Dangerous Diet Drinks

Cary NC DentistHow are you doing beating the summer heat? Are you drinking lots of fluids for refreshment? If you’re health conscious, you probably are sticking to drinking lots of water. However, you may also be reaching for diet sodas and drinks to avoid the sugars, but filling your sweet tooth desires. Diet drinks can be dangerous to your teeth. [Read more…]

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…]

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCWhen spring arrives you usually think about getting everything clean. There’s something special about that fresh smell, colorful flowers blooming, and having surfaces sparkling clean. You may also feel this way about your physical health as well. After a long winter, the warmer temperatures tend to draw you outside for more physical activity and possibly getting in shape and losing a few of those pounds you may have put on over the winter holidays. [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!

Do You Want A Hollywood Smile?

Hollywood Smile Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCDo you want a smile like a Hollywood A-Lister?  Image and appearance are everything in Hollywood and a brilliant white smile is at the top of that list. Axiom Dentistry offers a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures that can dramatically improve your smile and quality of life providing you with movie star confidence.

Brighten and Whiten

Dental whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world. It is the easiest and fastest way to improve your appearance. As we age, our teeth become stained by activities such as drinking coffee, tea, sodas, or wine causing our teeth to look dark, yellow, or dingy. Studies show that by simply brightening your smile you can take ten years off of your appearance. Axiom Dentistry can provide both in-office and at-home whitening systems. These systems remove stains and can lighten several shades in one treatment.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are custom made ultra thin restorations that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They are often referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they have the ability to change the shape, color, and alignment of teeth. These natural looking restorations are wildly popular among movie stars and television personalities because they provide a dazzling smile that last 8-12 years.

What about Damage and Decay?

If you are hiding your mouth due to decay or damage then porcelain crowns may be the answer to restoring that perfect smile. Severely decayed teeth often cannot support fillings or other cosmetic options however dental crowns can restore size, shape, strength, and color to these teeth for a beautiful and confident smile.

If you simply want to give your smile a boost or if you want to feel more like a celebrity contact Axiom Dentistry to schedule your smile evaluation and find out how cosmetic dental procedures can change your life.

 

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!

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