Spring break and summer are just around the corner! No one wants to be on vacation and experience a painful or inconvenient dental emergency. Having a relationship with your dentist, regular exams and cleanings, and following through on the dental treatment recommended to you by your dentist will lessen your chance of having an dental surprise on your special trip. At Creedmoor Family Dentistry, we hope that you will have wonderful summer vacations, free of dental emergencies. Give us a call today to schedule your exam and cleaning: 919-528-4004.
What is cracked tooth syndrome? Cracked tooth syndrome is caused by tiny fractures in teeth. Usually these fractures can't be seen, are under the gum line, and are most often in molar teeth.
What are the symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome? Unlike a cavity, which aches constantly, cracked tooth syndrome causes pain intermittently--when you bite something the wrong way or drink something cold.
Who is most at risk for cracked tooth syndrome? Patients who clench or grind their teeth may be more susceptible to tooth fractures. Additionally, teeth that have extensive dental work such as large fillings and root canals are more at risk for cracked tooth syndrome.
How soon should I visit the dentist if I am experiencing pain when I eat? If not treated, cracked tooth syndrome can worsen to the point that the tooth may crack completely or may unable to be saved. It is important to visit the dentist as soon as possible for the best chance of saving the tooth.
Can treatment for clenching and grinding my teeth help to prevent cracked tooth syndrome? No treatment can completely prevent cracked tooth syndrome, but dental treatment for clenching and grinding may help.
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In the summer, you may be tempted to drink sports drinks, sodas, or juices loaded with sugar or acid. As shown by this graphic from Wrigley, water is the best choice for your teeth. If you must drink something else, be sure to brush your teeth after, or at the very least rinse with water or chew a piece of sugar free gum. At Creedmoor Family Dentistry, we have your best interest in mind.
We welcome families here at Creedmoor Family Dentistry, but we encourage our youngest patients to visit a pediatric dental office. A pediatric dental office is usually set up with fun decorations, toys in the waiting rooms, cartoons on the televisions, smaller equipment, and even x-rays that fit better in a child's mouth. Pediatric dentists only treat children, and have extra training related to dental care for children. Because we care about your children, we want them to visit to a specialized pediatric dentist so that they can begin a lifetime of routine dental care in a very positive way.
While Dr. Willis is very comfortable with children (he has four of his own), we want our future dental patients to enjoy going to the dental office. At Creedmoor Family Dentistry, we encourage parents to take their children to the pediatric dentist until at least eight, sometimes longer, depending on the child. Dr. Willis is experienced in treating children's dental needs, but there may be situations where even an older child may be more comfortably treated at a pediatric dentist specialist (pedodontist). If Dr. Willis determines that your child's needs will be best served by a specialist, we will be happy to give a referral.
If you would like more information, here is a great article to read about why pediatric dentists are a great choice for kids: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/four-reasons-to-choose-a-pediatric-dentist-1213. At the bottom is a search option to find a pediatric dentist.
We love children and want them to have the most positive dental experience possible, so we recommend that they begin with a pediatric dentist who specializes in caring for young children. Give us a call at 919-528-4004, and we will be happy to give you a referral!
When your child is ready for a positive experience with a general family dentist, we are excited to encourage your child develop great dental habits through effective brushing, flossing, and regular visits to a dentist.
The recommendation given by The American Dental Association (ADA) and by Dr. Matthew Willis at Creedmoor Family Dentistry is to clean between your teeth at least every day. Flossing daily may reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth daily with an inter-dental cleaner (like floss).
An alternative to floss may be the Waterpik Water Flosser, which has been approved by the ADA. The Waterpik Water Flosser shoots a stream of water that is safe but strong enough to remove plaque and food between your teeth. You can read more here: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers Happy Flossing!