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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Bad Breath Q & A

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In this blog post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we offer some answers to frequent questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is repulsive, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?

A. Bacteria can propagate and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can explore other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?

A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and gives off a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can result in smelly breath. Antihistamines can diminish post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth moist, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can bring about bad breath?

A. As addressed before, any condition that decreases saliva production can cause halitosis. It is also a frequent side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my breath become dreadful when I went on a strict low-carb diet?

A. Ketones were most likely the culprit. Ketones are created when the body digests fat—which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, sounds like you weren’t cheating!

Bad breath is no fun, so if you’re coping with it, talk to us at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. 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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Protect Those Nooks And Crannies In Your Child’s Teeth

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At Crystal Dental Group in High Point our services include pediatric dentistry, and we enjoy seeing your little ones romp around in our waiting room before an appointment.

The Importance of Prevention

Early dental care is preventative dentistry that is crucial for keeping your child’s smile bright and free of cavities. We like to see good dental habits established early in life, which means brushing and flossing twice a day.

Keeping Molars Clean

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the hardest area to keep clean. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for cavities to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged there create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

An excellent safeguard for these teeth are dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier applied to the chewing surfaces. They prevent bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the nooks and crannies in the teeth.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, our pediatric dentistry helps start your child on a lifetime of good dental health. Please call us to schedule a cleaning and checkup for your child 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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Gummy Smile?

Gummy Smile?Many cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue and, in some cases, bone is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that we offer at Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

A ‘gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels.

Crown lengthening is not used solely for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of periodontal disease.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and have extended evening and Saturday hours for your busy schedule. Call for 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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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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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

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At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, and that number grows each year. You can restore your smile with a dental implant from Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. They blend in with the patient’s remaining teeth, and look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a long-term tooth restoration.

Dental implants also prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and helps strengthen the bone.

Implants can also be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry. To find out more, call Crystal Dental Group in High Point. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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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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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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