Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s: Examining A Potential Link

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia, but what’s the connection to oral health? A recent study published in the journal Science Advances revealed a potential link between P. gingivalis, the bacteria associated with periodontal disease (commonly known as gum disease), and Alzheimer’s. Researchers found Gingipains – the toxic enzyme…

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The Importance of Visiting the Dentist While Pregnant

As most any pregnant woman will attest, there’s likely no other time when others — family, friends, and strangers — feel obligated to shower you with advice. It just keeps coming and coming, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Like this wives’ tale gem from way back: It’s typical to lose a tooth…

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Receding Gums Treatment Options

Receding Gums Treatment

Maybe, over time, you’ve noticed that your gums are shrinking back from your teeth and leaving more of the tooth exposed. Your gums are often swollen, red, and even painful. If these symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to visit Surf City Dental. Yes, you probably have receding gums, but, no, you don’t have to panic.…

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Prevent Receding Gums from Happening to You

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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Tooth Sensitivity: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Apparently, it’s Polar Vortex season – and for some – this first cold blast of 2019 has their teeth on edge with tooth sensitivity. 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…

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Tooth Decay: Sweets and Treats to Avoid this Holiday

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 with tooth decay and other damage to…

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TMJ Pain: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

tmj pain

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 TMJ pain or a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). But it’s also likely that you’re…

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Tooth Decay

apple cider vinegar

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 apple cider vinegar support claims for promoting weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and regulating blood sugar. On the other hand, claims…

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Coconut Oil: Can Oil Pulling 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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