7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

High Point Extreme Smile Makeover

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When Benjamin Franklin said that in the 1730s he meant fire safety. But like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern life. At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we apply it  to dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some essential guidelines are highlighted here.

  1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush.
  2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.
  3. Wear a protective mouthguard when joining in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged.
  4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!
  5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a perilous fashion that you’ll want to avoid.
  6. Avoid snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.
  7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. The best way to have that is with prevention. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Call us to 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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Have Your Dessert!

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Join the club! No one confuses dessert with healthy food, but for many of our patients at Crystal Dental Group in High Point, it’s not realistic to recommend avoiding sugary treats.

If you fit that category, here is something useful to know: eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

That means that sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth, because your mouth is already in optimum cleansing mode. Sweets after meals are preferable to sweets eaten between meals as snacks.

Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. We constantly remind our patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create dangerous enamel-weakening acids.

A good choice? Chocolate! A lot of our patients are happy to hear that. Plain old chocolate (no nuts, no chewy inside) melts quickly away and won’t stick to your teeth. Just be sure to brush before bed!

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also offer complete children’s dentistry. Call us to schedule your next 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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Best Practices For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

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Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to become complacent about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. In this blog post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point our goal is for you to evaluate where you stand, and to think about whether you could step it up a notch.

By committing to dental health best practices, you can prevent future problems and even improve your quality of life.

Brushing

  • Good: Brush your teeth once a day.
  • Better: Brush your teeth after each meal.
  • Best: Brush after each meal and floss thoroughly before bed.

Dental Checkups

  • Good: Call our office if you get a toothache.
  • Better: See us once a year, even if you don’t notice any dental issues.
  • Best: Get a thorough dental exam and cleaning every six months.

A White Smile

  • Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
  • Better: Use an over-the-counter teeth whitening system at home.
  • Best: Call us for an in-office whitening treatment.

Missing Tooth

  • Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
  • Better:Get a quality dental bridge.
  • Best: Ask us about a state-of-the-art dental implant.

Smile-Friendly Nutrition

  • Good: Eat a healthy diet.
  • Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
  • Best: Eat a healthy diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, minimize sugar-filled foods, avoid energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we are committed to the dental health of each one of our patients. Our services include 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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A Ginormous Cavity?

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When we repair a decayed or damaged tooth at Crystal Dental Group in High Point, the procedure we use depends on the location of the problem.

If there is a chip, crack, or tooth decay on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore it.

Inlays and onlays are usually bigger than a conventional filling, yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

Our inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not result in tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and safeguard against further decay or degeneration

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, our services smiles include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Call our office 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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Modern Dentistry In High Point With No Oxen Hooves

Modern Dentistry With No Oxen Hooves In High Point

One of the most important things you can do to maintain good dental health is brush your teeth twice a day, and with an effective toothpaste. We can recommend one for you, at Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

There are a couple of things you should look for, when you read toothpaste labels at the store. One is fluoride and the other is the seal of the American Dental Association, which ensures the toothpaste has met rigorous standards.

Toothpaste as we know it today has only been around since the late 1800s. The earliest evidence of toothpaste or dental cream dates way back to 3000-5000 BC. The Ancient Egyptians pulverized oxen hooves, egg shells, pumice, myrrh, and water creating one of the earliest forms of toothpaste.

The Greeks and Romans began adding crushed bones and bark to the mix. The taste most likely was hard to take. During this same time the people of China and India were using a similar paste, but adding flavorings, like Ginseng and herbal mints making it a bit more palatable.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we want all our patients to have good dental health. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. 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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Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In this post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we focus on critical behaviors that influence dental health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is needed for overall physical health and a strong immune system.

Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.

Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.

Don’t chew on ice (it really can crack teeth.)

Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are detrimental to teeth.

Other Important Tips

Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.

Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.

Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.

If you have children, ask us about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your little ones fluoride supplements.

Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.

If you have an eating disorder, seek professional help promptly. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth (not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we urge all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have extended evening and Saturday hours to fit your busy schedule. Call us to set up your next 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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Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Plaque is that filmy stuff that forms on teeth. Since it is caused by the breakdown of the foods we eat, plaque formation is a constant process. And that’s why we keep reminding our patients to brush and floss twice a day, at Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth. It will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth.

At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will turn into that substance most difficult to remove, tartar.

This bacteria feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth.

Brushing and flossing twice a day is your best defense against plaque, but we also want to see you at Crystal Dental Group for regular cleanings and checkups. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

Stay Out Of The High Point Dental Danger Zone

You would never consider running a red light on a busy street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway. But at Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we wonder if you might be doing things that are dangerous for your dental health.

Here are some common activities that can be really bad for your teeth:

  • Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing, but it can be dangerous to the soft tissue inside your mouth. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
  • Playing sports without a mouthguard is a risk that no one should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could occur (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest sporting goods store and purchase a mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.
  • Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with us and we’ll see how we can help.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we want all our patients to safeguard their teeth at all times! That includes regular brushing and flossing, and regular checkups. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry and extended evening and Saturday hours that fit any busy schedule. 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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Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your High Point Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern us at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. We want all of our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums.

Maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough brushing and flossing, every single day. Regular cleanings and checkups are also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining good dental health.

It’s easy to overlook the fact that a healthy diet is beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and teeth. We recommend foods rich in vitamin B, such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, like fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is vital to healthy teeth because it assists in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber encourages saliva production, as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth, or even pull out fillings.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental heatlh. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

High Point Teeth Whitening At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we restore decayed teeth to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. Recent advances in both techniques and materials have made the impossible not only possible, but affordable as well.

Decay is the most common dental problem and the second most common disease in the nation (number one is the common cold). If you have one or more teeth with decay, it’s time to take care of them.

Your teeth may seem like pieces of bone growing in your mouth, but they are actually living structures. That hard surface of enamel covers an interior filled with a rigid material called dentin, which is mineralized connective tissue.

At the core of each tooth there is a collection of nerves covered in a pulpy sheath. They pass through a hollow core called the canal. The teeth are anchored to your jaw by ligaments, and a material known as cementum.

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.

Good dental health is a pretty big deal, and something we take very seriously at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment 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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