Your Dentist Does A Lot More Than Fill Cavities

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Most people know they can go to their dentist for toothaches, cleanings, and bleeding gums. But Town Dental Group in Mint Hills reminds you there are lesser-known oral concerns that we can help you with.

Dry mouth, technically called xerostomia, is caused by a lack of saliva and can be quite uncomfortable. It also makes you vulnerable to a host of issues such as cavities and gum disease. Causes of dry mouth include medications and medical conditions. Make sure you bring a list of current medications with you to your appointment.

Bad breath is usually a result of bacteria build-up in the mouth, and regular trips to your dentist can help you keep your mouth clean and the bacteria count within a sweet-smelling range. Do you have good oral hygiene and still have bad breath? Then your dentist can help you discover the source of your halitosis.

Jaw clicking and jaw discomfort are symptoms you should have checked immediately. They can be the result of a serious jaw condition.

Did you know that some dentists can help with chronic snoring? Oral appliances can treat some forms of sleep apnea.

We also perform oral cancer checks. Oral cancer is much harder to treat if it is not detected early.

While checkups and cleanings are a basic part of Town Dental Group offerings, our dentists also provide a wide range of other services, and have evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 


Hiccups In Your Dental Routine

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The most common times people brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. As the team at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill knows, common concerns that come with this routine involve hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion.

Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. Many families face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, some have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule often disrupts regular dental maintenance.

Many adults have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of the job market and the greater variety in shift schedules we see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion and often sleep takes priority over consistent brushing – either morning or night.

The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth without vigilant attention.

Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish with water immediately after consuming acidic foods to reduce the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.

At Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, we urge all our patients to stay on top of their dental health routine. Make sure it includes a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 


5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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Coming in to the Town Dental Group office in Mint Hill for regular cleanings and checkups is important because it helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We like to see each of our patients twice a year.

What are the benefits to these bi-annual visits?

1. Protect Your Gums

It’s not only severe tooth decay that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as detrimental. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning eliminates the plaque before it can cause the gums to pull back.

2. Prevent Cavities

Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can build up. Your toothbrush can’t do it alone. We have many patients who are vigilant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist finds plaque on their teeth.

3. Check for Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this sobering news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year.

4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Don’t think of your mouth as separate from the rest of the body. Many men and women do. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but overlook their teeth. At Town Dental Group, we’ve often wondered about this disconnect. Did you know that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is dramatically affected when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.

5. It May Be Free

Many North Carolina dental insurance plans cover twice-yearly dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain ideal oral health.

Don’t take your dental health for granted. Get a cleaning and checkup from Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, twice a year. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and have evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 


Saliva And Dental Health

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This post explores the importance of saliva. Though most people may think it’s gross, the dentists at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill remind you that saliva is critical for dental health.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The prime pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a critical factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel of the teeth. Its immunoproteins curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

For most people, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate the salivary glands. But some cope with dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health troubles occur.

Town Dental Group in Mint Hill can help patients with dry mouth. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and have evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 


Prevention Is Best: Checkups and Cleanings in Mint Hill

When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, we recommend having a checkup and cleaning twice a year. It’s the best way to stay on top of your dental health, ensuring that your teeth and gums are in good shape.

Some patients have a higher risk of oral disease. Those who use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene practices, or experience medical conditions that impact your mouth, may be in a higher risk category. It is critical to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked soon.

There are four main reasons you should see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tartar. We’ll give you a thorough, professional teeth cleaning. This gets the toughest plaque and tartar accumulations. Your toothbrush and dental floss can’t do it all, even with the most committed routine.
  • X-rays. The dental x-rays we take allow us to spots potential problems we can’t see with a visual inspection. Identifying them early is the best way to treat them.
  • Oral cancer. We perform oral cancer screenings. Again, early identification leads to the best outcome.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease is preventable, which is one of the reasons why your home dental care routine is so important. Checking your gums in our office every six months is the best way to catch problems early.

The common theme here is prevention. When it comes to your oral health, regular checkups and cleanings is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and have extended evening and weekend hours. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 


Metal vs. Clear Braces: The Town Dental Group

A perfect smile and straight teeth look great, but there is more to healthy teeth than just appearance. At Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, we offer both clear and metal braces to help our patients achieve a perfect bite.

Almost no one is born with a perfect bite. If you’re among that tiny group that was, well – count your blessings! For the rest of us, there are some very good reasons to consider improving the bite.

There are problems associated with misaligned teeth and an imperfect bite. There is usually some kind of pain or discomfort when teeth aren’t properly aligned. There can also be undue pressure on the teeth.

Teeth can be brought into alignment with steady pressure to the teeth and the surrounding bone structure. In time, that pressure changes their position, and brings the bite into proper alignment.

Obviously, this is an exacting science. One of the options at Town Dental Group is metal braces. Traditional metal braces consist of brackets and bands that are cemented to the teeth and attached to one another with wire, which applies the pressure that, over time, brings the bite into proper alignment.

Clear braces, such as those available from Invisalign, are clear aligner trays that look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. They’re removable, but must be worn at least twenty-two hours a day to be the most effective. The aligners are created from impressions of the teeth, along with X-rays and other imaging.

Metal braces and Invisalign clear braces are both available from Town Dental Group in Mint Hill. We can help you determine which are best for your bite. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and extended and weekend hours for your convenience. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277