What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

aesthetic dentsitry CaryDentists know that a mouth examination can reveal problems in other parts of the patient’s body. Because many diseases manifest in soft tissues of the mouth or cause pain in the jaw, dentists often refer patients to their medical doctor for further diagnosis when they encounter issues such as inflammation, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or jaw pain.

Healthcare providers may soon have another oral diagnostic tool for detecting systemic diseases – a test that analyzes the molecules in saliva.

“UCLA researchers are working on a test that could have the ability to diagnose diseases like diabetes and cancer. It’s conceivable that dentists will soon be able to take saliva samples that can be tested for numerous diseases. And if that happens, disease diagnosis will be much simpler for all parties.”1

At Cary Family Dental, we help patients maintain optimum oral health and dazzling smiles with advanced cosmetic dentistry. However, Dr. Acton understands how the state of your dental health affects the rest of your body. You can think of us as an indispensable member of your complete healthcare team who is dedicated to your overall health and well-being.

If you are in need of dental care, we invite you to schedule an examination and cleaning by calling Cary Family Dental. Some of our most popular treatments at Cary Family Dental include Kor whitening, sedation dentistry, and dentures. We also do oral cancer screening.

1Saliva Test May Uncover Deadly Diseases, Dentistry Today (citing an article in Clinical Chemistry, clinchem.org), November 6, 2014, http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10711-saliva-test-may-uncover-deadly-diseases, accessed on December 19, 2014

 

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1149 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina
27511

 

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Cary Family Dental Treats Canker Sores, Lesions, And Fever Blisters

Cary Family Dental Treats Cankers Sores Lesions and Fever Blisters

At Cary Family Dental, one of the most common complaints we hear from dentistry patients is problems with mouth sores.

There are many different kinds of oral lesions which can make eating and talking painful. Some are annoying yet harmless, while other sores are more serious and require medical intervention.

Though not contagious, the most common complaint is canker sores, which affect an estimated eighty percent of the population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods.

Dr. Allan Acton may prescribe a topical dental paste to relieve pain and guard against infection. Recurring canker sores can sometimes be a symptom of a larger health problem.

Another common complaint is fever blisters or cold sores, which are contagious fluid-filled blisters. Cold sore sufferers should be aware that they can become infected. We advise our patients on how to treat cold sores and avoid further breakouts.

Fungal infections and oral cancer can cause sores in the mouth and throat. See your Raleigh dentist if you experience any of the following:

Lumps or discolored patches in the mouth lasting longer than three weeks
Unusually large lesions
Multiple sores

Dr. Allan Acton reminds patients that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in oral health and hygiene.

To schedule an appointment, or ask about other oral concerns, contact Cary Family Dental today at 919-371-4428.

We provide the full spectrum of general, cosmetic, and pediatric dental services. We offer Kor whitening, sedation dentistry, dentures, dental crowns, emergency dental care and complete smile makeovers.

The following online articles were used as source material for this blog:
‘Mouth Sores,’ American Academy of Otolaryngology, December 2010, http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/mouthSores.cfm, accessed on November 29, 2011
‘Dental Health and Canker Sores,’ WebMD, November 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores, accessed on November 29, 2011

 

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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Attack Of The Gummi Bear

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Here at the Cary dental blog, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are dedicated to our patients’ oral health. So, today we offer a critical warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.

Most people probably know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for detrimental cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth.

Did you know that the physical toll of chewing on sticky candy can lead to (or aggravate) a condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking the jaw out of alignment.

Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? Remember that when you stop eating highly-sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!

Hi. I’m Dr. Allan Acton of Cary Family Dental in Cary. If you hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw, have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or feel like your bite is out of alignment, call 919-371-4428 to make an appointment today.

TMJ issues can generally be treated with non-invasive methods including including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMD. If needed, I can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management.

In addition to TMD and bite misalignment diagnosis and treatment, Cary Family Dental offers the following services:

Kor whitening
sedation dentistry
dentures
dental crowns

Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have an outstanding smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening in Cary, cosmetic dental smile makeovers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today at 919-371-4428.

We hope to hear from you soon!

 

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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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is generally the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus needed for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the harmful infection.

Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if required.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

I am Dr. Allan Acton of Cary Family Dental. If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s discuss your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prohibit further recession. Call 919-371-4428 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consult.

I pride myself in the personal attention and unmatched dental care I provide to each of my patients. Visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people, so I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

 

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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Best Practices For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

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Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to neglect smile-friendly lifestyle choices. Our goal is for you to scrutinize where you stand and look at whether you could step it up a notch. Committing to oral health best practices can prevent future problems and support your quality of life.

Brushing

Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth properly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss properly before bed.

Dental Checkups

Good: See your dentist if you get a toothache.
Better: See Dr. Acton once a year even if you don’t notice any dental issues.
Best: Twice-yearly, have a comprehensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at Cary Family Dental.

A White Smile

Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an OTC tooth whitening system at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office whitening treatment.

Missing Tooth

Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a beautiful, durable, and natural-functioning dental implant. (Consult with Dr. Acton to find out if you are a good candidate for an implant.)

Smile-Friendly Nutrition

Good: Eat a nutritious diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a sensible diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, limit sugar-filled foods, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.

For Young Smiles

Good: Never put your infant to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous counsel and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, talk to us about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure they wear a protective mouthguard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.

Hello, I am Dr. Allan Acton. At Cary Family Dental, we are dedicated to the best in dentistry. We invite you to call 919-371-4428 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

 

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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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment At Cary Family Dental

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment in Cary Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone and encountered a sudden shot of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel has eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!

Tooth sensitivity can be a warning that something is wrong. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.

A number of circumstances can cause gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too hard!

If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.

If you experience constant or intermittent pain in your teeth or gums, call 919-371-4428 right away to make an appointment. Dr. Acton takes tooth pain seriously.

There are several treatments for tooth sensitivity including desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments, and gum grafting. Of course, if you need a restoration, that is the first order of business.

At Cary Family Dental, we not only treat tooth sensitivity, we carry out entire cosmetic dental smile makeovers for our patients. Call us at 919-371-4428 to schedule a consultation and exam.

“Committed to Making You Smile.”

 

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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At Cary Family Dental We Treat You Like Family

At Cary Family Dental You

At Cary Family Dental, our patients are treated like family. I am Dr. Allan Acton and my relationship with my patients is paramount.

You know what puts a smile on my face? When I use advanced cosmetic dentistry to create a dazzling smile makeover for one of my patients.

My staff and I  can guarantee you quality preventative, restorative, general, and cosmetic dental care.

In today’s Cary Family Dental blog I would like to discuss laser dentistry. It may sound scary, but laser dentistry provides an excellent alternative to drills. Many procedures performed with lasers don’t require patients to be medicated, allowing for quicker healing times.

Often, patients become anxious waiting for a shot of painkiller before a dental procedure. Laser dentistry allows for a more relaxed, less stressful dental visit. My patients also appreciate not going home with a numb mouth and drool dripping down their chin.

Oral surgery patients will experience less bleeding thanks to laser dentistry. Some of the procedures that are performed with lasers are: infected root canal treatment, gum and bone reshaping, uncovering erupted wisdom teeth, and teeth whitening.

At Cary Family Dental, our most popular procedure is family dentistry. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, Kor whitening, sedation dentistry, and dentures.

To experience a comfortable, relaxing dental visit and receive compassionate and professional dental care, contact Cary Family Dental today.

At Cary Family Dental, we treat you like family.

The following article was used in the preparation of this post:
“What is Laser Dentistry?,” Know Your Teeth, February 2011, http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=L&iid=780&aid=3803, accessed July 10, 2012

 

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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Soda Spells Double Trouble

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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems that these days, it’s the dietary villain of choice. Today in the Cary Family Dental dental blog, we are going to give you yet another important reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda deals a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is bad for your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to cavities. This is especially harmful to youth and teens because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think that they can avoid problems because they choose diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

Soda consumption can also bring about teeth staining. If your teeth are stained from soda or anything else, professional teeth whitening  treatments are an easy solution.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or dramatically reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Keep your kids away from soda as much as possible so their teeth have the chance to mature healthfully.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water right after you have soda and brush more often (but wait a half hour after you drink your soda so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

Our office provides advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the Cary area. If you have any questions about general or cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 919-371-4428.

 

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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5 Tips For Treating Mouth Sores

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Hi, I’m Dr. Allan Acton. When my patients get mouth sores, I advise them to evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. By following these tips, you can avoid the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.

1. Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food – plenty of adult dishes fit the bill:

  • cream soups
  • yogurt
  • hot cereal
  • mashed potatoes
  • puddings

2. Keep your meals bland for a while. I know it’s no fun, but watch out for overly spicy, tart, salty or acidic foods while you have a mouth sore.

3. Also, keep it cool. Eat only food that is at room temperature or is served chilled.

4. Use a straw so that whatever you are drinking can bypass the mouth sore altogether.

5. Try to moisten dry foods. This can be done by adding sauces, dressings, and gravies to your meals.

I hope that these suggestions will help you the next time you suffer from a mouth sore. If you are looking for a dentist in the Raleigh area, consider my practice, Cary Family Dental. Call us at 919-371-4428 to schedule an examination and consultation. We offer a complete menu of general and cosmetic dental procedures.

 

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/nutrition-concerns/, accessed on February 21, 2013

 

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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Your Smile Doesn’t Have To Show Your Age

Your Smile Doesn’t Have to Show Your Age in Cary As we grow older, we may welcome many changes. However, most Cary retirees do not welcome wrinkles, gray hair and dental problems.

Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy throughout your golden years!

Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of wear such as enamel loss, staining, and chips, it is not too late to restore your youthful smile. And, though tooth loss is fairly common for Cary residents over sixty, in most cases it is preventable.

At Cary Family Dental, we treat patients of all ages. We offer a full array of dental services including teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, and dentures.

If you live in Cary, Morrisville, or Holly Springs, call 919-371-4428 to schedule a dental consultation. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, you will be interested to learn about the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques. Many procedures can be completed in one visit to our Cary dental office.

Give us a call at 919-371-4428 or find us on the Web at: http://www.carydental.com/

 

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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