Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Wilson Dental Group, we hope you never suffer a serious dental emergency. It’s essential, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on emergency dental care.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment ASAP with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your child falls on concrete and knocks out a front tooth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest dental office or ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent or baby tooth If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done swiftly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being wary not to brush off any tissue attached. It possible, put the tooth back in the socket. This may not be possible with younger children.

Because it is vital to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to our office or nearest emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After scheduling an appointment with us, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your dentist can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal useful information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is a side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call us at the  Wilson Dental Group. Our services include emergency dental care. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Lasting a Lifetime: Dentistry for Children in Wilson

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, which is why early dental care is so important. Wilson Dental Group is committed to providing excellent pediatric dentistry.

A big part of keeping teeth and gums healthy is daily care. That means teaching your youngsters good brushing and flossing habits. It also means taking them to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. The American Dental Association recommends bringing children in for their first visit within six months of their first tooth coming in, and no later than their first birthday.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy also means having a balanced diet that is low in sugar. More and more children are showing signs of early tooth decay. It has even been called the most common chronic childhood disease. By minimizing sweets and establishing a good dental health routine, they can be limited.

A good tool for protecting teeth is dental sealants. It’s a thin protective layer of plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where tooth decay is most prevalent. Along with brushing and flossing, sealants go a long way toward preventing cavities.

Early dental care is vital. Pediatric dentistry from Wilson Dental Group  helps to ensure your youngster’s teeth and gums will stay healthy throughout their lives. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an 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

 


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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Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

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Flossing is a bit of a chore. It comes after brushing your teeth in things a lot of us intentionally forget to do. At Wilson Dental Group, we think it doesn’t have to be that way.

It’s true that flossing takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t done it in a while, it can even be painful. Flossing is important, You’ll never hear one of us say “don’t worry about the flossing.” It just isn’t going to happen, and for three really good reasons. Here they are:

1. Bad Breath

Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can affect our relationships.

When we meet new people, speak with others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our mind. We worry about how bad breath affects first impressions.

It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.

Flossing is a great way to help you avoid bad breath.

Flossing your teeth helps reduce plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, cavities can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and helps remove plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.

Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth. You will have fewer cavities and your visits to Wilson Dental Group will be more productive.

3. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the softening of your tooth enamel by acids. Acids are created by bacteria when they feast on leftover carbohydrates in your teeth.

Flossing can help you in two ways. First, you will remove leftover food particles so bacteria have less to work with. By the way, the food particles we are concerned about aren’t always visible. Food between your teeth can be microscopic, and that’s why it isn’t good enough to do a quick tongue slide to check your teeth. The particles are too small to see or feel.

Second, flossing will help remove the bacteria from between your teeth, so there aren’t enough left to create destructive acids.

Avoid tooth decay with a regular flossing. How often, you ask?…

Wilson Dental Group recommends you floss your teeth every time you brush. At the very least, we want you flossing every day before you go to bed. Once a day is your minimum, and nighttime is a good time to floss.

At Wilson Dental Group, services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Schedule 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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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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Filtered Wilson Water And Oral Health

Filtered Wilson Water And Oral Health

Here’s a dental health suggestion from Wilson Dental Group. A simple way for anyone to choose a beverage that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink.

Easy, right? Yes and no. As it happens, many people, for reasons of safety, thrift, and convenience, choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

At Wilson Dental Group, your dental health is our top priority. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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

 

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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

 


What Is Oil Pulling?

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This Wilson Dental Group blog post looks at oil pulling, an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz.

Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oils most commonly used are coconut oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Some advocates even claim that it cures cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.

Wilson Dental Group cautions patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling.

At Wilson Dental Group, we provide top-quality dental care for every member of your family with general and cosmetic dentistry. Services include dental implants. Schedule 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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Infant And Toddler Teeth Q & A

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This blog post from Wilson Dental Group is for new parents. It contains helpful information about caring for the teeth of babies and toddlers.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended. Young children rarely spit after you brush their teeth, they swallow. When your child’s teeth start to erupt, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry counsels parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is critical for their oral health and also to help them become relaxed with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call us to make an appointment. You can rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

How can I prevent my toddler from getting cavities?

  • Have your child get their first dental check-up before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.
  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months or more frequently if your dentist advises.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to safeguard enamel.
  • If your child sucks his/her thumb after the age of three, speak with your dentist or pediatrician.
  • If your child grinds his/her teeth, seek guidance from your dentist or pediatrician.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the required vitamins and minerals.
  • If your child has special medical conditions, seek additional direction from your pediatric dentist.
  • If you have severe tooth decay, seek additional counsel from your pediatric dentist.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Follow your dentist’s counsel regarding dental sealants.
  • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
  • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
  • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is important.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper protocols are followed. The advantages greatly outweigh the almost non-existent risk of harmful radiation exposure.

If child’s baby teeth are widely spaced, does that mean their permanent teeth will be too far apart?

No, this is normal and does not necessasrily mean that their permanent teeth will be spaced too far apart.

At Wilson Dental Group we provide pediatric dentistry, and love to see youngsters in our office. For the grownups, we also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule 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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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