When It’s Better Not To Brush

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This post from Wilson Dental Gorup is all about your tooth enamel.

Thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. It has the essential job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also safeguards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone. That’s why we encourage our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush – at least, not right after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting sixty minutes will allow the acid to dilute.

Rinsing is a good idea, though. By rinsing your mouth out right after eating acidic foods, you wash away food particles and speed up the dilution of the acid.

At Wilson Dental Group, we want all our patients to have strong and healthy teeth that are free of cavities. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today! We have extended evening and weekend hours that fit any busy schedule.

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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What’s On Your Dental Wish List?

What Is On Your Dental Wish List?

Are you happy with the appearance of your smile? If you aren’t, then cosmetic dentistry from Wilson Dental Group may be for you.

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dental care that is all about improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, and smile. It includes a range of procedures. Some of the most popular include the following:

  • Teeth whitening. Imagine walking into our office with teeth that have grown dull over the years, and leaving an hour later with a gleaming, brilliant smile? With professional teeth whitening it’s possible. We can remove years of stains and discoloring with our powerful whitening system. Professional whitening is far more effective than any product you can find at the store.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic. They are made individually to fit over the front of your teeth. Veneers can mask chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections to give you a magnificent smile.
  • Dental crowns. Dental crowns are covers that are placed over teeth to restore their shape, strength, and appearance. Sometimes used to protect a weakened tooth, they have many other useful functions, including cosmetic modification.
  • Dental implants. Considered the ultimate solution for a missing tooth, dental implants are titanium posts that are implanted into the jaw. They fuse with the bone and provide a solid support to an artificial tooth that looks and functions like the real thing. Several implants can support dentures. Some practices consider dental implants restorative dentistry, but they have a cosmetic value, too.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile, Wilson Dental Group has a cosmetic dentistry procedure that is right for you and your wish list. If finding a convenient time is tough for you, we have extended evening and weekend hours. Call our office to schedule an appointment 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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Children’s Cavities Are Not “Just A Part Of Growing Up”

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In this blog post from Wilson Dental Group, we focus on a preventative treatment used to help impede the development of cavities in children.

Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the molars. Molars are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush, and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young Lucama children.

Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the molars to create a smooth surface. We most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.

At Wilson Dental Group, we offer a full range of children’s dentistry, including dental sealants. Other services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment 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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Dental Sealants – Another Tool For Cavity Prevention

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Regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal oral health. But the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s why dental sealants from Wilson Dental Group are invaluable.

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surface of teeth. It covers the pits and fissures, and acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.

You might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can actually be beneficial for adults as well. This simple procedure can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

At Wilson Dental Group, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, along with children’s dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment 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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A Ginormous Cavity?

Wilson Cosmetic DentistryWhen we repair a decayed or damaged tooth at Wilson Dental Group, the way it’s fixed often depends on the location of the problem.

If there is a chip, crack, or tooth decay on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often the best approach.

Inlays and onlays are are usually bigger than a conventional filling, but smaller than a crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

Once they’re in place, inlays and onlays are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not bring about tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and safeguard against further decay or deterioration

At Wilson Dental Group, we strive for excellence every day. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Schedule an appointment 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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A Smile Like A Precious Gem

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Do you have missing teeth you would like to replace? While there is more than one option available, dental implants from Wilson Dental Group are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason.

  • Dental implants are titanium posts placed into the jaw.
  • The posts fuse with your jawbone.
  • A single implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a bridge or dental arch

The great thing about dental implants is that they function like  natural teeth. The titanium post integrates with the bone so well that the body seldom recognizes them as a foreign object. Implants have a success rate of greater than ninety percent.

Conventional dentures may be more affordable than implant-anchored dentures. But because they are removable, most patients find that traditional dentures can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from Wilson Dental Group are the closest thing to getting back a natural tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation today. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry.

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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Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

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At Wilson Dental Group, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care 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 Wilson Dental Group. Have we answered yours? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as children’s dentistry. Schedule your next appointment 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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4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Dentist

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We all go to the dentist for exams and cleanings, but there are other, less-obvious issues that we can help you with. Today, we would like to discuss some of the most prevalent oral conditions that should be discussed with us at Wilson Dental Group.

1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath can be treated. It is usually associated with bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating tooth decay. Ask us how to overcome this malady.

2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very irritating and can make you susceptible to a host of issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. Some people experience it due to prescription medications or chronic diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment.

3. Jaw Issues. If you suffer from jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with us promptly! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep), discuss it with us. A simple appliance can safeguard your teeth. If you have sufferred damage from grinding such as fractured or chipped teeth, we will give you details about restorative dentistry.

At Wilson Dental Group, our services go beyond the general and cosmetic dentistry we offer. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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5 Cavity Basics

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Preventing cavities is one of the main reasons people visit their dentists. In this post from Wilson Dental Group, we’re reviewing five things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries, or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings ensue. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

  • Frequent eating
  • Consuming sugary beverages
  • Oral bacteria
  • Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities can get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth. But sometimes symptoms are subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you notice any of these, you should call us right away to schedule an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common in children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. The best way to prevent cavities is to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once, eat right, skip frequent snacking, and have regular dental checkups.

At Wilson Dental Group we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and use advanced technology to ensure the dental health of each patient. Call today to schedule your next checkup!

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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How To Choose A Dentist

Choosing A Dentist In Wilson

Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, a Yelp review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick is finding a dentist you’re happy with! At name of practice, we’re proud of our positive online reviews.

Even so, knowing whether a dentist is right for you can be a little tricky. What traits should you look for? There are a lot of factors that come into play. Do you choose a dentist near your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended a practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

Convenient Location?

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist. That doesn’t mean choosing the dental practice closest to your home, though. While location plays an important role in convenience, you may be willing to drive a little farther for a better experience.

Do You Feel Comfortable?

Chairside manner is a critical factor. Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.

Specialty?

Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is going to specialize, and is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At Wilson Dental Group, we strive for excellence and want our patients to have a positive experience, and great dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We would love to see you in our office for a cleaning and checkup soon!

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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