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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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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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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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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Dental Floss: Which Type is Best?

Along with brushing, flossing is the most important thing you can do for healthy teeth and gums. There’s a variety of floss types to choose from. Which one is best for you? It depends. At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we’re using this space to summarize what’s available, and what might influence your choice of dental floss.

The reason that flossing is so important is that it removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Left on the teeth, plaque hardens into floss and contributes to tooth decay. The Academy of General Dentistry goes so far as to call flossing the most important thing you can do to fight plaque.

What Kind Is Best?

When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?

No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine chest. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.

A recent study shows there really isn’t much difference, if any, in the effectiveness of the different types of dental floss. Here are some things to consider:

  • Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces
  • Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone
  • Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework

One word of caution: we recommend traditional string floss that you can pull out in a long strand, as opposed to a flossing pick. Those little picks are popular, but they only have a tight strand of less than an inch of floss. That makes it all but impossible to wrap any floss around your teeth – and flossing is far more effective when you do that. The little picks are fine for a purse or backpack, when you’re on the go. Just be sure to use regular floss as part of your dental hygiene routine before bedtime.

Whatever your preference may be, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point we also like to see you for a checkup every six months. Our services include 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


How To Beat Plaque

Plaque is that sticky, filmy stuff that forms on teeth. It is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. For the best dental health, the team at Crystal Dental Group in High Point reminds all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day.

Plaque forms when foods with sugars and starches are not brushed away. The bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth thrive on these sugars and starches, and produce acids. Over time these acids destroy tooth enamel, leaving you with a cavity. Or maybe two.

Plaque is mostly colorless. When it isn’t brushed away, it leaves you with that rough or fuzzy feeling on the surface of your teeth.

Take Care Of Your Teeth!

You probably know where this short article is headed: keep your teeth clean! That means brushing and flossing.

  • Brush at least twice each day, for two minutes.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • Be sure to get along the gumline, that place where your teeth and gums meet.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Floss between the teeth to get bacteria and food debris.
  • Ask us whether dental sealants are a good idea for you.

Plaque is always going to be there. But brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can keep it under control, and greatly reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. If it hardens into tartar it can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

Having your teeth cleaned and examined at Crystal Dental Group in High Point should be part of your strategy for beating plaque and having a beautiful, healthy smile. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment!

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