Do you feel like you’re on the losing team when it comes to your smile? If you want to exchange your smile for a winning smile, why not consider dental implants. They are natural looking titanium tooth roots that are designed to support teeth in your bone. They are a great solution if you have missing teeth in your mouth, and the American Dental Association endorses them. [Read more…]
On a scale of one to ten, how are you dealing with the North Carolina summer temperatures? Some of you love the heat and you could live in this climate forever. The more heat, the merrier. Some of you probably are cranking down the air conditioner thermostat to get you through the month of August. No matter how you’re responding to the heat, we, at Axiom Dentistry, wish you a happy and healthy August.
How 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! 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…]
Last 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…]
Sunday, 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…]
When 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…]
Deep 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!
Dental 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.
In 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!