Get Your Teeth In Shape, Wilson!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Wilson!

Regular exercise is essential to good health. When you’re physically fit then you look better, and more important, you feel better! And as we remind our patients here at Wilson Dental Group, that goes for keeping your teeth in good shape, too!

If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your mouth may well be the window to your overall health. Research has shown there is a clear link between your dental health and your general health. It is safe to say that good dental health is necessary to your physical well-being throughout your life.

Here’s just one example: bacteria that starts in the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body, especially if your immune system has been weakened by illness.

When you take good care of your teeth, you’re doing more for your well-being than you may ever have realized. So brush and floss every day, without fail, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.

At Wilson Dental Group we want you take keep yourself in shape with plenty of exercise. But never underestimate the importance of good dental health! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to 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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Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth. It makes sense, then, to brush our teeth more often to get them – right? Well, no. As we explain in this post from Wilson Dental Group, brushing too aggressively can result in receding gums.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?
A common misconception is the idea that if you want to lighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get white teeth is to brush longer, not harder. The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

Why?
When you brush your teeth too quickly, you may not remove all the food particles. You don’t want this debris turning into plaque.

If you truly want whiter teeth, brush in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes. Methodically go over each tooth surface.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

Let’s Review
Brushing too aggressively can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria causes cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

The best approach is to brush longer, and with a light gentle touch. Don’t forget to floss!

If you’re gums have already begun to recede, don’t despair! It’s a treatable condition. At Wilson Dental Group we offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry procedures, and complete children’s 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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Why The Tooth Implant Timeline is Necessary

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For most people who are missing one or more of their teeth, a dental implant from Wilson Dental Group is an ideal, state-of-the-art solution.

The dental implant process can take several visits over a period of months. Don’t let this discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is critical.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete dental implant and restoration consists of a titanium post, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

At your first visit, we’ll take X-rays and evaluate your mouth. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery, a common procedure to generate new bone growth.

2. Implant Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It takes one to two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery soreness. Most people can go resume an ordinary day after the surgery. We’ll have instructions on post-operative care.

3. Osseointegration

Over the next few months, the jawbone fuses with the implant.  Titanium readily integrates with bone. The technical term for this quality is ‘osteophilic’. For most patients, it takes from three to six months for the process to complete.

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Dental implants from Wilson Dental Group can improve your life.  They are among our general and cosmetic denistry services. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and 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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Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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In this post from Wilson Dental Group we are going to talk about root canals, tooth extraction, and dental implants.

When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, we make a judgment call: whether to try saving the tooth with root canal therapy, or extracting it.

Sometimes patients think an extraction is the best choice. Can’t they just have the tooth pulled, and replaced with a dental implant Whether that’s becauseroot canals have a bad reputation or something else, we couldn’t say. But we take a different view.

The truth is that extracting a tooth is a traumatic procedure. For one thing it’s extremely invasive. For another, extractions allow more bad bacteria to get into the bloodstream.

Performing a root canal is actually the better way to go. It’s true that most people associate them with pain. But that’s a myth; modern root canals are about like getting a cavity filled, in terms of patient discomfort. Better still, they allow you to keep your natural tooth.

Dental implants are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement, and a revolutionary development in dentistry. But it’s a myth to think they’re a better option than extraction. A dental implant would mean more time in the dentist’s chair and a lot more cost.

At Wilson Dental Group, we save a lot of teeth with root canal therapy. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to 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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Tooth Tips For Traveling

Wilson Dental Group Tooth Tips For Traveling

If you’re making plans for your summer vacation, the team at Wilson Dental Group has a few suggestions for you – especially if it’s going to be an extended trip.

It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your dentist prior tous before leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without good dental care options. This quick check-up will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

Another important consideration; if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with us. Many dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re leaving by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. Moreover, make sure you are aware of any required follow-up appointments with your dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

In short, think about a checkup with us before you go. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Bon voyage!

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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Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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This post from Wilson Dental Group explains how specific foods and eating habits impact our teeth.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted into acids by bacteria in the mouth. It is the acids that begin to assault enamel and initiate tooth decay.

Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really that bad. It’s the sticky candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to limit the acidic effects. It is smart to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will encourage tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be moderated by deciding on healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

At Wilson Dental Group we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. In addition to regular checkups, that means carefully choosing what you eat. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule a cleaning and 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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Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

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Not everything was better back in the good old days. Take dentures, for instance. They’ve improved many lives, but there is a better option from Wilson Dental Group: implant-supported dentures.

There are two types of implant anchored dentures: removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system.

With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment that allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type, because they can remove them at night for cleaning.

Implant-supported dentures from Wilson Dental Group are life-changing! They are among our general and cosmetic dentistry services. We have extended evening and Saturday hours for your convenience. Call us 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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The Gift Of Oral Health

The Gift Of Oral Health In Wilson

Sometimes our patients wonder why, with all the developments in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss after a checkup at Wilson Dental Group.

It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world. But don’t let their simplicity fool you! These tools are your best friends in preventing cavities, plaque build-up, and gum disease!

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an important part of everyday oral hygiene.

How To Brush
We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush for at least two minutes. Make sure to get the front and sides of all your teeth, the inside and outside parts, and the tops. When you to the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle. Replace your toothbrush every three months or so.

Use whatever toothpaste flavor you like best, but make sure it has fluoride in it. Use a pea-sized blob – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough!

We strongly recommend flossing, too. Should you floss your teeth before or after you brush? There is no hard-and-fast rule on that, and it may come down to personal preference. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

At Wilson Dental Group, we think that good oral health is a gift that keeps on giving. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Need An Implant? Let’s Do A Checkup And Talk About It.

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When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At Wilson Dental Group, we recommend having a check-up every six months. If you are considering a dental implant, we will assess your oral condition and take it from there.

Dental implants are an ideal replacement for one or more missing teeth. An implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw, where it fuses with the bone. One implant is a solid base for one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or full dental arch.

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is someone in good overall health. That includes healthy gums. Adults are better candidates than younger people, because their jawbones are fully grown.

It’s essential to have enough bone mass, because the implant needs it. Even if you don’t, though, bone grafting can grow new bone. Once the implant is in place, it prevents further bone loss.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a viable candidate for a dental implant. People with systemic conditions like diabetes, or who have had radiation treatment to the head or jaws, are not good candidates. Neither are people with uncontrolled gum disease. All of these conditions can affect the success of the implant.

Dental implants from Wilson Dental Group can change your life for the better, and it begins with a thorough checkup. Our services include general and cosmetic 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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Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

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New parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. These recommendations are in line with ours, at Wilson Dental Group.

Brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to tooth decay as older teeth. We recommend using a warm, damp cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth.

When your child gets a little older, it is important to choose the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing as pleasant as possible. A soft-bristled brush is best. Again, a small amount of toothpaste is best. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are helpful.

If your child can’t tolerate the taste of toothpaste, it’s okay to brush without it for a while. The goal is to remove food bits that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is essential to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most little ones don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

At Wilson Dental Group our services include children’s dentistry. We want our young patients to enjoy good dental health. We want you to, as well! We offer general and cosmetic 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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