Yes. Patients who are avoiding dental care because of anxiety can be sedated for their visits. One pill can be taken before the appointment adequate to deal with most anxiety and dental phobias. You will need to be driven to and from the office.
We accept almost all insurance plans and will file the insurance claim on your behalf. Our Insurance Coordinator also will be happy to review your benefit plan with you should you have any questions about your coverage.
If the reason for your first visit is an immediate concern or problem (e.g. discomfort) that problem will be evaluated and treated on the first visit. However, for the routine initial visit a new patient is thoroughly evaluated with a comprehensive examination and a complete mouth series of radiographs (x-rays). The evaluation consists of the following:
If any problems do exist those findings are discussed with the patient and a prioritized plan of treatment is developed based on the patient's needs, concerns and desires.
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Appointments are avaiable
Tuesday through Friday
as early as 7:30 A.M.
2304 S. Miami Blvd. Suite 126
Durham, NC 27703