Happy Father’s Day From Axiom Dentistry – May We Suggest Getting Your Dad A Power Tool?

Cary NC Dentist OfficeHappy Father’s Day from Axiom Dentistry! We honor you this month by giving you a fist bump with our words! Can we offer you a “Tim The Tool man” Ar ar ar?” Remember him? Tim Allen used to play the role of a home improvement guy on a popular sitcom in the 90s. What did Tim love? He loved power tools! Power tools made him grunt, roar and make manly type sounds only understood by men! If you want to make your dad happy for Father’s Day, why not put a power tooth-cleaning tool in his hands? An electric toothbrush with its tiny motor just might be what he’s been wanting, and didn’t even know to ask for! [Read more…]

April Was National Autism Awareness Month

Cary NC Pediatric DentistryLast month our nation took an entire month to pause and focus on Autism. The efforts are to help raise awareness about the needs and struggles of families all over the United States that have an Autistic friend or family member. Most people who have Autism have symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder.

A person who suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) takes sensory information and they process it differently. Often times sights, sounds, tastes, touches or smells are heightened. The neurological disorder leads to a lot of stress and discomfort for those who have SPD. Movies might seem louder, more realistic and very scary. Certain textures of clothing may cause a great deal of strain due to the way they feel on the skin. [Read more…]

Taking The Nagging Out Of Getting Your Kids To Take Care Of Their Teeth

Cary NC Pediatric DentistSunday, May 14th is approaching quickly. Do you know what that day is? If you’re a busy mom juggling carpool, sports and changing diapers, you know that a day to celebrate YOU is quickly approaching. What is it that you want for Mother’s Day this year? A bouquet of flowers? A hand-written card by your little munchkins? How about a free massage? All of those ideas sound absolutely amazing, and we hope you get each of them. However, if you really think about it, what is it most moms really want? Most moms want a day free of fighting and nagging! Have you ever found yourself saying, “I just want peace and quiet in my family for one day?” [Read more…]

Seal the Deal with Dental Sealants!

Dental Sealants Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCDeep grooves and pits on the chewing surface of our molars- the teeth farthest to the back of our mouth- can be difficult to reach and even more difficult to clean. Seventy-five percent of all dental decay begins within these deep grooves. How can you provide more protection for these teeth? Usually between the ages of 6-16 your dentist will recommend the application of dental sealants. These preventative restorations crate a surface that is smooth by filling in these pits and grooves with a plastic coating that seals out bacteria and plaque that causes tooth decay.

The process of applying sealants is relatively simple and requires no drilling or removal of tooth structure. The entire process only takes a few minutes and can be completed by a skilled dental assistant or your dental hygienist. Dental sealants come in different shades such as clear and white and cannot be seen by others when you smile or speak. The ideal time to apply sealants is immediately after the eruption of the permanent teeth. Sealant material is painted onto the tooth then hardened with a special light. You can expect your sealants to last 5-10 years.

Sealants do not replace regular brushing and flossing or the regular use of fluoride for overall good oral health. You will still need to have regular dental checkups however, in the long run, dental sealants can help prevent cavities which in turn help to maintain the strength, quality, and health of your natural teeth.

Ask the professionals at Axiom Dentistry how dental sealants can help you and your children lower the risk of dental decay and cavities in the future!

Reduce Dental Decay…Here’s How…

Reduce Dental Decay Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCDental decay affects people of all ages. It is the most common disorder experienced by humans only following the common cold. Understanding how a cavity is formed can minimize and even prevent incidences.

Cavities are formed by bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria are found in plaque which is a sticky substance that adheres to teeth after eating. These bacteria act on sugars in the food and release acids as by products which dissolve the minerals in teeth. This is called demineralization. The tooth structure is softened, breaks down, and allows holes or cavities to form.

Dental decay is easily preventable. The following tips can reduce your risk of tooth decay:

  • Diet Modification- The easiest way to decrease the occurrence of cavities is by reducing the amount of sugar available for bacteria to work on. Eliminating sugary snacks and drinks cuts off the supply of acid in the mouth. If you enjoy the every now and then sugary snack make it part of your regular meal. This allows time between meals for our naturally occurring saliva to clean the teeth and restore lost minerals.

  • Fluoride- Study after study shows that people who make fluoride part of their regular routine through water, toothpastes, and rinses significantly reduce their chances of cavities. Fluoride integrates into the tooth structure making them more resistant to wear from acids.

  • Oral Hygiene- Careful and regular brushing and flossing removes bacteria and helps keep it under control. Professional cleanings can remove built up tarter and areas you may not be able to remove with regular brushing. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months.

Dental cavities are a common problem but also easily preventable. Reduce the amount of time you spend in the dental chair and save yourself a little money too by following these easy steps to a cavity free lifestyle.

Is Sugar Zapping Your Energy & Oral Health?

Dental Decay on The Rise Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCIn the last twenty years dentists have been performing more extractions, root canals, and fillings than ever before.  Dental disease is on the rise and appears to be more widespread and aggressive. Why is this? We all know sugar consumption is linked to dental decay. But what we do not realize is how much our sugar consumption over the last fifty years has increased.  Are you ready for this? We have tripled our sugar consumption over the past half a century. Soft drinks and cheap processed foods are just the start. With our fast paced lived come fast paced diets including carbohydrate rich meals, sugar laden snacks, sweets and chocolates and caffeine sugary drinks. With these products more readily available our waistlines are expanding, heart disease is on the rise, and our rate of dental decay is skyrocketing.

Our ancestors enjoyed sugar only at certain times of the year and only in natural forms such as honey and fruits. However, it is now found in nearly all processed foods. In some areas of the world it is not uncommon to consume more than 500 calories worth of sugar a day. It is linked to 35 million deaths per year and the effects of excess sugar consumption are similar to those of alcohol including increased high blood pressure, high blood fats, and insulin resistance and diabetes to name a few. For the first time in human history, non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes pose a greater health burden than infectious disease. The evidence points strongly to the connection of more readily available high sugar diets than ever before.

We have made great advancements in medicine and nutrition but we are still seeing a rise in the decline of our oral health as well as our overall health.  It is time to make a change! At Axiom Dentistry, we challenge you to start your summer out by cutting back on your sugar intake for sixty days.  We bet you will feel amazingly different!

It’s Cold Outside-Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Tooth Sensitivity Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCRain, rain, and cold go away! Does the dreary weather have you wondering when spring weather will make an appearance? With these cold temperatures are your teeth feeling a winter chill?  One out of every eight people report experiencing tooth sensitivity and winter weather temps can make it feel worse. Can cold weather really cause tooth pain?

Thermal stress is the term used to describe what occurs when an object experiences sudden changes in temperatures. Humans experience many changes in temperatures in our mouth throughout the day. Our front teeth are subjected to temperature differences as much as 120⁰F several times a day and thousands of times a year.

Our teeth have several layers. Dentin is the soft layer of our teeth that is covered by enamel. Dentin expands and contracts as temperatures change. When teeth are exposed to sudden changes in temperature the dentin expands and contracts faster than the enamel causing stress which can result in cracks forming. These cracks may not be visible and do not compromise the structure of the tooth however it can cause uncomfortable sensitivity.

Allergies and sinus problems can also be a culprit. During this time of year it is common for patients to experience sinus pressure and infections. Because of the location of your sinuses, this pain and pressure is often mistaken as tooth pain.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of other reasons:

  • Clenching and grinding teeth

  • Gum recession

  • Cracked teeth

  • Cavities

  • Weakened enamel

  • Tooth brush trauma

When Should I Visit My Dentist?

If you have experienced sensitivity or pain for more than three days or you see visible gum recession contact our office to schedule an appointment. The professionals at Axiom Dentistry can address cracks and cavities as well as gum recession and provide appliances such as bite guards for grinding and clenching. The warm weather is just around the corner (I promise!) so get your teeth ready to enjoy that next bowl of yummy ice cream!

CT Scans for Dental Implants

CT Scans for Dental Implants Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCThe use of dental implants has dramatically increased over the last twenty years. It is estimated that over 300,000 dental implants are placed each year. These implants are helping patients eat, speak, and smile naturally. To determine if you are a candidate your dental professional will probably order a CT scan. This high resolution imaging is an invaluable part of the dental implantation process.

Bone Quality

One of the most important components of an implants success is the quality of the bone.  CT scans can determine the shape and density of the bone.  The more bone present the better the prognosis of long-term success. If it is determined that there is not adequate bone to support an implant bone grafting may be an alternative.

Jaw Pathology

CT scans are an excellent tool for diagnosing pathologic conditions of the jaw. Conventional dental films such as a panorex can be used for basic screening; however CT scans can provide a much more detailed image for detection or exclusion of pathologic conditions.

Implant Measurements

CT scans can help your dentist preoperatively plan implant placement by providing precise measurements of the alveolar crest and the relation of surrounding structures. These measurements can provide multiple options for implant sites, directions, and angles and prevent injury of anatomic structures. Implant placement is crucial to prevent early implant loss and other complications.

Location of Maxillary Sinus

The location of the sinus cavity can pose issues for dental implant treatment due to the close proximity of the maxillary sinus cavity. On occasion, a sinus lift is needed to increase the height of the maxillary bone for secure implant placement.  CT scans pin point the exact location of the maxillary sinus ensuring successful implantation.

Dentistry is an ever evolving science.  Axiom Dentistry offers the latest in techniques and technology. Have questions regarding dental implants or tooth replacement options? Contact our office today!

Improve Your Sleep Quality

Sleep Apnea Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCIs snoring wrecking your sleep? Do you constantly find yourself awake at night, losing valuable sleep, listening to your spouse gasping for air? Not only is sleep apnea annoying and exhausting but it is life threatening. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to increased stroke, heart disease, mood disorders, lack of concentration, and poor mental function.

Sleep apnea is a nighttime breathing disorder that affects 15-20 million Americans. The condition is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, usually due to an airway collapse. During the collapse patients are unable to intake air and therefore struggle to breathe. In order to resume breathing properly the brain must trigger the patient to awaken. These frequent awakenings can occur 20-30 times per hour resulting in devastating health problems. Sleep apnea affects men and women of all ages including children.

The most noticeable symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring characterized by pauses in breathing followed by gasping or choking for air. Many patients do not realize they are suffering from this condition even though they awaken hundreds of times during the night because they do not enter a complete state of wakefulness. Most patients learn of their interrupted sleep patterns by a partner or they seek medical attention for other related symptoms:

  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
  • Headaches
  • Forgetfulness or mood changes
  • Irritability or depression

The most widely used treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). This treatment consists of a mask the patient wears at night that pumps a continuous stream of air into the patient’s airway, opening the collapsed muscles. Other treatments include lifestyle changes, medications, or surgery.

Many patients also seek help from their dental provider. There are several dental devices that can aid in the treatment of sleep apnea.

  • Mandibular advancement device- This is the most commonly used dental device to treat sleep apnea. This device which is similar to a sports mouth guard is worn at night and aids in positioning the mouth in such a way that the airway remains open while in use.
  • Tongue retraining device- A splint that holds the tongue in place to allow the airway to stay open.

Improve your quality of sleep as well as your partners. Contact Axiom Dentistry today to find out how a dental device can help you get a better night’s sleep!

Quick Tip-Chew More Gum!

Chewing gum is the world’s most common habit. If you were ever scolded in school for chewing gum, your teacher may have been doing you a disservice according to recent studies. Chewing gum might actually be beneficial to both your mental and oral health.

Chewing gum stimulates saliva, which is a powerful protector of the oral cavity. It contains buffers, minerals, and antibacterial components that help flush sugar and food debris out of the mouth. Increased saliva flow also improves digestion by promoting more frequent swallowing. This helps aid with acid reflux by preventing acid from the stomach from rising back into the throat. Chewing gum also freshens breath and whitens teeth by reducing staining.

If that were not enough, recent studies also show that chewing gum actually boost brain activity and enhances memory. Scientists have linked the chewing motion of the jaw with the stimulation of a part of the brain called the hippocampus. This part of the brain plays a big role in memory. Not only does chewing gum boost your memory, it also increases blood flow and oxygen to your brain enhancing cognitive function. The act of chewing gum also increases alertness and concentration.

Feeling stressed or irritated? Grab a stick of gum. A recent study, presented at the 10 th Annual International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, concluded that chewing gum reduced anxiety and stress among individuals participating in the study. During the study, participants were assigned multi-tasking activities designed to induce anxiety and psychological stress. The use of chewing gum during these tasks was found to reduce the anxiety and stress levels as well as improve the overall performance of the participants.

The next time you want to pop that piece of gum; do it guilt free. Improve your oral health while relaxing with your next stick of gum!