One of the most common dental emergencies that I treat at our Better Dental practice is a patient presenting with a dental abscess. Often, a patient will present with a large swelling or a “pimple” near an area that is inflamed and often extremely painful. In this article I will explain what an abscess is, what
You might be wondering how often you need to do a dental checkup. Well, there is no straightforward answer as you might expect. In fact, there are no World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines regarding the frequency of dental visits. It all depends on individual circumstances and risk factors. Some dentists recommend that you go for
It is not hard to keep your teeth and gums healthy and improve your breath. Below are some simple steps you can follow to keep your mouth fresh and clean: Brush and floss your teeth Brush your teeth no less than twice a day and floss at least daily. Flossing removes food particles and plaque
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth no less than twice a day. They recommend that when brushing your teeth, use fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes each time. Brushing helps remove food particles and plaque that’s stuck in your teeth. The bacteria in plaque are responsible for producing acids that attack your
Why is an Occlusal Guard Important? Pain. Pain is one of the most common reasons that a patient comes into our Better Dental practice. And there are numerous factors that can contribute to pain. The mouth moves in two ways. The first is functional movement – which is purposeful movement such as speaking, chewing, and
As a practicing General Dentist, I often have the opportunity to help our customers decide how to replace missing teeth. Restoring that which was lost is a most rewarding process. When it comes to permanent replacement options, it frequently comes down to either a traditional dental bridge or the latest option, a dental implant. At
Why do I need scaling and root planing? Gum disease affects almost half of the U.S. population over the age of 30. It occurs when plaque is not properly cleaned from teeth and causes gums to become inflamed. Over time, this inflammation causes the gums to pull away from teeth resulting in the development of
Coming this Summer, Better Dental is proud to announce the opening of our second location. Having provided our patients with exceptional dental service for some seven years in the city of Apex, we are pleased to announce our expansion into the nearby city of Cary, North Carolina. Our target date is in early August with
With all of the direct-to-patient clear aligner companies such as Smile Direct Club, Smilelove, Candid, and Byte, that flood TV commercials and social media, you may ask yourself, “Should I go to a dental office to have my teeth straightened?” The answer is a resounding “Yes.” In order to accurately and appropriately straighten your teeth,
What sensitivity feels like Dental sensitivity is when a healthy tooth nerve gets triggered. It feels like a short sharp zing type of pain usually in response to chewing or cold, but sometimes flossing, brushing, or heat. A key feature of sensitivity is it goes away completely within a couple of seconds and does not
Here at Better Dental, some of the most common questions patients ask us relate to dental X-rays: Why do we take them? What are the different types of X-rays? How often do we need to take them? Are they safe? How much radiation exposure does a dental X-ray yield? These are great questions and concerns
Myths that root canal therapy (RCT) is dangerous have existed for more than a hundred years. With the help of social media today, these notions based on poorly conducted research in the 1920s are still actively circulating. These unscientific blog posts cling to the idea that RCT leaves you with a “dead” tooth which is
At the end of every cleaning our hygienists are likely to ask, “Would you like fluoride applied to your teeth, today?” The most common response is “I am not sure.” There are certainly a lot of opinions out there regarding fluoride, but all a patient really wants to know about fluoride is this: Is it
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