How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

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Needless to say, the best filling for your teeth is no filling at all: that is, teeth and gums that are clean and healthy, and free from decay. But cavities happen, and when they do, we can fill them with white fillings at Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

Our patients love white fillings because they blend in seamlessly with teeth. Gone are the days of showing metal fillings whenever you laugh.

White fillings are made of a composite resin material. They are durable and are good to use on front and back teeth. In many cases, preparations involve the removal of less natural tooth structure. More of the tooth, in other words, can be maintained.

It’s the aesthetic considerations that appeal to many patients. But it can also be a big relief, because there is none of the mercury associated with traditional metal fillings.

White fillings from Crystal Dental Group in High Point fix a cavity, and leave you with a great-looking smile. We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call for 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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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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“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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Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth. It makes sense, then, to brush our teeth more often to get them – right? Well, no. As we explain in this post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point, brushing too aggressively can result in receding gums.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?
A common misconception is the idea that if you want to lighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get white teeth is to brush longer, not harder. The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

Why?
When you brush your teeth too quickly, you may not remove all the food particles. You don’t want this debris turning into plaque.

If you truly want whiter teeth, brush in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes. Methodically go over each tooth surface.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

Let’s Review
Brushing too aggressively can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria causes cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

The best approach is to brush longer, and with a light gentle touch. Don’t forget to floss!

If you’re gums have already begun to recede, don’t despair! It’s a treatable condition. At Crystal Dental Group in High Point we offer a full range of general and family dentistry procedures. Call to 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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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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Beautiful Teeth For Your Every Emotion

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Unfortunately, not everyone smiles all the time. And not everyone is smiled at all the time. But even frowns need to be clean if you want to maintain a high level of oral health. We’ll take good care of you at Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

At every checkup, we examine you for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. In its more severe form, gum disease is called periodontal disease, and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It can be still be brought under control, but it takes more aggressive treatment.

What Else?
Good dental health means you probably don’t have much of a problem with bad breath. Of course, most of us have yukky breath when we first wake up in the morning. But brush your teeth after breakfast and you should be good to go. In most cases of chronic bad breath – about eighty-five percent of them – poor dental health is to blame.

When it comes to dental health, your toothbrush and dental floss are your best friends. Brush and floss at least twice a day. When you brush, you remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities. Flossing gets out the gunk that builds up between the teeth.

In addition to checkups and cleanings, services at Crystal Dental Group in High Point 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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Dental Implants: Does Your Age Matter?

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Dental implants have rightly been called one of the most significant advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!

Age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is a well-suited candidate for an implant.

The most important factor is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.

Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also restrict the healing process.

Bone Density

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, safeguards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.

Even if you don’t, there are solutions. Bone grafting is a relatively simple procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.

Healthy Gum Tissue

A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to daily dental hygiene, including consistent dental visits.

If you’re concerned that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we specialize in replacing teeth with single and multiple dental implants. We also offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. 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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