6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often. Some go for five years without seeing their dentist. At Wilson Dental Group, we want to see our patients every six months.

There are a lot of reasons twice-yearly cleanings and checkkups. Some better than others. We searched around and found six good reasons to visit your dentist more often. Here they are…

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people realize the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Oral cancer is a serious problem. The risk of getting oral cancer is increased significantly for tobacco users, but the risk is there for everyone.

Dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, and regular checkups can mitigate the risk. Oral cancer is very treatable, but you have to catch it early. Frequent visits to Wilson Dental Group can help you avoid this potenteially life-threatening problem.

2. Cavity Damage

Everyone gets cavities. They are a fact of life.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early enough and the damage requires a significant fix. Cavities are one of the reasons by most people avoid the dentist, because they are associated with pain.

However, the fact is the opposite. People who visit the dentist more frequently have fewer cavities. Early treatment of cavities can be less invasive, and even cosmetically favorable. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.

Visiting Wilson Dental Group can help you avoid cavities altogether with regular checkups and cleanings.

3. Gum disease

Like cavities, gum disease is associated with discomfort. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Visiting the dentist more often means keeping an eye on the health of your gums. We can help you track the health of your gums and can prescribe healthful procedures to avoid or cure gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative impact on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Frequent visits to Wilson Dental Group can help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. Your dentist can help you identify harmful habits and can prescribe procedures or treatments to help you recover.

5. Deeper Problems

Most of the reasons we have discussed so far involve oral inspection. However, has the ability to look deeper with x-rays.

X-ray technology has come a long way and can be a great way to spot potential problems before they become visible. Many of the problems can be fixed before damage occurs,

Frequent visits to Wilson Dental Group can help you see below the surface and catch problems before they arrive.

6. More Than Just Teeth

The professionals at Wilson Dental Group are concerned about more than just your teeth. We care about your overall health.

Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth and that includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.

Regular visits to the dentist can help you avoid health issues that can affect your overall health.

Visiting Wilson Dental Group every six months can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and of course, checkups and cleanings. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Good Reasons To See Wilson Dental Group

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When we are young, we feel powerful. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we discover that none of that is true, and we begin to appreciate the wisdom of those who have gone before us. That includes everything our parents said about dental care, and is a good reason to see us at Wilson Dental Group for a checkup and cleaning every six months.

Visit Wilson Dental Group For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about not chewing ice; this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars. Next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits fixed right away.

The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Wilson Dental Group For the Atmosphere.
At Wilson Dental Group we make it a point to ascertain your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, we would like to be your first choice.

Visit Us For Your Health!
Dental health is maintained through regular maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene, and healthy habits. At Wilson Dental Group we specialize in checkups and cleanings, and have convenient office hours that fit any schedule. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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All About Toothpaste

We urge all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Along with regular dental check ups at Wilson Dental Group, this very good habit is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your dental health.

What kind of toothpaste should you use? There is no one-size-fits-all product on the market. One patient might be interested in whitening toothpaste, and another may need something for sensitive teeth.

There’s an almost bewildering selection of toothpastes in the oral care section of any grocery store, from those aimed at children to so-called natural toothpastes. You want to make the best choice for your teeth, but it isn’t always easy to make up your mind.

Different types of toothpastes have specific active ingredients that make them work. Fluoride is by far the most important thing to look for. But there are many other ingredients; what follows is a rundown of the more common ones.

  • Detergents. Sodium lauryl sulfate is nearly ubiquitous, not only in toothpaste, but in other personal care products like shampoo. Sometimes it’s called Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate. It’s the stuff that makes products foamy. Some people are sensitive to it, and some consumer advocacy groups say it can be hazardous. There are toothpastes that don’t have it.
  • Whiteners. The most common toothpaste whitener is hydrogen peroxide, but there are others, like polyphosphates. While they do a modest job whitening teeth, many experts agree that the whitening agents aren’t strong enough, or in contact with the teeth long enough, to do a really good job. To get really white teeth, try professional whitening from a dentist.
  • Desensitizers. Some people’s teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold foods than others. And some are more tactile-sensitive. Used on a regular basis, desensitizing toothpastes can be very effective, but it’s a good idea to get a dentist’s recommendation first.
  • Plaque fighters. A toothpaste ingredient called triclosan is believed to fight plaque and gum inflammation. While it seemed promising at first more recent studies indicate triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance, and disrupt hormones and the immune system.

We suggest you ask us for our recommendations, and what might be best for your particular set of teeth. Always read the label, and make sure the toothpaste you’re considering has the American Dental Association label. If you see it, it means the ADA considers it safe and effective. Whatever you choose, brush and floss twice each day!

At Wilson Dental Group, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next dental check up and cleaning with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Due For a Dental Checkup?

We say it all the time: see us at Wilson Dental Group twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. And thank goodness, most of our patients are really good about making and keeping those appointments. It’s the best way to stay on top of their dental health.

As important as healthy teeth are, you should know that good dental health is directly related to your overall health. Poor dental health has been linked to various diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, premature birth and low birth weight, and diabetes.

Furthermore, poor dental health leads to gum disease. With regular brushing and flossing, and twice yearly dental checkups, gum disease is 100 percent preventable.

The above should be enough to get anyone in to the dentist’s chair twice a year. But if it isn’t enough, here are three more very good reasons why you should get a cleaning and checkup every six months.

  • Plaque and tartar. Even with brushing and flossing twice a day, plaque can build up on the teeth and gums. Plaque hardens into tartar. Simply put, there are areas in the mouth that your floss and toothbrush just cannot reach. Professional cleanings, however, can.
  • X-rays. By taking dental x-rays and updating them regularly, we can detect problems that a simple visual inspection won’t turn up. The sooner new issues are treated, the better: treatment will be easier, less painful, and less expensive.
  • Oral cancer. It isn’t just smokers who need to be concerned about oral cancer; anyone can get it. Finding it in its earliest stages gives you the best chance for successful treatment and a full recovery. We can check for any symptoms, and if we find them, tell you what you need to do.

As you can see, there are lots of reasons why it’s important to see us at Wilson Dental Group twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Tonsil Questions?

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In this Wilson Dental Group blog post, we are going to focus on the two lumps of soft tissue in the back of the throat—the tonsils.

Your tonsils sit at the base of the tongue, one on each side. They are small masses of lymphoid tissue. As such, they are part of your immune system.

Tonsils are made of infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes, but, in many cases, tonsils aren’t really that effective at their job of germ killing and ridding the body of toxins. (Adenoids are made up of similar tissue but are located behind the nasal cavity.)

Your tonsils have plenty of wrinkles where dead cells, mucus, and bacteria can collect. If this debris accumulates and becomes concentrated, white formations can occur in the pockets. In rare cases, it hardens and becomes a tonsil stone or tonsillolith.

Here are some signs of tonsil infection:

  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Swelling of tonsils

Some people (often children) have persistent tonsil infections that eventually require surgical removal of the tonsils. If your tonsils begin to hurt, it’s important to discuss treatment with your dentist or doctor.

Young children may have difficulty describing where the pain is coming from. If your youngster has common sore throats, have your pediatrician check their tonsils.

Regular visits with a pediatrician are essential for your child. Regular dental check-ups are just as essential. At Wilson Dental Group our dentists urge all patients to see us every six months. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your best physical attribute. People notice it first thing. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you think there is room for improvement, cosmetic dentistry may be for you.

If you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. There are many problems that are generally considered to detract from stunning smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are usually considered unattractive.

If you want an objective evaluation of your smile, how can you do it? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principals that are used in cosmetic dental smile makeovers. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Moreover, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

The dentists at Wilson Dental Group offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. And checkups and cleanings are a general dentistry staple. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk

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Many health-conscious individuals exercise regularly, and some use sports drinks for hydration. At Wilson Dental Group, we remind you these drinks can contribute to tooth decay.

While it’s true that they help maintain electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel is weakened, those pearly whites are more  staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants darkened teeth, so next time you’re at the gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already noticed staining or tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, give Wilson Dental Group a call at 336-450-2077.

We are a distinctive dental practice that offers:

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The staff at Wilson Dental Group can answer any questions you have about critical preventative oral care and cosmetic dentistry care such as veneers, gum contouring, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings and smile makeovers. Schedule a dental check up with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


What Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

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Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape, and that includes regular dental check ups at Wilson Dental Group.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle aiming the bristle tips at the gumline. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Be sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.

Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away.

Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the part of the tooth below the gumline can decay easier than the visible portion.

There is more than one way to damage your teeth—even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause troubles with the parts you can’t see.

We work with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you haven’t had a dental check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Wilson Dental Group today at 336-450-2077 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Teeth Cleanings in Wilson

Many of our patients at Wilson Dental Group don’t particularly care for having their teeth cleaned. It isn’t much fun having your teeth and gums poked, prodded, and scraped. But the cleanings are painless, and the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.

Teeth cleanings begin with a careful examination of your teeth and gums. We look for any obvious decay or early signs of gum disease. (This is the part where a hygienist slides a small mirror between the gums and cheeks.) If there are any problems, we let the dentist know.

Next, the actual cleaning begins. Plaque is that gunky stuff that accumulates on the teeth. If it isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar, and can lead to tooth decay. We almost always find tartar, because there are always those hard-to-reach places that even the best home dental health routine can’t get.

Once all the tartar is scraped off, we use a special paste to brush your teeth. You’ve probably experienced it in the past: that extra-gritty toothpaste that, along with a high-power electric brush, gets any remaining tartar off of the teeth. Sometimes patients say they’d like to have a toothpaste like that at home. But it’s pretty harsh stuff. A couple of times a year is okay, but if you used it every day it would wear down the enamel.

We conclude our teeth cleanings by flossing your teeth, followed by a rinse. This might not seem necessary, especially since a lot of patients brush and floss before their appointment. But this flossing and rinsing ensures we get the last bits of debris from the cleaning.

Wilson Dental Group urges you to maintain a good home dental health routine, and to see us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We’ll answer any questions you might have, and address any issues. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Time For A Checkup?

Have you scheduled your next dental cleaning and checkup? As a matter of dental health, you should see us at Wilson Dental Group every six months to ensure your teeth and gums are in good shape.

No one really looks forward to going to the dentist. What they look forward to is getting it over with. We get that. But we also know that taking good care of your teeth is one the best things you can do. Not only is it ideal to have healthy teeth and gums, but there is a direct correlation between your dental health and your overall health.

Here are four very good reasons why you should see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tartar. We’ll give you a thorough, professional teeth cleaning. The simple fact is that your toothbrush and dental floss can’t do it all, even with the most committed routine. Keeping your teeth clean of plaque and tarter puts you on the road to dental health.
  • X-rays. The dental x-rays we take allow us to spots potential problems we can’t see with a simple visual inspection. Identifying them early is the best way to treat them.
  • Oral cancer. We perform oral cancer screenings. Again, identifying this early will lead to the best outcome.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease is preventable, which is one of the reasons why your home dental care routine is so important. Checking your gums in our office every six months is the best way to catch problems early.

Notice the common thread in these points? Prevention. When it comes to your dental health, prevention is the key.

At Wilson Dental Group, we advise all our patients to schedule their next six month cleaning and checkup, even as they leave our office after the last one. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896