Want To Perk Up Your Smile?

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To upgrade your smile, all you need to do is pick up the phone and make an appointment with Cary Family Dental.

A Smile You Want to Show Off

A whiter smile can change your life completely. Many of our patients feel more poised in personal and professional settings with their new, whiter smiles. White teeth brighten your smile and give you a reason to show them off. Who doesn’t need another reason to smile?

We can help you illuminate your teeth through a number of solutions that range in cost. The least costly teeth whitening treatments are those that you can do yourself at home. The quickest and most effective are the in-office professional teeth bleaching treatments.

If you are interested in a dazzling smile, give us a call at 919-371-4428 to make a teeth whitening appointment. The hardest part will be dialing the phone, and in no time we’ll have you smiling bright.

More Problems? We Have Solutions

Perhaps your teeth have additional issues besides dull color. We can help you with all types of issues including chipped teeth, crooked teeth, uneven gumline, and even missing teeth.

The welcoming team of dental professionals at Cary Family Dental provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including Kor whitening, sedation dentistry and dentures.

 

 

Contact Cary Family Dental:

919-371-4428

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1149 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina
27511

 

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Save Your Breath

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Today’s post focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most common cause is lax oral hygiene. Often, halitosis occurs midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food parts on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the undesirable odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, many circumstances can contribute to or worsen the problem. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be necessary depending on the cause(s).

For example, a salivary gland issue or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

Poor oral hygiene
Inability to brush between meals
Gum disease or tooth decay
Smoking
Braces
An infected root canal
Diabetes
Kidney failure
Liver problems
Infection
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Dieting
Age
Crooked teeth
Ear, nose, throat issues
Tonsil issues
Constant breathing through the mouth
Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
Some prescription medications
Ill-fitting dentures

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
Use a tongue spray or scraper
Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
Chew sugarless gum
Brush and floss after each meal
Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath persists despite proper oral hygiene

Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

If you don’t have a regular dentist or are not pleased with your current one, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us at Cary Family Dental. We have been serving patients in the Raleigh area since 2003. The welcoming team of dental professionals at Cary Family Dental provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including teeth whitening, sedation dentistry and dentures.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.carydental.com for more details on our services. Thanks for visiting our blog.

 

Contact Cary Family Dental:

919-371-4428

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1149 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina
27511

 

Posted in Oral Health

Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing

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Most Cary residents brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush improperly but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems. They may pride themselves on their diligence, but frequency does not make up for incorrect methods. One of the most common errors – especially for young Raleigh dental patients – is fast, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.

There is a certain logic to this method; when you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The problem is that teeth and gums have special characteristics that require finesse. While enamel is durable, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.

If you use hard bristles against possible cavity makers, froth at the mouth, speed through those 30 inches of tooth surface, and spit everything out in less than a minute, this post is for you.

Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing
:

  • Decay from overlooked food particles
  • Damage to teeth through abrasion
  • Weakened enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Damage to existing dental work
  • Tartar build-up

The friendly dental hygienists at Cary Family Dental teach patients the proper way to brush teeth. With a slow, deliberate two minutes twice daily, you can take control of your dental hygiene, improve your oral health, and diminish the risk of future problems.

Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing:

Plaque is soft enough to scratch off with a fingernail, so brush accordingly with soft bristles
Angling the toothbrush requires little effort with consistently cleaner results
Proper tooth brushing can prolong that marvelous professional-cleaning feel
Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums

If you have already damaged your teeth or gums through aggressive or haphazard brushing, it’s important to fix those problems and get back on track. Call 919-371-4428 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Allan Acton of Cary Family Dental. At Cary Family Dental, we provide individualized treatment for every patient’s dental issues and goals.

 

 

Contact Cary Family Dental:

919-371-4428

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1149 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina
27511

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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Today in the Cary dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is typically caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most individuals have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are usually just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your Raleigh area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr. Allan Acton of Cary Family Dental in Cary. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for my Cary area patients.  Please contact my office today for a consultation for any of these services.

Source:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed September 5, 2015

 

Contact Cary Family Dental:

919-371-4428

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1149 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina
27511

 

Posted in Oral Health

Dead Or Just Sick?

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Since our teeth don’t “grow” and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded that they have active nerves when we have a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food. Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy.

Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow issues? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

Your dentist can perform root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if required. During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build up and beautiful and functional crown.

Root canals generally last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth? It is critical to talk to Dr. Allan Acton of Cary Family Dental immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is vital to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

In addition to endodontic therapy, at Cary Family Dental we are passionate about welcoming general and cosmetic dentistry. You can trust in Cary Family Dental for: dentures, emergency dental care, teeth whitening, and dental crowns.

Committed to Making You Smile

Allan Acton
Cary Family Dental
1149 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, North Carolina 27511
919-371-4428
http://www.carydental.com/meet-dr-allan-acton/

Posted in General Dentistry

Make Your Teeth Happy In Cary

North Carolina is known for its beautiful smiles, and our local Cary community is no exception. Keeping your teeth clean is an important factor in maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the benefits of regularly visiting your local Cary, North Carolina dentist is receiving a thorough teeth cleaning and a review of your brushing habits.

Our Cary dental hygienist helps you keep your teeth clean by assessing the condition of your teeth and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits. Our Cary oral hygienist can also professionally clean and polish your teeth at your regular dental check-up.

Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove plaque (a sticky deposit that gets left on teeth in which bacteria thrives) and tartar (a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to tooth decay).

Brushing and flossing at least twice each day can keep plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth and results in cleaner, healthier teeth.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your local Cary, North Carolina dentist at least once every 6 months for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning.

To keep that beautiful smile in top condition, come in for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning. Call Cary Family Dental in Cary North Carolina to make an appointment. -Allan M. Acton, DDS

Allan Acton
Cary Family Dental
1149 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, North Carolina 27511
919-371-4428
http://www.carydental.com/meet-dr-allan-acton/

Posted in General Dentistry

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Cary Dental Patients?

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Cary Dental Patients?Hello, welcome to the Cary Family Dental blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually influence oral health.

Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common trouble among older Cary adults, however, people of all ages experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.

Sometimes dry mouth is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth is prescription medications.

Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Cary) are just some of the drugs that list “dry mouth” as a common side effect.

It is common for allergy-prone Cary Family Dental dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Raleigh hay fever season.

Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is necessary to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive dental cavities can occur in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.

If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call Cary Family Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Allan Acton.

 

Contact Cary Family Dental:

919-371-4428

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1149 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina
27511

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Smile For Life – Teeth Whitening

Do you have a graduation, reunion, vacation, or wedding coming up? These occasions mean LOTS of photographs. Are you ready? Whether you’re in the wedding party, a parent to the bride or groom, or just prepping yourself to see old friends, you want to look your best for all those photos.

Your Smile Is The FIRST Thing People Notice.

While you’re shopping for the perfect dress, or weighing in at the gym, consider this:

  • Most people list a smile as the FIRST thing they notice about a person.
  • 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes you more appealing to the opposite sex.

Since yellowing teeth are a sign of age, whitening is one of the quickest, most effective ways to look and feel younger. The good news is that we offer great whitening options for our patients. AND not only that, but now through June we will be giving 100% of our whitening proceeds to the Smiles for Life Foundation to benefit seriously ill, disables and underprivileged children in our community.

At Cary Family Dental near Morrisville, we have carefully chosen to use KöR in-office to whiten teeth for our patients. KöR is a convenient solution for those who may normally experience increased sensitivity from tooth bleaching. One of the KöR system’s greatest benefits is that the process can be started conveniently in your own home. After receiving your custom teeth whitening trays from Cary Family Dental, you can begin the at home phase. You simply wear the teeth whitening trays at night while you sleep for two weeks, and then follow up with Dr. Acton or Dr. Maj for the final phase to whiten your teeth, which requires only one office visit.

If you live or work near Cary, Morrisville or Apex NC, KöR in office tooth whitening at Cary Family Dental can give you a gorgeous white smile!

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time. On the upside, the last of the permanent teeth come in, providing young men and women with their “adult smile.” Good habits can be learned and reinforced. Teeth can be straightened, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.

On the downside, some teens take up habits that are detrimental to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and fail to adequately care for their teeth. Some young men and women develop teenage tooth decay that can cause recurring dental problems in later years.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many young men and women decrease their calcium intake – a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.

Additionally, teens that use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely harmful. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time properly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teens with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

Cary Family Dental advises North Carolina parents to make sure their teens receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Allan Acton can identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following  guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

To schedule a teen dental examination and cleaning, call Cary Family Dental at 919-371-4428. The team of welcoming dental professionals at Cary Family Dental is dedicated to oral health for patients of all ages.

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  2014

 

Contact Cary Family Dental:

919-371-4428

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1149 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina
27511

 

Posted in Cavity Prevention, Family dentist

How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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Raleigh endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are: the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many Cary dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Cary Family Dental in Cary, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer teeth whitening, dental crowns, and sedation dentistry.

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

 

Contact Cary Family Dental:

919-371-4428

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1149 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina
27511

 

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