How to Prevent Receding Gums

The old idiom “long in the tooth” originates from measuring horses’ teeth to determine their age. That’s because horses’ teeth continue to grow longer as they get older. While human teeth don’t keep growing as we age, they can appear to do so when our gums recede. The good news is regular visits to the…

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Take the Chill Out of Tooth Sensitivity this Winter

Apparently, it’s Polar Vortex season – and for some – this first cold blast of 2019 has their teeth on edge. If your mouth is feeling the effects too, you’re not alone. Worn tooth enamel is considered “the common cold” of dental complaints. Researchers find that 10 to 30% of the population experiences dentinal hypersensitivity.…

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‘Tis the Season: Treat Your Smile to Some Holiday Cheer

The holidays are upon us—and in this season of abundance — a deluge of tempting sweets and treats. Cookies, cakes, and candies are everywhere: at home, at work, at school. Moderation is the key. Read on for some mouth-healthy strategies that won’t leave you feeling like a Grinch. Sweet Offenders Candy is especially harmful to…

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Experience Pain When You Eat? Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

You grind or clench your teeth, get chronic headaches, feel tenderness in your jaw, hear a clicking sound when you chew, have a dull pain in or around your ear. Any or all of these symptoms might mean you’re suffering from a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder (TMD). But it’s also likely that you’re not, or…

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What You Need to Know about Apple Cider Vinegar and Tooth Decay

You’ve probably read about apple cider vinegar (ACV) and its ability to cure a seemingly endless array of ailments—everything from athlete’s foot to upset stomach, and even Cancer. Fact or Fiction Some clinical studies on ACV support claims for promoting weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and regulating blood sugar. On the other hand, claims that ACV…

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Can Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil Give You a Healthier Smile?

The ancient Ayervedic cleansing technique of gandasha or oil pulling involves swishing around in the mouth oils like sesame, sunflower, or coconut to “pull” toxins from the body. Ayerveda is a respected system of medicine in its native India, and continues to draw enthusiasts throughout the world. Some Western dentists promote oil pulling—especially with coconut…

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5 Things You Should Know About Invisalign®

Invisalign tray fitted to dental impressions

Invisalign® clear aligners transform the smiles of patients one day at a time. We’ve put together a guide to the 5 essential facts everyone should know before they try Invisalign. Discover treatments for Invisalign at Surf City Dental in Hampstead, North Carolina, by scheduling an appointment today. Invisalign: A Primer 1) Customized for You Invisalign…

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How to Find the Right Hampstead Dentist For You

Are you trying to find the perfect dentist office near you? With so many different options to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down the one that’s right for you and your family. Consider these five tips when searching for the best Hampstead dentist. Finding a Dentist Near Hampstead, NC Location You could…

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What to Know If You’re Thinking About Getting Dental Implants

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Dental implants are just one way to replace teeth lost due to a sports accident, fall, periodontal disease, or other conditions. Many patients choose dental implants to feel more confident about their smile and improve their ability to chew. However, dental implants may not be the right solution for everyone. Continue reading to see who…

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What You Need to Know About Oral-Systemic Health

woman brushing her teeth as part of oral systemic health

Everyone knows that dental care plays a significant role in the health of your teeth and mouth, but modern research suggests that its effects go much further. With strong evidence of a link between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body, dentists are beginning to expand the scope of dental health…

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