Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression. This post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one.

Since this is a dental blog, you may expect us to raise all sorts of alarms warning of the dangers of piercings. You are right. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious troubles with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. These piercings can lead to tooth damage, decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, compromised immune system function and, in rare cases, death.

In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of dangerous oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing issues. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also occur.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracks, chips, or other damage. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Any damage compromises their stability and shorten their lifespan.

Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is harmful for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we encourage patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. If you intend to keep one, we advise you to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Do You Love Your Smile?

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The people who are happiest with their smiles have healthy, straight teeth that sparkle when they laugh. If nature didn’t bless you with attractive teeth, you are not alone. Most perfect smiles you come across were not always that way. They are the result of cosmetic dentistry, like what we provide at Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

Two common smile problems are yellow enamel and chipped teeth.

Discolored Teeth
Few of us are blessed with pearly white smiles that stay that way forever. Even with consistent brushing, flossing and dental cleanings,  teeth darken as we age.

That explains the popularity of teeth whitening. Can you picture yourself with a celebrity-caliber smile? Teeth whitening makes it possible!

Damaged Teeth
Our teeth work hard for us day after day, year after year. Sometimes they get chipped or cracked in the process. If you would like to fix your tooth flaws, porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding have been used with great results for many years.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we improve smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Crystal Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

Crystal Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we use cosmetic dentistry to create drop-dead gorgeous smiles for our patients. And we do it every day!

While creating a beautiful smile is our goal with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it isn’t a simple process. The overall objective is ensure the health and function of our patients smiles, along with their appearance.

Our teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and even the brightest smiles can become dull over the years. Our cosmetic dentistry toolchest includes things like teeth whitening, which can take years off the appearance of any smile.

If you teeth have unsightly chips or cracks, cosmetic dentistry can address them with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thing shells of medical-grade porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth to produce a smile your friends will envy.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can all be drawn together into a smile makeover that leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. A smile makeover brings out your very best!

To find out what cosmetic dentistry from Crystal Dental Group in High Point can do for you, call our office to schedule an appointment. We have extended evening and weekend hours. Call us today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Get Your Teeth In Shape, High Point!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, High Point!

Most people are more health-conscious than ever. Many of us are trying to stay active, eat a balanced diet, and better manage stress. When you feel healthy, attractive, and happy, you smile more often. At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we make sure all our patients have healthy, attractive teeth.

Eating right is a great step toward good dental health. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients will support dental health at every age. And, of course, water is always the beverage of choice for those who want healthy teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential healthy habits for your mouth.

There is a strong link between your dental health and your overall health. A healthy mouth helps to maintain a healthy body. Certain oral bacteria and inflammation are associated with serious health issues, like heart disease and premature birth.

So good dental health is a pretty big deal, and something we take very seriously. We hope all of our patients do, too.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and a full range of pediatric dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Dental Questions? Crystal Dental Group Has Answers

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At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we are committed to providing the best possible dental care. That goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a more nuanced answer includes the time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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The Crystal Dental Group Guide To Dental X-Rays

The Crystal Dental Group Guide To Dental X-Rays

Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? In this post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we take a look at dental X-rays.

For most of our patients, we update our dental x-ray records once each year. The images give us the big picture, including the tip of the roots of each tooth and the bone beneath the gums. This allows us to see potential issues even before they become a problem, and start treatment if necessary.

There is more than one type of dental x-ray:

Panoramic
Panoramic X-rays help us see everything in one image: the complete upper and lower jaw. They are often taken during a patient’s first visit, and are useful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.

Bitewing
Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.

Periapical
These are similar to bite wings but they can get a clearer picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are commonly used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.

Full-Mouth Series
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly-detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Patients sometimes express concern about radiation from x-rays. Rest assured, they are safe: you are only exposed to minimal amounts, and the latest generation of x-rays further reduce it. But we never take any chances, so you’re covered with a heavy leaded apron and collar for added protection.

At Crystal Dental Group we want all of our patients to have the best possible dental health, and x-rays help us make the best possible diagnoses. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Is it time for your next dental check-up? At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we know how easy it is to put it off. When we balance work and family life, things like dentist appointments have a way of being put on the back burner.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

We like our patients to see us every six months. It’s the best way to stay on top of your dental health. Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. But if an issue crops up, identifying it early is the best way to treat it effectively.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are lots of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we assess many factors to determine the status of your dental health, and want you to have a beautiful smile for life. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, all of it done with state-of-the-art dental technology. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Can Cosmetic Dentistry Create Perfect Smiles?

Cosmetic Dentistry Gives High Point Residents Perfect Smiles

Crystal Dental Group is a full-service dental practice in High Point. We view ourselves as your first line of defense when it comes to your dental health: the place that helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums, and a beautiful smile.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking smile, we’ll do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. In order to create a balanced look, the facial shape and coloring is taken into account. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle all influence the plan.

Smile enhancement with cosmetic dentistry can have dramatic results in your overall appearance. Even one procedure, such as teeth whitening, can make a big difference in how you see yourself.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, it is our privilege to be your primary dental care provider. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, many patients come in with a toothache. In some cases, the toothache is a secondary symptom of a sinus condition. Let’s discuss the relationship.

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the particular location can be hard to pinpoint.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can affect the teeth.

In severe cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also take place. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

  • An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most prevalent type of oral abscess initiates in the pulp of the tooth and is ordinarily caused by tooth decay.
  • When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually result in pain.
  • An abscess can cause entire tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.
  • If an abscess damages the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?

Sinus pain generally manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will probably feel a sharp zap of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both issues—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

If you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area, call us at Crystal Dental Group. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Anyone with chronic bad breath understands the embarrassment and frustration associated with this ailment. At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we explain there are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

The good news? We can help with this unpleasant trouble. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to wash away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some dedicated oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prevent food particles from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is related to a non-dental condition, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Crystal Dental Group in High Point. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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